Health Care Administration
Associate of Science (AS)
Online Degree Program

The Associate of Science online degree program in Health Care Administration is designed to provide students with a foundation in the theories and principles integral to the management and administration of a health care environment.

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The California Coast University online Associate of Science in Health Care Administration program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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The Associate of Science in Health Care Administration degree program consists of 20 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 6  Core Courses > 10  General Ed Courses > 4  Elective Courses .
There are 60 total semester units in this program.

6 Core Courses

For the online Associate of Science in Health Care Administration (A.S.) degree program, the following 6 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
HCA 200 The United States Health Care System  3

The United States Health Care System course is designed to introduce students to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system. This course aims to help students effectively identify their present and future roles as consumer, provider, manager, decision-maker, and analyst. The class examines an overview of the health care system, causes and characteristics of health service utilization, the nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and nonfinancial resources used and needed, and measurement of quality of care.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of those factors that make health care delivery in the United States unique.
  • Discuss the relationship between health care and the economy.
  • Describe the role of the government on the delivery of health care in the United States.
  • Discuss the impact of the “Aging of America” on the delivery and cost of health care.
  • Identify major challenges for our health care system of the future and formulate strategies to meet these challenges.
HCA 305 Introduction to Community Health  3

Introduction to Community Health allows students to reflect on the latest trends and statistics in community health in an effort to effectively address the health issues facing today’s communities. With emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in health care, the course covers such topics as epidemiology, community organization, program planning, minority health, health care, mental health, environmental health, drugs, safety and occupational health.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore the history and current issues facing community health.
  • Discuss the prevention and control of hazardous health conditions.
  • Propose ways to build and organize a community health promotion plan.
  • Describe the importance of school health programs.
  • Explain the concept of diversity in health care delivery.
HCA 310 Information Technology for Health Professions  3

Information Technology for Health Professions provides a general introduction to computer literacy and information technology at a level appropriate for health care students. It includes discussions of hardware and software, communications and networking, ethical issues, and privacy concerns. In addition, it discusses how IT is transforming every aspect of health care—from administrative applications (such as the electronic medical record), to clinical systems involved in direct patient care, to special purpose applications (such as simulation software used in the education of health care professionals).

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize new developments in clinical and special purpose applications of IT to health care.
  • Describe the legal, licensing, insurance, and privacy issues involved in telemedicine.
  • Describe demographic changes and their impact on occupational outlooks for health care professionals.
  • Examine the social implications of the applications of information technology to health care.
HCA 320 Essentials of Managed Health Care  3

Essentials of Managed Health Care focuses on health insurance as it impacts the management of healthcare organizations. This course provides a systematic overview of the history of managed healthcare and health insurance in the United States, types of health plans and available payers, the provider network, utilization management, quality management, accreditation, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care, and laws and regulations in health insurance and managed care.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the major forces shaping health insurance and managed care today.
  • Outline the basic types of health insurers and managed care organizations.
  • Identify the basic elements of risk-based and non-risk-based provider payment.
  • Describe the basic components of utilization management for medical services.
  • Identify the basic elements of the internal operations of payer organizations.
  • Explain the Medicare and Medicaid benefit structures.
  • Identify key state and federal laws and regulations governing managed care.
HCA 340 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness  3

Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness promotes an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in interactions between health professionals and patients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. It examines different cultural perspectives regarding health, illness, and health care that exists within American society by demonstrating traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations. Emphasis is placed on the importance of having culturally competent health care professionals to better serve an increasingly diverse population.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the cultural phenomena affecting health care.
  • Evaluate what it means to be a culturally competent health care professional.
  • Understand the issues related to health care reform.
  • Describe various types of folk medicine.
  • Discuss health care problems in various demographic groups.
  • Examine health and illness from a multicultural perspective.
HCA 420 Medical Law and Ethics  3

Medical Law and Ethics explores the study of medical ethics, or applied ethics, for healthcare professionals who often face dilemmas that are not experienced by the general population. The fast-paced growth of medical technology has made the study of ethics even more relevant. The study of bioethics, or biomedical ethics, refers to moral dilemmas due to advances in medicine and medical research. Since medical law and ethics are often interrelated, students need to have a clear understanding of both in order to protect themselves, their employer, and the patient. The study of ethics includes many questions for which there is no one answer.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Think independently and become sensitive to the risks and issues that pervade the field of medical law and ethics.
  • Understand complex public health care policy from legal and ethical perspectives, regardless of personal beliefs.
  • Conduct themselves in a manner that is ethical, legal and exemplary.
10 General Ed. Courses

For the online Associate of Science in Health Care Administration (A.S.) degree program, the following 10 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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4 Elective Courses

For the online Associate of Science in Health Care Administration (A.S.) degree program, you will select 4 courses to take from the list of courses below. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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Prerequisites to Admission:

The applicant should meet the following prerequisites in order to be admitted to the program: An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully obtained a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent.

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Required units may be satisfied in the following ways: