See also: Health Care Administration Minor

Like all businesses, health care organizations require strong leadership to run smoothly. As an experienced health care administrator, your career could span the operation of a single department to executive leadership and management positions in which you’re responsible for millions of dollars of facilities and equipment as well as hundreds of employees.

Our undergraduate health care administration program will help you master the basic business principles and tools that you’ll need for effective decision-making when you enter this field: finance, information systems, strategic planning, human resource management and marketing. You’ll also develop strong management and leadership abilities — such as business skills, problem-solving, communication, relationship management, diplomacy, collaboration, teamwork, adaptability, change management and mentoring — that will be essential to your success.

Why choose us?

  • We’re proud to be the only health care administration program in Wisconsin that’s certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and among only 44 AUPHA-certified undergraduate programs in the nation.
  • Our undergraduate program integrates a minor in business administration to reinforce the strong management skills for which our graduates are known.
  • All of our students complete a semester-long internship, which provides an integrative educational and fieldwork experience that is supervised by faculty in collaboration with health-related organizations. Thanks to our urban location and strong community partnerships, you’ll have access to internships at leading health care organizations, including Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Columbia St. Mary’s, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Care, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and more.
  • As participants in the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network, our program and Future Healthcare Executives student organization connect you with leaders and professionals in the field through educational and networking opportunities on campus and throughout the industry.

Accreditation/Certification

Accreditation/Certification

The Health Care Administration (HCA) program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a full certified undergraduate program member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). We are proud to be one of only 44 AUPHA-certified undergraduate programs in the U.S., out of hundreds of programs nationally. Full certified undergraduate program membership in AUPHA represents programmatic accreditation for undergraduate health administration programs.

Mission/Vision/Values

Mission/Vision/Values

Mission

The Health Care Administration program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides a comprehensive curriculum in health services administration to a diverse, highly-qualified student population. Faculty and active practitioners bring a breadth and depth of expertise to the delivery of courses in medical science, informatics, and management. The HCA program enhances the quality of life of the residents of Wisconsin, in the advancement of the knowledge and the ability of healthcare professionals to lead their organizations, to serve their communities, and to improve the health status of their communities.

Vision

The Health Care Administration (HCA) program delivers state-of-the-art education to traditional and nontraditional students, preparing them for entry or mid-level management positions in group practice, ambulatory care, long-term care, hospitals, managed care, and other health-related organizations. We use innovative instructional methods to deliver excellent and consistent educational outcomes based on the needs of our industry and our constituency.

Values

In pursuit of this vision, the Health Care Administration (HCA) program is guided by a commitment to the following values established by the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

  • Integrity in all that we do
  • Collaboration to achieve Excellence
  • Diversity of thought, perspective and culture
  • Accessibility to promote optimal engagement

In addition, the Health Care Administration (HCA) program recognizes the importance of the following values:

  • Continuous improvement in the quality of work performed, and commitment to service
  • Respect for the dignity of each individual
  • Accountability of individual faculty, staff, and students to each other and our constituencies
  • Fairness in matters involving students, faculty and staff
  • Teamwork among students, faculty, staff, and alumni and openness to innovation and change

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Health Care Administration” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Health Care Administration-Intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Submit a UW System application and all appropriate transcripts to the Department of Admissions & Recruitment. If you meet UWM standard admission requirements, you will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “Health Care Administration Intended” major.

UWM Application Priority Dates

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1

General Education Requirements for CHS

General Education Requirements for CHS

The following courses are required if you wish to receive your associate or bachelor’s degree:

UW-Colleges
Associate Degree
GER DesignationUW-Milwaukee Bachelor Degree
3-6Humanities6
3-6Fine Arts/Arts3
11Natural Science/
Laboratory Science/
Math Science
6
9Social Science6
3Application and PerformanceN/A
N/AForeign Language**
3*Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity3
3*Interdisciplinary StudiesN/A

*You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

**For an explanation of the Foreign Language graduation requirement, refer to the General Education Requirement Policy.

Some courses required for the Health Care Administration major also meet General Education Requirements. Contact your UWM College of Health Sciences advisor for additional information.

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Course Requirements for Entry into Major

Direct admission to the major is not possible upon transfer; students transfer in as “Intended” and are required to apply to the major. Only students admitted to the major are eligible to apply for internship placement, subject to approval.

