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Brighton College’s Associate Degree in Health Services Management program is designed to prepare students with the academic knowledge and necessary skills to prosper in entry level positions in the healthcare environment. The Associate Degree in Health Services Management program also includes a comprehensive general education curriculum to prepare students for future career opportunities.

Program Overview

What Will I Study?

In our Associate Degree in Health Services Management program, you will gain core competencies and develop proficiencies in the following:   

  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Coding Procedures
  • Principles of Management
  • Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Terminology
  • Interpersonal Communications

Job Assistance

We understand that finding a position after completing your Health Services Management degree is the ultimate goal. We will help you build your resume and cover letter. Our staff is dedicated to assisting you in your job search.

Course Outline

A Career as a Health Services Manager!

Our Associate Degree in Health Services Management program was designed with you in mind. You can review lessons as many times as you want, reinforcing the material until you have a solid understanding of it.

Once you enroll, you can get started right way! Courses are released one by one to ensure you properly retain the information.

What courses are in the Associate Degree in Health Services Management program?

The following courses are included in the Associate Degree in Health Services Management program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. The Associate Degree in Health Services Management program has a total of 60 credit hours. Each course must be completed in 8 weeks.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
BUS100 Skills for Success 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to strengthen students’ study skills and learn effective strategies to increase performance and success in college. Students learn how to use their learning styles to tailor their approach to learning, process information more efficiently, manage time effectively, set goals, increase concentration, increase motivation, reduce stress and procrastination, read college textbooks more effectively, take notes, prepare for tests, and perform well on different kinds of tests.
ENG201 English Composition 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to write clearly. Emphasis is on effective writing and revising techniques, including purpose, organization, and mechanics. Various modes and strategies of descriptive, narrative and illustrative essays are covered. The course culminates with a research paper.
HSM201 Introduction to Health Services 3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s healthcare system, which will help the student identify more effectively the present and future role as consumer, provider, manager, decision maker, and analyst. For over 50 years, the United States has faced a healthcare crisis, while struggling with the fundamental goals of providing cost-effective,
high-quality care to all Americans. In the process, political, economic, and socially acceptable answers continue to be debated. These unresolved issues will serve as a learning platform in the student’s future challenges, as well as in this class. In addition, the class examines an overview of the healthcare system, causes and characteristics of health service utilization, nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and nonfinancial resources used and needed, measurement of quality of care, and current issues in delivery.
MED102 Essentials of Medical Terminology 3 Credit Hours
This course is an exploration of the systems of the human body including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems, as well as reproductive, integumentary, blood/lymph, endocrine and nervous systems and how they relate to each other. In addition, some of the most common diseases and disorders affecting these systems and the treatments for them are discussed.
MED104 Medical Office Procedures 4 Credit Hours
This course provides the required background for the responsibilities of the administrative medical assistant. It prepares students for the ever-increasing use of technology in the medical office, with an emphasis on the importance of the computerization of routine tasks and of communications. Students learn to perform the duties of the administrative medical assistant under realistic conditions and with realistic pressures that require them to organize the work and set priorities. This medical administrative software, simulates administrative situations commonly found in healthcare practices. The students will learn to input patient information, schedule appointments and handle billing. In addition to preparing various lists and reports, the student learns to handle insurance claims electronically.
BUS201 Introduction to Business 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an overview of the basic functions of business and how they interrelate. Topics covered include fundamentals of economics, global business, e-business, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing, management, finance and investment.
COM110 Communication and Speech 3 Credit Hours
This course teaches the basics of communication principles and concepts. Topics include foundations of communication, interpersonal communications and problem solving, communicating in groups and in public, and developing and delivering persuasive and informative speeches.
MED103 Anatomy and Physiology 4 Credit Hours
This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the systems of the human body. Students will acquire core knowledge in the components of each system, and how systems relate to each other. Special emphasis is on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive (male and female) systems.
MED201 Medical Law and Ethics 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an overview of the laws and ethics needed to give competent, compassionate care to patients that is within acceptable legal and ethical boundaries. This course can serve as a guide to help resolve the many legal and ethical questions a healthcare practitioner will face in the work environment.
PSY201 Introduction To Psychology 3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to the theories and methodological approaches to psychology. Topics include psychological bases of behavior, learning, memory, social behavior, personality, motivation, emotion, human development, and abnormal behavior.
BUS202 Principles of Management 3 Credit Hours
This course involves the study of management theory and applications related to the manager’s role in a global business environment. The topics include strategic planning, organizational structure and design, ethics and social responsibility, motivating employee performance, decision-making, and the nature of leadership. Prerequisite: BUS201.
HST200 American History I 3 Credit Hours
This course is a survey of United States history from our beginnings as a nation until 1877.
MTH101 Principles of Mathematics 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation in fundamental mathematical concepts and an overview of mathematical principles including the nature of the numeration system, whole numbers, algebra, geometry, money, logic, chance, graphs and probability. After completing the course, the student should be able to use fundamental critical thinking skills, which will be enhanced through the use of basic mathematical problems that will range from algebraic equations and the order of operations, to complex fractions.
MCB101 Medical Coding I  3 Credit Hours
A study of the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM, and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System, ICD-10-PCS) classification system. Topics include coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-10-CM/PCS) codes to diagnosis/procedure statements, case abstracts, and patient records. Use of the ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding manual and a computerized encoder is incorporated; inpatient, outpatient, and physician office reimbursement systems are discussed.
ACC101 Introduction to Accounting 3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to accounting that
provides an overview of the fundamental principles used by corporations to record financial transactions. It includes key terms used by accounting professionals and covers the following topics: the accounting equation, financial statements, recording of business transactions, trading business vs. service business, accounting journals, special controls for accounting for cash, accounts receivable and accounts payable, business assets, inventories, payroll and financial statements for partnership and corporate forms of organizations. Prerequisite: MTH101.
BUS203 Human Resource Management 3 Credit Hours
This course is an overview of the study of human resource management issues and skills needed for effective performance by managers and employees. The focus of the course is on recruiting, performance management, training and development, disciplining employees, compensation, incentives and rewards, career planning and employee benefits. Prerequisite: BUS201.
HST201 American History II 3 Credit Hours
This course is a survey of United States history since 1877, focusing on the social, political, and historical forces that have shaped the country. Prerequisite: HST200.
MCB102 Medical Coding II  3 Credit Hours
This course is a continuation of Medical Coding I and is a study of the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM, and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System, ICD-10-PCS) classification system. Topics include coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-10-CM/PCS) codes to diagnosis/procedure statements, case abstracts, and patient records. Use of the ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding manual and a computerized encoder is incorporated; inpatient, outpatient, and physician office reimbursement systems are discussed.
TRN101 Beginning Medical Transcription 4 Credit Hours
This course introduces the study of medical transcription and its practical application to comprehensive dictation, including chart notes, history and physicals, emergency room reports, consultations, initial office evaluations and discharge summaries. Prerequisite: MED102 or equivalent.

Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole should see an increase in the demand for medical services.

Employment is projected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is projected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.

 

Employment Opportunities

You could find health services management opportunities in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Transcription service offices
  • Clinics
  • Government medical facilities
  • Insurance companies
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMO’s)
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home healthcare services
  • Cancer registrars
  • Coding/billing organizations

Earnings*

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers in May 2015 was $94,500. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,230, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $165,380. Note: This information is based on those who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in health services management.

 

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited March 03, 2017).

Tuition & Fees

The total price for the Brighton College Associate Degree in Health Services Management program is $10,950.

Total Tuition $9,000
Enrollment Fee $100
Resource Fee $950
Total Sales Price $10,950

Payment Plans

  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full for a total program price of  $10,450. Save $500!
  • Private Student Loan: Finance your education with low down payments and customized terms!

All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit Admission Procedures.

Financial Assistance

The programs at Brighton College are approved for Veterans benefits. Brighton College also works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.

Textbooks

Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton College will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. We recommend purchasing textbooks one course at a time since updated versions are released periodically. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $1,582 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

Career Services

Brighton College is dedicated to assisting you with your job search. You will have access to Brighton’s online career center while completing your career training. The career center is designed to help you find employment in your chosen field.

Specialized Career Course

In this course you will learn important skills such as networking, career management, and building interpersonal relationships. You will also have help writing your resume. The focus of this course and its textbook are to help you to get a better job and to decrease the time you will spend doing so.

One-On-One Cover Letter Assistance

You will learn how to build and design effective cover and follow-up letters and explore ways to be effective in your communication with your potential employer.

Interview Preparation

You will learn interview techniques and tips on how to answer the most commonly asked questions.

Proctored Exams

All associate degree students are required to take two proctored exams through an online proctoring service, ProctorU, as required in specific courses. Proctored exams are open-book and only course material, course resources, and personal notes may be used. Students may not use Google or any other online search options to locate answers during proctored exams. A webcam is required to complete proctored tests.  For students who do not have access to a webcam, they may check with the local library, community centers, and recreational centers for availability. Active duty and deployed service members may request proctoring through a military education officer or test control officer. If necessary, a proctored exam may be done in person with a non-affiliated individual such as an administrator, librarian, counselor, or human resource personnel. In-person proctored exams require approval from the Student Services Manager prior to taking the exam.