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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.

Health Service Management Associate Degree Core Courses

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
BUS 100 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.
HSM 201 Introduction to Health Services 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce you to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system in such a way as to help you identify more effectively your present and future roles as consumer, provider, manager, decision maker, and analyst. For over 50 years, the United States has faced a health care crisis. We have struggled with the fundamental goals of providing cost-effective, high-quality care to all Americans. Yet politically, economically, and socially acceptable answers have continued to be debated and unresolved. As a health care manager, these questions will be the background for your future roles and this class. The class examines an overview of the health care 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.
MED 102 Essentials of Medical Terminology

 

3 Credit Hours
This course provides a comprehensive study of the language of medicine including medical and dental root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Medical terms will be offered for each of the body systems.
BUS 201 Introduction to Business 3 Credit Hours
This course gives 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.
MED 103 Anatomy and Physiology 3 Credit Hours
This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body systems. Students will acquire core knowledge in the cellular organization of the body, anatomical terms pertaining to anatomical position, positions of body parts, regions of the body, planes and sections, organ systems, feedback systems, homeostasis, chemistry of the body, cellular structure, cell cycle, DNA and RNA, components of each system, and how systems relate to each other. Special emphasis is on the integumentary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, urinary and reproductive (male and female) systems, fertilization, development of the fetus, stages of birth and finish with chromosomal and genetic inheritance, and DNA technology.
MED 201 Medical Law and Ethics 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce you to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system in such a way as to help you identify more effectively your present and future roles as consumer, provider, manager, decision maker, and analyst. For over 50 years, the United States has faced a health care crisis. We have struggled with the fundamental goals of providing cost-effective, high-quality care to all Americans. Yet politically, economically, and socially acceptable answers have continued to be debated and unresolved. As a health care manager, these questions will be the background for your future roles and this class. The class examines an overview of the health care 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.
BUS 202 Principles of Management* 3 Credit Hours
This course provides the study of management theory and applications related to the manager’s role in a global business environment.  Topics include strategic planning, organizational structure and design, ethics and social responsibility, motivating employee performance, decision making, and the nature of leadership.
 

BUS 203

 

Human Resources 3 Credit Hours
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.

Health Service Management Associate Degree General Education Courses

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ENG201 English Composition

Faculty – Kristine Benard

Masters in English, University of Toledo

Bachelor of Arts (Major English), University of Toledo

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
COM110 Communication and Speech

Faculty – Kristine Benard

Masters in English, University of Toledo

Bachelor of Arts (Major English), University of Toledo

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.
MTH101 Principles of Mathematics*

Faculty– Gautam Sen

J.D., Western New England College School of Law, M.S.

Nuclear Engineering, University of Cincinnati

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, order of operations to complex fractions.
PSY201 Introduction to Psychology

Faculty– Sandy Gilbert

BS in Sociology, University of Arizona

Master of Education, UOP

Master of Psych, Walden University

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.
HST200 American History I

Faculty – Joel Tscherne

Masters of Library Science, Kent State University

Bachelors of Arts (History Major), Cleveland State University

3 Credit Hours
This course is a survey of United States history from our beginnings as a nation until 1877.
HST201 American History II

Faculty – Joel Tscherne

Masters of Library Science, Kent State University

Bachelors of Arts (History Major), Cleveland State University

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.

Health Service Management Associate Degree- Specialty Courses**

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MCB 101 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.
MCB 102 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, ICD10-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 it’s practical application to comprehensive dictation including chart notes, history and physicals , emergency room reports , consultations , initial office evaluations and discharge summaries.
ACC 101 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.
MED 104 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 health care 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.

*Predetermined Proctored Course

**Student will select one course to be proctored

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

In an effort to protect the integrity of Brighton College’s degree programs, Brighton College degree seeking students are required to complete periodic proctored final exams, which are appropriately spaced throughout the duration of the program. The table below indicates the number of proctored exams for the Associate Degree programs offered. Each Associate Degree is broken down into Core Courses, General Education Courses, and Specialty Career Focus Courses, a proctored exam will be required for one course in each category of the Associate Degree seeking students.

Program Level Proctored Exams
Associate’s Degree 3

*2 courses are pre-determined as requiring a proctored exam, one course will come from General Education Courses and the other, Core Courses. The third course will be a Specialty Career Focus Course which will be at the discretion of the student.

Certificate and vocational programs do not require final exams.

The courses which have been selected to have proctored exams are marked on the course syllabus, on the program layout in the college catalog, and on the Brighton College website, so that students are aware of which courses have proctored exams.

Transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis and alternate courses will be established upon enrollment as warranted

Failure to take a proctored exam will result in a grade of F for the entire course even though a student’s grade average for the course is high enough to pass without taking the proctored exam

Proctored Exam Procedures through ProctorU

  1. Students using ProctorU will be directed to sign up for an account upon their first proctored exam. The website is: https://www.proctoru.com/portal/brightoncollege
  2. Students will create an account and schedule their exam. Be sure to provide a valid email address and a phone number where you can be reached when you are taking the exam.
  3. At the time of your exam, please return to http://go.proctoru.com and click on the blinking button, asking you to “click here to start.”

 

Proctored Exam Procedures not through ProctorU

  1. If a student chooses not to use the online proctoring service provided by Brighton College, or is unable to take the proctored exam at the Brighton College campus, he/she must obtain his/her own independent, qualified proctor and provide appropriate contact and qualification information to Brighton College prior to taking an exam to enable Brighton College to approve (or disapprove) the proctor. A proctored exam form should be filled-out and submitted to the registrar who will contact and verify the information regarding the instructor’s name, agreed upon location and time. The exam will not be released without approval.
  2. The Registrar will provide the completed form to the proctor. Included with the form will be instructions to the proctor, testing specific and student accommodations.
  3. At the scheduled time, a student should meet his/her proctor at the designated testing location. The proctor must validate the student’s identity by reviewing legitimate, government-issued photo identification.
  4. The student should log onto the Learning Management system, access the online exam, and then have the proctor enter his/her password. Students cannot access the exam until this information has been provided.
  5. After the student has completed the exam, the instructor will be notified immediately that the exam is finished and ready for grading.