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Health Services Administration Certificate 2019-2020 Catalog Year

Marieb College of Health & Human Services

(239) 590-7495

The Health Services Administration Certificate Program is designed to prepare individuals who seek specialized education and certification in health services administration. The flexibility of the program offers baccalaureate degree graduates the opportunity to acquire expertise and specialization in line with their interest, needs and career applications in health services administration. The program embraces different backgrounds and interests and is appropriate for individuals who wish to gain further interdisciplinary education in health services administration. It is suited for graduates from

  • any undergraduate major particularly those in business administration, finance, health administration, nursing and other allied health professions;
  • Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or other master's level degree programs in nursing and other allied health professions;
  • and physicians, dentists and other professional clinicians.

The program requires the completion of 21 credit hours of courses, 15 of which are required courses.  Coursework for this certificate program is offered by distance learning.   Required courses address U.S. models of health care practice, health services management and operations, concepts and principles of managed care, financial management in health care, and health policies and economic issues in health services organizations. Additional areas of elective study include courses in accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, informatics and information management, managed care, marketing, global perspectives on health policies, or other courses selected with approval of the faculty advisor. An internship is offered in health services administration as an elective. Completion of 15 credit hours is required prior to beginning the internship.

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Program Admission Requirements
  1. Submission of a FGCU Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  2. Submission of a completed application for the Health Services Administration Certificate program to the Department of Health Sciences.
  3. Graduation from a baccalaureate level program or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university documented by official transcripts.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet minimum university admission requirements are required from applicants who have earned their bachelor's degree outside the United States in a country where English is not the official language. This requirement is not limited to international students.
  5. Provide verification of one of the following:
    • (Combined score of GRE quantitative and verbal sections) + (GPA for the last 60 semester hours of the baccalaureate degree x 200) must equal or exceed 900; or
    • Minimum MAT score of 400 and a minimum GPA for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree that must equal or exceed 3.0 on a scale of 4.0; or
    • (GMAT score) + (GPA for the last 60 semester hours of the baccalaureate degree x 200) must equal or exceed 1100; or
    • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants may apply for either spring or fall admission.

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Earn a minimum of 21 credit hours with minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all course work attempted at FGCU.
  • Earn a grade of C or above in all required courses. A grade of C- does not satisfy the requirement of a minimum grade of C. Only one grade of C is allowed.
Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 credits)
HSA 5115 Health Svcs Mgmt & Operations (3)
HSA 6155 HealthPol & Econ Issues in HSO(3)
HSA 6179 Models of Fin Mgmt-Health Svcs (3)
HSA 6342 Human Res Mgmt for HC Mgrs(3)
HSA 6385 Planning, Eval & Quality Mgmt (3)


Electives (6 credits)
Select 6 hours from the following:
HSA 6198 Inform & Hlth Mgmt Info Systems(3)
HSA 6930 Topics in Health Services Admin (1-6)
HSA 6942 Health Serv Admin Internship (3)
IHS 6112 Legal & Ethical Aspct of Hlth Care (3)

Or other electives as approved by the advisor.


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