Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

HCAM, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Leadership - Online


  • Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Students will demonstrate an accurate understanding of (UG 02, UG 09):
    • Health care system structures.
    • Reimbursement/payment models.
    • Factors associated with population health.
  • Business Technology and Analytics: Students will articulate an applied understanding of key quality improvement metrics and methods to support evidence-based practice guidelines including (UG 02, UG 10):
    • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities to plan for and ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of data and confidentiality of the end user.
    • Demonstrate an ability to identify, aggregate, and summarize technical information for technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Communication and Relationship Management: Students will demonstrate the ability to interact and communicate effectively by (UG 01, UG 05, UG 08, UG 09):
    • Presenting information in oral and written formats.
    • Collaborating effectively with others.
  • Financial Management and Economic Reasoning: Students will demonstrate (UG 02, UG 04):
    • An ability to analyze, quantify, evaluate and determine the sound allocation of financial resources.
    • An ability to apply economic concepts for efficient allocation of scarce resources.
  • Healthcare Legal Environment and Ethics: Students will be able to (UG 02, UG 05, UG 07, UG 08, UG 09):
    • Recognize will ethical dilemmas in healthcare.
    • Recognize key healthcare legal and regulatory environment parameters.
    • Demonstrate discern viable options for ethical guided decision-making processes.
    • Demonstrate applied legal and regulatory reasoning.
  • Organizational Dynamics: Students will articulate an applied understanding of (UG 05, UG 07, UG 08, UG 09):
    • Organizational mission, vision, and culture.
    • Behaviors associated with organizational commitment and job performance.

Related Links

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Healthcare Administration Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

2.0 GPA overall or higher to declare HCAM as major
2.0 GPA or higher in the major to graduate in HCAM
2.0 GPA or higher and instructor permission to apply for the internship


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

Students must complete a sum total of 42 SRU Rock Studies 2-based credits. There are no specific requirements.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements 1

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Core Courses
ACCT 209Financial Accounting3
HCAM 200Introduction to Population Health3
or HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health
HCAM 230US Healthcare Systems3
HCAM 265Introduction to Insurance and Managed Care3
HCAM 300Healthcare Systems: Global Perspectives and Analysis3
or ECON 312 Critical Choices in Health Care Policy
HCAM 305Fundamentals of Healthcare Quality and Safety3
HCAM 360Healthcare Organizational Dynamics3
HCAM 375 Ethics & Legal Fundamentals for the Health Professions3
HCAM 385Insurance and Cost Containment3
HCAM 400Legal Environment of Healthcare3
or ACCT 400 Legal Environment of Healthcare
HCAM 430Finance for Healthcare Organizations3
HCAM 480Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement and Process Improvement3
HCAM 499Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar3
MIS 210Productivity Software3
Select one of the following:3
Business Analytics I
Business Analytics I
Elementary Statistics I
Leadership Concentration Courses
HCAM 470Healthcare Practice Management3
MGMT 320Operations Management3
MGMT 354Human Resources Management3
MIS 403Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems3
Select one of the following:3
Long Term Care Management
Health Care Workshop
Health Care Workshop
Health Care Workshop
Health Care Workshop
Selected Topics
Selected Topics
Selected Topics
Selected Topics
Total Hours60

Courses count for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Students must complete ECON 202 (or transfer in the equivalent) to meet the required prerequisite for ECON 312.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Volunteering in healthcare industry related settings
  9. Job Shadowing

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Leadership (LDRO)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 10.10.2023
UCC 09.05.2023