Sep 18, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Healthcare Management, BHS


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Introduction


Pacific University’s Bachelor of Health Science in Healthcare Management is designed for working healthcare professionals. The program prepares graduates to transition into leadership and management roles or pursue graduate education. The curriculum is designed for distance delivery using Moodle (online platform) and web conferencing technology. Courses are taught by Pacific University faculty and healthcare professionals with topical expertise.

Mission

The mission of Pacific University’s Bachelor of Health Science degree completion program is to prepare entry level professionals for careers in health care management. The program prepares students to act as transformational leaders in guiding the future of healthcare in their chosen professional concentration area. To do this, students demonstrate a high level of professional competence, servant leadership, and personal attributes needed in an evolutionary health care environment.

Accreditation

Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Program Format

The Bachelor of Health Science degree is a one year program (three semesters) delivered asynchronously through online content and through synchronous online class meetings. Students are required to attend online and synchronous orientation in August. The BHS program has a block curriculum design, which means that every semester students complete six to seven courses, but take only 2-3 courses at one time.

Leadership Development Plan, Applied Internship & Capstone Project

Students are required to complete three major projects that span the length of the program: a Leadership Development Plan, Capstone Project (a research based program plan) and at least 120 hours of Applied Internship. The Leadership Development Plan helps students plan for a career in healthcare management. The Capstone Project and Applied Internship provide students with opportunities to apply and synthesize their learning. The requirements of the Capstone Project include aspects of each course completed in the BHS program. At the end of the project, each student or team of students is required to submit a final paper and complete an oral presentation. The Applied Internship is typically arranged at the student’s current place of employment but engages the student in the kinds of work that are relevant to healthcare management. Students must earn a final grade of B- or higher in HSC 407/471 Capstone and HSC 475 Internship to be eligible to graduate.

Program Purpose/Student Learning Outcomes

See: http://www.pacificu.edu/future-undergraduates/academics/areas-study/bachelor-health-science-online/purpose-student-learning-outcomes

Student Assessment Methods

See: http://www.pacificu.edu/future-undergraduates/academics/areas-study/bachelor-health-science-online/student-methods-assessment

Faculty


Faculty

Admission


Prerequisites

  • Associate’s degree or credit equivalent*
  • A cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher is preferred
  • Suggested minimum of two  years of experience or current work with a healthcare or social services organization

* Conditional admission may be offered to exceptional candidates who have not met the credit minimum.

Application Process

Submit the following to admissions@pacificu.edu :

  • A completed application form
  • A three-page (maximum) essay describing your professional goals and how the BHS program relates to the achievement of those goals
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from each college and university attended*
  • Two reference letters (one must be from a supervisor or employer)
  • $50 application fee (this fee may be waived for early applicants; check with Graduate Admissions at admissions@pacificu.edu)

The applicant pool is screened by the Admissions Committee, which includes HAL faculty and administrators. After the screening process, candidates may be invited to interview with the BHS Program Director over the phone or by video conference.

Acceptance into the program is based on: previous undergraduate coursework, commitment to community service and healthcare management, professional experience, strength of evaluation letters and essay, written and oral communication skills, and analytical thinking skills as assessed in the essay and interview.

*Unofficial transcripts can be reviewed prior to application, but admission cannot be offered unless official transcritps have been received.

Policies


BHS students must meet the requirements of all Pacific University, College of Health Professions, and School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership policies and procedures, including professional standards of conduct established by the field of healthcare administration, and those listed elsewhere in this catalog.

Academic Integrity

Students are required to adhere to all Program, School, College and University standards regarding academic integrity. Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated. If an instructor detects instances of plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, misrepresentation, failure to appropriately attribute reference materials or the reuse of a student’s written materials from other courses on any exam, paper, assignment or other work submitted by a student, or the submission of the work of another student as your own work, the result will be an immediate failure of the course, with a grade of F, and referral for immediate action including possible dismissal from the program.

In cases of flagrant or intentional violations of the University Code of Academic Conduct or the University Code of Student Conduct, a student may be removed from the BHS program without previous warning, at any time.

Please refer the Handbook regarding academic dishonesty and integrity: http://www.pacificu.edu/studentlife/handbook/index.cfm

Add/Drop/Withdrawal Schedule

Students may drop a semester-long course through the 10th day of the semester without having the course appear on the transcript. Since the BHS program is an accelerated degree completion program with a fixed curriculum, adding or dropping a course is not permitted or recommended unless the student is requesting a leave of absence from the program.

Appeals Process

In general, program decisions regarding academic standing are final. A decision may be appealed to the HAL Student Review Committee only if the student can show that 1) there was an error in the procedure used by the faculty, 2) there is new evidence sufficient to alter the decision, or 3) the sanction imposed was not appropriate to the severity of the violation of professional or academic standards. Appeals to the College of Health Professions Standards and Appeals Committee are to be filed with the Director’s office within 10 days from the date of notification of the original action. Students are not allowed to attend class until the student has filed an appeal. Further appeals may be pursued through the University Standards and Appeals Committee.

Attendance Policy

All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly. This applies to online classes with asynchronous sessions as well as course segments that require live web conferencing. Students who miss classes will be held responsible for all in-class course assignments. If a student repeatedly fails to attend classes without excused absences, they may be dismissed from the BHS program. It is the responsibility of each student to immediately notify the Program Director and course instructor prior to class if an absence is anticipated.

Students have the responsibility to take all scheduled assessments on the announced date and time. Students who report to class late on an assessment day may not be given any extra time. This also applies to online courses with dates indicated in the syllabus. An absence from an assessment shall be considered “excused” if it occurs because of any of the following circumstances (valid documentation may be requested):

  • Hospitalization of the student or an immediate family member due to illness or accident
  • Death in the student’s immediate family (i.e.; spouse, parents, guardians, siblings, children, grandparents, etc.)
  • Summons of the student to appear for jury duty or before a court
  • Any reason that has been approved by the BHS Program Director in advance

Auditing

Courses are offered only for credit; students may not audit.

Catalog Year

Students may select the previous year’s catalog (the one they referenced to plan their transfer work) or current year’s catalog (the catalog under which they will graduate) under the guidance of the program director.

Commencement

Commencement is in August. Students are not required to participate in commencement. If a student has completed all degree requirements but has outstanding debt to the university, they may participate in commencement but will not receive their diploma until debts are settled. If a student has completed all degree requirements except for internship, the student may participate in commencement if they have completed an academic advising plan that lays out the path required to finish the internship, and the student has completed 80 or more internship hours by July 31st.

Continuation in the Program

Students must earn a 2.0 or higher GPA each term and maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in all coursework earned at Pacific. A final grade of C- or above must be earned in each course, with the exception of core project courses which require a final grade of B- or higher (HSC 470/HSC 471/HSC 475). Students who do not achieve a minimum grade of C- in any course will be required to retake that course and delay graduation.  Students who earn below C- in one or multiple courses will be placed on academic warning and continued poor performance could result in dismissal from the program.

All degree requirements must be completed within 4 years of the first day of class during the student’s initial term in the program. If a student fails to complete coursework within 4 years, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Good academic standing in the Bachelor of Health Science program is defined as: continued enrollment, satisfactory academic progress, satisfactory progress towards total completion of internship hours, behavior that leads to professional competence and positive interpersonal and professional relations, and appropriate professional/ ethical conduct and attitudes. Students are monitored and evaluated regularly by the BHS Program Director according to standards defined in the program handbook.

Credit Load

Twelve credits serve as a full-time course load. Fall term is 12-14credits, Spring term is 13-15credits, and Summer term is 15 credits. Students will be enrolled in the required coursework for each term by HAL’s administrative assistant. Students may also elect to enroll in an independent study or another elective course offered through the BHS program if they need additional credits to meet the 120 credit minimum for graduation.

If a student chooses to complete the BHS program over a two year period, rather than in the accelerated standard 11 month format, fewer courses may be assigned each term, with the remainder of courses being assigned during the next year. Note that this is not encouraged.

Between 12-18 credits is considered a normal load; for overload, tuition charges remain at the full-time level. Permission is required to be enrolled in more than 18 credits; students are charged full-time tuition, plus the part-time per-credit charge for each credit above 18.

Grading

The Bachelor of Health Science Program uses the following grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, P, N.

P=75% (C) or higher. Students must earn a 2.0 or higher GPA each term and maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in all coursework earned at Pacific. A final grade of C- or above must be earned in each course, with the exception of core project courses which require a final grade of B-or higher (HSC 470/HSC 471/HSC 475). Students who do not achieve a minimum grade of C- in any course will be required to retake that course which will delay graduation.  Students who earn below C- in one or multiple courses may be placed on academic warning and continued poor performance could result in dismissal from the program.

