To serve the growing needs of the healthcare industry with respect to management and administration, Jefferson College of Health Professions offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with the option of three majors:
- Health Services Management (BS-HSM)
- Health Professions Management (BS-HPM)
- Health Services Management Information Systems (BS-HSMIS)
The BS-HSM, BS-HPM and the BS-HSMIS are intended to prepare individuals for entry-level management positions in a wide variety of healthcare organizations -- hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, clinics, ambulatory care centers, welfare departments, rehabilitation centers and public health agencies. The term “health care manager” refers to individuals in various positions within these organizations and agencies that plan, organize, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health services. Health care managers include generalists -- individuals who administer, manage or help to manage entire facilities or systems -- and specialists who manage clinical departments or services specific solely to the healthcare industry. Whether generalist or specialist, health care managers deal with finances, budgets, personnel, computer systems, laws and legal requirements, program planning and evaluation, and organizational behavior, including politics and conflict.
Into the foreseeable future, the increasing demand for entry-level healthcare managers will be fueled by two social and demographic forces: (1) the substantial increase in the nation’s elderly population and (2) the constant change and experimentation in the nation’s healthcare payment system. Although today most healthcare managers are employed in hospitals, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that, in the future, these two trends suggest that the fastest growth will be in home health care agencies, long-term care facilities, practitioners’ offices and clinics.
The BS-HSM, BS-HPM and BS- HSMIS programs are designed to serve the largest and fastest growing segment of the higher education population in the United States today: adults (23+) who work full-time but have not completed a college education to the baccalaureate level and who are interested in highly focused and accelerated part-time college options. The programs will be of special interest to licensed or credentialed allied health professionals (nurses, paramedics, rad-techs, etc.), medical practice workers or administrators and information systems and computer technicians who have not completed a bachelor’s degree.
- The BS-HSM and BS-HSMIS each comprise a minimum of 123 credits distributed as follows:
- General Education: 36-39 credits
- Foundation courses: 30 credits
- Major courses: 39 credits
- Electives: 15 credits
- Internship: 3 credits
- The BS-HPM comprises 123 credits distributed as follows:
- General Education: 30-33 credits
- Foundation courses: 27 credits
- Major courses: 30 credits
- Health professions credits: 33-39
- Internship: 3 credits
- Students may transfer up to 60 applicable credits from other accredited colleges and universities. This includes professional credits awarded toward the BS-HPM.
- All Foundation and Major courses are accelerated. Classes meet two evenings per week for seven weeks. The accelerated college year consists of six (6) seven-week sessions. (Courses required to fulfill General Education requirements are offered in a traditional 15-week semester and accelerated sessions.)
- Students may begin or enter the program at any one of the six accelerated sessions.
- Classes are held on-site at the downtown campus of Thomas Jefferson University.
- Students may achieve the bachelor of science degree in stages, earning first an associate’s degree in business, information systems or medical practice management. All courses required for these associate degrees are directly applicable to one of the majors of the bachelor of science degree program.
- The curricula are designed to prepare students to continue on to graduate programs (MBA, MHA, MIS-HS) at area institutions that specialize in health services management or health services management information systems.