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The health services administration major is offered by the Department of Health Professions, an academic unit within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.

The Health Services Administration program prepares students for entry-level administrative positions and administrative staff support roles in various health organizations such as hospitals, hospital systems, ambulatory clinics, physician practices, nursing homes and managed care organizations. Health services administration is a dynamic and rewarding profession that combines students' interest in health, business and serving others.

Through case studies and applied learning activities, faculty help students gain an understanding of key management functions and techniques used in health organizations, current issues confronting administrators, and the role of administrators in assuring organizational performance.

Degrees Offered






Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Health Services Administration major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Students should complete a "Change or Declaration of Major” form and obtain the signature of the department head in the Health and Behavioral Studies building, room 3091.

Progressing in the Major

Any student admitted to JMU can declare health services administration as his/her major and enroll in prerequisite courses. However, to progress in the major beyond the prerequisite courses, students must apply and be admitted to the program. To be eligible to apply, students must have completed or be currently enrolled in the following pre-requisite courses and receive a grade of "C-" or better:

Students wishing to be admitted to the health services administration program at JMU may apply at the end of their sophomore year or upon completion of the prerequisite courses. Applications are due September 15 for spring semester admission or February 15 for fall semester admission. Specific application requirements may be found on the health services administration program website (

Upon completion of all JMU and program requirements, the student is awarded the B.S. in Health Services Administration.

No more than 30 hours may be taken in the College of Business.

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