Health Management

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management is designed to prepare graduates to advance their career in the management of various health care settings while learning from experts in the field. This program provides career-entry opportunities for high school graduates and professional advancement opportunities for health care personnel. With a carefully selected combination of courses in health care management, students are prepared to manage the challenges they face in this dynamic industry. 

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Key Features

Key Features


Bailee Hauser talks in depth about the Health Management, BS program at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

See what some of our students are saying about us ...

“I did a lot of research on the best schools for a Healthcare Management Degree and the University of Minnesota Crookston has the reputation of a fabulous program--one of the best--so that is why I made the decision to attend.”

“I chose the University of Minnesota because it’s one of the highest rated schools for Health Care Management and it was important to me that I attend the best school for the Health Care Management Programs.”

 

Nursing Home Administrator Licensure

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management at University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston) meets the requirements and is approved by the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) in Minnesota and the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). 

With the NAB accreditation, UMN Crookston also meets the standards for the Healthcare Service Executive (HSE) status.  Upon completion of the degree, UMN Crookston graduates are HSE eligible and qualified to take the state and national examinations for licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota and other states.

If students have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree and are interested in licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota, UMN Crookston annually offers all classes required for licensure online. In this case, students would enroll as a non-degree student. For more information, contact Program Director, Susan Klassen.

Bachelor of Applied Health Degree 

UMC offers a similar program, the Bachelor of Applied Health degree, which is designed for students with an associate’s degree in a clinical field. To be eligible for the Bachelor of Applied Health degree students transfer in 38 clinical credits from community and/or technical colleges. This is an applied degree and requires a few less liberal education, management and finance classes than the Health Management degree. This is a great option for students currently working in healthcare, since it is a fast-track to a bachelor’s degree.

More Health Management Key Features

  • Health managers must work and communicate with a variety of clients; therefore, Health Management students take an array of liberal education, technology, business management, and health related courses. They build on this foundation with specific courses designed to provide a strong understanding of health management philosophy and practice.
  • UMC's program in Health Management is designed to prepare graduates for management positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, human service organizations, government and other health related organizations. It provides a well-rounded education in healthcare, preparing individuals for positions in healthcare and government.
  • Learn from seasoned professionals who are experts in their healthcare fields--administrators, attorneys, policy specialists, IT managers, and even physicians--as they share experiences through their teaching of specific courses.
  • Professional advisors evaluate student transcripts and provide students with a complete pre-evaluation.
  • The Health Management degree program is offered online and on-campus, and an online Health Management minor is also available.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view the current Health Management, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
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Careers

Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the following: “Medical and health services managers also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct and coordinate medical health services. They might manage an entire facility, specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field; however, master’s degrees also are common. The median annual wage of medical and health services managers was $84,270 in May 2010.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 22% increase for medical and health services managers from 2010 and 2020, 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 will see an increase in the demand for medical services. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staffs in all areas of the industry.”

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management at the University of Minnesota Crookston prepares students to assume management positions in a wide range of health care settings including:

  • Allied health agencies (i.e. American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, American Lung Association)
  • Community-based and home health agencies
  • Government regulatory agencies
  • Health insurance and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Medical equipment and supply companies
  • Nursing facilities, extended care and assisted living facilities [learn more about the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrator Licensing Guide]
  • Public health departments and social service agencies

Student Stories

Student Stories

Callie Schapekahm She is the lone graduating senior on the Golden Eagle Volleyball team, but health management major, Callie Schapekahm, Eagan, Minn., is well prepared to lead.

She has a long history on the court beginning when she was in early middle school.  A two-time Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Champion with Northern Lights Junior Volleyball, Schapekahm helped lead the Eagan High School Volleyball team to the 2013 state championship and a runner-up finish in 2014.

There was no clear game plan, however, when it came to her choice of majors at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Instead, she explored both international business and management programs before setting her course in health management. 

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Baillee HauserShe might not have known what her major would be when she came to campus four years ago, but Baillee Hauser 2017 leaves certain of her future career. The health management major from Raymond, Minn., fell in love with the campus the moment she pulled in for her visit, but she was uncertain what to study. Learn more. (Also refer to video below.)

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Bailee Hauser
talks in depth about the Health Management, BS program at the University of Minnesota Crookston.


