Bachelor of Science, Health Services Coordination
Whether you already work in the healthcare field, have certifications or licenses, obtained an associate's degree, or simply have a goal to enter that career path, a health services coordination bachelor's degree could be the perfect fit for you. With increasing changes in technology, insurance, and medicine, the healthcare industry needs health leaders who can navigate complicated processes and issues.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to coordinate with healthcare providers, patients, caregivers, and services to improve the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of an increasingly complex healthcare system.
You'll also be prepared to navigate emerging value-based care systems, promote patient-centered holistic care, and provide integrated care management.
A bachelor's degree in health services coordination from WGU includes competencies in value-based care, care coordination, and social determinants of health. Once you've earned your degree, you'll be ready to progress in a variety of medical fields, from pharmacy to home health.
Compare this degree: The B.S. Health Services Coordination program is not WGU's only undergraduate degree focused on building leadership skills in the business and administration of healthcare. You may also be interested in our B.S. Business – Healthcare Management degree program, or our B.S. in Health Information Management degree program.
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Your career in health services coordination is right around the corner. This program creates a bachelor’s degree pathway for experienced pre/para professionals, including LPN/LVNs, medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, EMTs, paramedics, and military medics. It also provides a bachelor’s completion degree with a patient-facing function for AA/AS-prepared technicians. Graduates will be able work directly with patients and families to provide care, address early intervention issues within diverse communities, develop a process to intervene with high-risk patients, identify and close patient care gaps, provide outreach to patients with recent hospitalizations and coordinate care transitions, develop a process for medication reconciliation and adherence at each visit, and coordinate referrals and test results.
The WGU Bachelor of Science Health Services Coordination curriculum was designed, and is regularly updated, with input from the experts on our Health Professions Program Council, ensuring you learn best practices and keep up with the latest trends in the healthcare industry—the kind of expertise you need for a successful career as a health services coordinator.
The health services coordination program prepares students for responsibilities in case management, leadership, communication, cultural awareness, person-centered care coordination, and more.
Core Subject Areas
Lower-division courses may be cleared through transfer credit. Following are some examples:
- English Composition I
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Introduction to Sociology
- Critical Thinking and Logic
- Introduction to Psychology
Key Subject Areas
Healthcare and health services coordination courses include:
- Medical Terminology
- Intro to Care Coordination
- Healthcare Ecosystems
- Roles and Responsibilities in an Interdisciplinary Team
- Communication and Organizational Awareness
- Introduction to Pharmacology
- History of Healthcare in America
- Navigating Care Across the Continuum
- Technology Applications in Healthcare
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Tuition per 6-month term
Resource and Program Fees, per term
TOTAL PER TERM
One-time application fee
Effective for terms beginning on or after January 1, 2020. $320 per-term fees include Resource Fee of $145 (covers all e-books and learning resources, saving you hundreds per term) and Program Fee of $175 (covers additional costs specific to this program). This program also requires a one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
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The Bachelor of Science Health Services Coordination program is an all-online program that you will complete by studying and working independently with instruction and support from WGU faculty. You will be expected to complete at least 12 competency units (WGU's equivalent of the credit hour) each 6-month term. (Each course is typically 3 or 4 units.)
The first person you speak with at WGU will be your Enrollment Counselor, who can explain requirements and expectations in more detail. You can also read more about each course in the Program Guide.
Special requirements for this program:
At the end of your program, you will complete a capstone project that represents the culmination of all your hard work—a field experience project applicable to the field of health services coordination that aims to expand the body of knowledge in the profession.
Also, most of your courses can be accelerated based on your prior knowledge and hard work.
Program councils—teams of industry and academic experts—drive the ongoing development of our programs and curriculum, providing input on the competencies a successful graduate needs to have mastered. We're grateful for the program council members who helped create this program; David Wagner, Denise Patriaco, Peter Pronovost, Colleen Swedberg, Cynthia Tack, Cassie Alexander, John Paul King, and Nancy Myers.
Once you have completed WGU's online Bachelor of Science in Health Services Coordination degree program, you will have the knowledge and skills it takes to be an outstanding health coordination professional.
Possible jobs with a health services coordination degree:
- Care coordinator
- Patient advocate
- Health services coordinator
- Patient educator
- Community health educator
Possible work settings:
- Acute care hospital
- Extended stay facilities
- Ambulatory care
- Home care
- Wellness outreach
The ultimate test of your degree's value is whether it helps you become an outstanding employee and advance your career. Our happy grads—and their happy employers—confirm that WGU is the path to that kind of degree.
“I’m very proud to support the critical role these new development programs will play in educating healthcare professionals so they may be more successful as they seek better healthcare outcomes. I've dedicated my life's work to transforming global healthcare delivery and encouraging education to pursue vital, bold projects that will help us move from care to cure. Western Governors University is uniquely positioned to deliver these new opportunities for students from the Merkin Family Foundation and I’m proud to be partnering with them.”
— Dr. Richard Merkin, Founder, Heritage Provider Network
Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is one of the most experienced physician organization leaders of accountable care and continuous value-based healthcare delivery improvements. Developing and managing coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that offers some of the strongest solutions for the future of health, care and cost in the United States. HPN and its affiliates operate in New York, California, Arizona and Missouri providing high quality, cost effective healthcare with over one million patient members and are dedicated to quality, affordable health care, and putting patients' wellness first.
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