Course Syllabus

---Note: This course code has changed from HS 285 to HCA 285. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

Course Description

This course is the first and most important course in the Brigham Young University-Idaho Healthcare Administration curriculum. It is intended to provide a foundation for students anticipating a career in the management of healthcare provider organizations or for those students who desire to focus on the "Public Health" administration disciplines of policy and governmental healthcare issues.* [Please note that at the time of this writing, BYU-Idaho foresees the requirement of this course for majors in both the public and the private sectors of the industry.]

You can expect, in this introductory course, to learn the structure of the healthcare industry and the way that it functions. You will learn the vocabulary, the jargon, and the myriad of acronyms that are part of communicating with your associates and peers in the healthcare industry. We have carefully crafted the content of this course to give you insights into career opportunities. With this content and that of the other core curriculum courses, you will be prepared to make a decision about (a) whether you want to continue your healthcare administration education in one of the master's degree programs that are available at other universities, or (b) whether you want to go directly into the workforce with your BS in either healthcare administration or public health administration. Both emphases are available to you through bachelor of science degrees at BYU-Idaho.

The content of this course mirrors the content of the face-to-face HCA 285 course taught on campus, with one important difference-it will be more difficult for us to provide the breadth of mentoring opportunities via the online course, but we will work very hard with you to begin creating a network of contacts with industry professionals who can mentor you in important ways. We will also advise you about professional organizations like the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, that can assist you in many ways as a student of healthcare administration and later as a professional in the industry.

Course Outcomes

  1. Describe the history, structure, and function of the healthcare industry in the United States
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking about current healthcare issues
  3. Examine opportunities to participate in the healthcare industry
  4. Display professional presentation skills

Course Materials

All materials are in the course.

Review Assignments

Throughout the course you will encounter "Review" assignments. These are optional exercises that will help you apply concepts, principles and information learned during the week. These are not graded and are not required to be submitted. They are highly recommended however, as they will assist in preparing you for quizzes and tests.

Weekly Time Commitment

The online class policy is that for every credit hour, students should expect to spend 3 hours of work per week. According to this policy, students will spend about 9 hours a week on this course.


Grading Policies

This course will be based on points.

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 100% – 93%
A- <93% – 90%
B+ <90% – 87%
B <87% – 84%
B- <83% – 80%
C+ <80% – 77%
C <77% – 74%
C- <73% – 70%
D+ <70% – 67%
D <67% – 64%
D- <63% – 60%
F <60% – 00%


If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course, students should contact the Online Support Center at (208) 496-1411  before contacting the instructor.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article (Links to an external site.).

Online Student Support Center

The Online Student Support Center is available to help students with problems in online courses. If you have technical difficulties or notice a problem in the course, please report this problem to the Online Student Support Center.

Online Student Support Center Contact Information

Phone: (208) 496-1411


Live Chat: Online Student Support Center


Materials on BYU-Idaho I-Learn and related sites may be protected by US Copyright Law (Title 17, US Code). These materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.

Additional Information

University Policies Academic honesty is required and any violation with be dealt with according to the University Academic Honesty Policy.

The policy on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an education program or activity that receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender based discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-9209.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities: BYU-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, (208) 496-9210. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. 

Personal Conduct: All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing something disrespectful or "venting" is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to re-read the BYU-Idaho Honor Code and the "Principles of Personal Honor." 

Course Summary:

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