Joe Stearly, BS. Health Management (2013)Joe Stearly
"The University of Minnesota Crookston Healthcare Management program fostered my knowledge and professional development allowing me to excel at the next level of healthcare education. I currently attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for their Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree, which is consistently ranked one of the best programs in the nation. I hold a strong interest in Strategic Planning and Process Improvement within the healthcare system. Crookston’s Health Management program has helped me develop a great understanding of today’s healthcare and the future to come. Crookston’s classes are different than any other courses I’ve taken in the past. The professors make the classroom experience very interactive, which allows for professional teamwork development. The curriculum covered by UMC aligns directly with the materials I’m learning today. Also whenever I had a question about the course materials, the professors were easily accessible in person, by email, or by telephone. Without my educational experiences and the well known reputation of the University of Minnesota degree, I wouldn't be in the position I am today."


See what some of our students are saying about us ...

“I did a lot of research on the best schools for a Healthcare Management Degree and the University of Minnesota Crookston has the reputation of a fabulous program--one of the best--so that is why I made the decision to attend.”

“I chose the University of Minnesota because it’s one of the highest rated schools for Health Care Management and it was important to me that I attend the best school for the Health Care Management Programs.”

Long-Term Care Administration Supports and Services

Long-Term Care Administration Supports and Services

Long-Term Care Supports and Services
Nursing Home Administration
NAB Accredited- HSE Status Eligible-ONLINE

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management at University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston) meets the requirements and is approved by both the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) in Minnesota and the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Board (NAB), the nation’s leading authority on licensing, credentialing, and regulating administrators of organizations along the continuum of long-term care.

With this NAB accreditation, UMN Crookston meets the standards that allow students to be eligible for the Healthcare Service Executive (HSE) status. Upon completion of this degree, graduates are qualified to take the state and national examinations for licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota and other states.

If students have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree and would like to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota, UMN Crookston does offer all of the classes required for licensure online. In this case, students enroll as a non-degree student.

For more information, please contact Program Director, Vicki Gustafson.

Program Overview

The program is an established online and on-campus program educating students to be the next generation of leaders in an evolving career of long-term care professions. Aligning the program with the standards of excellence established by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB), Washington, D.C., and providing faculty who teach courses in the specialty area in which they work, brings the UMN Crookston Health Management’s Long-Term Care Supports and Services track to a unique level for licensure preparation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the job market for graduates of healthcare management programs is very strong due to the rapidly increasing aging population. The number of older adults living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and those individuals requiring community services, is predicted to double within the next ten years. The program prepares students as executives of older adult services, educated in the regulatory and operational standards for home care, hospice, assisted living, and other community support settings.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply for the national exam offered through the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and their state examination criteria. In Minnesota, the examination board is the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Board website provides a NAB handbook on how to prepare for the examination, which follows the state exam.

The program’s comprehensive curriculum, committed student participation, and experiential learning through a practicum conducted in partnership with experienced licensed administrators provide the students with positive test results. The practicum is available to satisfy relevant state licensing board internship or administrator-in-training (AIT) requirements.

Benefits of the Long-Term Care Supports and Service Administrator Program:

  • Earn a prestigious University of Minnesota degree online from the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston). Provides personal attention and exceptional faculty and staff... all delivered online.
  • Study in the comfort of home. There are no scheduled meetings or classes. Do coursework as time allows while following the deadlines to stay on track. 
  • Learn from faculty currently working in the field. Most faculty have special skills related to the course they are teaching. They bring expertise and experience to the learning environment to prepare future executive leaders. 
  • Gain knowledge of the fundamentals of person-centered care, including:
    • Regulations designed to ensure safety, 
    • Operations management to provide responsible servant leadership, 
    • Healthcare law and ethical standards to provide advocacy and mitigate risk, 
    • Leadership principles for employee engagement and quality care,
    • Skillsets to address dispute resolution, and
    • Strategic management to provide leadership for the increased demographic shift and consumer-centric choices. 
  • Participate in a transfer-friendly credit program. UMC offers free evaluations of previous college credits. UMC Admissions Office assesses previous course work to determine transferability into the program before applying, if desired. UMC accepts transfer credits delivered by regionally accredited colleges or universities. Contact the Admission’s Office for details.

Curriculum

What to expect in the Long-Term Care Administration Bachelor’s program
The online Long-Term Care Administration curriculum can be customized while meeting state licensure regulations and continuing education requirements, including the Administrator-In-Training (AIT) guidelines.

