The aim of St Bernadette of Lourdes College Graduate School of Hospital Administration is to develop highly qualified and motivated hospital leaders who will actively engage in promoting quality managerial and effective leadership skills in any health care services. The School encourages hospital administration students and faculty to achieve a high level of excellence through rigorous scholarship and by promoting quality outcome-based integration in all their endeavors. Pursuit of knowledge is a key thread that crosses the entire curriculum and will enable the student to critically evaluate and integrate theory, research, and current practice trends; encouraging lifelong learning and to conduct research that achieves national peer recognition for its contribution to creating new knowledge; its value in informing health services practice and policy, and to serve as active participants and leaders in our health care profession and health services communities. In continuing the SBLC tradition of embracing innovation, students will examine future-oriented concepts and incorporate information technology throughout the course. The program will cultivate ethical and empathetic professionals in the hospital leadership context who are compassionate and respectful of diversity, and who view different professions and quality hospital care system from a holistic perspective.
The St Bernadette of Lourdes College Graduate School of Hospital Administration will become a leader in the field of hospital administration. Through its educational programs, graduates will be trained to be leaders who will improve the hospital system and contribute to the provision of safe, high quality, and efficient hospital services. This vision stems from society's need for well-educated managers and leaders who are prepared to deliver high-quality health care leadership to hospitals and to lead future generations in the improvement of health for all through management, research, and practice. The Graduate School of Hospital Administration values leadership, quality, knowledge, collaboration, innovation, and compassion.
Student Learning Outcomes
As a result of their education at SBLC, graduates of the graduate program will have the potential to:
- Influence decision-making entities to improve health care and hospital management
- Promote advancement of the profession by writing, presenting, and seeking leadership positions
- Employ results of quality improvement activities to initiate change, improve outcomes, and promote excellence
- Integrate current research findings and evidence to expand knowledge and enhance role performance
- Satisfy competency requirements for professional practice in different concentration area
- Partner with other disciplines to enhance interdisciplinary communication and collaboration, achieve hospital services-centered outcomes, and improve continuity across health care settings and services
- Design ways to incorporate and manage change
- Participate in shared decision making that address risks, benefits, and outcomes
- Integrate legal, ethical, and professional guidelines as standards for advanced health care and hospital management
This advanced management program for the graduate level, expand and extend knowledge gained in the core, and provide an opportunity for students to develop skills in managerial and leadership aspects in a holistic practice. The graduate program terminal objectives provide clear statements of expected results.
The terminal objectives, derived from the mission and core values of the St Bernadette Lourdes College, require that the graduate be able to:
6. Engage in lifelong learning, and the professional development of self and others.
1. Integrate advanced administrative knowledge, ethical principles and clinical excellence in advanced hospital management.
2. Develop the role of the hospital and health care manager, administrator and supervisor.
3. Use research skills and a scholarly approach to assist in the development and validation of administrative and leadership science.
4. Integrate theoretical and scientific concepts that influence leadership in hospital managerial roles consistent with education, practice and research.
5. Participate in the process of health policy development for continued improvement of health care systems.
- Diversity We recognize, celebrate and incorporate the value of the diversity in thought and orientation in our environment.
- Intellectual Discourse & Rigor - We encourage excellence and continuous improvement along with free and open discussion, dialogue and debate of ideas.
- Caring - We offer ourselves through empathy, nurturing and mentoring.
- Professionalism - We hold ourselves accountable to the standards of professional performance, practice and ethical behavior.
- Mutual Respect and Support - We respect the importance of individual strengths and contributions, and support each other to ensure the success of our mission. We have an abundance mentality that drives us to work together to create the future vision we desire.
- Transparency -We maintain open and honest organizational and interpersonal communication.
Additional core values of the Graduate Program in Hospital Administration are:
- Social Responsibility
- Continuous Improvement
- Lifelong Learning
The philosophy of the faculty at the Graduate School Online Program is congruent with the missions of St Bernadette of Lourdes College. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing advance health care education that prepares professionals to practice in advanced leadership roles as hospital manager, administrator and supervisor in all professional, clinical, health care system and hospital environment. All academic programs reflect the faculty’s beliefs about health, patients, health, environment, hospital administration and education.
The faculty of the online program believes that hospital management is a profession and an academic discipline possessing a scientific body of knowledge that requires critical thinking, problem solving, and informatics. As a profession, it encompasses moral, ethical, legal, and scientific dimensions. Hospital administrators are accountable to health care workers and patients for their practice and responsible for functioning within economic, legal, and moral/ethical parameters. The leadership practice is both theory and evidence based, using theories from health care and other related disciplines. Hospital administration synthesize and apply knowledge from the arts, sciences, and humanities in practice utilizing interpersonal communication to meet the complex and multidimensional needs of the hospital care system in a variety of health care settings. Through leadership and strategic partnerships, this knowledge is further integrated into hospital administration as research is conducted, disseminated, and used to guide leadership practice, improve healthcare outcomes, and to advance administrative and managerial knowledge and skills.
Teaching and learning are both dynamic and interactive processes of education. Learning is the active, continuous process of acquiring knowledge and skill that brings about actual or potential changes of behavior. It includes both formal and informal experiences. Learning builds on previous experiences. It is facilitated when the goals and purposes of the new knowledge are clear and relevant to the learner. The goals of learning are defined mutually by the learner and the teacher.
Teaching involves using a curriculum that fosters effective communication and knowledge acquisition. In the rapidly changing health care system, new, innovative, and technologically competent curriculum models are designed to meet the needs of a global society and beyond such as the innovative hospital administration online program. Effective teachers guide, direct, mentor, and evaluate learning while encouraging critical thinking, self-direction, creativity, and independence.
Health care education guides the learner to attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice professional leadership. It is designed to meet the needs of students who have unique and diverse backgrounds. This program best occurs in a non-threatening, supportive environment that fosters student growth and professional development. Preparation for management includes providing health care experiences to health care settings from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds, across the life span, and in a variety of settings.
Professional hospital administrative education is a life long endeavor, consisting of formal and continuing educational strategies and should be available to individuals with diverse cultural, experiential, and academic backgrounds. Master’s education focuses on the integration of advanced knowledge and skills within a particular practice context to improve the health care system and services as well as the population through the provision of quality health care that is scientifically, ethically, and holistically grounded. In addition to a mastery of their specialty content, master’s level managers are critical thinkers who have advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, informatics, health care policy, and research utilization for evidence based practice.
The faculty believes a graduate hospital administration education grounded in the liberal arts must provide learners with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values to become leaders and managers of the health care professions. The teaching-learning relationship between faculty and student is central to education. Students are expected to be self-disciplined, self-directed, and accountable for their own learning. The faculty is responsible for creating a caring environment in which knowledge is shared and role development enhanced.