UW-COLLEGES Course UWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE *
ENG 102 English Composition II ENGLISH 102
MAT 110 College AlgebraMATH 105
ECO 204 MicroeconomicsECON 103
ECO 203 MacroeconomicsECON 104
CTA 103Introduction to Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103

*Minimum grades of “C” are required in all these courses for the Health Care Administration major.

Required courses for entry into major that are NOT available in the UW Colleges’ curriculum
UW-MILWAUKEE *UWM Course Title
HCA 220Leading Healthcare Professionals
HS 102
Healthcare Delivery in the United States

*Minimum grades of “C+” are required in both courses above for the Health Care Administration major.

Suggested courses in UW Colleges’ curriculum NOT required for admission
UW-COLLEGES UWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
BIO 280** &
BIO 281**
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
OR
BIO 285 &
BIO 286
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
BUS 201 Intro AccountingBUS ADM 201*
BUS 230Intr Mangmnt Info SysBUS ADM 230*
MAT 117 Elementary Statistics MTHSTAT 215**
MAT 211 CalculusMATH 211
PSY 250Life Span Devel Psy PSYCH 250***

*Will serve as a substitute for HS 224 in the HCA curriculum.
**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the HCA curriculum.
***Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the HCA curriculum.

Other requirements for entry into the major

In addition to the application for admission to the University, students are required to earn a grade of C+ or higher in all HCA and HS courses, with the exception of BMS 301-305. A grade of C or higher is required in all other major courses. Students who have completed or requesting a 3rd take of any required course will not be admitted into the major and if previously admitted, will be dismissed from the HCA major.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Health Care Administration from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your UWC course work. Students are encouraged to consult a UWC advisor to plan curriculum that transfers to UWM fulfilling prerequisites, General Education Requirement credit, and other program requirements.

Semester I
UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
15-16 Total Credits
ENG 102 (3cr) English Composition IIENGLISH 102
MAT 110 (3cr) College AlgebraMATH 105
BIO 285 (4cr) OR
BIO 280* (3cr)
Anatomy & Physiology
Human Anatomy
BIO SCI 202
BIO SCI 202
PSY 202 (3cr) Introductory PsychPSYCH 101
Social Sciences (3cr) Social Sciences GER-Social Sciences
Semester II
UW-COLLEGES UW-C Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
17-18 Total Credits
BIO 286 (4cr) OR
BIO 281* (5cr)
Anatomy & Physiology
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 203
BIO SCI 203
ECO 204 (3cr)Microeconomics ECON 103
CTA 103 (3cr)Introduction to Public Speaking COMMUN 103
PSY 250 (3cr)Life Span Devel Psy PSYCH 250**
Art (3cr)Fine Arts/ArtsGER-Arts

*The combination of BIO 280 (was: PHS 235) and BIO 281 (was: ZOO 234) at any UW-College is equivalent to the combination of BIO SCI 202 GE:NS+ 4 credits and BIO SCI 203 GE:NS+ 4 credits at UW-Milwaukee.

**Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the HCA curriculum.

Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Course Requirements for Entry into Major

Direct admission to the major is not possible upon transfer; students transfer in as “Intended” and are required to apply to the major. Only students admitted to the major are eligible to apply for internship placement, subject to approval.

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
ENG 202*English Composition 2ENGLISH 102
MATH 200*Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
ENG 198 OR
Speech 201
Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
Soc Sci 201Principles of MicroeconomicsECON 103
Soc Sci 202Principles of MacroeconomicsECON 104

*Minimum grades of “C” are required in all these courses for the Health Care Administration major.

Required courses for entry into major that are NOT in the MATC curriculum
UW-MILWAUKEECourse Title
HCA 220Leading Health Care Professionals
HS 102Health Care Delivery in the United States

*Minimum grades of “C+” are required in both courses above for the Health Care Administration major.

Suggested courses in MATC curriculum NOT required for admission
MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
Nat Sci 201Anatomy and Physiology 1BIO SCI 202
Nat Sci 202Anatomy and Physiology 2BIO SCI 203
MATH 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
Soc Sci 134, 188, 237 OR
238
Human Growth & Development, Developmental Psych, Child Psych, OR Life-Span PsychPSYCH 260***
ACCTG 111 & 112Accounting 1 & 2BUS ADM 201
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
Intro to Info Technology ManagementBUS ADM 230*
MATH 198CalculusMath 231

*Will serve as a substitute for HS 224 in the HCA curriculum.
**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the HCA curriculum.
***Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the HCA curriculum.