General Education – 40 credits
General education courses provide a liberal arts academic foundation to prepare students for a broader knowledge of society, diversity, ethical dimension, and culture, as well as special interests. Courses include topics in oral and written communication; nature and science; and people and the environment.

Health Management Core Program - 62 credits
The Bachelor of Science in Health Management core curriculum includes the following courses: Organizational development and leadership; health care finance, accounting, and economics, law, risk management, human resources; health care operations and quality improvement, health care and medical needs, medical terminology; health policy, ethics, and marketing; health information and regulatory management. Students learn the importance of applying principles of health care administration to develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills as future healthcare administrators.

Long-Term Care Administration Core – 6 credits
The Core Program courses contain long-term care specific information in each of their subject areas. For comprehensive long-term care courses, Long-Term Care Supports and Services students are also required to take Gerontology and Administration of Long-Term Care.

Technology – 3 credits
Students are taught to prepare spreadsheets and documents required for operations and financial analysis.

Electives –
Students must take enough open elective credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement. Such classes can relate to topics in specialty areas or areas of interest.


Licensure

The UMN Crookston practicum (internship) hours must be completed before taking the state or national exam. Taking the online required courses during the practicum timeframe is a common practice.

Minnesota, with all 50 states and DC, requires its licensees to successfully complete the examination developed by the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators - the NAB exam. It is a 150-item multiple choice test covering the Domains of Practice:

  • customer care, supports and services 
  • human resources
  • finance
  • physical environment & atmosphere

An active application for licensure needs to be on file with the state licensing board to be eligible to take the NAB exam. In most situations, a state-specific exam is administered prior to taking the NAB exam. Each state’s nursing home licensing board website contains the recommendation for requirements and exams. The Program Director can assist in obtaining this information. For more information on the Minnesota’s Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, the application process visit their site.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about long-term care administration

What does a long-term care administrator do?
Long-term care administrators may take on various titles, such as licensed nursing home administrators (LNHAs), assisted living administrators, directors of nursing in long-term care or directors of other long-term care services.
Administrators may be responsible for financial management, budgeting, and quality standards across a department or organization, ensuring regulatory compliance, oversight of departments responsible for hiring and training personnel, collaborating with social workers, health care facilities management, stakeholder engagement, etc.

What are the long-term care licensure requirements for each state?
Each state has its own requirements for obtaining a license for Nursing Home Administrator (NHA), Retirement Center/Assisted Living (RCAL), or Home and Community-Based (HCBS) services, and Administrator-in-Training (AIT) practicum (internship). To find the regulations for each state, take a look at this site State-By-State Requirements. Use the drop down box near the bottom of this site to access the state for desired licensure. The UMC Program Director will assist students in determining the specific regulation for the desired state of licensure. For additional assistance, please see the contact the Program Director, Susan Klassen, or the UMC Admissions Office for Online Students

How do I apply for the program when I am from a state other than Minnesota? 

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I already have a Bachelor or graduate degree. How do I transfer my college credits and found out what I need to do become licensed in my state?

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What additional courses are required in Minnesota beyond a bachelor’s or graduate degree?
Students who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree may enroll to complete all or some of the courses to meet licensure requirements. Online learning is available to meet Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) requirements for organizational management, managerial accounting, gerontology, health care and medical needs, nursing facility services, human resources, regulatory management, and performance improvement in healthcare and practicum.

1. Organizational Management 2. Managerial Accounting 3. Gerontology 4. Health Care & Medical Needs 5. LTC Supports & Services 6. Human Resources 7. Regulatory Management 8. Quality Measurement & Performance Improvement 9. Practicum
HSM 3200 ACCT 2102 SOC 3937 HSM 3030 HSM 3230 MGMT 3220 HSM 4210 & HSM 4212 HSM 3250 HSM 3900 E-90

If a student wants to also be eligible for the Health Service Executive status (HSE), as well as the LNHA licensure now or in the future, all courses will have to be taken even if completed in a prior degree, and 1,000-hours of internship will need to be completed, according to the MN BENHA regulations. The practicum will be delivered registering for 3 credits of HSM 3900 E-90, then 2 credits the following semester. The UMN Crookston Program Director advises students with course selection, when needed. 

What if I want to obtain my courses and practicum from a NAB-accredited University in Minnesota, but do not want the HSE status?
Professionals with experience who are not interested in the HSE status can opt to petition to have courses and practicum hours waived. They may still qualify as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) upon successful completion of the state and NAB exam. Course or practicum hour reduction can only be approved by MN BENHA, by state statute. The forms to begin the process can be found at Applicants with Experience, Waiving eligibility for HSE.

