Courses Health Care Management

Bachelor of Science in Business

Course Requirements

Total program points needed for graduation: 90

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

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General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits
BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits
ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.


Additional Program Requirements


Core courses


42 quarter credits

Developing a Health Care Management Perspective

In this course, learners develop basic knowledge of how fundamental business practices and principles apply to health care management. In addition, learners explore management opportunities that exist within the healthcare industry and acquire and demonstrate essential research, information literacy, critical thinking, and writing skills. For BS Health Care Management learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Management

In this course, learners examine the fundamental principles of management and the characteristics that make an effective manager. Learners then apply these principles in management decision-making roles of planner, organizer, controller, and communicator. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3011.

3 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3012.

3 quarter credits
Foundations and Future of Health Care Delivery Management

This course offers an indepth study of national and global healthcare from a business management perspective. Learners examine the history and evolution of both the U.S. and global healthcare delivery systems. Learners also apply critical thinking skills to analyze a variety of management challenges related to population health indicators, political, economic, and consumer driven forces. Finally, learners explore the high level of change and innovation in the healthcare system by applying change management concepts and skills related to emerging and future trends in healthcare delivery.

6 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales

In this course, learners focus on the fundamentals of marketing and sales, including market research and planning, product differentiation and positioning, marketing communications, differences between consumer and business markets, and relational marketing and sales strategy. Learners demonstrate course competencies by preparing and presenting a marketing and sales plan and a corresponding marketing and sales strategy for a simple product offering.

6 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

This course is a survey of the human resources management (HRM) field and its function and role in the organization. Learners develop their knowledge of fundamental HRM principles and demonstrate competencies in areas such as compensation and benefits, legal requirements, and training and development.

6 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners understand and apply the fundamentals of organizational communication. Learners analyze the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, performance, and effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise. Learners also examine how effective organizational communication contributes to successful organizational performance and the ways elements of organizational communication interact and function in an enterprise.

6 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also applyaccounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Finance

In this course, learners gain and apply finance basics including the time value of money concepts, stock and bond valuation techniques, and capital budgeting processes. Learners also demonstrate ways the relationship of domestic and global financial environments affect financial markets. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3062.

3 quarter credits


Specialization courses


48 quarter credits

BUS4121 *
Ethics in Health Care Management

The focus of this course is on the ethical principles that guide health care management practices. Learners examine the role of personal moral integrity in ethical health care leadership, as well as the external and internal forces that influence health care management. Finally, learners also analyze a variety of ethical dilemmas that health care leaders face in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. Prerequisite(s): BUS3026.

6 quarter credits
BUS4122 *
Health Care Economics

This course offers an in-depth study of health care economics and prepares learners to apply this knowledge to the future needs of health care organizations. It focuses on issues related to efficiency, effectiveness, value, and behavior in the production and consumption of health care. Learners examine current trends and historical perspectives in the health care industry to understand its unique economic structure, while applying critical thinking skills to analyze systemic impacts of the behavior of individuals, health care providers, public and private organizations, and governments. Learners also evaluate current public policies and reimbursement systems as well as their impacts on the overall health care system. Prerequisite(s): BUS3026; BUS3060, or BUS3061 and BUS3062.

6 quarter credits
BUS4123 *
Quality Assurance and Risk Management

In this course, learners research the interconnected functions of quality assurance and risk management in the health care field and show how these factors are used to increase the quality of patient care and decrease the risk of litigation. Learners strategically analyze key components of quality assurance and risk management functions, quality indicators, and valid and reliable sources of decision-making information. Learners also use quality assurance assessment and evaluation to demonstrate how to continually meet an organization’s educational needs. Prerequisite(s): BUS3026.

6 quarter credits
BUS4124 *
Health Care Marketing and Strategic Planning

Learners in this course build and apply a working knowledge of marketing and strategic planning in the health care field. Learners analyze external and internal marketing data, investigate industry competitive forces and marketing trends, and examine quality indicators and sources of consumer-driven information that are vital to the development of a marketing plan. Learners also use surveys and focus groups to assess consumer wants and demands. This course emphasizes the critical role of marketing in the health care organization’s overall strategic plan and the associated significance of aligning marketing and strategic plan goals. Prerequisite(s): BUS3026, BUS3030.

6 quarter credits
BUS4125 *
Legal Aspects of Health Care Management

In this course, learners gauge the impact of laws and regulations in various health care organization contexts. Learners analyze local, state, and federal health care laws and evaluate their applicability and effect on patient rights, care, and confidentiality; human resources; and organizational and professional licensure. Learners also research and examine common health care contractual arrangements and strategize organizational procedures that assist with managing potential legal risks associated with referral practices, employee and patient safety, and medical error. Prerequisite(s): BUS3026.

6 quarter credits
BUS4126 *
Health Care Information Management

This course focuses on effective information management in the health care field. Learners explore and report on the ways information is managed and leveraged in the areas of daily operations; patient care, confidentiality, and safety; billing, finance, and cost-benefits analysis; and strategic planning. Learners also build and demonstrate competence using software and hardware systems and their associated clinical and administration applications. Prerequisite(s): BUS3026.

6 quarter credits
BUS4127 *
Evidence-Based Health Care Management

Learners in this course develop and apply an understanding of the origin, concept, and practice of evidence-based management relative to the health care field. Learners analyze the credibility and validity of evidence sources and identify potential evidence sources to use in health care management decision making. Learners also synthesize information from variety of evidence-based sources to support leadership decisions from an operational and strategic perspective. Prerequisite(s): BUS3026.

6 quarter credits
BUS4128 *
Cultural Competence in Health Care

In this course, learners gain and apply knowledge of the business management skills used to effectively assess, create, and lead culturally competent health care organizations. Learners explore management responsibilities for creating and maintaining a workplace environment of cultural diversity and inclusion, as well as the challenges associated with this responsibility and the resources available to meet those challenges. Learners also examine how cultural health disparities and the social determinants of health affect the ability of health care organizations to provide culturally competent health care programs and services.  Prerequisite(s): BUS3026.

6 quarter credits


Elective courses


39 quarter credits


Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.


Capstone course


6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

Business Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Business degree program. Learners demonstrate their technical and applied business knowledge and competencies along with critical-thinking and communication skills. Learners also formulate ideas for a new business product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BS in Business learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment

6 quarter credits






180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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