Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

HCAM, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Leadership / Pre-Occupational Therapy (SRU) (3+3)

What are your options?

Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3:  Earn a Doctor of Occupational Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU OTD program. At the end of your second year, you apply for admission into the SRU OTD program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU OTD program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Pre-Occupational Therapy (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your major and the pre-requisites for the SRU OTD program and apply to the SRU OTD program in your senior year.

Academic Policies for Students in the Health Care Administration and Management (HCAM) Major

Effective for students entering the major Fall 2017 and after

  1. Policy for achieving and maintaining “Sufficient Academic Performance”1
    1. At the end of the semester in which a student has earned 40 credits (and every semester thereafter), the Major and Overall GPA will be reviewed:
      1. A student must earn a 2.50 Major GPA to achieve “Sufficient Academic Performance” and continue in the HCAM major.
      2. A student earning below a 2.50 in the Major GPA at any time after earning 40 credits will be placed on a “one semester probation.”2 He/she must increase his/her GPA to 2.50 or higher by the end of the “one semester probation” or be permanently removed from the HCAM major. The student will be notified by email of his/her status following the “one semester probation.” A student who has not achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance” will have his/her major changed to Exploratory.
      3. A student can be placed on a “one semester probation” a maximum of two times as an HCAM major. He/she will be permanently removed from the HCAM major if his/her Major GPA drops below a 2.50 a third time.
      4. A student on a “one semester probation” may not enroll in required 400 Level Courses unless he/she is repeating the course(s).
    2. A transfer student who enters from another university or a Slippery Rock University student who changes his/her major to HCAM:
      1. With 40 or more earned credits will have a one-semester extension before his/her Major GPA are reviewed to determine if he/she has achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance”.
      2. With less than 40 earned credits will follow Policy I. A above.
    3. An incoming FYRST student earning college credits prior to entering SRU may reach 40 credits before completing two semesters at SRU. In this case, the review to determine “Sufficient Academic Performance” will not begin until the student has completed two semesters as a student in the HCAM major.
  2. Policy for earning acceptable grades in Required 400 Level Courses
    1. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in Required 400 Level Courses.
    2. A student will not be permitted to begin an internship unless he/she has “Sufficient Academic Performance” and he/she has earned a grade of “C” or better in Required 400 Level Courses.
    3. A student must also earn a grade of “C” or better in HCAM 305HCAM 400HCAM 4103HCAM 430 and MIS 403 before he/she is allowed to take HCAM 4994 and HCAM 4504.
  3. Policy for changing to the HCAM major
    1. A Slippery Rock University student wishing to change his/her major to Health Care Administration and Management must have an overall GPA of 2.00.
  4. Additional costs associated with the HCAM major
    1. A student in the HCAM major is required to maintain a current Student Professional Liability Insurance and meet any immunization or physical requirements set forth by an internship employer while enrolled in HCAM 450 at his/her own cost.

Related Links

Healthcare Administration and Management - Pre-Occupational Therapy, BS Program Page

Healthcare Administration Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

1st Major: HCAM

  • Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
  • Major GPA (includes Major Requirements): 2.0 or higher

2nd Major: Pre-OT 3+3 HCAM

  • Overall GPA: 3.00 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements44
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements52

* 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. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Physical & Natural Sciences Inquiry
BIOL 2094
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Required Thematic Thread Coursework:
Principles of Microeconomics (Must be included as part of the 12 Thematic Thread credits)
Introduction to Psychology (Must be included as part of the 12 Thematic Thread credits)
Total Hours44

