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B.S. Allied Healthcare Management

Maintain the strength of your career with an allied health degree

At its core, healthcare is about taking care of people. However, the way we care for people has changed dramatically, thanks to new technologies, breakthrough treatments and government regulations. Let Franklin University's B.S. Allied Healthcare Management put you at the forefront of one of the fastest growing -- and dynamic -- careers. Already in patient care? Finish even faster. Transfer 24 technical credits toward this degree at Franklin.

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Benefit from the experience of healthcare professionals.

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Get 24 hours of technical credit.

Hands-On Experience

Use real-life case studies to develop valuable practical application experience.

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Relevant Curriculum

Prepare for the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Program Overview

Build on your healthcare experience to prepare for management

Healthcare management careers are projected to grow at the above-average rate of 18% by 2025*. That's great news if you are looking to break into this exciting field, as you are more likely to find management opportunities available in a variety healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician practices, and more.

Save time and tuition: Transfer 24 patient-care technical credits

And the best part is, you can quickly advance your career with this unique degree completion program. If you are certified, licensed, registered, or have completed an associate’s degree in healthcare or an approved related discipline, you could receive credit for what you already know. Franklin transfers 24 patient-care technical credits so you can finish your degree faster—saving you valuable time and tuition dollars.

No experience or technical credits? No problem. You can break into the healthcare industry with Franklin's Healthcare Management Major.

Complete your degree—and move into management

At Franklin, you’ll acquire the skills employers look for in these critical areas: healthcare planning, healthcare systems, healthcare operations management, healthcare financial management, and compliance and risk management.

Not only will you be grounded in the fundamentals, but our relevant curriculum also incorporates current industry insights and the latest trends in healthcare management, including changes in healthcare delivery systems, the future of healthcare financing, the impact of healthcare reform, and legislative healthcare policy proposals. Upon completion of this distinctive degree program, you’ll be well prepared to take on the many challenges facing today’s—and tomorrow’s— healthcare managers

Gain practical experience with real-life, hands-on assignments

You’ll be involved in practical, hands-on field work and projects, too, as you learn in real-life situations, gain experience in performance measurement, strategic auditing, and more, all while you connect through professional networking opportunities.

Franklin gives you a unique vantage point too: the benefit of relevant, up-to-date industry knowledge delivered by successful working professionals. You’ll learn from experienced practitioners such as Jamie Phillips, Senior Vice President of Operations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kent Holloway, CEO of Lifeline of Ohio.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

*Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

120 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)
English Composition (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

WRIT 120 - COLLEGE WRITING (4)
In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

*If the course does not have a research paper component, WRIT 130 Research Paper, two semester credits, is also required.

Mathematics (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:

MATH 215 - STATISTICAL CONCEPTS (4)
This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see http://www.franklin.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees /e-textbooks for specific charges.

Choose either MATH 115 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite. Both can count as a general education or University elective.

Choose either MATH 115 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite. Both can count as a general education or University elective.

*At least one mathematics or statistics course beyond the level of intermediate algebra.

Sciences (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

SCIE 210 - UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE: PRINCIPLES, PRACTICE, & THEORY (2)
Understanding Science: Principles, Practice & Theory is a two credit hour course that introduces students to the major themes, processes, and methods common to all scientific disciplines. Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate all kinds of phenomena, scientific, pseudoscientific, and other. The focus is on the nature of science so students will develop an understanding of how science works and develop an appreciation for the process by which we gain scientific knowledge.
SCIE 211 - INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS & REASONING (4)
Introduction to Scientific Analysis and Reasoning is a four credit hour course consisting of three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of laboratory. This course is an introduction to critical thinking on statistical and scientific claims. The student will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate popular sources of (mis)information and to better understand and evaluate all sorts of scientific claims and arguments. The focus of the course is on students developing thoughtful and critical use of scientific information and research to be able to separate truth from deception and make decisions that affect their personal lives and roles as informed and engaged citizens.

*Two science courses, with one having a laboratory component.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

ECON 220 - INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS (4)
An introduction to economic theory involving the basic underlying causes and principles of the operation of an economic system. Emphasis is placed on studying the economy as a whole. Issues of inflation, unemployment, taxation, business cycles and growth are discussed in the context of the global economic system.
  • Choose additional coursework from the Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology discipline, or PUAD 295 American Government in Action.

