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NURS 5303/6303/7303 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5303/6303/7303 - Health Care Finance

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course will enable you to learn the basics of current finance theory and tools to practice in managing health care on a day-to-day basis.

Course Outcomes:
  1. Apply the basic principles of financial and managerial accounting as practice within healthcare organizations. (EPSLO1, OPO4&5)
  2. Analyze the composition of financial statements. (EPSLO1, GRC2, OPO 4&5)
  3. Use basic managerial decision making processes based on cost, service, and outcome. (EPSLO 2&3, GRC2, OPO 4&5)
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the MSN program; prerequisite or corequisites: NURS 5000, NURS 5001, NURS 5002 and NURS 5003.

Course Topics:
  1. Healthcare environment
  2. Framework for financial decision-making
  3. Economic, legal, and regulatory environment
  4. Planning and controlling
  5. Financial statements
  6. Analyzing financial performance
  7. Variance analysis
  8. Productivity benchmarking
  9. Cost allocation
  10. Planning and budgeting
  11. Electronic medical records, tools, and management
  12. Consolidations, mergers, and acquisitions
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Assigned periodicals, documents, and Internet online articles.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:

If barriers or challenges to progress in this course are encountered, the student must discuss those issues with the course faculty prior to the achievement of a final grade in this course.

The TN eCampus Curriculum Committee strongly recommends, and the Executive Committee has approved, that the course faculty assign a grade of "F" for the course when a student submits another person's work as their own, or re-submits their own work form a previous course.

Graded Assignments

ItemPercentage of Course Grade

Discussion Boards

  • 12 required discussion boards.
  • 11 are graded on the basis of 0 - 10 points
  • 1 discussion board (introduction) is required but not graded

25% (110 points)

Financial Statements written assignment

(The purpose of this paper is to analyze the composition and use of basic financial statements in healthcare).

20% (100 points)

New service proposal written assignment

(The purpose of this paper is to apply the principles of financial and managerial accounting to a common practice in healthcare leadership). 

20% (100 points)

Project analysis written assignment

(The purpose of this paper is to use cost, service and outcome measures in managerial decision making).



  • There are 4 quizzes (5 questions each of multiple choice, multiple select, true-false, matching) (one in each module) graded on the basis of 0 - 100 points.
  • Quizzes are based on course content. 

15% (100 points each X 4 quizzes)

400 points

Discussion Board Grading Rubric

Answers the question6 points5 points4 points3 points
 Provides a complete, thoughtful and analytical posting concerning the discussion board assignment or question.Posting is missing 1 element, displays some thought about the question, but has minimal analysisLeaves 2 or more elements out of answerDoes not provide an answer to the assignment/question that is asked
Referencing for the initial posting

2 points

Uses correct APA format in the references at the bottom of the posting. Note: It is not possible in the discussion boards to indent the second and subsequent lines in a reference. 

Is headed by "References" centered

1 point

Has one or more APA errors in the reference or in the citation

0 points

References has 2 or more APA errors

0 points

No reference.

Responses to 2 colleagues

2 points

Posts 2 responses to the initial posting of colleagues Responses are thoughtful and extends the discussion. Responses add to the posting. 

1 point

Responses are minimal or non-contributory, such as "I agree" type statements.

1 point

Only posts 1 response to initial posting to colleagues

0 points

Does not post responses. 