Other requirements for entry into the major

Students are required to earn a grade of C+ or higher in all HCA and HS courses. A grade of C or higher is required in all other major courses. Students who earn less than the necessary grade twice in any one of the major required courses will not be allowed a third attempt. As a result, a student will not be admitted to the major, and if previously admitted will be dismissed. Students are also required to earn a 2.500 CUM GPA prior to admission.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Health Care Administration from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your MATC course work.

Semester I
MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
12-13 Total Credits
ENG 102English Composition IIENGLISH 102
Nat Sci 201Anatomy and Physiology 1BIO SCI 202
Soc Sci 231General PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II
MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
13-16 Total Credits
Nat Sci 202Anatomy and Physiology 2BIO SCI 203
Eng 198 OR Speech 201Speech OR Elements of SpeechCOMMUN 103
Soc Sci 201Principles of MicroeconomicsECON 103
Soc Sci 134, 188, 237
OR 238
Human Growth & Development, Developmental Psych, Child Psych, OR Life-Span PsychPSYCH 260***

*You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

Contact

Contact
Aggie Northrup, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
witowski@uwm.edu
Schedule an advising appointment now!
Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-6237
tjrufer@uwm.edu
Schedule an appointment with Torry now!
For admissions related questions contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:
(414) 229-2222
contact.uwm.edu
For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the Registrar’s Office:
(414) 229-3800
contactro.uwm.edu

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

The Health Care Administration program offers a 4-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Health Care Administration. The curriculum includes all necessary requirements for a minor in business administration, as well.

After taking freshman- and sophomore-level foundation courses in the biological and health sciences, health information administration, as well as the liberal arts, you will have a solid basis for the advanced study of health care administration which follows.

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites for admission to the Health Care Administration major:

  • Commun 103: Public Speaking
  • English 102: College Writing and Research or completion of the UWM English competency requirement.
  • Econ 103: Principles of Microeconomics

or

  • Econ 104: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Math 105: Intermediate Algebra

or

  • a Math placement level C on the proficiency test
  • HS/HCA 102: Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.
  • HCA 220: Leading Healthcare Professionals

You will need to earn a grade of C+ or higher in all Health Care Administration and Health Sciences courses, and a grade of C or higher in all other required courses.

Students who twice earn a grade lower than these requirements in any required course will not be admitted, and if previously admitted, will be dismissed from the Health Care Administration major. Such students can submit an appeal to remain in the HCA major.

No student applying to the program with a cumulative UWM GPA lower than 2.50 will be admitted.

A student whose cumulative UWM GPA falls below 2.50 will be placed on probationary status and will not be able to graduate with the degree in Health Care Administration until his or her cumulative UWM GPA is 2.50 or higher.

Students remaining on probation for more than two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

You are encouraged to apply to the major as soon as you have achieved sophomore status and meet all of the following requirements:

  • A cumulative UWM GPA at 2.50 or above
  • Completion of the admission prerequisite courses
  • Achievement of minimum grade requirements for required courses

Application for admission to the HCA major can be accessed here.

Admission decisions are made by the Program Director, based on validation of prerequisites by the academic advisor for the Health Care Administration Program.

You will be notified of admission to the major at the start of the fall or spring semester, and are expected to attend the next Health Care Administration Program Orientation when scheduled.

During your senior year, you will need to successfully complete a semester-long faculty-supervised internship at an approved health care agency or health-related organization. You must meet the eligibility requirements and application deadlines before your internship is approved by the internship coordinator; for important steps refer to the UWM HCA Program Flow Chart.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

If you are entering the University with credits from another institution you must schedule an advising appointment to plan your course of study. If you are unable to meet in person with your advisor, your non-UWM credits can be tentatively reviewed by sending a faxed or mailed copy of your transcript along with an explanatory cover letter to:

College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
FAX: (414) 229-3373

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Aggie Northrup, MS
(414) 229-2758
witowski@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

* = Courses that must be completed prior to admission to the Health Care Administration (HCA) major

General Education Requirements (GERs) must be completed prior to graduation

*English 102 (3cr) Cultural Diversity (3cr) X Social Sciences Humanities (6cr)

*Math 105 (3cr) Foreign Language X Natural Sciences Arts (3cr)

X = GERs met through HCA coursework in the major

Freshman Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:15
HS (HCA) 101Introduction to Health and Disease2
HS (HCA) 105Survey of the Health Professions3
PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology3
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
Electives3

