Health Care Services and Management
Healthcare staff and managers are among the unsung heroes of the industry. Without them, the whole system would grind to a halt. If you are an organized and detail-oriented person who is good at taking charge while following rules and regulations, and who works well in a team-member environment, you should consider a career in healthcare services.
Our Health Care Services and Management program has several paths. It can prepare you for the specialized field of healthcare regulatory compliance — where you learn how to follow federal and state regulations to protect patient privacy and rights. The program can also teach you how to coordinate personnel and tasks in a unit. And if you are interested in advancing your current career, it can provide you with essential training for leadership, supervisory, and management positions.
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Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
|Health Services Management|
GateWay Community College offers four distinct programs that fall under this general interest area. They vary in focus as some are for those wanting to get into the healthcare field, while others are tailored for working healthcare professionals who want to move into management. Learn more about each below.
All students interested in any of our Healthcare programs will be required to attend an Information/Advising session, which will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.
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Health Services Management involves planning, organizing, coordinating and providing leadership in a variety of health service settings.
Responsibilities in HSM include:
- Directing others
- Coordinating work activities
- Monitoring financial resources
- Helping to develop an effective organization
Be prepared to accept the challenges of laws regulating the healthcare industry. If you are a healthcare administrator, help your employees gain the knowledge to keep your facility or practice penalty free.
GateWay has an online certificate program for healthcare administrators, managers and others with supervisory responsibilities to address the rapidly changing healthcare compliance regulations.
What you will learn:
- Legal mandates and ethical considerations for healthcare corporate regulatory compliance programs.
- The Seven Essential Elements of an effective compliance program.
- Laws governing abusive and fraudulent healthcare practices and billing of services.
- The roles played by various governmental agencies in regulating and enforcing healthcare laws.
- Laws governing the use and security of patient Protected Health Information (PHI) and electronic Protected Health Information, (ePHI) as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).
- Application of the laws and principles to create a corporate compliance program.
Interested students should first contact Ahmad Pardazi, Program Director, for information and enrollment assistance. You will need to have satisfactory completion of college level English 101 or equivalent as shown by transcript. Once student eligibility is verified, students will be provided a permission number and directed to register online or by phone with the College Admissions and Records Office.
All online classes must be taken in sequence as a cohort, a group of students who go through the program together. Classes are four, eight or 12 weeks long. Students in a cohort will be able to complete the certificate within 15 months.
A new cohort will begin approximately every six months based on new student enrollment.
As a Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) or a Patient Care Associate (PCA) you will manage responsibilities, such as:
- Transcribing or verifying doctors' orders
- Scheduling diagnostic tests and treatments
- Managing patients' charts, electronic medical records and unit supplies
As a Patient Care Associate, you will have similar responsibilities as listed above, plus direct patient care responsibilities similar to a Nursing Assistant.
An option for incoming students with Certified Nurse Assisting training is the Health Unit Coordinating / Patient Care Associate program of study in which the six credit CNA (NUR158) course substitutes for five credits of HCC classes.
You will prepare for the national certification exam administered by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC).
The PCA is a newer track where you can earn your Nursing Assistant credentials and HUC certificate at the same time.
Hospital Central Service Technology involves providing service support for patient care in a hospital setting. This occupation provides an entry-level opportunity to begin a career in healthcare.
A Central Service Technician's responsibilities include:
- Providing vital patient care services support in a healthcare facility
- Knowing all of the tools used in an operating room
- Sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery
- Decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing and distributing medical devices and supplies used in patient care
Manual dexterity is an essential skill needed by technicians. Tasks must be performed quickly and proficiently, especially when handling instruments.
Technicians use written and verbal communication skills to interact with nurses, surgical technologists and the surgical support team in order to provide the best possible patient care.
Program Cost Estimates*
Associate in Applied Science in Health Services Management: $8,605 – $9,529
Certificate of Completion in Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate: $1,882 – $2,785
Certificate of Completion in Healthcare Compliance: $2,126 – $2,384
Certificate of Completion in Hospital Central Service Technology: $3,202 – $4,000
*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.
Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.
GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
*Note that Hospital Central Service has a separate accreditation.
Why should you choose an accredited school?
Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.