How long does it take to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management including the courses of the Long-Term Care Supports and Services Administration (Nursing Home Administrator) program?
A student entering the program with no previously earned credits and registered in the program on a full-time basis and maintaining the cumulative GPA required by each state, is commonly completed within four years.
Many students enrolled in the program are working full-time and choose to spread out their courses to accommodate their work schedules.

Prepare to make a meaningful difference through health care administration

At UMN Crookston, we appreciate and value the positive impact health care professionals have on individuals and communities across the country and the world. We offer educational programs to help grow careers with an emphasis on compassion and ethics in the field. To learn more about UMC’s major, minor and certificate programs or to become a campus student, additional information can be discovered here - Future Students.

Health Management Internships

Health Management Internships

Health Management/Applied Health internship is a 10 week field experience under direction of a supervisor in a health care organization or agency. The program is designed to engage students in a variety of projects and activities in a professional organization and match organizational need with a student’s interests and abilities.

Benefits to Employers

The internship program is designed to engage students in a variety of projects and activities in a professional organization and match organizational need with a student’s interests and abilities.

Employers can benefit through the internship as a cost effective screening process and training for potential recruits, an opportunity to select, train, and influence the brightest and best, a chance for training and development for managers and mentors, and enlist additional project assistance. Internships provide a source for fresh and diverse talent along with new ideas and insight. The University of Minnesota Crookston can assist with HIPAA training to provide students with guidelines promoting an understanding and compliance with applicable health information, privacy and security laws, rules and regulations.

Affiliation agreements between the health care organization and the University can be arranged to outline shared goals of education and the desire to facilitate a relationship for the purpose of providing educational experiences. The University also can assist with background checks and proof of immunizations.

Benefits of Student Internship Experience

Students benefit through the internship as a professional work experience and incorporate the learning in class in a real world setting.

Suggested internship experiences include:

  • Engaging in projects/activities in a health care setting that reflect work as a professional such as budget development, policy/procedure development, performance improvement, information technology, marketing, developing business plans, community education, scheduling and acuity systems.
  • Taking part in a special project of a longer duration such as assisting with the annual budget process, market research, resource allocation, or quality improvement.
  • Attend appropriate meetings to gain a broader understanding of the organization.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the health care organization and its structure by spending an appropriate amount of time in every department depending on the organization’s complexity and size.
  • Provide opportunities to enhance communication skills and real-world interactions in a professional environment.
  • Enhance learning through application and demonstrated professionalism.

Health Care Internship Resources

Health Management Advisory Board

Health Management Advisory Board

Program Improvement Advisory Committee members for the Health Management/Applied Health programs at the University of Minnesota Crookston serve a critical role in the implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of our educational programs. The membership is comprised of people with diverse backgrounds and interests, including representatives from educational and health care organizations.

View current advisory board members

Program Mission, Core Values and Vision

Program Mission, Core Values and Vision

Program Mission

The University of Minnesota Crookston Healthcare Management and Applied Health Programs prepare students for a career in healthcare management in various health-related settings. It provides the foundation for specialized graduate training and other career pathways.

Program Core Values

  • Provide a program of INTEGRITY, based on qualified faculty and up-to-date curriculum to provide qualified and ethical healthcare managers for the growing healthcare consumer base.
  • Ensure the online programs’ FUNCTIONALITY for successful learning experience for employed students.
  • Maintain high STANDARDS, issued by the Higher Learning Commission and Department of Health.
  • Provide an environment of ENGAGEMENT in the spirit of learner-centeredness, to enhance the University of Minnesota experience while participating online.
  • Secure program MEASUREMENTS in order to gage success of outcomes and continuous quality program improvement planning.
  • Create an assertive and forward-looking RECRUITMENT plan to provide students access to UMC’s Healthcare Management programs.
  • Provide a curriculum that teaches and practices the INTERRELATEDNESS of various aspects of the healthcare business and partnerships.

Program Vision

The University of Minnesota Crookston Healthcare Management and Applied Health Programs are preparing leaders for a world of transitioning demographic pairing of healthcare consumers and workforce for healthcare delivery using technology, patient-centeredness, and strategic alliances.

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

On-Campus Faculty

On-Campus Faculty

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