Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

HCAM, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Legal Environment

1 Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Students will demonstrate an accurate understanding of:

  • Health care system structures.
  • Reimbursement/payment models.
  • Factors associated with population health.

(UG 02, UG 09)

2 Business Technology and Analytics: Students will articulate an applied understanding of key quality improvement metrics and methods to support evidence-based practice guidelines including:

  • 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.

(UG 02, UG 10)

3 Communication and Relationship Management: Students will demonstrate the ability to interact and communicate effectively by:

  • Presenting information in oral and written formats.
  • Collaborating effectively with others.

(UG 01, UG 05, UG 08, UG 09)

4 Financial Management and Economic Reasoning: Students will demonstrate:

  • 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.

(UG 02, UG 04)

5 Healthcare Legal Environment and Ethics: Students will be able to:

  • 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.

(UG 02, UG 05, UG 07, UG 08, UG 09)

6 Organizational Dynamics: Students will articulate an applied understanding of:

  • Organizational mission, vision, and culture.
  • Behaviors associated with organizational commitment and job performance.

(UG 05, UG 07, UG 08, UG 09)

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

Effective for all Health Care Administration and Management (HCAM) Majors beginning Fall 2021

  1. Policy for earning acceptable grades in the HCAM program:
    1. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in ALL Required Basic Courses (HCAM 230, HCAM 265, HCAM 275) and Required Upper-Level Courses (HCAM 305, HCAM 360, HCAM 400, HCAM 430, HCAM 450, HCAM 480, and HCAM 499).
    2. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in ALL non-HCAM major Requirements (ACCT 209, ACCT 340, ECON 312, HLTH 210, and MIS 210, STAT 152 or ECON 219/MGMT 219).
    3. The HCAM curriculum is structured with pre-requisites. A student must earn a “C” or better in the pre-requisite course to be able to take the next course. See course catalog for pre-requisites.
    4. If a student does not earn a “C” or better, they will be required to:
      1. Retake the course
      2. They will be dropped from any course(s) in the following semester that requires a “C” or better as a pre-requisite (see course catalog for pre-requisites)
      3. Students will need to meet with their Academic Advisor and change their schedule accordingly
  2. SRU has a Repeat of Courses Policy as follows and it can be found in the course catalog: Repeat of Courses < Slippery Rock University (
    1. Students may attempt to improve their grade point average by repeating courses. The most recent grade earned is used in calculating the GPA even if the earlier grade was higher. If a passed course is repeated and failed (or NC), the student will lose both the grade points and credits previously earned. However, all grades will appear on the transcript. Courses in which a grade was earned at Slippery Rock University may not be repeated at any institution. A grade of W (withdraw) does not count as an earned grade. Students who repeat a course must do so using the same grading system under which they originally took the course. For example, a student who originally took a course graded A-F may not repeat the course on a P/NC, P/F, or audit basis. Students may not repeat a course by using any Credit by Examination program if they originally took the course on a graded A-F, P/NC, P/F, or audit basis. Undergraduate students will be limited to a maximum total of six repeats during their entire SRU academic career, excluding withdrawal grades. In addition, repeats of a single course will be limited to a maximum of two. This means, no single course may be taken more than three times (excluding withdrawal grades). The course repeat policy for post-baccalaureate students is the same as the undergraduate student policy.
  3. Once the student has exceeded the SRU Repeat of Courses Policy, the student will have their major changed to Exploratory and HCAM Major courses will be removed from their schedule.
  4. Additional costs associated with the HCAM major:
    1. Lab fees will be collected for classes with a lab component. This fee enhances the University's ability to offer a high-quality program.
    2. A student in the HCAM major may be required to purchase Student Professional Liability Insurance while enrolled in HCAM 450 at their own cost. More information will be provided to students in the upper level HCAM courses.
    3. HCAM 450 Internship: Certain sites may require one or more of the following: physical examinations, record of immunizations, TB test, criminal background checks, drug testing, specific certifications for CPR/AED (e.g., American Heart Association), and HIPAA training. These may require additional costs for students. Fulfilling these requirements and obtaining appropriate documentation is the responsibility of the student.

Related Links

Healthcare Administration and Management - Legal Environment, BS Program Page

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 Requirements/Concentration60

* 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

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
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Required Thematic Thread Coursework:
Principles of Microeconomics (Must be included as part of the 12 Thematic Thread credits)
Total Hours42

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/Concentration

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Basic Courses
HCAM 230US Healthcare Systems 13
HCAM 360Healthcare Organizational Dynamics 13
HCAM 450Internship-Health Care Administration & Management 13
HCAM 499Health Care Theory and Research Capstone Seminar 13
Legal Environment Core Courses
ACCT 340Legal Environment of Business 13
CSS 370Fraud Law and Report Writing 13
or COMM 410 Communication Law
HCAM 265Managed Care & Insurance3
HCAM 3853
HCAM 275Health Care Legal & Ethical Foundations 13
HCAM 400Legal Environment of Healthcare 13
or ACCT 400 Legal Environment of Healthcare
PHIL 113Formal Logic 13
POLS 223Law and Courts 13
POLS 359Policy Analysis and Evaluation3
POLS 403Constitutional Law 13
or ACCT 451 Employment Law
or MGMT 451 Employment Law
Additional Required Coursework
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
HCAM 305Health Care Quality & Process Improvement 13
HCAM 430Finance for Healthcare Organizations 13
HCAM 480Healthcare Value-Based Reimbursement Systems 13
HCAM 200Introduction to Population Health 13
or HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health
MIS 210Productivity Software 13
Total Hours60

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 Legal Environment (LEEN)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 02.23.2023
UCC 02.14.2023