Health Services Administration (BS)

Program Description

The Health Services Administration (HSA) program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level supervisory training positions in organizations, institutions, and agencies that deliver health services. This is accomplished by providing a strong theoretical foundation in management linked with application to the health care system. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Health Services Administration.

The HSA program consists of the following components: (1) Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum (2) the Health Services Administration major requirements: 43 credit hours of major courses, 15 credit hours in an area of professional specialization, and nine credit hours of supportive courses (3) Electives: students may also need to take several electives to satisfy and reach the minimum graduation credit hour requirement of 120. 

A three credit internship in a health care setting is included in the HSA curriculum. The internship allows students to apply the theory and skills learned in the program and provides an opportunity to explore potential employment opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Health Services Administration is offered in a variety of formats that include classes online and in the evenings to meet the needs of adults living and working in the metropolitan area. Students are expected to complete their degree within 10 years. Health Services Administration courses that are more than 10 years old must be repeated. 

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    University Center Macomb

    The Bachelor of Science in HSA is also offered at University Center Macomb, which is part of the Macomb Community College Center Campus. For the convenience of Macomb County residents, the core curriculum courses needed to complete a four-year degree are offered at this site. Please contact the Macomb University Center Coordinator for Detroit Mercy at 586-263-6232.


    Degree Completion Program

    The HSA program provides an opportunity for those changing careers or for health care personnel who have some college credits or a community college degree to complete a bachelor’s degree in health services administration. For example, nurses, respiratory therapists, laboratory technicians, medical records personnel, dental hygienists and other certified health care personnel have completed a bachelor's degree through this program. A minimum of 120 total credit hours is required for graduation with an HSA degree.


    Admission Criteria

    In order to be admitted to the Health Services Administration program, applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the University. In addition, to gain acceptance to the program students must fulfill the following criteria:


    First-time college students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 and have completed two years of high school mathematics with a grade of C or higher. Scores on the College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) will also be examined but could be optional. High school graduates who are properly prepared to undertake the Health Services Administration program should have a college preparatory program as outlined in the “Recommended High School Preparation” section of this catalog under “Admission to the University.”


    Transfer students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 and must complete Detroit Mercy placement tests in English composition and mathematics.


    Academic Standards

    Students in the Health Services Administration program must attain a minimum grade of “C” or better in all HSA courses. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. The academic policies in the Student Handbook govern academic conduct, progression, withdrawal and dismissal.


    Degree Requirements

    HSA Major Requirements - 43 credits

    • HSA 3001 Accounting for Health Professions (prerequisite MTH core) (4 credits)
    • HSA 3010 Overview of the U.S. Health Care System (3 credits) (Intro Course)
    • HSA 3025 Career Exploration in Health Services Administration (1.5 credits)
    • HSA 3100 Health Care Law and Regulations (3 credits)
    • HSA 3210 Healthcare Marketing (1.5 credits)
    • HSA 3220 Strategic Planning in Healthcare (1.5 credits)
    • HSA 3300 Health in the Community (3 credits)
    • HSA 3450 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3 credits)
    • HSA 3585 Health Services Organization Management (3 credits)
    • HSA 3650 Medical Information Management and Systems (3 credits)
    • HSA 4025 Professional Development in Health Services Administration (prerequisite HSA 3025) (1.5 credits)
    • HSA 4600 Health Care Emergency Management (3 credits)
    • HSA 4610 Health Economics (3 credits)
    • HSA 4650 Health Service Financial Management (prerequisite HSA 3001) (3 credits)
    • HSA 4700 Evidence-Based Research for Health Services Administrators (prerequisite STA 2250) (3 credits)
    • HSA 4941 * Health Services Administration Internship (prerequisite HSA 4025 and senior status) (3 credits)

    * Students who are terminated from their internship site at the request of their onsite preceptor for any reason will receive a grade of "F" for the internship course, which counts as an "F" in the GPA. They will be required to repeat the internship course. The previous hours onsite will not count toward completion of the required internship hours.

    HSA Major - Other Requirements

    Professional Area of Specialization - 15 credits

    Each student must also complete 15 credit hours in a selected area such as management or leadership, etc.  A plan of study for this area must be developed with and approved by the student's academic advisor.  A minor may replace the Professional Area of Specialization.  Ask an advisor for details.

    Required supportive courses met through the University Core Curriculum - 9 credits

    A minimum of 120 total credit hours is required for graduation with an HSA degree.


    University Core Curriculum

    All undergraduate degree students at Detroit Mercy are required to fulfill the objectives of the University's Core Curriculum. The curriculum consists of courses designed to meet objectives that ensure that students receive an overall education consistent with the mission of the University. See the Core Curriculum section for more details.



    Students may need to complete additional electives in order to reach the minimum total required credits of 120.


    Program Policy Manual

    The Student Handbook contains additional policies that apply to HSA students.


    Program Contact Information

    Mary Mitsch, PhD, MSN, RN
    Program Director
    HP 332
    McNichols Campus Telephone: 313-993-0411

    Munai Newash, Administrative Assistant - HSA Program
    College of Health Professions
    Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, CHP Room 115
    Telephone: 313-993-1146
    Fax: 313-993-1271
    HSA Website