Course Description & Forms

HCMN 495 is the healthcare management internship 12 credit course students take as their final course before graduating. No other courses are taken with HCMN 495 as the student will be interning full time for a semester (15-16 weeks, 40 hours per week) at a healthcare site applying what they learned from the HCMN/BUAD coursework while obtaining actual healthcare work experience. 

The Internship Coordinator sends out an email to all HCMN majors at the beginning of the semester to come and learn about the healthcare management internships and the process for obtaining an internship site.

Students must apply for the internship in the semester PRIOR to enrolling in HCMN 495.

  • for FALL placement in HCMN 495, all coursework must be completed by the start of the fall term (summer course work allowed)
  • for SPRING placement in HCMN 495, all coursework must be completed by the start of the spring term (minimester course work allowed)
  • there are no SUMMER internships at this time

The internship is an integral part of the Health Care Management curriculum and should be planned in terms of the Intern’s abilities, needs and interests. The following procedures guide is intended to assist the Intern in planning and completing the internship experience.

The Health Care Management student preparing for an internship experience must be active in planning his/her internship by seeking advice and assistance of his/her faculty advisor and/or the program director, speaking to current interns about their experiences and maintaining a personal calendar whereby all pertinent information, dates and deadlines related to the internship preparation and experience are maintained. 

Preparing for Internship (Pre-Internship)

The student MUST:

  • review and understand the HCMN Internship Handbook (PDF) 
  • be cleared by his/her academic supervisor the semester prior to the internship semester
  • complete all pre-internship assignments
  • interview at an approved healthcare site and obtain an internship
  • attend all pre-internship meetings
  • complete hosting site’s tasks and training (if required) for onboarding

Students not adhering to the steps below AND the policies and procedures as outlined in the HCMN Internship Handbook risk NOT being placed for an internship. 


The student MUST:

  • attend the internship orientation
  • complete all internship academic work
  • lead meetings with Faculty Supervisor and Site Preceptor
  • represent their site at the Exploring the Internships Event
  • present their approved internship project at the Internship Conference at the end of the semester

NOTE: Students will receive permits for registration into a section of HCMN 495 from the Department of Health Sciences Administration only after receipt of the completed and signed interview form.

**Faculty are responsible for planning, developing and implementing curriculum for programs of study that are reflective of the needs of the field and the certifying and accrediting bodies of our disciplines. The healthcare management internships are part of the curriculum in the majors. The sites that participate in these internships have been reviewed and approved for inclusion in our curriculum by the healthcare management program director of the Department of Health Sciences.

All sites must sign an affiliation agreement with the College of Health Professions, a legal document that stipulates how the internship site will be providing an educationally appropriate setting for our students. This document can only be signed by university officials. Students are not legally allowed to enter into negotiations with potential internship sites. 

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