Online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Compliance and Regulations

A Bachelor of Science in health care compliance and regulations can be your path to a career in a high-demand field. A focus on compliance and regulations helps to keep health care organizations on the right side of relevant laws and policies. At the same time, this discipline supports a higher quality of care for patients and the public.

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Next start date: 06/30/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is health care compliance?

Fraud and abuse are significant risks that raise costs and undermine a healthcare organization’s ability to reach essential objectives and safely care for patients. Health care compliance is the process of ensuring health care providers and businesses in related fields, like insurance, follow the rules that apply to them. Health care compliance professionals develop and maintain compliance plans and oversee compliance with important standards and regulations. In this way, compliance officers have an essential role in maintaining an effective and safe environment for patients and employees.

What skills will I earn in this compliance degree?

 

This degree combines best practices from business, engineering and compliance perspectives with a focus on health care and related fields. It offers an enriching learning environment that supports skill development in:

  • Accreditation standards and auditing.
  • Billing and coding compliance.
  • Health care system regulation and participation rules.
  • Root-cause analysis.
  • Auditing and risk assessment. 
  • Security and privacy compliance oversight.

Critical thinking, problem-solving and ethical decision-making are just a few of the generally applicable skills you can build in this degree. Effective compliance management in the highly regulated health care field requires knowledge of complex regulations and the ability to consistently make informed and ethical decisions.

This compliance degree also emphasizes the ever-changing nature of laws, rules and policies. You will build the talents and knowledge necessary to monitor new developments in relevant regulations and adapt accordingly.

Where can I study to earn a health care compliance degree?

 

There are a variety of courses available for students that relate to compliance and health care. However, dedicated compliance degrees are rare. Arizona State University was the first U.S. university to offer students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in health care compliance.

This is also the first bachelor’s program in the nation to earn accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board. Students who successfully complete this health care compliance degree will have the opportunity to sit for CCB certification exams.

Health care compliance courses

As part of this health care compliance program, you will learn best practices from a diverse group of industry leaders, including experienced care providers as well as professionals from regulatory agencies and government payers. The curriculum takes a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together principles from business management, occupational safety, ethics and many other areas. Classes in this degree use real-life cases and current events as examples to help students gain practical experience with the problem solving and analysis of compliance. Featured courses include:


HCR 210: Ethics for the Health Care Professional (HU)


HEP 100: Introduction to Health and Wellness (SB)


HCR 220: Introduction to Health Professions and the U.S. Health Care System (H)


HCR 259: Compliance and the Health Care Industry


OMT 343: Occupational Safety and Ergonomics


HCR 463: Capstone Project Health Care Compliance


HCR 264: Regulatory Essentials of Compliance Program Design I


BMI 201: Introduction to Clinical Informatics


What career paths are possible for health care compliance degree graduates?

With the program’s focus on the highly regulated health care industry, you can effectively compete for many compliance-related jobs in hospitals, doctor’s offices and medical centers. You can also pursue similar roles with insurance providers and health-related companies. Career examples include:

Accountant/Auditor


Growth: 10.0 %
Salary: $69,350

Compliance Manager


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $105,610

Fraud Investigator


Growth: 9.6 %
Salary: $69,520

Health Care Support Worker (General)


Growth: 11.7 %
Salary: $37,220

Health and Safety Manager


Growth: %
Salary:

Health and Safety Technician


Growth: %
Salary:

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 20.5 %
Salary: $98,350

Regulatory Affairs Manager


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $105,610

Risk Manager


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Salary:

Leaders in health care education

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards. 
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar. 
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving. 
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Leaders in health care education

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards. 
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar. 
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving. 
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Health care compliance degree admission requirements

I am a future
You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

A college focused on the future

ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation provides a first-class education to students across a wide range of health disciplines. The college distinguishes itself through high-quality instructors and challenging courses and programs.

10+


undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs online.

250+


faculty members.

$13.2


million in research awards.

4,000+


students.

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