B.S. Health Care Management
The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management (BSHCM) was established at UAB in 1982. The program prepares graduates for mid-level management positions in all types of health care organizations, including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, long term care facilities, and home health care agencies.
More than 600 individuals have graduated from the program to date, and approximately 220 students are currently enrolled. The HCM degree becomes the terminal degree for some individuals, and permits entry to graduate degree programs for others. Career opportunities for HCM graduates exist in long term care, managed care, ambulatory care, corporate health programs, public health, pharmaceutical sales, medical equipment and supply firms, and in consultant or vendor companies serving the health care industry. The HCM program is a Full Certified Undergraduate Member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
There are four focused HCM curriculum options available to students based on the student’s previous academic work, current professional status, and personal interests. Additionally there is a 3:2 HCM/OT fast track program option for students entering UAB as a freshman and seeking degree completion in Occupational Therapy.
Admission to the Clinical Manager (CM) track is restricted to graduates of certificate and/or associate degree programs who are credentialed or licensed in a health professions discipline. Graduates of this track typically apply their management skills in facilities or organizational units that sponsor services in their clinical discipline.
Undergraduate students whose academic goal is completion of a master’s level graduate program such as health administration, health informatics, occupational therapy (traditional program), physical therapy, surgical physician assistant, medical school or other graduate level health professions programs may apply for admission to the Pre-professional Degree (PD) track. Prerequisites for admission to identified graduate programs can be incorporated into the program of study for this track in the BS in Health Care Management degree curriculum.
Undergraduate students whose academic goal is Long Term Care Administration will apply for admission to the Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) track. This option will benefit those students who plan to test for licensure as a nursing home administrator or who desire to manage an assisted living or other resident care facility.
Undergraduate student’s just entering college whose academic goal is Occupational Therapy will apply for admission to the 3:2 Health Care Management/Occupational Therapy Fast Track program. This option will benefit those students who plan to test for licensure as a occupational therapists.
Individuals who do not meet the requirements for the above listed specialized tracks may apply to the General Manager track. Students in this track complete the professional curriculum courses and electives selected in collaboration with the HCM student adviser.