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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HCA 200 The United States Health Care System  3

The United States Health Care System course presents an overview of the history, present, and future of the U.S. Healthcare system. The course describes the role of the government and public health in the delivery and oversight of health care. This course explores the legal, ethical, technological, and financial issues which impact the field of healthcare. The course will examine best practices for long-term care, inpatient, outpatient services, and mental health services. Finally, students will become aware of the various careers offered in the healthcare industry.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define health, health literacy, the history, overview, and operation of the U.S. Healthcare system.
  • Examine the government’s and public health’s role in health care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of long-term care, inpatient and outpatient services, and mental health care within the health industry.
  • Examine careers, payers, and financing within the healthcare industry.
  • Discuss the legal, ethical, and technological issues which impact the field of healthcare.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to the United States healthcare system.
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:

  • Describe the foundations of community health and discuss current issues facing the field of community health.
  • Examine aspects of the nation’s health ranging from infancy to older adults.
  • Analyze issues involving environmental health and safety.
  • Discuss issues related to community and public health including cultural competence, social determinants, racial and ethnic disparities, and community mental healthcare.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to community health.
HCA 310 Information Technology for Health Professions  3

Information Technology for Health Professionals explores the evolution and application of health information technology and informatics from three theoretical viewpoints: technological, business, and clinical. The course will examine best practices for addressing equity, ethical, and privacy considerations in relation to public health informatics. This course will cover emerging digital health technologies and techniques with real world applications.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define and discuss the foundation and overview of digital health informatics.
  • Examine key digital health developments, methods, and challenges including ethical, security, and privacy considerations.
  • Evaluate digital health core technologies and discuss their impact on the health field.
  • Explore digital health emerging technologies and future trends.
  • Analyze events, problems, and challenges of the application of digital healthcare technologies and devices.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to information technology for health professionals.
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.
  • Examine the basic elements of health benefits coverage and provider payment options.
  • Describe the basic components of utilization management for medical services.
  • Explain the Medicare and Medicaid benefit structures.
  • Identify key state and federal laws and regulations governing managed care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to the essentials of 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:

  • Define and describe the importance of cultural and linguistic competence in healthcare.
  • Examine the various health domains including health, healing, and familial traditions.
  • Analyze trends in healthcare and describe current issues and barriers to healthcare.
  • Discuss health care problems in various demographic groups.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to cultural diversity in health and illness.
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:

  • Define medical law, ethics, and bioethics and examine why it is important to study them.
  • Examine the legal environment of healthcare including the legal and court systems and essential laws for healthcare professionals.
  • Describe issues related to the healthcare environment regarding liability, confidentiality, and the physician-patient relationship.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical ethics and describe future trends in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to medical law and ethics.
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: