Healthcare Administration Capstone – BUSI 494

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This capstone course for all healthcare administration majors seeks to integrate the concepts, techniques, and knowledge of all areas of healthcare administration. Its focus is strategic management, which is studied in theory and then rigorously applied. This course is designed for final semester seniors.


BUSI 323, 428 and HLTH 485


A major component of the healthcare administration program is the capstone course that requires students to apply what they have learned throughout the curriculum. The overall objective of the capstone course is to enable students to build upon their theoretical preparation. Students, working collaboratively as they would in an organization, will enhance their leadership skills and systematic problem/issue analysis skills, etc. through direct participation in case analysis and other focused experiences.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview within the context of the healthcare manager’s role in strategic planning.
  2. Analyze and evaluate complex business problems in internal and external organization environments, recommend/implement courses of action, and evaluate the impact that such actions and forces will have on organizational success in relation to the healthcare industry.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial statements and ratio analyses.
  4. Exhibit an understanding of the functions of marketing, accounting, financial analysis, human resource management, strategic management and operations management, and how these individual activities work together to optimize the healthcare organization’s performance.
  5. Synthesize and articulate an optimal and ethical strategic plan founded upon Christian principles.
  6. Generate effective team management skills to produce team goals, strategies, and performance measures.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Boards (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Students will be assigned to a group for this course. Each group is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, each group is required to reply to 2 other groups’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. Each group will discuss the prompt within the Discussion Forum, but only one group member will post the threads and replies from his/her group. Each thread and reply must include a biblical integration and cite at least 2 peer-reviewed sources in current APA format in addition to the text.

Individual Assurance of Learning Exercise

The student will complete a 5-page environmental analysis on the provided case that is supported by literature and best practices. At least 3 references must be cited in current APA format must be used.

Group Assurance of Learning Exercises (3)

Each student will be assigned to a group and will collectively respond to the case questions. The group will demonstrate their ability to diagnose strategic issues, evaluate alternative solutions, and recommend actionable plans. In addition to the text, each group’s analysis will be supported by peer-reviewed sources cited in current APA format. Page length and number of required references will vary by assignment. The third Group Assurance of Learning Exercise will result in a presentation of findings to the respective organization’s Board of Directors.

Peer Evaluations (3)

After each Group Assurance of Learning Exercise, each student will evaluate the contributions of his/her group members using the Peer Evaluation Form. The student will also be evaluated by his/her fellow group members.