Healthcare Administration Courses

The healthcare industry has its own terminology, systems, policies and regulations. So, it’s important that your healthcare administration courses teach the specifics and keep up with the latest trends. DeVry’s healthcare classes and programs are designed to keep pace with the dynamic healthcare industry. You can choose from healthcare administration, healthcare management or health information technology as areas of focus. Along the way you can learn to manage data, risk, record keeping and much more.

Interested in exploring the healthcare courses that are offered by DeVry? Explore the following list to see the various online healthcare administration courses that are available.

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Biosciences Courses

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab^
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a “road map” of the human body, including:

  • Cell structure and function
  • A survey of major systems
  • An overview of the relationships among systems
  • Lab work including computer exercises and simulations



Anatomy and Physiology for Health Careers
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a “road map” perspective of human body structure and function. Topics include cell structure and function, and a survey of all major systems of the human body. The connections and inter-working relationships among systems are introduced.


Credit Hours: 3

This course combines the study of common human diseases and corresponding drug therapies used in their treatment. Students are provided the opportunity to explore the fundamental concepts of the disease process, while also integrating basic pharmacology concepts and drug therapies associated with treatment of common pathologies within the context of a particular organ system. Emphasis is placed on disease etiology, signs and symptoms, and diagnostic measures, as well as dosage, actions, and administration routes, and other characteristics of typical drug treatment modalities.


Health Information Management Courses

Health Information Systems and Networks with Lab*
Credit Hours: 3

This course builds on coursework in healthcare information systems. It also introduces health information technologies. Topics covered are:

  • Health information systems - system design, tools, networking and devices
  • Health information technologies - telecommunications systems, transmission media and interfaces. Also discussed is how these technologies inter-operate across an organization


Advanced Classification Systems and Management with Lab*
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the application and management of advanced clinical classification systems. Topics include implementation and quality monitoring, as well as:

  • Principles and guidelines for using SNOMED CT and DSM-IV
  • Coding applications and processes
  • Uses of clinical data in healthcare delivery reimbursement systems
  • Importance of compliance and reporting requirements


Healthcare Data Security and Privacy*
Credit Hours: 4

This course builds on coursework in healthcare delivery systems and regulatory issues, introducing processes, procedures and equipment for data storage, retrieval and retention. Coursework addresses laws, rules and regulations governing access to confidential healthcare information, as well as managing access to, and disclosure of, health information. Coursework focuses on developing and implementing policies, procedures and processes to protect healthcare data security and patient privacy.


Health Information Financial Management*
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores financial management topics in healthcare settings.

  • Accounting systems and cost/benefit analysis
  • Finance and resource management
  • Capital, operating and other budgeting methods
  • Reimbursement methods
  • The role of health information management professionals


Healthcare Total Quality Management*
Credit Hours: 4

Learn what's needed to coordinate quality and resource management programs in this course. Topics include:

  • Total quality systems
  • Quality planning, assurance and control
  • Risk management and ethical issues
  • Health care utilization reviews
  • Data collection and analysis for performance improvement


Management of Health Information Functions and Services*
Credit Hours: 4

Focus on principles of managing health information in this course. Learn how these services meet the needs of patients, providers and healthcare organizations.

  • Structure and content of health records
  • Health data sources and delivery systems
  • Organizing and analyzing data for quality of care and regulatory compliance
  • Management staffing and project management


Health Information Management Practicum*
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides practical experience in a health information department or health-related organization. The practicum emphasizes managerial skills and concepts, including:

  • Department organization and personnel management
  • Financial management
  • Quality and performance improvement
  • Information systems
  • Data security and privacy

Students prepare a written report and present a summary of their experience.

PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of, or current enrollment in, all courses required for the Health Information Management technical specialty and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Health Information Technology Courses

Basic Medical Terminology^
Credit Hours: 3

This course will help you to learn the language used in healthcare and medical billing and coding, including:

  • Words to describe the human anatomy and its conditions
  • Terminology for medical procedures
  • Commonly prescribed medications
  • Spelling, pronunciation and common abbreviations


Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course is an introduction to healthcare, its providers and health information systems. It covers:

  • Healthcare concepts: licensing, accrediting, compliance, finances, quality management, safety and security
  • Healthcare information systems: the evolution, uses and trends


Health Information Processes with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course covers health information processes and systems, including:

  • Content and format of records
  • Records storage requirements, indexes, registries and forms design
  • Relationships and processes between departments and providers
  • Hardware and software used in health information processes
  • Health information database management


Health Information Fundamentals Practicum*^
Credit Hours: 2

Rather than a classroom course, HIT170 is a supervised practicum. During practicums, students use their knowledge and skills in a professional practice.

