Additional Resources: Course Resources:
1. Park University Library and associated data bases. Access it through Park's Home Page www.park.edu
2. Journals and periodicals unique to your profession.
3. Reports, books, articles, or conference presentations on trends, issues, problems, etc.
4. The websites of professional organizations associated with your profession such as the American Hospital Association, www.aha.org The American Public Health Association, www.apha.org the American Nurses Association, www.ana.org The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org The American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org The American Lung Association, www.lungusa.org etc. Trade journals and inhouse newsletters are good sources of issue information and may be available in your organization, perhaps in the office of the CEO.
5. Healthforum www.healthforum.com
6. Milbank Memorial Fund www.milbankmemorialfund.org
7. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation http://www.rwjf.org
8. Health news and editorial pages of many major news papers.
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Online Learning- Graduate," or "Online Learning - Undergraduate," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance. If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.
Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website: click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your User ID or Password, or if you need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024.
Course Description: The course is designed so that the student will have a better understanding of the major organization and administration of health care programs.The students will be able to describe and explain the health care management process and managerial roles therein.The student will also study the various types of health care organizations, their functions, financial funding and budgeting, and the role they represent in the community they serve. The process of health care worker recruitment, maintenance, and management will be covered in great detail. The students will beable to identify and explain the local, state, and federal regulations impacting the health care industry.The financial and organizational effect on the health care industry from the regulatory environment will be studied. The course will utilize real world contemporary examples to acquaint the students with the ongoing environment in health care delivery now and in the future.
Educational Philosophy: Reading, discussion, examinations on various healthcare topics. The purpose is to equip each student with the tools to be a successful healthcare manager.
Learning Outcomes:1. The student will be able to use the methods, concepts and theories taught in the course to evaluate and make knowledgeable management decisions in the future regarding health care facility operations.
2. The student will be able to describe and explain the purpose of the mission statement with regard to health care facilities operations and strategic planning.
3. The student will be able to explain and identify the strategic planning process used in healthcare facilities and the related process therein.
4. The student will also be capable to engage in the problem solving process for many of the issues that will arise during the strategic planning process.
5. Students will able to evaluate, analyze and implement solutions to key financial managerial problems relating to maintaining and expanding the health care organization's assets.
6. The student as a manager will be able to evaluate, analyze, and implement major changes in staffing, department policies, and in other major processes to improve efficiencies in their department operations.
7. The student will focus and learn to evaluate the significant issues facing non-profit health care organizations.
8. The student will be able to identify and describe the strategic role of various management positions in hospital operations.
9. The student will be able to describe and explain the major functions of of hospital finance department.
10. The student will be able to evaluate ,analyze. and provide viable responses to the various human resource issues that commonly occur in the human resources process in health care facilities.
11. The student will be able to explain the short-term and long-term strategic planning processes utilized by hospitals.
12. The student will be able to describe the major role played by the hospital finance department in the strategic planning process and budgeting processes for the hospital.
13. The student will be able to identify and describe the reimbursement role played by the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the impact they play as major payers of health care dollars.
14. The student will be able to describe, evaluate, and discuss the entire capital and operating budgeting processes used by hospitals and other health care institutions.
15. The student will be able to explain the roles of the major patient service departments and describe the primary function of each of those department operations in health care facilities.
Course Assessment: Discussion,quizzes,papers and examinations
Grading: Grading Criteria: The class will involve a mid-term exam worth 20%, weekly assignments comprising 40%, a 5-7 page research paper worth 20% and a comprehensive final exam worth 20% for a total of 100% for your final grade.
Weekly assignments shall include those assignments emailed to the professor and shall comprise 200 of the total 400 points in this area. Participation in conference threads will be graded by the professor and shall comprise the remaining 200 points of the weekly assignments.
The weekly assignments should be comprehensive, easy to follow and read, and grammatically and technically correct. Your work should reflect strong evidence of effort.
A = 900 - 1000
B = 800 - 899
C = 700 - 799
D = 600 – 699
Research Paper: A 5-7 page Research paper will need to be written for this class. The topic can be anything in the Healthcare management arena. Topic will need to be approved by instructor by end of 2nd week of class. The paper will need to be written in APA format with a cover page and a reference page with a minimum of 4 references used. A rough draft will need to be sent to the instructor by the end of week 6. The final paper must be turned in by the end of week 7.
Proctored final examination: A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
• It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
• Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
• A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
• Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
• Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of Late Work: Late work will be evaluated on a case - by - case basis.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Online Course Policies
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday.
Ground Rules for Online Participation
Policy #1: If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, please contact the Park Help Desk 866-301-7275.
Policy #2: Back up: every piece of work you complete. This will ensure that a computer glitch, or a glitch out there in cyberspace won't erase your hard work.
Policy #3: Communicate: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, let me know and refer to Course Policy #1.
Policy #4: Please check the Announcements area in the Course Home before you ask general course questions. If you don't see your question there, then please post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions. We are all here to learn!
Policy #5: E-Mail Procedures and Submitting
General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class.
My Response Policy: I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).
Policy #6 Late Work: Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. No credit for work turned in after the week, unless you have contacted me beforehand and explained any "special" circumstance. Deadlines not met during the week will mean your grade will be lowered a half grade for each day late.
Policy #7 Online Etiquette: All your online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Your online writings will be graded. Here are a couple of online references that discuss writing online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. If I deem any of your online communications to be inappropriate or offensive, I will forward the message to the appropriate Park University official and the online administrators and appropriate action will be taken.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: See on-line course for specific tasks for each week
Week 1 10/24/05
Week 2 10/31/05 end of week topic for Research paper approved by instructor
Week 3 11/7/05
Week 4 11/14/05
Week 5 11/21/05 Mid term exam
Week 6 11/28/05 Rough draft of paper to instructor by end of week
Week 7 12/5/05 final paper due to instructor by end of week
Week 8 12/12/05 Final Exam Proctored
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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