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Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management

This major is for students who want to advance within a healthcare organization. You should already have appropriate preparation, licensures, clinical skills and training in a health-related field. In this program you will learn:

  • leadership
  • supervisory skills
  • administrative skills

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The following 15 credit hours are required for each track of the Health Services Management major:

LDST 101: Foundations of Organizational Leadership
3 credit hours

General introduction to, and analysis of, historical and current theories of leadership. Study of leadership process involving interaction of leaders and followers in organizational settings such as public/private, profit and nonprofit.

LDST 250: Financial Basics for Leaders
3 credit hours

Leaders at all organizational levels need an understanding of what makes their organizations go—money! Whether it is a for-profit business or a "non-profit," the financial aspects of operation affect the company's ability to achieve goals and the leader's ability to make decisions. This course includes the "basics" of using various financial statements, cash management plans, capital budgets, ratios and other tools to assist the leader in directing the organization. In addition, pricing strategies, economic decision-making models, financing options and internal accountability will be considered. Finally, measurements of financial performance and requirements for validity of financial information will be discussed from the perspective of what the leader needs to know to function effectively and meet his/her financial responsibilities.

LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3 credit hours

This course examines conflict causes and effects as well as ethical issues. Students will use case studies and simulations to practice skills for conflict resolution. An investigation of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving and mediation are integral to this process.

PSYC 310: The Biology of Behavior
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 101. 
This course explores biological underpinnings of behavior and mental processes, such as wakefulness and sleep, emotional behaviors, reproductive behaviors, selected psychological disorders, learning and memory, and the sensory systems. An overview of neuroanatomy and neurotransmitters is provided.

SOCI 327: Social Gerontology
3 credit hours

An examination of the sociological, psychological, environmental, and economic aspects of the aging process both in regard to the individual, as well as the relationship with the larger society. The impact of a larger elderly population and the political relationship that pertains to the services and programs to provide for the needs of the elderly now, as well as in the future, also is considered.


Track One - Transfer Program (30 hour minimum) for:

  • registered nurses
  • radiological technologists
  • respiratory therapists
  • physical therapy assistants
  • occupational therapy assistants
  • emergency medical services personnel
  • other related professionals
LDST 310: Contemporary Workforce Issues
3 credit hours

This course explores current workplace issues faced by leaders in public and private sector organizations. Course content includes a discussion of present-day topics including discrimination, sexual harassment, disability law, the "glass ceiling" as it relates to women in leadership, unions and their continued applicability in American industry, international cultures and their impact on organizations, as well as technology and its applications and challenges. General management of all types of organizations and personnel will also be considered.

EXSP 345: Wellness and Health Promotion
3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide a student with the basic principles for developing wellness and health promotion programs. It will emphasize various dimensions of wellness/health promotion programs and the benefits of individual and group interaction. The course will focus on developing professional programming skills and personal growth.

PSYC 312: Positive Psychology
3 credit hours

Positive psychology seeks to understand optimal human behavior. It emphasizes a scientific approach to knowing, guiding, healing, educating and helping people to flourish.

SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
3 credit hours

This course is concerned with the social causes and consequences of health and illness. Major areas of investigation include the social facets of health and disease, the social behavior of healthcare personnel and people who utilize healthcare, and the social functions of health organizations and healthcare delivery systems.

LDST 450: Ethics and Leadership
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: LDST 331, and senior standing. Women and men within organizations are compelled to make decisions that in turn affect the organization itself. This course examines ethical questions that directly affect how organizations function, internally and externally, through what they choose to relay and omit to their various audiences. Cases and academic studies will be analyzed that reflect how ethical and unethical communication affected the fortunes of organizations. We will also evaluate our personal ethics through a series of self-evaluation exercises and relate what we are learning to the "real world" through monitoring of current events during the course.


Track Two (117 hrs.):

The following courses are required for the Dual Health Degree Cohort to complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. NRSI courses will be taken through Cox College, and grades will be transferred back to Drury.

Prerequisite courses to be taken prior to admittance into the Cohort (12 hrs.)

BIOL 100: Principles of Biology
3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to basic scientific terminology, biology, and chemistry. It is designed to prepare students for more rigorous science curriculum. Will not satisfy biology major requirements. General education requirement for non-science majors.

