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Health Services Administration

Health Services Administration

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Our program is designed to develop healthcare leaders with strong communication and critical thinking skills who are committed to delivering effective public health services.

Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the United States. WVU Tech offers one of the only HSA undergraduate programs in the state. Our program is designed to develop healthcare leaders with strong communication and critical thinking skills who are committed to delivering effective public health services.

The HSA program is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in health administration, business management, sociology, political science and economics. Students may opt to minor, or even double major, in any of these complementary academic programs.

As part of the program, our students are required to complete a 300-contact hour practicum, which enables them to gain practical, hands-on experience in the healthcare industry.


Haley Pauley

Pauley-Moore, '14


After graduating with an HSA degree in 2014, Haley began her career in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and is presently the admissions coordinator at Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia. Haley is enrolled in graduate school and will begin taking coursework in the fall of 2017.
Joshua Crist

Crist, '12


With a double major in Health Services Administration and Public Administration, Josh began his career in a long term care facility. He has advanced to the position of Administrator at Seasons Place, an assisted living facility in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Josh has also participated in the HSA Practicum Placement program by accepting an HSA student last summer. He plans to sit for the nursing home administrators licensing exam as soon as he completes the post-education requirements.

Career Profile

Graduates in the HSA program are candidates for entry-level positions in practically all areas of healthcare administration, including hospitals, long term care, medical clinics, medical practice groups and home health agencies. In addition, graduates have a sufficient background to secure employment in government, in the insurance industry and in human resources departments managing employee benefits programs. Several graduates have utilized the HSA degree to gain admission into graduate school to better enhance professional opportunities for them. 


WVU Tech Health Service Administration graduates have been employed at
  • Hospitals
  • Longterm nursing facilities
  • Assisted living communities
  • Medical group management companies
  • Government service agencies
  • Insurance agencies
  • Health care consulting firms


Each student graduating from the HSA program must complete a practicum experience. This activity involves the student spending a minimum of 240 contact hours in a participating organization being mentored by a seasoned professional in the field. The student is exposed to the daily routines and rhythm of an organization; learns about the administrative and decision processes in actual practice; becomes familiar with the organizational structure; observes the interaction between decision makers by attending key meetings and being involved in projects; and develops an appreciation for the effort involved in managing a successful organization. It's part of our hands-on approach that makes HSA grads ready for the workforce on day one.    


Administrative, financial and ethical logistics behind the healthcare industry, plus a sociological look at the industry and its patients.

Fundamentals of Health Care Administration

Learn about the principles of modern health care administration, planning, organizing, directing and controlling in health services management. You'll also discuss the contemporary issues in health care administration

Medical Ethics

This course is a philosophical and sociological investigation of complex moral problems in medicine and healthcare delivery. Topics include euthanasia, abortion, allocation of scarce medical responses, accessibility problems, AIDS, research and human experimentation, among others.

Illness and Health Care

Explore an overview of behavioral factors relating to occurrence of and response to illness, with particular emphasis on American medicine. Designed especially for students interested in health-related careers.

View a sample degree schedule or explore more course options in the catalog.

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FAFSA: 003827   SAT: 5902   ACT: 4536
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