  • Onsite practicum: Complete 40 hours on site
  • Online practicum: Complete online activities and simulations
  • All students: Prepare a written report and prepare a verbal summary
  • Practicum subjects: Health record content, structure, functions and use


International Classification of Diseases Coding I with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 3

This course, the first in a two-course sequence, addresses principals, guidelines, definitions and coding conventions of the International Classification of Diseases-10-Procedural Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). Coursework is designed to help students gain experience needed for accurately dissecting operative reports and building codes in ICD-10-PCS. Also examined are anatomy and code structure for each of the body systems and related sections of ICD-10-PCS; health records; manual and computerized coding methods; and coding references.


International Classification of Diseases Coding II with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the ICD-10-Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) system. This is the second of two courses in this area.

In this course you will study how to code diagnoses, including:

  • Clinical vocabularies and classification systems
  • Patient records, coding manuals and software tools
  • Practice exercises in coding and sequencing of diagnoses and procedures
  • Coding ethics, data quality and principles for electronic records


Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores systems used to classify and code healthcare procedures. This course will help you practice exercises and study principles in a variety of environments:

  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  • Evaluation and Management codes (E/M)
  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)


Current Procedure Terminology Coding II with Lab
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores advanced coding. It teaches theory, techniques, principles and guidelines. This course will help you learn to code complex cases and medical reports using key systems:

  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  • International Classification of Diseases


Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information*^
Credit Hours: 2

This course covers legal and regulatory issues in healthcare. Topics include the impact of laws on health information and documentation.

  • Rights and responsibilities of providers, employers, payers and patients
  • Legal terms in civil liability and the judicial and legislative process
  • Laws and regulations about confidentiality, retaining records and releasing information


Data Applications and Healthcare Quality with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 3

This course uses information technology to assess healthcare quality. Case studies teach methods, tools and techniques to apply data in a variety of areas:

  • Principles of clinical quality and risk management
  • Organizational approaches, research techniques and statistical methods
  • Impact of regulatory and accreditation activities
  • Data analysis to find variations and deficiencies
  • Reporting that supports quality improvement programs

PREREQUISITE(S): Prerequisite: HIT141; Corequisite: HIT170

Health Insurance and Reimbursement*^
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, you can explore payment and reimbursement methods used in U.S. healthcare settings.

  • Forms, processes and practices
  • The roles of health information professionals
  • Understanding payments from insurance, managed care and other third party companies
  • Sharing information between patient, provider and insurer
  • Managing billable items (chargemaster) and coding integrity

PREREQUISITE(S): Prerequisite: HIT141; and Corequisite: HIT203

Coding Practicum and Review
Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare students for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification exam, which determines aptitude in six competency domains: clinical classification systems, reimbursement methodologies, health records and data content, compliance, information technologies, and confidentiality and privacy. The minimum requirement to pass this course is 70 percent. This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.

PREREQUISITE(S): Prerequisites: HIT205 and HIT211; Corequisite: HIT230

Coding Practicum with Lab
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides hands-on experience coding authentic patient records. Students complete at least 40 hours of practical experience in medical coding, using a variety of complex case studies.

PREREQUISITE(S): HIT213 and HIT220 and HIT230

CCS Review
Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare students for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification exam, which determines aptitude in three competency domains: health information documents; diagnosis and procedure coding; and regulatory guidelines and reporting requirements for Acute Care (Inpatient) service. The minimum requirement to pass this course is 70 percent. This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.

PREREQUISITE(S): Corequisite: HIT260

Health Information Practicum Capstone^
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides further supervised practice experience in a health information setting at an approved external site. A minimum of 80 clock hours is required at a site, generally completed during traditional business hours. Skills in areas such as data abstraction and analysis are practiced, and knowledge of record retention and release of information is applied. Application of coding skills, and observation of supervisory and planning activities, are documented. Students prepare a written report and present a summary of their practical learning experience in class.

PREREQUISITE(S): Permission from the appropriate academic administrator upon completion of, or concurrent enrollment in all other HIT courses in the program, except HIT274

RHIT Certification Exam Preparation^
Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to prepare students for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam, which determines aptitude in six competency domains: data content, structure and information governance; access, disclosure, privacy and security; compliance; data analytics and use; revenue management; compliance; and leadership. Students complete weekly domain exams and a final RHIT mock exam. The minimum requirement to pass this course is 70 percent. In order for DeVry University to pay for the National RHIT Exam students must pass this course with an 85% or better. This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.


Health Services Management Courses

Introduction to Health Services Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an overview of the U.S. healthcare system. Students will study major components, unique characteristics and interrelationships. Important topics include:

  • Healthcare professions
  • Delivering healthcare services
  • Key trends
  • Internal and external influences


Health Rights and Responsibilities*
Credit Hours: 4

This course examines legal and ethical issues of healthcare services. Topics include:

  • Legal relationships among providers, payers and patients
  • Professional liability issues
  • Rights and duties


Health Services Information Systems*
Credit Hours: 4

This course teaches how technology is used in health services information systems, including:

  • Hardware and software options
  • Managing patient records, insurance and billing data
  • Confidentiality and information security policy


Health Services Finance*
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the complexities of healthcare financing.

