Health care management


Adults working in a health care profession can expand their knowledge and career opportunities by completing a bachelor's degree in Health Care Management.

  • Classes one night a week 
  • Degree completion in as few as four semesters
  • Individualized academic advising throughout the program
  • "One-stop" customer service with many administrative details such as registration handled in the classroom, and textbooks and materials mailed to your home.
Our two-year accelerated degree program is designed to meet the needs of working adults who have earned an associate degree in an allied health program. Students will build upon the foundation of their existing education and experience with courses in business management and communication, plus specialized courses in health care financial management, personal and medical ethics, wellness concepts in health care, comparative health care systems and issues in health care.
  • Objectives
  • Prepare students for managerial-level positions in health care related organizations;
  • Enhance the skills of students currently holding managerial positions;
  • Build on existing technical skills, experience and certification in an allied health field;
  • Enable students to apply their work and life experience in a classroom;
  • Help working adults finish their degree through a program that is conveniently structured to meet their needs.
  • One four-hour class session per week; and cohorts of 12-16 people remaining together throughout the program.
  • Curriculum designed to apply current principles of adult learning;
  • Utilization of students experiences and skills learned in the health care field in their coursework;
  • Current, integrative, comprehensive approach to management and health care.
Special admission requirements
Admission requirements address the applicant s ability to perform well in a demanding academic environment, to apply classroom learning in an appropriate work setting and to contribute to the classroom experiences. The following criteria must be met:
  • applicants must have at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of transferable college work;
  • applicants must be at least 23 years of age;
  • applicants must be regularly employed or actively involved in an organization; and
  • applicants must demonstrate minimum proficiency in writing skills.


(48 hours)

Liberal arts and sciences core program

The liberal arts and sciences requirements listed below must be met to graduate. This can be done through course work at Bluffton, transfer credit, DSST, CLEP or academic credit by examination. An advisor will work with you to determine the best option. The completion of English composition is required before beginning  a degree completion program. It is recommended, but not required, that the remaining liberal arts and sciences core be completed before beginning the program as well.

  semester hours
English composition




*Fine arts appreciation (art, music or theatre)


Natural science (must be in two areas of science, one must be a lab course) 6

Other objectives of the Bluffton liberal arts and sciences core program, including studies in religion and theology, cross-cultural experience, the social sciences and humanities are met through the organizational management sequence of courses.


HCM 301 Group and Organizational Behavior (3)
A study of group behavior in the context of the larger organization. Emphasis is placed on understanding the impact of various internal processes and the broader organization environment on the outcome of the group work.
HCM 303 Organizational Theory and Design   (3)
An examination of the formal and informal functions of organizations and problem solving within an organization, using a systems model.
HCM 304 Principles of Management and Leadership   (3)
Students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning in work situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Negotiation is studied through reading and class practice with an analysis of the effect on productivity.
HCM 305 Research and Statistical Methods   (3)
Research design and data analysis techniques are presented. Application of empirical methods for the research project is covered.
HCM 306 Business Communication   (3)
An introduction to the communication process with special attention given to building skills in listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, public speaking and written expression.
HCM 307 Personal and Medical Ethics  (3)
This course offers an introduction to moral theory and historical and contemporary developments in medical ethics. It emphasizes practices of good care in relation to legal and philosophical issues in health care ethics.
HCM 309 Wellness Concepts in Health Care   (3)
This course introduces students to the central ideas of health and wellness in society, with particular emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, and how these ideas are impacting the delivery of healthcare in clinical settings. The course will explore how information technology is transforming patients from passive recipients to active participants, and will include activities to raise student awareness of their own well being targeting key areas of health.
HCM 310 Comparative Health Care Systems   (3)
Understanding different kinds of health care institutions and policies in the US and abroad and how these institutions developed. There are inherent tradeoffs in health care policies and different institutions have different strengths and weaknesses.
HCM 406 Human Resource Management   (3)
An exploration of policies and practices regarding recruitment, selection, training and development of employees including EEO and OSHA legislation.
The course will also examine current federal and state employment law.
HCM 407 Faith and Community   (3)
The role of the Christian community in developing moral values and assisting in the decision-making process will be explored. Students learn to identify the historical and biblical roots of faith, articulate the claims of faith and analyze the role of faith in their lives.
HCM 410 Living in the Global Community   (3)
An interdisciplinary examination of issues concerning the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the global community. The aim of this course is to help students relate their own lives and actions and those of their organization to the global context and understand some implications of their global citizenship.
HCM 415 Health Care Financial Management   (3)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of health care financial management, with an emphasis on understanding institution-specific documents.
HCM 416 Issues in Health Care   (3)
This is an issues course and as such the specific focus will change from time to time. The current version focuses on the issues and tasks related to the creation of the electronic medical record. Future courses could focus on topics such as national health insurance, nonprofit/ for profit delivery systems, health outcomes inequality, end-of-life decision-making.

Humanities & Fine Arts

HCM 222 Modernity, the Individual and the Common Good   (3)
This survey course examines the last 500 years of Western history and literature by focusing on important historical and literary periods. The course charts changes in self-understanding by examining challenges to the common good in the rise of individualism.

HCM 224 Perceiving the Arts in the World Around Us  (3)
The primary goal of the course is to help students become more aware of the roles the arts have in our daily lives by providing perspectives of history, basic theory, and interaction with visual art, music and theatre. Students will then apply these concepts to comment critically on works of visual arts, music, and theatre. The manner in which the three content areas coexist, interact and influence each other is a theme of the course.
HCM 226 Humanities:  Continuity and Change  (3)
The course will be an introduction to the western Humanistic traditions: literature, history, art and philosophy. Through an examination of the humanities in their historical context, the students will grapple with some of life s recurring questions: What is truth? What is beauty? What is the well-lived life? The content will emphasize the manner by which the answers given to these questions reflect changes in their historical context or, in some cases, cause changes to the course of history. The pre-modern foundations of western artistic, ethical and religious values from the dawn Mesopotamian societies through the Italian Renaissance will provide a framework from which students can draw in future courses and beyond.