2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Services Administration (B.S.)

College of Community Innovation and Education
Department of Health Management and Informatics
Dr. Phillips Academic Commons (DPAC) - UCF Downtown, 401


Undergraduate Program Director: Dr. Mark Bush

This program is currently available online and in the classroom. Students who choose to take online courses are urged to complete either CGS 2100C  or CGS 1060C  prior to enrolling in online-based courses. After enrolling in online courses, students should visit http://learn.ucf.edu. Students must complete all University-wide graduation requirements (general education, foreign language, Gordon Rule, etc.), some of which are rarely online. Prerequisite courses are rarely offered online. For more information, see http://distrib.ucf.edu/home. Students in this major are required to have an overall GPA or 2.5 or better upon graduation. Although a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is needed for the program, students should plan to maintain a higher GPA to be competitive for graduate programs in Health Services Administration as those programs require a GPA of at least 3.0 for admission.

Health Services Administration (B.S.) may be completed fully online with the exception of internship, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.


Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog
  • Students should complete the General Education Program and the Common Program Prerequisites before transferring within the Florida College System or State University System.
  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor prior to first semester of enrollment.
  • The courses designated in sections 1 and 2 below may be taken at a Florida College System institution, and should usually be completed in the first 60 hours
  • UCF Residency Requirement: 30 hours
  • HSA Residency Requirement: Students must complete at least 42 credit hours of the core requirements at UCF in the department of Health Management and Informatics.
  • Students must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation.
  • Satisfactory completion of HSA 4850 - Health Services Administration Internship  

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (9 Credit Hours)

Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or better in each Common Program Prerequisite

See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information.

Core Requirements: Basic Level

  • None

Restricted Electives

  • None

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)


  • Students are encouraged to select with their advisor additional Health Service Administration courses as electives or other courses that will enhance their background in the health care industry. These may be used to build minors and certificates offered by the University. Examples include: Health Informatics and Information Management, Health Sciences, Aging Studies, Public Administration, and Business.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.


  • Students who transfer with an AA degree from a Florida College System institution and will be pursuing a BS degree must meet the University foreign language admission requirements for graduation.

Additional Requirements

  • As a requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration major, students must complete an internship within the administrative realm of an actual health care organization.The internship program takes two semesters to complete: one orientation semester and one internship semester. In order to participate in the HSA Internship the student must: 1) Have earned at least 90 Credit Hours prior to the start of the semester in which they must take internship orientation (a zero credit hour course); 2) Have earned at least 24 HSA Credit Hours prior to the start of the semester in which the internship begins; 3) Have a Major GPA of 2.75 prior the start of the semester in which the internship begins. Additionally, many health care organizations will require that students complete a background check, which may include, but not be limited to, law enforcement finger printing, state driving records, credit reports, and criminal records check. The cost of the background check is the student’s responsibility. Background checks may take time to complete and, subsequently, could delay the student’s internship placement. Students who have potential background issues must contact the Director of Internships to schedule an interview in order to discuss the impact on field placement. The Health Services Administration Program cannot guarantee internship placement or subsequent degree completion for students who do not pass background checks and/or receive a passing grade in the Internship course. Students must also pay a technology fee as part of their internship program. Students will receive all the information they need, as well as access to internships they may apply for during HSA 4853–Internship Orientation.

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Students earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5 for all coursework.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • Interested students should consult with a faculty advisor.

Related Programs


Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Students are urged to have access to a personal computer, modem, and appropriate software to interact with the University and professors.
  • A variety of internship opportunities is available for HSA majors all over the country. Students do not have to reside in Central Florida to complete the internship but must meet Eligibility Requirements.
  • Students will be referred to a faculty member for the purpose of career advising.

Transfer Notes

  • None

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

1 Suggested Introductory Elective

Freshman Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Communication Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Science Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Cultural Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Summer (8 Credit Hours)

1 If not satisfied in high school

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language Credit Hours: 4 1

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language Credit Hours: 4 1

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

1 Must be taken in First Semester in the Major

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)