*The six semester hours must come from at least two different disciplines

Arts and Humanities (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

HUMN 210 - INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS (2)
The goal of this course is to help you improve as a critical, logical thinker. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. You will discover how to apply these valuable skills to your studies and everyday life, learning how to overcome obstacles to critical thinking, and how to avoid being deceived by means of misleading reasoning.
HUMN 211 - INTRO TO ETHICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING (2)
The goal of this course is to help you improve your ethical analysis and reasoning skills. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing ethical arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. In this course, you will discover how to apply the following questions to your job and everyday life. Why do we need ethics if we have laws to govern our behavior' Does the majority view determine what is ethical and what is not' Are feelings, desires, and preferences reliable ethical guides' Is it ever appropriate to criticize another individual's (or culture's) ethical judgment' Are people always responsible for their actions' Do human beings have a natural tendency to good, a natural tendency to evil' both' neither' Is there a single moral code that is binding on all people, at all times, and in all places'
HUMN 218 - WORLD RELIGIONS (4)
A comparative study of the founders, sacred writings, beliefs and practices of some of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This course enables the student to study and compare the leading religions of the world in light of their historical and cultural backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore faith traditions other than their own. Common themes across religions, spiritual practice, and current related cultural and political issues will also be considered.
HUMN 232 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (4)
In this course, students will analyze works from the three major literary genres: poetry, drama, and fiction. Students will become familiar with standard vocabulary and approaches specific to the field of literary criticism and consider the importance of literature in contemporary society. The goal of this course is to encourage students to read for pleasure (engage with the text on an emotional level) while also moving towards a more objective consideration of literature by introducing the fundamentals of close reading and literary analysis.
HUMN 240 - POPULAR CULTURE (4)
An introductory course that examines basic concepts in popular culture studies and the role popular arts and artifacts play in shaping cultural values. The course covers basic theories and approaches to topics like best sellers, popular music, popular art forms, cultural heroes from the sports and entertainment worlds and other popular phenomena.
HUMN 246 - FILM APPRECIATION (4)
This course is an introduction to the art of film intended to enable students to become more knowledgeable, appreciative and critical viewers. The course covers the major areas of film: narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. While some film history is covered, this course emphasizes understanding key elements in the filmmaking process: scripting, filming, editing, acting, directing, promoting and distributing. Students will be required to view and write critical reviews of films screened both in and out of class. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see http://www.franklin.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees /e-textbooks for specific charges.
General Education (12 hours)
COMP 106 - INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS (1)
This course focuses on using spreadsheets to solve business applications.
COMP 108 - INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES (1)
This course focuses on using databases to solve business applications.
PF 321 - LEARNING STRATEGIES (2)
This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
COMM 150 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (4)
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see http://www.franklin.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees /e-textbooks for specific charges.
OR SPCH 100 - SPEECH COMMUNICATION (4)
A basic public speaking course intended to improve the student's ability to think critically and to communicate orally. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before an audience, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing and listening.

General Education Electives (4)

Professional Core (16 hours)
ACCT 215 - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (4)
An introduction to accounting emphasizing how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for users external to management. Approximately one third of the course emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information and includes exposure to recording transactions, adjusting balances and preparing financial statements for service and merchandise firms according to established rules and procedures. The balance of the course examines major elements of the statements such as cash, receivables, inventory, long'lived assets, depreciation, payroll, bonds, and other liabilities and stocks. Concepts of this course are applied to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225). Students are advised to avoid any time lapse between these courses.
BSAD 320 - QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING (4)
This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.
MGMT 312 - PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (4)
This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function that are required in today's competitive environment.
MGMT 325 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (4)
This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, motivation, conflict, diversity, and change. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see http://www.franklin.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees /e-textbooks for specific charges.
University Electives (24 hours)

Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Technical Credit (24 hours)

24 credit hours in a healthcare or approved related discipline from transfer credit.