Honors

Students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to 3.699 are designated Cum Laude; 3.70 to 3.909 are designated Magna Cum Laude; 3.91 to 4.00 are designated Summa Cum Laude.

Incomplete Grades

Instructors may issue a grade of Incomplete only when a major portion of a course has been completed satisfactorily and there are extenuating circumstances such as health emergencies, previously unanticipated demands on the job, disability, family circumstances or other emergent situations that prevent the student from completing all course requirements by the end of the semester.

The instructor(s) and the student must agree upon a plan that outlines the remaining coursework, and establish a deadline by which all outstanding course work will be completed and submitted to the instructor(s) for evaluation and assignment of a final course grade. This plan (Contract) must be submitted to the School Director for approval in advance. Students may take up to two academic semesters to make up any incomplete course work. If the incomplete course work is not completed within two semesters, the Incomplete automatically changes to a grade of “F” and the student may be dismissed from the program.

After submission of the work, the instructor completes a Grade Change form and submits it to the School Director for approval; the form then is processed by the Registrar.

The instructor and the student are required to agree upon a deadline by which all coursework will be completed and submitted to the instructor. Students may take up to two academic semesters to make up any incomplete work.

If agreed-upon work is not completed and no grade change form is submitted within two semesters (and an extension has not been granted), when the Incomplete grade expires the course grade becomes an F. Faculty may request an extension of an Incomplete (before the expiration date of the Incomplete) by notifying the Registrar’s office.

BHS students receiving Incomplete grades in more than two courses in any semester may be placed on Academic and/or Financial Aid Warning. Please see the section on “Academic Policies and Procedures” in the University Student Handbook for a full description of an Incomplete grade.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the BHS Program Director.

Leave of Absence/Readmission

Students may apply for a leave of absence from the BHS program for up to one year. To apply for readmission after an absence of one semester or more, a student must complete a brief Application for Readmission form, and submit official transcripts from all colleges attended during the absence from Pacific to the Director of the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership. Students who have been dismissed due to academic misconduct are not eligible to reapply.

Non-degree seekers

Only students who have been accepted into the degree program may take BHS courses.

Normal Load

Twelve credits serve as a full-time course load for the fall and spring semesters, although 13-16 credits per semester is typical. Students are not permitted to take more than eighteen credits in a single semester without permission from the Program Director and course instructor(s).

Repeating Courses

If a student is retaking a course in order to earn a grade that would allow them to graduate from the BHS program, then the new grade would replace the previous low grade. All courses taken count toward a student’s overall GPA.

Satifactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Good academic standing in the Bachelor of Health Science program is defined as: continued enrollment, satisfactory academic progress, satisfactory progress towards total completion of internship hours, behavior that leads to professional competence and positive interpersonal and professional relations, and appropriate professional/ ethical conduct and attitudes. Students are monitored and evaluated regularly by the BHS Program Director according to standards defined in the program handbook.

Transfer Credit

The BHS Program is designed as a transfer degree program, with the expectation of a minimum of 76 semester credits being transferred to Pacific. Transfer credit must be of a 100-level or higher and not college-preparatory work, must have earned a grade of C- or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.  Pacific may award transfer credit for any courses that are relevant to, and appropriate for, the BHS degree. Students must complete all required upper-division courses at Pacific University. Thirty (30) of the last 40 credits must be completed at Pacific University.

Tuition and Fees


Tuition is $482 per credit ($19,280* for the program; 40 credits total).
HSC 301  and HSC 302  have no tuition attached.

No additional fees are required, but books, laptop and headset, medical costs for immunizations, fees for background check and drug test are not included in the tuition costs. Students should expect to budget an additional $2,500 to cover these expenses.

* Overloads: Between 12-18 credits, tuition charges remain at the full-time level. Permission is required to be enrolled in more than 18 credits; students are charged full-time tuition, plus the part-time per-credit charge for each credit above 18.

Degree Requirements


120 semester credits are required to earn the Bachelor of Health Science. A minimum of 76 semester (114 quarter) credits are transferred into the program. 

Additionally, students are required to show language proficiency by completing the equivalent of Pacific’s 102-level language course (2 semesters).  This can be met by 3 quarters of language study, or by completing HSC 301  and HSC 302 . If the language requirement has been met prior to enrollment at Pacific, a minimum of 80 semester (120 quarter) transfer credits are required.

Transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. Depending on an applicant’s background, additional courses may be required.

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