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 Requirements

  • If you choose to pursue Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3 Health Care Administration and Management (HCAM) and are not accepted into the OTD program, then the following additional HCAM courses are required to complete a first major of HCAM: HCAM Internship (HCAM 450) – Plus – courses necessary to satisfy the Leadership specialty track. Please refer to the HCAM curriculum guide.
Required Basic Courses
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
HCAM 230US Healthcare Systems 13
HCAM 275Health Care Legal & Ethical Foundations 1,23
HLTH 210Introduction to Public Health 13
or HCAM 200 Introduction to Population Health
MIS 210Productivity Software 13
Required Upper Level Courses (24 credits if accepted to SRU DOT Program) 2
Must have achieved “Sufficient Academic Performance” to take these courses. Must earn a “C” or better in all of the following courses:
HCAM 265Managed Care & Insurance3
HCAM 305Health Care Quality & Process Improvement 13
HCAM 360Healthcare Organizational Dynamics 13
HCAM 400Legal Environment of Healthcare 13
or ACCT 400 Legal Environment of Healthcare
HCAM 430Finance for Healthcare Organizations 13
HCAM 470Healthcare Practice Management3
HCAM 480Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement Systems 13
HCAM 499Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar 13
Additional Occupational Therapy Prerequisite Courses
(see below for all Admission Requirements)
BIOL 3094
EXSC 250Medical Terminology3
Select three credits of the following:3
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA
Introduction to Anthropology
Cultural Area Studies
Minority Groups
Human Diversity
Select three credits of the following:3
Human Sexual Behavior
Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Total Hours52

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. These opportunities can deepen and enhance the learning in accounting, economics and finance. In addition, there is a strong correlation between long-term student success and engagement in these opportunities:

  1. Internships
  2. Participation in student organizations
  3. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  4. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  5. Student-faculty research
  6. Student leadership development
  7. Service-learning classes
  8. Career education and development

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Occupational Therapy Studies (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies) website for requirements:

Rock Studies 2

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Occupational Therapy
BIOL 2094
BIOL 3094
EXSC 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PE 364 Biomechanics of Individuals with Disabilities
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
Anthropology or Sociology 13
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA
Introduction to Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Health and Society
Cultural Area Studies
Minority Groups
The Family
Society, Culture and Self
Gender Roles and Society
Sociology of Aging
Disability, Community Inclusion, and Diversity
Human Diversity
Research Methods - Select One: 13
Research Methods in Exercise Science
Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar
Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies
Psychological Science I: Research Methods
Research Methods
Total Hours33

Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3

If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).


Should a Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (summer or fall) of the Occupational Therapy Program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Occupational Therapy courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

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 3+3 Pre-OT (LSHP) (23OT)
Effective:  Summer 2022
Revised 03.03.2022
UCC 02.28.2023

Recommended Three-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HCAM 230 US Healthcare Systems 3
Select one of the following: ** 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing ** 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar 1 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 ** 3
HCAM 265 Managed Care & Insurance 3
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I with Lab ** 4
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology ** 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MIS 210 Productivity Software 3
Second Year
HCAM 305 Health Care Quality & Process Improvement 3
EXSC 250 Medical Terminology 3
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab ** 3
PSYC 276
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
or Human Sexual Behavior
HCAM 275 Health Care Legal & Ethical Foundations 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
HCAM 360 Healthcare Organizational Dynamics 3
Humanities Inquiry ** 3
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
HLTH 210
Introduction to Public Health
or Introduction to Population Health
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting 3
Third Year
HCAM 430 Finance for Healthcare Organizations 3
HCAM 470 Healthcare Practice Management 3
Social Science Inquiry ** 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirements ** 3
INDP 202 Introduction to Anthropology 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry ** 3
HCAM 400
Legal Environment of Healthcare
or Legal Environment of Healthcare
HCAM 480 Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement Systems 3
HCAM 499 Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 4 3
Thematic Thread Requirement ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Fourth Year
If not accepted in SRU OT Program 3  
HCAM 499 Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar 3
HCAM 450 Internship-Health Care Administration & Management 3-12
MGMT 320 Operations Management 3
If not accepted in SRU OT Program 3  
MGMT 354 Human Resources Management 3
HCAM Leadership Concentration Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours**113-122

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 2346
Concentration Code: LSHP
2ND Major: 23OT
Revised: 06.07.2022