HCMT-595 – Integrative Capstone in Health Care Administration

HCMT-595 – Integrative Capstone in Health Care Administration

Course Description and Prerequisites

Students review and apply skills gained through the program to an independent healthcare project.  Students develop a project plan; establish objectives; collect and analyze information; and deliver a final product with the support of a faculty advisor.  This experience provides an opportunity to observe, apply, and develop technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills while integrating leadership expertise and knowledge of healthcare administration to improve healthcare delivery.

Prerequisite(s):  HCMT-555; HCMT-560


Student-Centered Learning Outcomes

Integrate knowledge, concepts and critical thinking skills gained in program courses, and exercise self-analysis and introspection by choosing, planning, developing and completing a keenly relevant, challenging, real-world healthcare management project or topic that supports your individual career goals and interests.

Using large data sets and typical platforms used by healthcare systems for collecting, storing, and distributing data, provide answers to clinical and strategic questions regarding the identified project, and explain the benefits and limitations of the data analysis processes.

Managerial problems and opportunities are seldom functionally defined and are almost universally multi-disciplinary.  In response to this phenomenon, demonstrate the ability to utilize a systems approach to reframe problems and view them from multiple perspectives in an innovative and integrative manner.

Assess and evaluate professional development opportunities, and prepare for life-long learning by creating medium and long-term personal and career goals.

Using varied resources (journal articles, books, etc.), critically evaluate current best practices, and integrate them, as appropriate, into your project approach, using innovation and design thinking.

Integrate the deep understanding of complex healthcare management issues and solutions, and use critical and design thinking skills in a manner that leverages many perspectives into a comprehensive and effective philosophy of management that can be applied in all healthcare settings.

Expand thought processes and critical thinking skills to include the diverse perspectives, interweaving connections, and multi-disciplinary dimensions represented in the healthcare field.


Textbook(s) and Technology Requirements

There is one required text for this course:

Required Text
Book CoverBook Information
textbook_The Healing of America.jpg  The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

Reid, T.R., Penguin, 2010, ISBN: 9780143118213 can be purchased from the Champlain College bookstore (Links to an external site.).



Topic Outline

Topics & Homework

WeekTopics & Homework
 Week 1Welcome, Project Summary, and Proposals
 Week 2Goal Setting, Career Planning, Critical Incidents, Reading Assignment, Reflections
 Week 3Career Planning, Resume Preparation, Critical Incidents, Reading Assignment, Reflections
 Week 4Leadership/Followership Part I, Critical Incidents, Reflections, Project Outline & Executive Summary Due & Peer Discussion of Project Development
 Week 5Leadership/Followership Part II, Critical Incidents, Reflections
 Week 6Readings, Critical Incidents, Reflections
 Week 7Final Reports DUE and Reflections
 Week 8Presentation of Final Reports, Peer Review, Analysis of Reading, Reflections
Note: This course ends on a Friday.


There are several assignments due each week, while the major emphasis is on your final course project.

Components of the course include:

  • Canvas online work that includes readings, discussion posts, and assignments.
  • Course Project: A final course project will provide an opportunity to apply the concepts of the course research to finally evolve the heretofore developing innovative evolution of a healthcare delivery system element(s) into a comprehensive best-practice model of optimized components of healthcare delivery system, incorporating particular emphasis on the student’s specific area of focus.  Such a plan clearly exhibits a student’s comprehensive grasp of the components and interrelationships of the U.S. system, the student’s project focus, and is a continued use of design thinking and innovative change management concepts.

The Canvas class work and your external work are required.  Don’t neglect the Canvas coursework, as you cannot pass the course without it.

Although this is an online course, direct phone discussions with your instructor are necessary for optimal learning outcomes.  Once you are engaged in your project activities, be sure to submit your weekly status reports and review Canvas often each week.


Students should log in often each week to check for updated and new assignments as well as to participate in discussions.  Additional discussion/participation requirements may also be addressed as part of individual assignments.


Methods of Assessment

The format and grading for each assignment will be explained at the time of the assignment, or when the first of a similar series of assignments is given.

Graded ElementsWeights
Introductory Discussion1%
Plan Activities5%
Weekly Reflections5%
Personal Goal Setting2%
Career Planning3%
Philosophy Assignments5%
Reading Discussions5%
Critical Incident Reports10%
Final Project60%
Final Report Peer Discussion4%
Extra Credit Course Evaluations1%



HCMT Administration Assignment Rubric
CriteriaDescriptionMaximum Points
Appropriate and Relevant ContentSubmission is articulate and relevant to course learning objectives, and applies those concepts to workplace situations. Submission provides clear evidence from the course readings and lecture information that demonstrates sound interpretation and reasoning. All opinion-based comments relate to the assignment and are fully supported by evidence from the course resources and other research.50
Innovation and Critical AnalysisSubmission expands the analysis beyond the scope of presented materials by providing evidence of reflection and insight, and integration of original and practical ideas. Submission provides solutions or positions based on well supported conclusions (i.e. evaluated relative to the issues of the assignment); Submission explores sound ideas in nontraditional ways. Submission recognizes the interrelatedness of stakeholders; Submission includes points that are crucial to the analysis and clearly addresses alternative points of view through integration of various perspectives.30
Professional Language and StyleSubmission is free of spelling and grammar errors. Language of submission clearly and effectively communicates ideas. Submission style is consistently professional. APA style is used for references and formatting and contains no errors.10
Overall AssessmentSubmission viewed in entirety; overall flow and achievement of learning objectives.10
Maximum Total Points: 100



Weekly discussions are an integral part of learning at Champlain College and represent a significant portion of a student’s overall grade. In order to be successful, students should:

  1. Post a thorough, well-crafted initial response that fully addresses and develops all aspects of the prompt by the due date.
  2. Engage substantively throughout the discussion period by responding to others with questions or comments that demonstrate interest, build upon the ideas of others, and encourage elaboration.
  3. Apply and integrate concepts from this course as well as from quality resources including journals, websites, readings from another class, relevant work or life experience, etc.
  4. Demonstrate attention to style, structure, grammar, etiquette, and proper citation of references to maintain academic integrity.

Discussion grades are determined using the rubric below. The descriptions show what exemplary work looks like for each aspect of an overall discussion.

Discussion Rubric
CriteriaDescriptionMax Points
ApplicationExplicitly and thoroughly explains, applies, and integrates a) concepts from this or other courses, b) outside resources or research, c) life experiences, and/or d) processes used to solve problems.30 pts
Critical ThinkingClearly articulates a desire to a) reflect, b) explore possibility, c) recognize ambiguity, d) question assumptions, and/or e) search for logical relationships among ideas. Selects, analyzes, and synthesizes relevant information to demonstrate original thinking.30 pts
CollaborationFosters collaborative learning while a) problem-solving, b) respectfully challenging others, and/or c) expanding thinking through responses and reflection with other learners throughout the week. Builds on classmate and instructor contributions to deepen the conversation.30 pts
PresentationDemonstrates attention to APA/MLA style and structure, adheres to rules of grammar and etiquette, and properly cites references to literature and course materials.10 pts
Total Points: 100


Student Resources & Policies

Academic Honesty Policy

Champlain College students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the College’s policy for Academic Honesty. (Links to an external site.) Academic honesty entails creating original assignments, using your own words, and when using the words and ideas of others, documenting those sources using the method specified in this course. Please consult with your instructor if you are in doubt. Violations of the policy could result in a grade of F on the assignment or in the course as well as dismissal from the College.


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