Bachelor of Applied Science

Bachelor of Applied ScienceHealth Services Management

Completely Online Program!


Ready to move into a management role in Healthcare?

Are you ready to advance your career in the healthcare field? Are you seeking leadership positions in a hospital, clinic or managed care organization? Do you want to earn your bachelor’s degree in an environment that fits your busy schedule? Sounds like the Midland College Bachelor of Applied Science for Healthcare Services (BAS) was designed for you.

Without question, the health sciences field is the single largest industry in the country, accounting for more than 14 million jobs. The Midland College (MC) online bachelor’s program is tailored to your needs, allowing you to earn an undergraduate degree in just two years.

Designed to meet growing needs for managers and mid-level managers, this program is intended for students with an Associate degree in allied health/health sciences, information technology, computer science, and business. Students will complete a required core of Health Service Management courses and may specialize in either Healthcare Administration or Health Informatics.

At MC, we are developing the health workforce of the future. As a graduate of this program, you will be well prepared for success as a manager in your original field of expertise, such as Medical Radiology, Nursing, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Histology Technology. Other career opportunities, depending upon the focus of the original AAS study, include positions in a wide variety of healthcare settings as mid level managers. 

Students interested in this program should have strong organizational skills, a desire to lead and manage others and the ability to function in an ever-changing business environment. The HSM program is offered completely online. The tuition rates at Midland College are affordable and we have wonderful teachers who care and will dedicate one on one time with students. Students should expect a heavy workload and sit for long periods of time in front of a computer. Students will need a computer and internet connection for this program. The HSM program is scheduled to accommodate your lifestyle, whether you decide to attend full-time or part-time.

 

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Joining Our Program

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Judgment and Decision Making – Evaluating different options and selecting the most appropriate plans of action
  • Critical Thinking – Using intellectually disciplined thought processes to determine the appropriate course of action based upon situations presented
  • Social Perceptiveness – Awareness of social reaction of individuals in response to events
  • Communicating – Listening, speaking, reading and writing associated with the healthcare profession
  • Complex Problem Solving – Identifying and analyzing complexity and dependency of problems and proposing potential solutions to promote positive outcomes
  • Systems Evaluation – Measuring the performance of a system/process and performing enhancements to increase the potential of desirable outcomes
  • Management of Resources – Selecting and managing appropriate resources to accomplish organizational goals
  • Coordination – Interaction with multiple people/groups to complete tasks
  • Persuasion – Communicating to individuals and groups in an effort to alter attitude and/or behavior
  • Process Analysis and Improvement – Documenting and analyzing process steps or segments to implement adjustments and changes in order to improve resource utilization and overall throughout

Career Opportunities

There are a number of in-demand career options in the health information management field, including:

  • Clinical Manager
  • Nursing Home Manager
  • Medical Practice Manager
  • Health Care Trainer
  • Surgery Center Manager
  • Business Office Manager
  • Long Term Care Manager
  • Insurance Company Account Manager
  • Consulting Account Manager
  • Government Entity Account Manager 

Demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many of the fastest-growing occupations today are in health sciences. Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services.

Health Care Administration

The Health Care Administration track has been developed to align with the healthcare administration principles. The core HSM program and specialty track courses develop the expertise and skill-sets needed for the graduate to become part of the management team that supervises hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, insurance and provider networks, and government policy organizations. Graduates will be able to analyze healthcare business problems and develop effective solutions while drawing upon an interdisciplinary perspective.

Health Informatics

Health Informatics links together business practices, health care, biology, medicine and information technology. As with the health information management track, the informatics track addresses an emerging reality of the health care environment. Increasingly, health service managers must be proficient in the oversight of specialized information systems and able to apply general management skills to this highly technical realm. The informatics track develops competence in this expanded management role. The focus is on the liaison role in improving quality through secure technology usage coupled with workflow efficiency. Managers with substantial informatics responsibility oversee the interface between the IT department and clinicians. Informatics requires competence with information technology systems, understanding of regulatory and biomedical standards, and skills in data mining. Knowledge of health information technology systems and its intricacies are valuable to health care facilities and providers and are increasingly required in the management arena.

