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McNeese State University
College of Nursing

Office Location:
550 East Sale Road
Lake Charles, LA
Hardtner Hall

Mailing Address:
Box 90415
Lake Charles, LA 70609-0415
Phone:(337) 475-5820

Health Professions:
Health Systems Management
800.622.3352 ext 5835
E-mail: Amy Bufford
Program Coordinator

For Program Information:
800.622.3352 ext 5048
E-mail: Sara Dupré Logan
Student Services Coordinator

Undergraduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5821
E-mail: Monica Mere

Graduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5753
E-mail: Dena Bumgarden

Health Systems Management Program

Bachelor of Science

Health Systems Management
Concentrations in Healthcare Management, Healthcare Quality Improvement, and Care Coordination

Health Systems Management Degree

Amy Bufford, EdD, MSN, RN
Program Coordinator of Health Systems Management Degree

Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management


The purposes of the Health Systems Management (HSM) degree are to prepare the graduate to:
  1. Understand current and future healthcare industry trends and issues.
  2. Develop, communicate, and manage resources and solutions to challenges for healthcare systems.
  3. Improve overall quality and outcomes of healthcare systems and services.
  4. Obtain employment in a variety of mid-level work settings including hospitals, healthcare clinics, consulting companies, insurance providers, community facilities, and not-for-profit as well as managed care organizations.

Institutional Mission Reference

The Health Systems Management (HSM) degree supports McNeese State University’s mission as an institution dedicated to successful education of the undergraduate and graduate students and services to the employers and communities in the southwest Louisiana region. All McNeese programs embrace a broad, general education foundation and foster studied acquisition of content knowledge, the demonstration of discipline-specific skills and dispositions. Our mission specifies that among our programs and services are those in support of allied health fields and industries.

Program Objectives

The program objectives for the Health Systems Management (HSM) degree are to:
  1. Ensure viable levels of student enrollment, retention, and completion appropriate to institutional resources and goals
  2. Provide a comprehensive curriculum that reflects disciplinary foundations and remains responsive to contemporary developments, student and workforce demand, and university needs and aspirations.
  3. Prepare the student for employment or graduate school in Healthcare Management, Healthcare Quality Improvement, Care Coordination, or closely related field.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Health Systems Management (HSM) program will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the impacts of historical, political, social, and cultural events on healthcare trends and healthcare systems
  2. Incorporate scholarship, research, and analytic methods to lead evidence-based practice change and continuous quality improvement
  3. Utilize health care management theory to design and improve healthcare management
  4. Evaluate healthcare outcome data and make recommendations for healthcare delivery improvement
  5. Serve as a resource for individuals with acute and chronic health conditions
  6. Utilize knowledge of health policy to facilitate advocacy initiatives, social justice, and ethical care
  7. Assume mid- level leadership roles in organizations and systems which positively impact the health of individuals and populations


The Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management consists of 120 credit hours and offers career based concentrations in
  1. Healthcare Management
  2. Healthcare Quality Improvement
  3. Care Coordination
  4. Students must consult with their academic advisor for selection of appropriate concentration electives


The HSM requires senior-level internships in each area of concentration. Internships provide students with career related experiences, prior to graduation, and offers opportunities to network and build professional references for the future. A minimum of 320 field-based hours are required in the last semester of the program. Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to apply concepts, methods, and theories, related to areas of concentration, in a healthcare setting. The Coordinator of the HSM program reserves the right to limit the number of students for internships based on clinical resources.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management with concentrations in Healthcare Management, Quality Improvement, or Care Coordination must fulfill the requirements listed in the section entitled “Graduation Requirements” in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. In addition, candidates must successfully complete 320 field-based hours (concentration specific) in a health care setting and receive a minimum grade of “C” in all courses credited toward the major.