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  Sep 20, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Health Services Administration, B.S.


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Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration


The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration prepares the student, through academic work and practical internships, for a career in the growing and expanding fields of health services, including job opportunities in hospitals, systems, insurance companies, medical group practices, ambulatory centers, home care, medical devices companies, pharmaceutical companies, local, federal and state agencies, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities, community agencies, and elder care organizations.  The program also prepares students for graduate work in health services, law, medicine, allied health fields, health services research or policy and public health.  All Health Services Administration students graduate with a minor in business.

For the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration degree, the faculty seeks to enhance students’ values orientation and ethics, and to provide them with the liberal arts and technical knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills necessary to prepare graduates to perform proficiently in entry-level positions in health care organizations.

Students will experience:

  • An interdisciplinary curriculum based in the liberal arts tradition
  • Required field experiences (internships)
  • Community service
  • Undergraduate research and scholarship

The program’s focus is on:

  1. Traditional Jesuit liberal arts core with courses in language, theology, philosophy, history, math, sciences, English and communication;
  2. Specialized courses in health care management, finance, ethics, economics, and statistics.
  3. Field experiences (internships).

During the field internships, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom
  • Work with others and develop relationships beyond the classroom
  • Discern their individual interests
  • Experience growth and development in a practical setting
  • Explore options for employment

The Curriculum:

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration degree requires at least 120 semester credit hours with a concentration in health services of 34 hours, plus nine credit hours in a specified concentration (information management or long-term care).

B.S. in Health Services Administration, Minor in Business, Concentration in Long-Term Care OR Information Management


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree.  See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


Total (15)

Second Semester


Total (15)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total (15)

Total (15)

Junior Year


Total (14)

Second Semester


Total (15)

Total (3)

Senior Year


Total (15)

Second Semester


Total (15)

Scheduling Notes:


 * Students must choose two of the following biology courses:

GPA/Grade Policy


In order to remain in good standing with and graduate as an undergraduate major from the  Department of Health Services Administration, student must meet the following criteria.

Overall GPA:

  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or above, as per the general university requirements for undergraduate students.

Minor GPA:

  • Students must meet criteria for minor courses as designated by the Williams College of Business.

Major and Concentration GPA:

  • Students must maintain on overall combined major/concentration GPA of 2.67.This GPA is made up of all courses taken in the major and concentration, and equates to a B- average for all major courses.If the student is to change concentrations, grades from their first concentration still apply to the calculation of this GPA.

Introductory Course Grades:

  • Students must achieve a grade of B- or higher in both HESA 101 and HESA 110.Grades lower than B- will result in a student not receiving credit for that course requirement towards their Health Services Administration degree.

Retaking Introductory Courses:

  • If a student receives a grade of C+ or below in HESA 101 or HESA 110, they may retake that course two times as per the general university policy.
  • The student will be considered on departmental probation until they achieve or surpass the required grade for the designated course.
  • The course must be retaken at Xavier.
  • Students may retake any and all HESA courses for which they fail to meet department requirements two times.
  • If a student fails to meet department grade standards after retaking a course two times, they will be dismissed from the major.
  • If being dismissed, students will meet with the BSHSA Program Director and determine into which major or program they would like to be placed.

Falling Below Major/Concentration GPA Standards:

  • If a student falls below the major/concentration GPA standard of 2.67, they will have one semester to bring their major/concentration GPA back above the standard.
  • The student will be considered on departmental probation until they have brought their major/concentration GPA back to or above the department standard.
  • The summer semester is not applied.If a student falls below the major/concentration GPA standard after a spring semester, they will have until the end of the following fall semester to bring their major/concentration GPA back to or above the standard.
  • If a student takes a semester off (i.e. they fall below the major/concentration standard after spring semester and take the following fall off), they will have until the end of their next enrolled semester to bring their major/concentration GPA back to or above the department standard.
  • If a student fails to bring their major/concentration GPA back to or above the department standard at the end of the designated semester, they will be dismissed from the major.
  • If being dismissed, students will meet with the BSHSA Program Director and determine into which major or program they would like to be placed.

HESA 371/372 Internship:

  • If a student is on departmental probation, they may not enroll in or complete hours towards either the HESA 371 or HESA 372 internship courses.

Appealing Departmental Probation:

  • Students may appeal department probation.
  • If a student wishes to appeal, they should start by scheduling a meeting with the Program Director of the Undergraduate Program in Health Services Administration.
  • If the Director is the professor for the course they wish to appeal, they should start with scheduling a meeting with the Health Services Administration Department Chair.
  • The student should come to the meeting prepared with materials that support their appeal (i.e. tests, papers, etc.).
  • The Director or Chair will meet with the student.The Director and Chair will make a decision about each student appeal.
  • If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal process, they can bring the appeal to the Dean of the College of Social Science Health and Education, following their appeal process.

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