The Health Care Administration program requires 70 hours in course service learning and/or internship experiences. Lycoming College is proud to partner with Susquehanna Health, a hospital system comprised of Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital, and the Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center, all within minutes of Lycoming College.

Professor Boyd, Anne Landon, Internship Coordinator of the Institute of Management Studies, or your faculty mentor will assist you in locating an internship opportunity. While we expect most of the practicums will occur within the Susquehanna Health System, students may be able to secure training in other local long term care facilities and health-related clinics.

Students may also complete a service learning experience in place of, or in addition to, their internship. Service learning experiences allow students to serve their community as they learn. Students enrolled in a course focused on health care marketing strategies, for example, could complete a service learning experience by volunteering as a marketing consultant for a local hospital, assisting with a public relations campaign for a non-profit organization, or organizing a fundraising effort for a building project at an assisted-living facility.

Current student Lauren Leathers recently finished an internship with the Social Service Department of the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Here is what she had to say about her studies in Health Care Administration at Lycoming:

Lauren Leathers

Lauren Leathers, Social Service Intern, Susquehanna Health System

I came to Lycoming thinking pre-med, but once here I realized that my interests were more in tune with the business side of the health care industry rather than patient care. Fortunately, Lyco began a health care administration program during my sophomore year and I jumped on board.

The professors are amazing; one prof who really turned me on to health care administration was Joanne Hostrander, an executive from Susquehanna Health who taught the introductory course, Health Care Administration. Not only was she interesting in the class room, she really pushed us outside our comfort zone. For example, we were required to interview a health care administrator who would then assign us a research topic. At the end of the semester, we had to present our research to a panel of hospital administrators. Intimidating? Yes, but it gave me a business confidence that I will take with me into the 'real world.'

This summer I interned at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center in the social service department. I'm a 'people person' and believe this experience in human services will help me become a well-rounded administrator. In addition I learned about the many roles of hospital workers including social workers, nurses, physicians and nurse extenders. This internship exceeded my expectations and gave me valuable tools that I expect to carry with me into my first job.

I absolutely loved my internship and those that took me under their wings and taught me the ropes. I was given several tasks to complete, and by the end of my time there I even had my own cases. I have not only learned the role of a social worker in a hospital setting, but also how important communication is, which is one of the most important aspects of good health care management I will take with me throughout my career.

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