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Health care administration (HCAD) is the ideal management career for those who also want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. HCAD administrators plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care services at organizations such as assisted living facilities, group homes, outpatient clinics and hospices. They must balance the unique health care needs of the people they serve with dynamic changes in their industry, such as evolving integrated health care delivery systems, technological innovations and complex legal and regulatory environments.
Graduates of the UW-Eau Claire program are prepared for a variety of managerial positions in the health care field, such as nursing home administrator, human resources director, marketing manager, pharmaceutical salesperson, HMO underwriter, and health care consultant. Our program also provides an excellent preparation for those going on to graduate school and positions in the acute care sector (hospitals).
The U.S. health care system is faced with the challenge of expanding health care services to serve an aging population. As the Baby Boomers age, the senior population, our largest consumers of health care services, is growing in number. They are the health and aging services recipients of the future, but they are already influencing today's changes.
Services once provided in the hospital setting are now being provided in alternative settings such as outpatient clinics, rehabilitate care facilities, home care and hospices. At the same time, care which was once provided exclusively in nursing homes is being delivered in new settings including assisted living facilities, group homes, adult day-care centers and home care.
This expansion of services from hospitals through a range of intermediate alternatives to home care provides new and expanding opportunities for qualified health care administrators with baccalaureate education, particularly in the post-acute care sector of the continuum. The demand for health care administrators is predicted to grow faster than other careers in coming decades.
76 credits/no minor required
The Health Care Administration program prepares students to make a positive difference in the lives of others by joining efficient management practices with dedication to service. The program prepares students for success through a curriculum that includes a strong liberal education core and a broad background of major-specific coursework in business and health care administration. The program also helps students develop communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills, which are highly valued by employers.
The UW-Eau Claire HCAD program is accredited by the National Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Nursing Home Administrators licensure exam in Wisconsin, Minnesota and 14 other states.
All students interested in majoring in health care administration must apply for admission to the program. The health care administration program accepts applications for a limited period of time each semester. Transfer students may apply for admission to the HCAD program when they apply to UW-Eau Claire.
Advising workshops to assist in application steps will be held in Schneider 204, Friday, February 16, 12-1 pm OR Tuesday, February 20, 3-4 pm. Completed applications should be submitted to Kylie Holmstadt in Schneider 400C by 4 pm on March 2, 2018.
Standard Applications for the HCAD program are due Friday, March 2, 2018.
The Health Care Administration practicum is an integral part of your education, allowing you to apply your skills and classroom knowledge as part of a leadership team. It consists of 50 weeks at an affiliated health care facility. Upon completion of the practicum, you will be ready to begin performing as a leader and manager in health care.
The practicum consists of three components:
1. Fundamental skills development. You will gain a basic understanding of the day-to-day activities occurring in a health and aging services organization by observing and/or assisting employees in each department or functional equivalent.
2. Broader knowledge development. You will complete core units in resident service management, quality management systems, human resources management, information use and systems, financial management, and marketing and public relations.
Capstone leadership projects. You will gain management and leadership experience by taking a lead role on significant projects and/or tasks which you will develop and complete during your practicum.
While in the practicum, you will receive UW-Eau Claire credit for the
courses taken at the affiliated institution and pay full tuition and
fees to the university. Practicum students receive a stipend to help
defray living costs.
You will apply for admission to a practicum cohort the year before beginning the experience. Cohorts begin each May.
Positions for practicum experience are highly competitive and the HCAD program doesn't guarantee placement in a practicum. Since academic achievement plays a part in selection of students for a practicum, minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.75 are required. Students unable to secure placement in a practicum should meet with their adviser as soon as possible to discuss future options.
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