Freshman Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:16
*COMMUN 103Public Speaking3
HS (HCA) 222Language of Medicine3
HS (HCA) 224Introduction to Microcomputers for Allied Health Professions3
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II4
Electives3

Sophomore Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:15
*ECON 103Principles of Microeconomics3
*HS (HCA) 102Healthcare Delivery in the United States3
*HCA 220Leading Healthcare Professionals3
BMS (HS) 301Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals1
BMS (HS) 302 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I1
BMS (HS) 303 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II1
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice3

Sophomore Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:18
*ECON 104Principles of Macroeconomics3
BMS (HS) 304Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III1
BMS (HS) 305 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV1
HCA 203Human Life Cycle3
HCA 307 Epidemiology for the Health Sciences3
MATH 211Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry4
Electives3

Junior Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:17
BUS ADM 201Introduction to Financial Accounting4
BUS ADM 330Organizations3
HS (HCA) 250 Allied Health Information Methods2
HCA 450Healthcare Quality Management 3
HCA 537 Introduction to Healthcare Databases and Technologies3
Electives2

Junior Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:17
BUS ADM 350Principles of Finance3
HS (HCA) 311Law for Healthcare Consumers and Professionals3
HCA 333Health Organizations Professional Practice Standards2
HCA 340Healthcare Process Measurement3
HCA 541 Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design3
Electives3

Senior Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:15
BUS ADM 370 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
HCA 421 Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations3
HCA 422 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
HCA 521Advanced Systems Thinking for Healthcare Leaders3
HCA 542 Healthcare Database Design and Management3

Senior Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:15
BUS ADM 360 Principles of Marketing3
HCA 460Healthcare Reimbursement Systems3
HCA 502 Healthcare Delivery Systems: National & International Perspectives3
HCA 580Health Care Administration Internship3
Electives3

Students are required to earn a grade of “C+” or higher in all HCA and HS courses, with the exception of BMS (HS) 301-305.

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all other courses included in the HCA major.

Students who twice earn a grade lower than these requirements in any course required in the major will not be admitted to the major, and if previously admitted, will be dismissed from the HCA major. A third attempt to take any of the required courses will not be allowed.

Internship

Internship

As part of the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration curriculum, senior students in the major are required to gain practical experience in the field through a faculty-supervised internship with a preceptor in a health-related organization.

You must complete a faculty-supervised internship prior to graduation. The internship is an integral component of the Health Care Administration major. Under the supervision of faculty in collaboration with a preceptor, you will be given opportunities to develop and improve your management skills through fieldwork experiences in local, national, and international health care organizations approved by the internship coordinator and other entities, as required.

To be eligible to complete the required senior internship, you must:

  1. Submit a completed internship application by:
    • October 1 for the following Spring semester
    • March 1 for the following Fall semester

    Summer internships may also be approved by the internship coordinator if required to graduate on time, if eligibility criteria are met and a completed application is submitted by March 1.

    Internship application materials are available from:

    Professor Kathleen Olewinski
    Health Care Administration Internship Coordinator
    College of Health Sciences
    Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6432
    kmo@uwm.edu
  2. Have senior status in the Health Care Administration program.
  3. Adhere to all professional behavior standards.
  4. Submit required paperwork from mandatory orientation which includes completion of a background check.

Health screening requirements must also be met for specific sites prior to placement consideration. Physical and health screening forms are provided during the mandatory Health Care Administration Program Orientation, and available from:

Professor Kathleen Olewinski
Health Care Administration Internship Coordinator
College of Health Sciences
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6432
kmo@uwm.edu

The Internship Application is required, and must be completed online and submitted by the October 1 deadline for the following Spring semester, and by the March 1 deadline for the following Fall semester (or summer semester when pre-approved to graduate on time). By the same deadline, forward the following documents to Professor Kathleen Olewinski at kmo@uwm.edu:

  1. Unofficial transcript;
  2. Draft resume with skills and relevant courses included.

Important Note: The Internship Application is separate from the application to the HCA major. Refer to the UWM HCA Program Flow Chart.

You may take up to three, 3-credit internships before you graduate.

