Honors Program in Health Care Administration

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The Departmental Honors in Health Care Administration (HCA) Program is designed to recognize HCA majors with a proven record of achievement, encourage the development of research and analytical skills and challenge students to discover and study topics of special interest in health care administration.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

After accumulating at least 60 credit hours toward your degree (at least 24 from Rhode Island College), you may apply for admission. No student may be admitted with fewer than 30 credits remaining in their program. You apply by submitting an Honors Application Form and an Honors Program Proposal to the Health Care Administration program liaison or the director of the program.

Criteria for admission:
  • You must be enrolled as a health care administration major.
  • You must have at least a 3.50 GPA in all major and core courses taken prior to admission to the program.
  • You must have at least a 3.25 GPA in all courses taken prior to admission to the Departmental Honors Program (including transfer credits).
  • You must submit an Honors Application Form, including all transcripts from institutions of higher education, a letter of recommendation from a current faculty member and your research proposal. Click here for a cover sheet for your proposal.
  • Your proposal must be approved by the Honors Committee.
  • You must receive a letter of acceptance from the Honors Committee.

Program Requirements

  1. You must maintain a B- or better in all major and core courses taken while a member of the Honors Program.
  2. You must maintain a C- or better in all other courses taken while a member of the honors program.
  3. You must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and a GPA in the major of 3.50 or better.
  4. You must submit current transcripts to the chair of the Honors Committee each semester while you are a member of the Departmental Honors Program, with all major/core courses highlighted.
  5. You must complete an honors project while enrolled in two successive 400-level independent study courses: HCA 491 and 492. In HCA 491, you will select a research topic, and, under the mentorship of a faculty advisor, you will conduct comprehensive research on a selected and approved topic. HCA 492 may be the continuation of your topic or a different research study.
  6. Honors projects must be completed by April 1 of the year of your graduation in the case of spring graduation or by Nov. 1 of the year prior to your graduation in the case of winter graduation. Your completed projects must be presented to the members of the Honors Committee.
  7. You must achieve an evaluation of satisfactory by the Honors Committee members. Evaluation of your project is based on criteria set prior to project production and dependent on the type of research conducted.

    In the case of an unsatisfactory evaluation, the committee may suggest revisions, which, if completed in a timely fashion, may result in a satisfactory evaluation.

    You may appeal an unsatisfactory evaluation to the Honors Committee, Department Advisory Committee, the chair, the dean, the vice president for academic affairs and the president (in this order), but you must accompany such appeals with substantiating evidence of an incorrect or unfair evaluation.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Sankeerth Rampa at srampa@ric.edu​.