Medical and Health Services Management (MHSM)

The Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Medical and Health Service Management prepares individuals to plan for, direct and coordinate a medical and health services organization. Program graduates may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. 

The program provides a career ladder for students who have completed an associate in applied science (AAS) degree or equivalent.

Significant areas of study include understanding the US healthcare system, law and ethics, quality and risk management, long-term care administration, health information technology, public and community leadership, and financial management.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop department goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which the work is up to date and compliant with laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff members
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within funding limits.
  • Represent the facility at various meetings or governing boards
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

A Health Care Management practicum at the end of the program allows students to apply their knowledge while gaining practical experience working with health care professionals. 

Program Mission

Empowering Leaders in Healthcare Excellence

Our mission is to educate and inspire healthcare professionals to excel in the delivery of high-quality patient care, strategic management, and innovative leadership. We strive to cultivate a community of scholars, practitioners, and industry leaders who are committed to improving the healthcare system, promoting health equity, and advancing the art and science of healthcare management.

Through our comprehensive program, we aim to:

  • Foster a deep understanding of the complexities of healthcare systems, policy, and finance.
  • Develop leaders who can navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.
  • Encourage collaboration, innovation, and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Cultivate a culture of excellence, empathy, and patient-centered care.
  • Prepare graduates for successful careers in healthcare management, research, and policymaking.

At the BAT-MHSM, we are dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and society as a whole. We are committed to creating a learning environment that is inclusive, diverse, and supportive of all students, faculty, and staff."

This mission statement highlights the program's focus on:

1. Developing leaders in healthcare management

2. Improving patient care and health outcomes

3. Promoting health equity and social justice

4. Fostering innovation and collaboration

5. Cultivating a culture of excellence and empathy

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the program, the student should be able to demonstrate competency in the following five domains:

  1. Leadership
    The ability to inspire individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision and successfully manage change to attain an organization’s strategic ends and successful performance
  2. Communication and Relationship Management
    The ability to communicate clearly and concisely with internal and external customers, establish and maintain relationships, and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups
  3. Professional and Social Responsibility
    The ability to align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that includes a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.
  4. Health and Healthcare Environment
    Understanding the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare managers and providers function.
  5. Business
    Apply business principles, including systems thinking, to the healthcare environment.

Delivery Method and Location

The BAT is a full-time program. Classes are delivered in a hybrid format combining face-to-face and virtual sessions. The hybrid format blends the convenience of online learning with classroom experience for real-time exchange. All face-to-face classes will be held on the Weatherford College campus and virtual classes utilizing video technology. Students are required to have video technology for all virtual classes. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Meet all College admission requirements (applications, transcript, etc.)
  2. Have an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or equivalent degree. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, contact the Program Director - Dr. Stephen Duarte, at (817) 598-8951 or
  3. Create an account and complete the application at WC Recruit
  4. Send official college transcripts and official TOEFL iBT scores, if applicable, to Weatherford College Admissions Office by the deadline.

Acceptance Process

  1. Once the application is completed, the Program Director will review the application for admission to the program.
  2. The application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for admissions.
  3. The candidate will be considered for admission if all conditions are met (application complete, transcripts uploaded, and AAS or equivalent degree confirmed).
  4. If either accepted or rejected, candidates will be notified by email.

If you have any questions, please call Program Director Dr. Stephen Duarte at (817) 598-8951 or


This degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). For more information:


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