Overall Score


9 or more


7 or more


4 or more

 Poor 0 or more


Written Paper Assignment Grading Rubric

Content Development"A" Work46 points
 Content is comprehensive, accurate, logical and practical. Major points are stated clearly and well supported. Research is adequate, timely and addresses course concepts. Content and purpose of the writing are clear. Reader might respond "I couldn't think of any other aspects to include in the paper." 
 "B" Work42 points
 Content is not comprehensive and/or accurate, logical or practical. Major points are addressed, but not well supported. Research is inadequate or does not address course concepts. Content is inconsistent with regard to purpose and clarity of thought Reader might respond, "What about...? 
 "C" Work38.5 points
 Content is incomplete. Major points are not clear and/or accurate, logical or practical and/or submission is 2 days late. Reader might respond, "I don't understand. So, what?" 
 "D" Work35 points
 Content did not respond to or answer the questions asked in the assignment and/or submission is 3 days late. 
 "F" work30 points
 Unable to follow point or direction of content and/or plagiarism or other form of academic dishonesty. May result in grade of "0" and or submission 4 or more days late.  
Organization Structure"A" Work18.4 points
 Structure of the paper is clear and easy to follow. Introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points. Paragraph transitions are present and logical and maintain the flow of thought throughout the paper. Conclusion is logical and flows from the body of the paper.  
 "B" Work17 points
 Structure of the paper is not easy to follow. Introduction is missing or, if provided, does not preview major points. Paragraph transitions need improvement. Conclusion is missing, or if provided, does not flow from the body of the paper.  
 "C" Work15 points
 Organization and structure detract from the message of the writer. Introduction and/or conclusion is missing. Paragraphs are disjointed and lack transition of thoughts.  
 "D" Work14 points
 Organization and structure of paper make it difficult to comprehend or follow content.  
 "F" Work12 points
 Organization and structure disorganized.  
Format (APA)"A" Work10 points
 Paper follows APA format guidelines. Citations and references are used appropriately. Paper is the appropriate length as described for the assignment. 
 "B" Work9 points
 Paper follows most APA guidelines. Paper provides citations, but they are incorrectly prepared and/or paper provides reference list, with some errors or omissions.  
 "C" Work8.5 points
 Paper lacks many elements of correct formatting. Citations arnd references are not provided. Paper is inadequate/excessive in length (Should be 4-6 pages in length without title and reference pages). 
 "D" Work7 points
 Paper is difficult to read or follow due to lack of consistent use of APA format. 
 "F" Work6 points
 Not in APA format. 
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling"A" Work18.6 points
 Rules of grammar, usage and punctuation are followed. Spelling is correct. Language is clear and precise. Sentences display consistently strong, varied structure.  
 "B" Work17 points
 Paper contains few grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors. Language lacks clarity or includes the use of some jargon or conversational tone.  
 "C" Work15 points
 Paper contains numerous grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors. Language uses jargon or conversational tone.  
 "D" Work14 points
 Difficult to read paper due to spelling, structure or grammar. 
 "F" Work12 points
 Unable to read clearly and easily.  
Overall Score"A" Work = 93 or more points 
 "B" Work = 85 or more points 
 "C" Work = 77 or more points 
 "D" Work =70 or more points 
 "F" Work = 0 or more 


Grading Scale:

A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 77-84
D = 70-76
F = <70

Assignments and Projects:

There are 4 quizzes (one in each module), 12 discussion boards, and 3 papers in this course. Written paper assignments must be submitted via the assignment drop box for grading. APA format is required, including citations and references. See calendar for due dates.

Class Participation:

All students are expected to actively participate in online class discussions. Each discussion question posted will be assigned a date by which the student must respond (see calendar for due dates). If a student is unable to fulfill this requirement for any reason, he/she should notify the instructor prior to the class and make alternative arrangements. The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information. Students are required to respond to all discussion questions. Student responses to discussion questions must be substantive, that is, thoughtful and analytical. Students will be expected to respond to all questions asked within a module. The use of proper grammar, punctuation and spelling will be expected of each student.  APA format is not required in the discussion boards.  Each student will be expected to reply/counter at least two (2) fellow student entries.  Your response must shed insight or a new perspective and not just an "I agree" entry. 

Plan to post your original posting early to mid-point in the assignment period.  This gives you and your fellow classmates time to read and think about what has been posted and make a more substantial response.  If everyone waits until the last minute to post the original posting, then everyone is staying up late to respond to each other and scores seem to go down due to a lack of a substantial posting. 

Late Policy:

Students are expected to:

  • Check the course calendar for the due dates of assignments.
  • Check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 23, 2018