Health Care Administration (HCAD)

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

The Health Care Administration (HCAD) programs consist of a collection of courses offered to support graduate degrees in nursing, public Administration, and business administration. A certificate in Health Care Administration can also be completed by students who have earned a graduate degree in another field and wish to complete a short course of study in health care administration.

Students who chose to complete the HCAD concentration for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) must be admitted to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the respective colleges.
Information about the MPA is available through the College of Liberal Arts Masters of Public Administration. Information about the  Online Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Healthcare Administration is available from the College of Business.

Students interested in the Post-Masters Certificate of Health Care Administration must be admitted to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi as non-degree seeking students. Applications are available through the College of Graduate Studies How to Apply( web page.

Expected Outcomes
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the health care delivery system from a historical, comparative, economic, cultural, and ethical perspective.
  • Employ a variety of business and management skills and techniques including marketing, financial management, law, and information management to effectively and efficiently advance the goals of the organization.
  • Demonstrate creativity in defining, negotiating and solving problems.
  • Communicate and educate, using the most current information and communication technology.

Course Sequence :

A Certificate in Health Care Administration may be earned through completion of any five of the following six courses:

  • HCAD 5312 - The Health Care System 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5320 - Health Economics and Policy 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5330 - Health Law and Ethics 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5390 - Health Care Selected Topics 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5396 - Directed Independent Study 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5325 - Health Care Financial Management 3 sem. hrs.

Students should work with their Academic Advisor in the MPA and MBA programs to create a degree plan before starting classes. Post-Master's Certification students should contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to create their plan of study. Courses will only be offered when there is sufficient enrollment.


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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Heather DeGrande

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6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5805
Office: 361-825-3696