March 21, 2019
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Ways to Become a Health Administrator at Augusta

The College of Allied Health Sciences offers the 2+2 B.S. in Health Information Administration for Augusta University juniors to pursue RHIA registration and a median $57,445 wage through online D2L or on-site courses like Project Management in Healthcare. Since 2007, bachelor’s grads have earned 34 CAHIIM-accredited credits for the 4+1 Certificate in Health Information Administration instead.

Chaired by Dr. Vivian Dicks, the Master of Public Health delivers the 45-credit Health Management or Health Informatics tracks 90 percent online with at least 50 hours at practicum placements, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

For RNs, the Master of Science in Nursing accelerates through a 60-credit Clinical Nurse Leader Program in four semesters full-time with 1,140 internship hours. Further, the Doctor of Nursing Practice led by Dr. Lucy Marion integrates 37 post-MSN credits and 524 clinical hours into a Nurse Executive Track for NEA-BC certification.

The Medical College of Georgia also partners with the Hull College of Business to run an intensive 185-credit Joint MD/MBA Program for licensed Chief Medical Officer jobs.

About Augusta University

Augusta University originated in 1828 when the General Assembly chartered the Medical Academy of Georgia for bachelor’s programs at Greene Street’s City Hospital. In 1850, it made history when Dr. Paul Eve successfully performed America’s first hysterectomy on-site. Then, Dr. Virgil Sydenstricker first documented sickle cell anemia here in 1923. During the 1940s, the College of Nursing was added to the Medical College of Georgia for RN preparation. The College of Allied Health Sciences began by 1968. The Board of Regents renamed the USG member Georgia Health Sciences University in 2011. On January 8, 2013, it was merged with Augusta State University to form one public institution. Endowed for $121.3 million, Augusta University now employs 6,691 faculty teaching 8,824 Jaguars from 52 nations at the Summerville, Health Sciences, and Albany campuses or online. On Niche, AU has the United States’ 234th top public education, 379th best professors, and 475th best academics. The Center for World University Rankings also placed Augusta 165th nationally for excellence.

Augusta University Accreditation Details

On September 4, 2015, Augusta University mailed the Compliance Certification Report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to begin the decennial Level VI reaffirmation cycle under its first president, Dr. Brooks Keel, who received Leadership Augusta’s 2018 Regional Leadership Award. Located 140 miles west via Interstate 20 in Decatur, this elite 11-state Appalachia accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Education Department to ensure the academic quality of Augusta’s 90+ degrees. In 2009, the MPH Health Management Concentration earned initial accreditation from the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). The B.S. in Health Information Administration has approval from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Management Education (CAHIIM) through 2028. Hull MBA curricula was reaffirmed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2017. The College of Nursing also had an evaluation visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in April 2014.

Augusta University Application Requirements

Starting at Augusta University is classified “less selective” by the U.S. News & World Report though just 76 percent of the 2,151 Fall 2017 applicants were victorious. First-year Jaguars roaring about the B.S. in Health Information Administration must hold a high school diploma approved by the University System of Georgia. For graduates after 2012, this means four units each of English, Math, and Science with labs. The Freshman Index times the GPA by 500 and adds the SAT composite score. Another option is multiplying the GPA by 500 and the ACT score by 42 before adding 88. Both formulas must equal at least 2240 for entry. Undergrads with 60+ accredited credits and minimum 2.0 GPAs qualify for test-optional transfer. The 2+2 online program prefers associate graduates with two years of liberal arts core. The College of Allied Health Sciences picks master’s candidates finishing four-year baccalaureate GPAs above 3.0. The MPH in Health Management needs a minimum GRE Revised score of 290 or equivalent. Skipping the 500 GMAT requirement is available to MBAs with business GPAs higher than 3.75. Both Clinical Nurse Leader MSN and DNP options stipulate active registered nursing licensure.

Augusta University set freshmen deadlines of November 15th for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision. Hopeful B.S. in Health Information Administration majors transfer until June 1st for Fall, April 1st for Summer, and October 1st for Spring starts. The Hull MBA has November 6th and June 2nd deadlines. Clinical Nurse Leader MSN entrants apply by February 1st. MPH Health Management Concentration students are considered until May 1st or November 1st. The Doctor of Nursing Practice admits Fall cohorts after May 15th. The Office of Academic Admissions suggests submitting the $50 Augusta Application online. Registrars mail official transcripts to 2500 Walton Way in Augusta, GA 30912. For test scores, use SAT/GRE code 5406 or ACT code 0836. Additional items include the 2-3 references, personal essay, curriculum vitae or résumé, nursing license, and proof of lawful presence. Please inquire further at (706) 737-1632 or admissions@augusta.edu.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Augusta University is billing Georgia undergrads $224 per credit or $3,362 each term full-time. Non-resident B.S. in Health Information Administration students pay $724 per credit or $10,863 by semester. The $47 activity fee, $175 athletic fee, $140 health fee, and $110 technology fee are added. Health insurance premiums are $1,422. Living at the Richmond County campus’ dorms like Oak Hall costs $2,900 to $3,500 each term for housing. Unlimited meal plans for Atrium Dining Hall are $2,260. Augusta budgets $2,000 for texts and $1,800 for personal expenses. Annual bachelor’s attendance equals $21,254 in-state and $36,256 out-of-state. The MPH Health Management Concentration charges Georgians $430 and non-residents $1,132 per credit. Clinical Nurse Leader MSN majors pay $484 to $1,185 by credit. Doctor of Nursing Practice tuition rises to $5,160 to $13,574 per term. MBA courses cost less at $222 and $738 per credit respectively.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Student Financial Aid in Fanning Hall gets 90 percent of new Augusta Jaguars preying on median assistance of $5,908 for $3.42 million combined. Institutional funds include the Raymond C. Bard Scholarship, Samuel M. Goodrich Healthcare Scholarship, Biagio J. Vericella Scholarship, Alpha Eta Leadership Scholarship, Carmen Reyes Scholarship, Charlotte Johnston Memorial Scholarship, Schrameck Family Memorial Scholarship, and Joseph Greene Scholarship. The Marilyn Chew Lunn Memorial Award gifts $1,500 to MSN students in the Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Full-Time DNP Nurse Executive candidates pursue the $2,000 Mary Ellen Lindsey Branan Scholarship. Medical College of Georgia MD-MBA post-grads could receive the unparalleled $28,358 Dr. Harold Harrison Scholarship. Federal Pell and FSEOG Grants are available for B.S. in Health Information Administration majors filing FAFSA forms coded 001579. Georgians seek the HOPE Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship, and Public Safety Memorial Grant. Federal Work-Study employment on Handshake also remits average $2,500 values.

Find more about Augusta University at the College of Allied Health Sciences website.