UWM Career Planning & Resource Center (CPRC)

  • Non-credit and experiential internships may be available
  • Walk-in career advising, as well as information regarding jobs, career fairs, and resources for students and alumni.
  • A PantherJobs website to search for jobs and internships in all fields

UWM Writing Center

The Writing Center welcomes all UWM writers to meet one-on-one, confidentially, with a highly qualified tutor to discuss any writing project, at any stage of the work. All majors, subjects and skill levels are welcome. Appointments or walk-ins accepted, in-person or online

Partial Listing of Current and Past Internship Placement Sites

  • AseraCare Hospice
  • Aurora At Home
  • Aurora Credentials Verification Service
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Aurora Health Care Medical Group
  • Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
  • Aurora Sinai Medical Center
  • Aurora West Allis Memorial Medical Center
  • Bellin Health
  • BloodCenter of Wisconsin
  • Children’s Hospital and Health System
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Children’s Medical Group
  • City of Milwaukee Health Department
  • Columbia St. Mary’s, Inc.
  • Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation
  • Columbia St. Mary’s Hospitals
  • Community Care for the Elderly
  • Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)
  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Compassionate Care Hospice
  • Curative Care Network
  • Dynacare Laboratories
  • Elmbrook Memorial Hospital
  • Flagship SailsRx
  • Froedtert Health
  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians
  • GE Healthcare
  • GE Healthcare
  • Gundersen Health System
  • Lake Terrace Health and Rehabilitation
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Center for Independence
  • Milwaukee VA Medical Center
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Norris Health Center
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin
  • ProHealth Care
  • ProHealth Home Care & Hospice
  • Saint John’s On The Lake
  • Sheboygan Progressive Care Center
  • Therapy Plus of Wisconsin
  • Watertown Regional Medical Center
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group
  • Willows Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Wisconsin Heart Hospital

Get Involved

Get Involved

Future Healthcare Executives (FHE)

Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) is a very active student organization within the Health Care Administration (HCA) program, and they are recognized participants in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network. FHE offers students an opportunity to meet leaders in the field, attend professional education and networking events sponsored by the ACHE Wisconsin Chapter, and attend other conferences at the local, state, and national level. Students also develop leadership and management skills by participating in workshops, community service and volunteer activities, speaker events and job shadowing opportunities with executives from the Milwaukee area and beyond.

FHE members regularly attend local ACHE education and networking events, serve on committees and volunteer at location meetings, and participate in the national ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership. For more information about the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), the annual ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, and how to join ACHE at the student rate, visit www.ache.org or contact Professor Kathleen Olewinski at kmo@uwm.edu. You can also learn about the local Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives at wisconsin.ache.org and become more involved when you join ACHE.

Membership in FHE is open to all UWM students, both undergraduate and graduate, who have an interest in health care administration, regardless of major.

The HCA program is a full certified member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Full membership in AUPHA represents programmatic accreditation for undergraduate health administration programs.

Contact

Kathleen Olewinski, Faculty Advisor
Director, Health Care Administration Studies
(414) 229-7110
kmo@uwm.edu

For more information or to join FHE during the academic year, connect with the student organization president directly at fhexecs@uwm.edu.

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Graduation

Graduation

The following requirements must be met to graduate:

  1. Completion of the required 128 credits
  2. A cumulative UWM GPA of 2.5
  3. A grade of C+ or better in all Health Care Administration (HCA) and Health Sciences (HS) courses and a C or better in all other required courses
  4. Completion of all University General Education Requirements

You may choose to supplement your learning by integrating the Certificate in Health Care Informatics into your undergraduate studies. You need to meet with your advisor to declare your intention to complete the Certificate.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Salaries of New Graduates

Local healthcare employers and new graduates of the health care administration undergraduate program report average starting salaries between $32,000 and $45,000 per year, depending on the position and type of employer as well as years of experience and location. Most new graduates are employed within 3 to 6 months of graduation, many within 1 month, with an increasing number pursuing graduate studies. 42 students graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Care Administration during the past academic year (2014-2015) as of May 2015.

Expected Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This demand will in turn result in an increase in the number of physicians, patients, and procedures, as well as in the number of facilities. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and staffs in the healthcare industry. There will likely be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as baby boomers age.

Employment is projected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is expected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.

Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median salary for all medical and health services managers in 2013 was greater than $90,000 per year, earnings vary by type and size of the facility and level of responsibility. Salaries differ for non-managerial entry level positions, with higher pay typically associated with positions requiring a master’s degree.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Visit these websites for current information and other resources regarding our profession. Look for special student membership incentives offered through some of these professional associations, and valuable career resources as well as education and networking events, scholarships, leadership development, and mentoring. Some professional associations also offer a pathway to credentialing for experienced health care executives and professionals, to distinguish yourself in your profession. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Health Care Administration Program is a participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network.