Master of Science in Healthcare Management Curriculum

Our curriculum is specially designed with the needs of healthcare professionals in mind. Our program’s coursework is 100 percent online, with weekend seminars conveniently timed. As you’ll see by the model schedule below, you can finish this degree program’s coursework in 5 semesters.  

For course descriptions, please refer to the University Graduate Catalog.  

A 15-hour certificate in Healthcare Management can be earned upon completion of 5 management core courses (15 credit hours). 

Administrator-In-Training (AIT) Practicum

The AIT Training is designed to address the five (5) Domains of Practice as established by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB).   West Virginia Code §30-25-8 outlines requirements for a license as a Nursing Home Administrator. In addition to meeting requirements specified in Title 21 Legislative Rules (§21-1-1 through §21-1-4), after successful completion of FSU's courses and a 500-hour AIT Externship Program, the student may apply to the West Virginia Nursing Home Administrators’ Licensing Board for waiver of the additional 500 hours generally required by an AIT without an externship program. 

For more information on the 15-hour certificate in Healthcare Management, or the Administrator-in-Training Practicum, please contact: 

M. Raymond Alvarez, DHA, MPA, FACHE
Program Coordinator, Health Care Management 
Room 206 (F) Jaynes Hall
Fairmont State University
Phone: (304) 367-4889 


Program Year 1
  Course Title Credit Hours Delivery Method
Fall Semester Orientation to Healthcare Management Program via Blackboard  No Credit Online
Fall Semester MHCM 5100 Leadership and Organization  3 Online
Fall Semester MHCM 5200 Healthcare Finance and Strategy*  3 Online
Spring Semester MHCM 5300 Healthcare Ethics and Corporate Accountability*  3 Online
Spring Semester MHCM 5400 Medical-Legal Issues in HealthCare Delivery*  3 Online
Spring Semester MHCM 5010 Designing An Effective Care Continuum  1 Hybrid-1 (includes on-campus weekend seminar)
Total Hours   13  
Program Year 2
  Course Title Credit Hours Delivery Method
Fall Semester  MHCM 5500 Epidemiology and Population Health  3 Online
Fall Semester  MHCM 5600 Healthcare Policy, Trends and Public Financing*  3  
Fall Semester  MHCM 5020 Lean Six Sigma  1 Hybrid-1 (includes on-campus weekend seminar) 
Spring Semester  MHCM 5700 Healthcare Economics   3 Online
Spring Semester  MHCM 5800 Health Information Exchange and Information Systems*  3 Online
Spring Semester  MHCM 5030 Healthcare Quality  1 Hybrid-1 (includes on-campus weekend seminar) 
Summer Semester  MHCM 6000 Introduction to Research Methods  3 Online
Total Hours   17  
Program Year 3
  Course Title Credit Hours Delivery Method
Fall Semester MHCM 6100 Independent Research – Special Topics  3 Online/Arranged 
Fall Semester  MHCM 6200 Strategic Management Capstone   3 Online/Arranged
Fall Semester  MHCM 5000 Presentations of Research and Capstone Projects  No Credit Arranged
Total Hours   6  

Total Program hours: 36 hours