Undergraduate Program

The Health Services Administration (HSA) program is designed to educate knowledgeable, multi-skilled current and future healthcare leaders.

The Health Services Administration program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions as well as middle management or clinical supervisory positions in organizations, institutions and agencies that deliver health services.

Students are provided a strong foundation in management with a depth and breadth of applications to the health care system.

Many undergraduate students transfer into HSA with some college credits or with an associate's degree in areas such as respiratory therapy, radiation technology, physical therapy assistant, dietetics and exercise physiology. The program is designed for college students and adults who have job and family responsibilities but desire to earn a bachelor's degree. Students may complete their 126 credit degree in as little as two years. Upon successful completion of the program, a bachelor of science degree is awarded.

This program is also available at the University Center at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.

Graduates hold positions such as internal auditor for Medicare payments, supervisor of billing and reimbursement, director of community relations, claims adjustment supervisor, office manager and regional manager for clinic services. They work for organizations such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hospice of Southeastern Michigan, Trinity Health Corporate Office, Health Alliance Plan, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and virtually all of Southeast Michigan hospitals.

See Policies, Procedures & Handbooks for additional information.

Accreditation and Professional Organizations

The University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission – and includes the programs within the university. The HSA program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Higher Education Network which is through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  Members of the HSA faculty serve on the Executive Board of the local chapter of ACHE, the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE) and participate on the chapter committees. HSA students are eligible to attend the educational programs sponsored by MCACHE that are held throughout the year.  Attending these programs provides students with opportunities to meet many health care executives in the local area and learn about current topics and issues of interest to health administrators.


    HSA Admission

    In order to be admitted to the Health Services Administration program, applicants must meet entrance requirements of the University. In addition, to gain acceptance to the program students must fulfill the following criteria:

    Undergraduate Transfer

    Transfer students must complete the following:

    • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 and
    • Complete placement tests in English composition and mathematics.

    Conditional Admission

    Conditional admission may be granted to those students whose academic achievement falls below the standards required for full-admissions status. In such cases, the applicant may be required to fulfill course work and/or conditions before full-admissions status is granted. Application is free online, click here to apply.

    International Students

    Applicants who are not United States citizens must contact the International Admissions Office for information about the application process and status. For more information click here. You may also contact them at:

    International Admissions Office
    Phone: 313-993-3310
    Fax: 313-993-3326


    All students will complete the following in addition to the Detroit Mercy core curriculum. Many core curriculum requirements may be met by transfer credits, CLEP or DANTE exams.

    Degree Requirements

    Total HSA Major Requirements - 43 credits

    HSA Introductory Course - 3 credits

    HSA 3010 Overview of the U.S. Health Care System 3

    HSA Other Major Courses - 34 credits

    HSA 3001 Accounting for Health Professions 4
    HSA 3100 Health Care Law and Regulations 3
    HSA 3200 Health Services Planning and Marketing 3
    HSA 3300 Health in the Community 3
    HSA 3450 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction 3
    HSA 3585 Health Services Organization Management 3
    HSA 3650 Computer Applications in Health Services 3
    HSA 4600 Health Care Emergency Management 3
    HSA 4610 Health Economics 3
    HSA 4650 Health Service Financial Management 3
    HSA 4700 Evidence-Based Research for Health Services Administrators 3

    Internship Course - 6 credits

    HSA 4940 Health Services Administration Internship 6

    HSA Supportive Courses - 24 credits

    ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics 3
    MTH 1010 Algebra 3
    STA 2250 Statistics 3

    Professional Area of Specialization

    Each student must also complete 15 credit hours in a selected area of management or health services. A plan of study for this area must be developed with and approved by the student’s academic advisor. A minor may replace the Professional Area of Specialization. See an advisor for details.

    University Core Curriculum

    All undergraduate degree students at the University of Detroit Mercy are required to fulfill the objectives of the University’s Core Curriculum. The curriculum consists of courses designed to meet objectives which ensure that students receive an overall education consistent with the mission of the University.  See the Core Curriculum section for more details.


    Students may need to complete additional electives in order to reach the minimum total required credits of 126.

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Graduation Requirements

The program consists of two major components in addition to the Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum:

  1. The Health Services Administration major 
  2. Supportive Courses

A plan of study for the 15 credit hours of supportive courses in a selected area of management of health services will be developed in consultation with the student's academic advisor. Many allied health and nursing professionals can fulfill the supportive courses requirement through transfer credits.

Students also complete a six-credit internship in a health care setting which allows them to apply the theory and skills learned in the program and provides an opportunity to explore potential employment opportunities.

Degree Completion

The Health Services Administration program provides an opportunity for health care personnel who have some college credits or a community college degree to complete a bachelor's degree in health care management. For example:

  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Medical records personnel
  • Dental hygienists
  • Other certified health care personnel

This degree completion program has been designed for persons who are qualified, certified, registered or licensed as health professionals, who were educated through an accredited two-year college or community college program and who are at junior level, that is, they have earned 63 transfer credit hours.


HSA will publish a twice-a-year newsletter celebrating the accomplishments of HSA students, faculty and staff, called HSA Connection. Read the latest issue online.

Frequently Asked Questions


    1. How many credits are required to earn a Health Services Administration degree?

    The University requires successful completion of 126 credits to graduate.


    2. Is there a limit on how many credits a student can transfer in from another institution?

    Yes, a student may transfer a maximum of 63 credits from a community college, and 96 from a 4-year institution.


    3. Is there a limit to how old a class can be before it needs to be repeated?

    10 years or less for major or subject to approval by Chair.


    4. How will a student know if a class is equivalent to a University course?

    Transfer guides are available on the Detroit Mercy main website. Equivalencies will be determined by the Student Academic Affairs office and/or your academic advisor.


    5. What is CLEP & DANTES?

    CLEP & DANTES are national testing plans used by universities to give people a chance to earn credit for knowledge gained outside the traditional college classroom. When you complete a CLEP or DANTES test, and achieve the required score of 50% or higher, you receive credit equivalent to that earned in a regular college course.


    6. Where do I go to take these tests?

    Many of your area colleges/universities should have testing centers available for your use.

    Search for CLEP testing centers at https://clep.collegeboard.org/ or the DANTES Institution locator at http://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/search.


    7. Is there a limit to how many courses I can test out of?

    Yes. The limit is 10.


    8. How long is a typical semester?

    Fall and Winter semesters are 15 weeks. The Summer semester is between 7-14 weeks, depending on the course being offered. There are numerous breaks within the academic year, please reference UDM's academic calendar. Many students will have most of the summer off, starting typically mid-May and not returning until after Labor Day.