You're already making a difference through the work you love. Now take it to the next level with the online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Southern New Hampshire University. It’s a flexible, affordable and uniquely tailored way to build on the skills and experience you’ve acquired professionally and gain the knowledge to take on new challenges in your chosen clinical discipline.
Exclusively designed for professionals with an associate degree in the allied health field, SNHU’s transfer-friendly health science degree online is structured to maximize your transfer of credits for prior coursework – so you can make the most of what you’ve learned previously and take only the classes you need to obtain your bachelor’s degree. At the same time, it lets you enrich your general knowledge base and develop further expertise in specific healthcare-related coursework, preparing you for success in supervisory and management roles.
As an associate degree holder in the allied health discipline, you’re on the lookout for a credible and comprehensive bachelor’s program that maximizes your transfer of credit. SNHU’s health science degree online, with its unique design, enables you to take greater advantage of prior learning, offering an exceptional opportunity for recognition of your associate degree credits.
The online bachelor’s in health sciences is designed to develop the skills you’ll need to advance in your field, with a focus on written and oral communication, computational skills, critical thinking, and societal and cultural context in seven essential core classes.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your health science degree online at SNHU include:
Align yourself with the increasing leadership opportunities in your field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an anticipated 22 percent increase in the need for medical health service managers by the year 2022 will intensify the importance of well-qualified, highly experienced individuals ready to meet those needs.
The bachelor’s program in health sciences will put you on a trajectory for success in a management or supervisory role in your chosen health-science field, including but not limited to:
As a bachelor’s in health sciences student at SNHU, you’ll learn strong interpersonal communication skills, effective collaborative practices, key financial principles, successful management strategies, policy and regulation assessment, and standards to improve patient care.
This course explains the economic tools healthcare administrators need to utilize for effective decision making. The course further explores a framework for understanding pricing, regulation, costs, market demand, profitability, and risk issues within the healthcare economy and utilizes case studies to synthesize this content.
This course provides an overview of the nature, organization, and function of the continuum of health services found in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the interrelation of cultural, economic, political and social aspects of health care delivery at the federal, state and local level. Topics include health care costs, accessibility of services, governmental influence on health care delivery, private industry role in health care, services for the medically indigent and elderly, ethical issues regarding transplants, reproductive technology, end of life decisions and funding.
This course explores some of the major issues facing the healthcare industry and the effect that public policy and business environment has on a healthcare organization. Emphasis is on supply and demand theory, reimbursement systems, managed care, charge-master management, Case-mix management, DRG prospective payment, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, governmental regulations, accessibility, eligibility, budgeting, and planning. Students learn to use informational and research tools to make effective management decisions.
The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired throughout their course work and apply them in a comprehensive project within their clinical specialty, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated program outcomes of their degree program in Health Sciences. Students must have completed 111 credits prior to registration.
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the management of operations and explore how healthcare organizations can use advance methods to improve healthcare processes, delivery, and outcomes. Specific focus will be on analyzing cycle times (e.g., patient wait times), measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and generally improving health management processes and health outcomes. The process improvement will be measured by how it can improve quality of care and safety of healthcare delivery, reduce waste, and reduce costs. The role of technology and innovative approaches in improving continuing quality improvement in healthcare delivery will be presented.
This course provides an overview of the two main areas of Healthcare Finance, accounting and financial management. Topics explore include the healthcare financial environment, financial accounting principles, managerial accounting principles, financial management, long-term financing and capital investments.
Health Sciences Transfer Credits:
21 Credits will transfer in from the associate degree in an Allied Health discipline.
Free Elective Credits: 33
33 Credits from an associate degree, which are not credited against General Education or Health Sciences, may be applied here as elective credits.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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