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Health Services Management


The Health Services Management program teaches students the foundational knowledge and skills needed to become health care managers for advancement in health care disciplines. It prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Health Services Management/Administration, where upon graduation they can hold the position of medical office manager, health care administrator, practice administrator, regional operations director, manager of operations, associate administrator for strategic planning and director of patient access.

Understanding the social, political, economic and financial issues affecting health care will provide students with the knowledge to transfer to a baccalaureate program and become effective health care managers. The components of finance, technology, health care policy and economics that comprise the U.S. health care system and how each element interrelates with one another are emphasized in this curriculum.

Students interested working in health care but in nondirect patient care environments are encouraged to apply to this program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in preparation for a career in health care.
  • Identify current issues and trends affecting the U.S. health care delivery system and strategies to address them.
  • Analyze health care policies and critique their effectiveness in serving the needs of the intended stakeholders.

Program Entry Requirements:

This is a select program. Students may apply for admission into the program after they have demonstrated readiness for ENGL 101 and FNMT 118 as determined by the College's placement tests or by successfully completing identified developmental course work. The program requires students to have completed the FNMT 118 course by the time they have earned 12 credits in order to remain in the program. They will also need to complete either MATH 150 or MATH 251; ENGL 102 and CIS 103 by the time they have earned 24 credits.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Health Services Management, a student must complete 60 credit hours as prescribed, attain a grade point average of 2.0 in all program core courses and no grade below a "C" in any course.

Health Services Management Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

FNMT 118 – Intermediate Algebra or higher

  3 Mathematics
AH 103 – Medical Terminology   3  
ENGL 101 – English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
BIOL 109 – Anatomy and Physiology I   4 Natural Science
CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp

Second Semester

AH 112 - Medical Administrative Procedures   3  
AH 120 - Reimbursement Methodologies in Health Care   3  
BIOL 110 - Anatomy and Physiology II   4  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 3  
AH 116 - Interpersonal and Professional Skills in the Health Care Setting   3 Am/Global Diversity

Third Semester

AH 204 - Medical Law and Ethics ENGL 101 3  
ACCT 101 – Financial Accounting   4  
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 251 - Introductory Data Analysis

FNMT 118 with grade of "C" or better or MATH 161 placement

PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 Social Science
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Fourth Semester

AH 260 - Supervisory Management in Health Care AH 204 3  
AH 222 - Health Care Policy and Administration AH 120, AH 204 with grade of "C" or better MATH 150 or MATH 251 with grade of "C" or better 3  
AH 224 - Current Issues and Trends in Health Care AH 120, AH 204 with grade of "C" or better MATH 150 or MATH 251with grade of "C" or better 3  
Social Science Elective   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement and Interpretive Studies requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive and one course that is designated Interpretive Studies. The same course may be used to fulfill both requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.