ENGL 150: Composition
3 credit hours

Writing course designed to develop students’ abilities to write in a variety of modes for a wide range of purposes.

GSTU 110: Foundations of College and Professional Success
3 credit hours

This course will introduce students to the principles and tools which will enhance their effectiveness as students and professionals. Topics will include information literacy and research, online tools and the learning management system, academic integrity, time management, professionalism and career development.

MATH 100: Intermediate Algebra
3 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed prealgebra or beginning algebra in either high school or college in order to be successful in this course. The traditional topics of intermediate algebra through quadratic equations and functions.

Required Drury Courses (43 hrs.)

Humanities Elective (3 hrs.) 

BIOL 207: Anatomy and Physiology
4 credit hours

An introduction to basic anatomy and physiology of the human body from a single cell to the coordinated whole. Special emphasis is placed on conditions that may upset the delicate balance of each system and produce disease. Medical terminology will be integrated into the course to expand the student’s medical vocabulary. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 208: Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or CHEM 107. DAY-BIOL 110 or BIOL 172.
A study of bacterial diversity, physiology, biochemistry and genetics as they relate to the environment and to human welfare. Fungi and viruses are also discussed. Laboratory methods for the identification of bacteria are introduced. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 217: Anatomy and Physiology II
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 207. 
This course continues the study of the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body (a continuation of BIOL 207: Anatomy and Physiology). Topics include the structure, function and interrelationship between the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, urinary and digestive systems. Lecture and laboratory

BIOL 382: Pathophysiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CCPS-BIOL 205 and BIOL 206, or BIOL 207; and CHEM 107. Day-BIOL 181 and BIOL 206 or BIOL 378 and CHEM 238.  Human physiological responses to disease, stress and the environment are studied. Pathophysiological processes are analyzed in view of current research.

CHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 100. A terminal course dealing with fundamentals and basic concepts of chemistry primarily designed for general college students, as well as those in specialized programs such as nursing. Three lecture hours per week.

COMM 220: Business Communication and Writing
3 credit hours

Topics considered in this course include basic principles of effective oral and written communication, a brief survey of standard English grammar and usage, and the forms and styles of business correspondence.

COMM 332: Intercultural Communication
3 credit hours

A survey of critical and qualitative inquiry into intercultural communication. This course provides an introduction to the tenets of intercultural research as well as in-depth analysis of intercultural communication competency and cultural criticism. Topics include introductory readings in ethnography, social anthropology and communication studies, and numerous case studies across various cultures. Theories include nonverbal communication analysis and facework across cultures. Diversity issues and identity politics are explored.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.

PHIL 105: Introduction to Philosophy
3 credit hours

An introductory survey of a number of perennial philosophical questions such as “How can a physical body produce a mind?” “Does free will exist?” “What is the self?” “Can we know if God exists?” and “Is there really an external world?” Offered annually.

PSYC 120: Principles of Psychology
3 credit hours

This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.

PSYC 230: Lifespan Development
3 credit hours

Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development. Special emphasis on change processes.

SOCI 120: Principles of Sociology
3 credit hours

This introductory course provides a broad-based overview of the field of sociology. Attention is given to the ways in which social factors affect how institutions and organizations operate, to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, social class, and geographical space.

Required Cox Courses: 62 hrs.

NRSI 202: Foundations of Professional Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 205: Critical Thinking (2 hrs.) 
NRSI 206: Health Assessment (3 hrs.)
NRSI 212: Mental Health/Illness Nursing Concepts (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 215: Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice (3 hrs.)
NRSI 280: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I & Practicum (4 hrs.)
NRSI 300: Informatics (2 hrs.)  
NRSI 303: Professional Nursing Concepts (2 hrs.)  
NRSI 304: Care of Childbearing Families (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 305: Care of Childrearing Families (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 325: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II & Practicum (7 hrs.)
NRSI 335: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III & Practicum (7 hrs.)
NRSI 345: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing IV Simulation (4 hrs.) 
NRSI 400: Theories and Research in Nursing (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 402: Management and Leadership in Nursing (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 404: Community and Public Health Nursing (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 410: Nursing Capstone (7 hrs.)