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Healthcare Administration Accelerated Track
Official Program Checksheet
Why Choose Master of Healthcare Administration - Accelerated Track?
As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for skilled health care managers and executives also increases. Employment is expected to grow faster than average with the fastest growth in home health agencies, residential care facilities and practitioners' offices and clinics. The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed to meet the needs of today’s healthcare leadership and beyond. In the expanding, ever-changing healthcare delivery system, extensive expertise and understanding of healthcare industry business is essential, especially for those in leadership roles. This program prepares graduates with the necessary skill and knowledge to lead the healthcare organizations through the use of evidence-based decision making in the areas of economics, financial management, organizational behavior and human resource management, strategic planning, and marketing, with a keen focus on quality improvement, resource efficiency, and interprofessional collaboration.
A fully online program, designed for the early or mid-careerist, the MHA degree may be completed in 2 years full-time, or up to a maximum of 5 years part-time. Each course includes 8-10 hours of synchronous learning, in which students are required to participate in collaborative web-based sessions. To engage students in real-world healthcare leadership experiences, the program requires active service learning opportunities including a capstone research project conducted within the healthcare setting of the student’s choice.
The program is designed in three formats:
Traditional Format – 46 credits of study including six related elective graduate credits
- Intended for the student with less than 2 years of management and/or supervisory experience.
Executive Format – 40 credits of study
- Intended for the student with two or more years of management and/or supervisory experience, excluding hours accumulated during an internship experience.
Accelerated Format – 46 credits of study including 6 related elective graduate credits
- Intended for the student consecutively seeking the FSU undergraduate Health Care Systems Administration degree and the Master of Healthcare Administration degree, this format allows the student to complete both degrees in a 5-year timeline.
The term 'health services manager' encompasses individuals in many different positions, inlcuding healthcare executives and administrators, who plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. These individuals lead change that aligns with current healthcare laws and regulations, as well as current trends in technology and services models to meet the needs of the community(s) they serve. Health services managers include both generalists (administrators who manage or help to manage an entire facility or system), and health specialists (managers in charge of specific departments or services found only in the health care industry),and executives (administrators responsible for healthcare delivery systems, or the divisions within healthcare delivery healthcare systems).
Earnings of health services managers vary by type and size of facility, level of responsibility and geographic region. The May 2016 Occupational Employment and Wages Report distributed by the U.S. Department of Labor provides the following:
Medical and Health Services Managers 2016 median pay is $96,540 per year.
Job outlook: 17% (much faster than average)
Applicants for admission to the Master of Healthcare Administration program must have:
- An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale. (Provisional admission may be considered for a GPA below 3.0.)
- International applicants only: A minimum TOEFL score of 550
- Completion of courses in the areas of mathematics, biology, chemistry, social sciences, and statistics with minimal grades of “C.” (These may be included in the undergraduate degree or taken prior to the MHA program.)
- Personal statement of interest in healthcare administration.
- Three professional references.
- Current resume.
The Master of Healthcare Administration program at Ferris leads to a Master of Healthcare Administration graduate degree. Graduation requires a minimum 3.0 GPA overall. Students must earn a 'B' or better in all courses; no grade below a ‘B’ is acceptable for graduation. Two unsuccessful attempts (grades less than ‘B’) in any MOHA course will result in dismissal from the program.
Gail Bullard, Program Coordinator
Ferris State University
College of Health Professions
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307