Topics include:

  • Payment sources and reimbursement systems
  • Financial planning issues and problems
  • Trends in healthcare costs and expenditures


Healthcare Policy*
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on how public policy impacts healthcare delivery in the U.S. Themes explored include:

  • Political, social, economic and technological influences
  • Cultural values and beliefs about health that support our policy-making process


Managed Care and Health Insurance*
Credit Hours: 4

This course covers fundamental concepts in finance for health insurance and managed care. Learn about:

  • Products and approaches
  • Insurance risk management
  • Types of managed care organizations
  • Perspectives of consumers, providers and insurers


Planning and Marketing for Health Services Organizations*
Credit Hours: 4

Using examples unique to the healthcare industry, this course focuses on marketing. Students learn how to plan and activate marketing activities. Topics include:

  • Market segmentation
  • Targeting
  • Positioning
  • Communication
  • Ethical issues


Health Services Management Courses

Health Service Systems
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the components and inter-relationships in the healthcare system. Topics span the continuum of care, including:

  • Personnel, institutions and delivery systems
  • Policy and payment mechanisms
  • Delivery of access, cost and quality


Health Rights and Responsibilities
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the growing importance of legal and ethical matters in healthcare. Topics include:

  • Legal aspects of the corporation
  • Physician/patient, institution/patient and institution/physician relationships
  • Ethical issues related to individual life-cycle stages
  • Health services institutions
  • Third-party payers
  • Public policy


Health Services Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the unique finance features in the healthcare industry, including:

  • Payment sources and reimbursement arrangements
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Operating revenue and working capital
  • Resource allocation
  • Managing inpatient and outpatient costs and ratios
  • The resource-based relative value system (RBRVS)
  • The prospective payment system (PPS)
  • The impact of mergers and joint ventures
  • Compliance issues
  • Emerging healthcare finance trends



Health Policy and Economics
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the relationship between public policy and healthcare economics. You can learn how public policy develops and learn issues in health policy. Topics include:

  • Issues of supply and demand
  • Technology
  • Healthcare labor
  • Equity and efficiency
  • Application of economic analysis to the development of public policy


Managed Care
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines managed care approaches to delivering and financing health services, including:

  • The evolution of managed care
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Factors that drive growth in managed healthcare
  • Types of managed care organizations
  • Perspectives of consumers, providers and insurers
  • Trends and issues in health insurance and managed care
  • Relevant legislation and regulatory issues


FAQs: Healthcare Administration Courses

What type of education do I need to pursue a career in healthcare administration?

The majority of healthcare administration positions require a bachelor's degree, though some entry-level positions may only require an undergraduate certificate. The high-level jobs may require a master's degree in healthcare administration. In general, you will need to have completed a healthcare administration program in order to work towards a career in healthcare administration.

What courses are needed for healthcare administration?

The healthcare administration classes you’ll need to take while pursuing a healthcare degree will depend on the particular degree you would like to earn.  For instance, someone working towards earning a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration with a Healthcare Management Specialization from DeVry would need to take the following classes, among others:

  • Financial accounting
  • Data analysis with spreadsheets with lab
  • Business analysis
  • Healthcare policy
  • Managed care and health insurance
  • Principles of ethics
  • Advanced composition

How do I become a healthcare administrator?

To become a healthcare administrator, you need to first graduate high school and then pursue an undergraduate-level credential such as an associate or bachelor's degree or an undergraduate certificate. DeVry offers healthcare programs that can help you learn some of the valuable skills you may need in the healthcare administration field. The next step is to apply to a position in the field that interests you. It's also worth considering where you would like to work. Healthcare administrators can pursue such careers as working in care facilities, hospitals or doctor's offices.

Can I learn more about healthcare administration through online courses?

Yes, you can learn new information about this subject through online healthcare administration classes. In fact, the information you receive from online courses is identical to the information you would receive from an in-person course. Additionally, if you choose to take online courses to earn a bachelor's degree or other credential, the degree you earn is identical to one received by someone taking in-person classes. Online courses are a great way to expand your knowledge of healthcare administration on a schedule that makes sense with your unique situation.

Additional Online Courses

*Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require successful completion of required math and English transitional studies courses. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
^Courses marked with a caret (^) are licensed in New Jersey; students whose enrolled location is in New Jersey may enroll in these courses in the onsite, online and blended modalities.
+Courses marked with a plus sign (+) are available as honors courses (restrictions apply).
Note: To enroll in a course with a corequisite, students must have either successfully completed the corequisite course during a prior session or concurrently enroll in the corequisite course.