FAQs About Health Services Administration

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Can I apply to the program if I have not completed all of my pre-requisite courses?

Students may apply to the program in the semester in which you are enrolled in your remaining pre-requisite course(s). Admission for student who are currently enrolled in pre-requisite course(s) at the time of application will be contingent upon successfully completing the courses with a C- or higher.

Can you advise me on the draft of my application?

To be fair to all applicants, HSA faculty cannot review your application in advance. However, there are 2 upcoming information sessions (see upcoming dates on the home page) for potential applicants. This will be a Q & A format.

If I have not been fully admitted to the major, can I apply in spring semester and finish the pre-requisite courses in the summer?

No. You would need to have completed or be enrolled in all of the pre-requisite courses in the semester in which you apply to be considered for admission.

If I am not fully admitted to the major, can I take health sciences classes?

Yes. It would be recommended that you consider HTH 210. Medical Terminology, HTH 231. Population Health Determinants, or HTH 245. Foundations of Infectious Diseases.

If I meet the criteria, will I be accepted?

Meeting minimum requirements for application does not guarantee admission. Admission to the HSA program is a competitive process in which a limited number of students are admitted each cycle. We have more applicants per admission cycle than we are able to accept.

What if I don't get accepted? Can I reapply?

Students who are not admitted to the major may re-apply in upcoming cycles. You are encouraged to counsel with the Program Director regarding mechanisms for strengthening your application and whether re-applying is advisable.

When should I start thinking about getting an internship?

Most internships completed for course credit (HSA 454) are completed in the summer, after May commencement. You should begin your search for a summer internship in January or February. This process can take several months; therefore, you should not be too concerned until after Spring break if you don't have an internship confirmed. In general, 3-4 months in advance is appropriate timing to be locating and securing your an internship.

Where can I complete the internship?

The internship may take place within a variety of organizations, including hospitals and health systems, physician practices, managed care organizations, retirement communities, ambulatory care organizations and consulting firms, among others. Student should give careful consideration to the type of organization desired for the internship. Organizations are very different, and therefore, internship experiences will differ greatly. The internship represents an opportunity to explore a setting based on initial career interest.