The administrative residency is an integral part of VCU’s graduate program in health services administration. The basic purpose of the residency is to provide students opportunities to apply and further develop their administrative knowledge and skills through a period of applied experience in an operational setting. The administrative residency is supervised directly by experienced executives who serve as the students’ preceptors.
Through a carefully selected and organized residency experience, students strengthen the foundation of general knowledge and skills gained through the core curriculum and develop further insight and expertise in their selected concentrations. Students serve their residency in the type of health care organization in which they wish to gain specialized knowledge, skills and experience. Overall policies and guidance for the administrative residency are established by the Department of Health Administration and are included in Handbook for the Administrative Residency of the Graduate Program in Health Administration.
Students become eligible for entrance into the administrative residency after completing 52 semester hours of specified course work and achieving an overall GPA of 3.0. Students on academic probation or with any incomplete grades during their final on-campus semester prior to their residency may, at the discretion of the faculty, be prevented from entering their residency although their overall GPA is 3.0 or higher.
In addition to meeting the above academic requirements, the student must, in the judgment of the faculty, present evidence of readiness for a clinical experience by demonstrating sufficient academic proficiency in the core areas of the curriculum and by demonstrating professional maturity.
The director of the M.H.A. program or his/her designee has the responsibility to coordinate residency placements. In making these assignments, the director will consider the preferences of the students, the preferences of the preceptors and the recommendations of faculty advisers. Students’ preferences may not always be met. Administrative residents are paid a salary by the organization in which they are being sponsored.
During the residency phase of the graduate program, students must attend scheduled on-campus seminars and must participate in a series of distance-learning seminars on topics related to the residency experience. During the on-campus seminar, students will participate actively in other educational activities associated with course work HADM 693, 694 and 695 taken during the residency year.
A complete statement of academic policies and procedures relating to the administrative residency phase of the graduate program is set forth in Administrative Residency Policies and Procedures, in the Handbook for the Administrative Residency of the Graduate Program in Health Administration.
Students ordinarily will begin their studies during the fall semester and complete their course work requirements within 21 months. For most students, this portion of the graduate program will be followed by an administrative residency of 12 months. The M.H.A./J.D. dual-degree program normally requires four years of study, and the M.H.A./M.D. dual-degree program normally requires five years of study.