Healthcare Management

Program Director/Coordinator
Name Dr. Tirizia York
Title Program Director
Room N-215
Program Area
Allied Health
Phone 409-944-1489
Student Success Coach/Advisor
Name Dr. Geisu Lewis
Ext 224
Phone: 409-944-1224

Your Pathway

Program Overview

Degree Plan

Are you ready to advance your career in the healthcare field? Are you seeking leadership positions in a hospital, clinic or managed care organization? Are you wanting to earn your bachelor’s degree in an environment that fits your busy schedule? Sounds like the Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management (BAS-HCM) at Galveston College was designed for you. The courses offered will allow you to take eight-week courses that are offered fully online.
Graduate Outcomes


According to the Texas Association of Counties, healthcare and social assistance is the second largest section of employers in Galveston County, just behind the accommodation and food services sector.

There were 589 businesses employing almost 15,000 employees in the healthcare sector in 2015. On Galveston Island specifically, the University of Texas Medical Branch is the largest employer with approximately 9,000 employees. With healthcare being such an important part of the economy of Galveston Island and beyond, it is important that Galveston College offers the necessary programs to support the community needs

Bachelors of Applied Science in Healthcare Management

The upper-level courses in this program will be delivered primarily via distance education along with one hybrid course each term. Courses are 8 weeks in length and you must be enrolled as a full-time student to enter into the degree program.

You will have 2 courses each 8-week term.


Students will need to complete an application to Galveston College and submit an application to the BAS-HCM degree Program Director. Please complete the program application to the Bachelors of Applied Science in Healthcare Management.  Answers to all items are required.  If it does not pertain to you, simply put NA for the response.  You will need the following items to complete your application.

  1. Your resume, include (at a minimum) your contact information, work experience, and education. Please keep the length of the resume at a single page.
  2. An essay of 300 to 400 words, please explain your interest in the program for which you are applying, what you hope to achieve by completing the program and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests and goals. The essay’s content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admission process.
  3. A copy of your unofficial transcript will be accepted during the application process, official transcripts must be received prior to full admission into the program.


Your application will be ready for review once you have submitted your application to Galveston College, the BAS-HCM degree program application, your transcripts (official or unofficial), an essay and resume.  Please upload them in PDF format.


What is a Healthcare Manager?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.


Bachelors of Applied Science in Healthcare Management Degree Plan

Degree Plan

ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
HITT 1345 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3


Semester 1
First Semester
MHSM 3304 Communications for Health Care Professionals 3
MHSM 3310  Legal Issues in Health Care 3
MHSM 3358  Healthcare Revenue Integrity Practices 3
MHSM 3421 Health Information Technology and Standards *** 4


Semester 2
Second Semester
MHSM 3303 Statistics for Health Care Managers  *** 3
MHSM 3335 Financial Management for Health Professions 3
MHSM 4304 Risk Management for Health Professionals 3
MHSM 4348 Ethics for Health Care Professionals 3


Semester 3
Third Semester
MHSM 4310 Human Resources in Health Care Management 3
MHSM 4351 Public and Community Health Management 3


Semester 4
Fourth Semester
MHSM 4352 Project Management for Healthcare Finance 3
MHSM 4353 Healthcare Operations Management 3
MHSM 4354 Strategic Planning and Leadership in Healthcare 3
MHSM 4551 Health Care Management Practicum/Residency 5

– Prerequisite coursework may be completed in the first year with Program Director Approval

** – Students do not have to have completed all of the core curriculum prior to enrolling in upper level courses.

*** Hybrid Course  (Via Zoom)

Lower Level Courses
Lower Level Courses
Core Curriculum** 42
Technical Special Courses (Transfer from AAS) 24
Subtotal  66
Totals for BAS – HCM Degree 120


Mission statement

In keeping with the mission and goals of Galveston College, the BAS-HCM degree program is dedicated to student success, teaching and learning.  This program will fulfill individual and community needs by providing a high-quality education for future leaders of healthcare organizations.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria: Students much complete the admissions requirements to the College.  Admissions to Galveston College does not guarantee admission to the BAS-HCM program.


The admissions requirements specific for the BAS in Healthcare Management program are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate college–readiness in reading, writing and math through the approved means including previous coursework, Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI-A), ACT or SAT scores.
  2. An earned Associate of Applied Science in a healthcare related field such as EMS, Health Information Managements, Medical Administration, Medical Assistant, Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Surgical Technology, and Sonography. Additional healthcare degrees may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
    1. The AAS degree must be issued from an institution that is regionally accredited by an agency that is recognized by Galveston College.
  3. Prior college-level coursework must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or provide evident of extenuating circumstances, to the Program Director or the Vice President of Instruction, for waiver of this requirement.


Transfer Policy

The 42 credit hour core curriculum component of this degree can be satisfied with any of the courses list in Galveston College’s core curriculum in the current catalog.  Students may satisfy the core curriculum with additional courses taken at another institution as long as their transcript shows them core complete in each component area.

Completion Requirements

The BAS in Healthcare Management degree is 120 semester credit hours and includes 42 hours of core curriculum courses, 9 hours of other prerequisites, 24 hours of technical specialty courses (from the AAS degree) and 45 hours of upper level healthcare management (MHSM) courses. 


Minimum Completion Requirements include

  • Complete the appropriate course of study for a BAS in Healthcare Management degree as specified in the College Catalog. Developmental or other non-credit coursework does not apply to graduation requirements.
  • Complete all core curriculum requirements
  • Galveston College will accept a maximum for 75 hours of applicable course work transferred from another accredited college or university toward the BAS in Healthcare Management degree. Students must earn at least 45 credit hours (or 37.5%) at Galveston College.
  • Complete at least 45 credit hours in 3000 level courses or higher.

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all work completed at Galveston College


Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics

Quick Facts: Medical and Health Services Managers

2018 Median Pay

$99,730 per year
$47.95 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Less than 5 years

On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2016


Job Outlook, 2016-26

20% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-26


Career Opportunities


Clinical director


Health and social services manager


Office manager


Practice administrator


Nursing home administrators


Health information managers

Employment Outlook

According to data from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Labor Market Information, there will be an average of 275 openings each year in the Gulf Coast Workforce Area for healthcare managers. That represents a 32% increase from 2014 to 2024. State-wide predictions are there will be 1,070 annual job openings which is a 29% increase from 2014 to 2024. All of these positions will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.