The major in healthcare administration prepares students for careers on the business side of the healthcare industry. Hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ practices, therapists, medical equipment manufacturers and retailers are some of the organizations that require employees with business skills.

Selected Educational Outcomes

Healthcare administration majors will

  1. identify and explain the relationship among the major components of the American healthcare system and contrast it with other systems;
  2. identify legal and ethical challenges in a healthcare setting;
  3. analyze issues in motivation and management of employees in healthcare professions;
  4. apply principles of cost analysis and control in a healthcare setting.

Assessment of educational outcomes will be by case studies, embedded questions on exams, and internship evaluations.

Requirements for the B.B.A. with a Major in Healthcare Administration

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum) 142
Area F Requirements 218
Introduction to Business
Fundamentals of Computer Applications
and The Environment of Business
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
Healthcare Administration Major Curriculum60
Senior College Curriculum 221
BUSA 2100Applied Business Statistics3
BUSA 3100Business Analytics3
FIN 3350Financial Management3
MGNT 3250Management and Organization Behavior3
MKTG 3050Introduction to Marketing3
International Option3
Select one of the following:
International Economics
Multinational Corporate Finance
Introduction to International Business
International Management
International Marketing
BUSA 2999Career Development0
BUSA 3999Experiential Learning0
BUSA 4900Business Policy3
Required Healthcare Administration Core 215
HCAD 3100Introduction to Healthcare Informatics3
HCAD 3200Healthcare Management3
HCAD 3400Healthcare Financing and Insurance3
HCAD 3600Healthcare Information Systems and Security3
HCAD 4000Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Administration3
Required Business Concentration 29
Select one area of concentration from ACCT, ECON, FIN, HCAD, MGNT, or MKTG. In your chosen area of concentration, select any three 3000- or 4000-level courses not required above.
Healthcare Electives 29
Select three of the following:
Internship in Healthcare Administration
Health Economics
Health Care Marketing
Human Resource Management
General Electives 36
Electives may consist of business and/or non-business courses. 2
Total hours required for the degree120

Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track

Contingent upon acceptance in to the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track, students wishing to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) at Valdosta State University may take up to 9 semester hours of graduate-level coursework (courses numbered 5000 or above) that will count toward Business electives for their major or toward general electives for the undergraduate degree.

Acceptance in to the Accelerated track requires:

1.  written notification by an LCOBA professional advisor from the Student Engagement Center to the LCOBA Director of Graduate Programs of her/his willingness to serve as the student's Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track advisor.

2.  completion of 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework: 

a.  at least 15 hours must be LCOBA courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA for those LCOBA credits; and

b.  a grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of those LCOBA courses.

3.  an overall GPA in undergraduate course work of at least 3.0.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will count toward the 120-hour graduation requirement but will not count toward the student’s undergraduate GPA or the calculation of academic honors.

Upon acceptance into the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track in the M.B.A. or M.Acc., students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing. Students who do not maintain good standing or who do not wish to continue with the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track may revert to their original track to complete the remaining requirements for their undergraduate business degree (B.B.A.).