Major Area (20 hours)
HCM 300 - HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)
This course provides students with an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare leadership. It is generally a required course for any subsequent healthcare management courses. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare leadership, organizational design as it relates to the uniqueness of healthcare organizations, managing professionals, and diversity in the workplace.
HCM 320 - HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I (4)
This is the first of two healthcare finance courses. Healthcare Financial Management I begins with an introduction to healthcare finance and a description of the current financial environment in which healthcare organizations function. It then will explore the basics of financial and managerial accounting, presenting concepts that are critical to making sound financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of the organization.
HCM 442 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)
Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
OR HCM 742 - HEALTHCARE LAWS AND ETHICS (4)
In this course the student will develop a strong foundation of health law, enabling them to deal with common legal and practical moral and ethical issues facing the healthcare organization on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory laws, rules and regulations, review of tort laws, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures and trial practice. The student will examine numerous legal, moral, and ethical issues.
HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)
This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.
OR HCM 735 - HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (4)
The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, to include managing with professionals, financial management, services utilization, and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical elements of leadership as well as current issues clarifying how the U.S. health services system is organized, managed, and financed.
HCM 495 - HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE (4)
The Healthcare Management Capstone is designed to assimilate and integrate knowledge and skills from previous coursework and field experiences. This class focuses on the key issues impacting the administration of today's healthcare organizations and explores how those issues impact the delivery of care. The Healthcare Management Capstone prepares students to enter management positions in a healthcare setting. The goals of the course are to provide a solid foundation of applying managerial knowledge within the healthcare industry. The students will demonstrate the knowledge in a professionally competent manner conducive to the advancement of healthcare in the local community. This will include: the ability to express state-of-art knowledge about current issues facing the healthcare industry; and the ability to analyze and synthesize solutions to pressing healthcare issues. This course is designed to meet the Healthcare Management Program outcomes.
Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (WRIT 120), either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) and either Speech Communication (SPCH 100) or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) prior to enrolling in any other course at the 200 level or above. Either PF 121 or PF 321 must be taken prior to the first BLF course, or it may be taken concurrently with the first 15-week BLF course. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) in place of Learning Strategies (PF 321). Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

Additional Information

Credentialed (certified, licensed, registered or degreed) healthcare practitioners, managers or administrators are eligible for this major. Students who do not have an associate's degree in healthcare may be eligible candidates for the Allied Healthcare Management major upon completion of 24 semester hours from transfer credit in an approved related discipline. The 24 semester hours of instruction must be approved by the Allied Healthcare Management Program Chair.

Students entering the major with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) or technical training and other college credit must satisfy the General Education requirements above for a total of 36 hours in General Education.

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Career Opportunities

Health Services Manager

Health Services Managers plan, direct, and coordinate the delivery of quality healthcare while working with various facility staff to ensure effectiveness and profitability.

Health Systems Manager

Health Systems Managers provide technical leadership, including enhancing systems and developing analytics, in support of system-wide productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Healthcare Administrator

Healthcare Administrators direct the business aspects of quality healthcare delivery, overseeing all operational needs including human resources, finance, and marketing.

Healthcare Strategist

Healthcare Strategists define and develop actionable marketing strategies to represent the brand and influence patient perception of that brand.

Hospital Administrator

Hospital Administrators oversee day-to-day operations, including tracking operational services, resolving issues and complaints, and ensuring adequate resources and equipment

Hospital Manager

Hospital Managers assist in the planning and coordination of healthcare delivery, including supervising medical and health information staff.

Operations Administrator

Operations Administrators formulate policies, manage daily operations, plan the use of human resources and materials, and coordinate staff activities.

Physician Practice Manager

Physician Practice Managers oversee the business aspects of a medical practice, including hiring, training, and supervising medical office staff.

Strategic Healthcare Consultant

Strategic Healthcare Consultants give objective insight into operational and/or communication issues and provide leadership with improvement and policy recommendations.

Allied Health Department Supervisor

Allied Health Department Supervisors ensure smooth, efficient operation by allied health professionals, including audiologists, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, and radiographers.

Medical Device Company Manager

Medical Device Company Managers oversee the production, marketing and/or sale of medical devices, such as instruments and implants, used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure medical conditions and diseases

Ambulatory Center Manager

Ambulatory Center Managers oversee the business aspects of outpatient facilities, including monitoring financial performance, reducing expenditures, and allocating resources.

Medical Insurance Company Administrator

Medical Insurance Company Administrators assess potential exposure to financial risk, working to limit or eliminate liability claims.

Employment Outlook

18%

From 2015-2025 jobs in Allied Healthcare Management are expected to increase by 18%.

All Occupations

2015
317,589 jobs
2025
374,755 jobs


Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

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