Application Requirements*


Admittance into the program requires an Associate of Applied Science (or equivalent degree) and 33 hours of technical courses. Approved AAS degrees include those in the fields of health sciences, allied health, nursing, information technology, or business. (Students who have completed an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree may seek entrance to the program after completing 33 credit hours of approved technical specialty coursework. See Department Chair for additional information.)

To enroll into the Health Services Management program, Complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Midland College application at applytexas.org (if not already enrolled as a student)

    applytexas.org

  2. Complete online Health Sciences General Application

    Health Sciences General Application

  3. Complete the HSM Information Packet

    Health Services Management Information Packet (pdf)

  4. Submit a completed HSM Information Packet and send unofficial college transcripts to HSM office at himhsm@midland.edu

  5. Official transcripts must be sent to the Midland College Registrar's office at records@midland.edu

APPLICATION AND INFORMATION PACKET DUE DATES

If date falls on a weekend, the application deadline will be the next business day.

  • Fall Semester - July 5th
  • Spring Semester - November 10th
  • Summer Semester - April 25th

Additional Requirements

  • Admittance into the program requires an Associate of Applied Science (or equivalent degree) and 33 hours of technical courses.
  • Foreign students must comply with additional requirements set by the college, www.midland.edu/international. Since the program is completely online, foreign students do not qualify for student visa status, but can complete the program while living at home or in a different country
  • Proctored Exams are required and students are responsible for costs associated with proctored examinations. Proctored Exams

* Application process and selection subject to change.

 

QUESTIONS About the Application Process?

Contact us, himhsm@midland.edu or (432) 685-6893

Required Core Curriculum

Curriculum

Course

Credit Hours

Communication ENGL 6
Communication SPCH 3
Mathematics MATH 3
Life/Physical   8
Language/Philosophy/Culture   3
Creative Arts   3
Social/Behavioral HIST 6
Social/Behavioral GOVT 6
Social/Behavioral   3
Additional KINE 1

 

Required CORE Program Courses (Semesters 1, 2, 3)

Course Code

Course

Credit Hours

MHSM 3302 U.S. Health Care Delivery 3
MHSM 3303*

Statistics for Health Care Managers
*Prerequisite MATH 1314 or MATH 1342, grade C or better
3

MHSM 3310 Legal Issues in Health Care 3
MHSM 3358 Healthcare Revenue Integrity Practices 3
MHSM 3335 Financial Management for Health Professionals 3
MHSM 3362 Current Trends in Healthcare 3
MHSM 3421 Health Information Technologies and Standards 4
MHSM 4304 Risk Management for Health Care Managers 3
MHSM 4310 Human Resources in Health Care Management 3
MHSM 4351 Public and Community Health Management 3

 

Required Program Courses (Semesters 3, 4)


Emphasis in Healthcare Administration

Course Code

Course

Credit Hours

 
MHSM 4352 Health Care Finance 3
MHSM 4353 Healthcare Operations Management 3
MHSM 4354 Strategic Planning & Leadership in Health Care 3
MHSM 4551 Health Care Management Practicum 5

 

Emphasis in Health Informatics

Course Code

Course

Credit Hours

MHSM 4355 Health Information Systems Management 3
MHSM 4356 Healthcare Analytics and Database Design 3
MHSM 4357 Clinical Informatics & Decision Support Systems 3
MHSM 4551 Health Care Management Practicum 5

 

Completion of Requirements:

To receive a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Health Services Management, a student must satisfy the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative and:

  1. Have an approved AAS or equivalent.
  2. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours as follows:
       a. 33 credit hours of approved technical specialty coursework drawn
           from the associate degree, and
       b. 42 credit hours of Core Curriculum Requirements coursework, and
       c. 45 credit hours of upper-level coursework drawn from the degree
           plan.
  3. Complete at minimum 25% of degree credit hours through instruction at Midland College.
  4. Have a grade of “C” or better in major course work and approved technical specialty courses.
  5. Have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

FAFSA Requirement

The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.

If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information


How to Apply

  1. Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
  2. Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
  3. Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
  4. Select the Scholarship Application.

For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Healthcare Administration Scholarships

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

HSM Program Contact Information

 
(432) 685-6893 
Main Campus - Davidson Family Health Science Building
 

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