Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2016-12
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Steven Semken, Chair
Date of First Reading: September 28, 2015
Date of Second Reading: October 26, 2015
Title of Motion:
Request from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation – for the establishment of an
undergraduate degree – BS in Health Care Compliance and Regulations
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The B.S. in Health Care Compliance and Regulations is the first undergraduate degree program in the United States dedicated to the education and training of compliance specialists in the health care environment. This degree prepares students for careers as certified health care compliance professionals who will work in hospitals, medical centers, physician offices and other health-focused agencies to ensure compliance with federal, state, local and organizational rules, regulations, policies and “best practices.”
The health care industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the U.S. As a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, additional transparency and regulatory reporting is required of all covered (health care) entities. The need for compliance, integrity, regulatory and risk management professionals within the health care industry has become increasingly important as additional regulations are implemented and enforced. This unique program integrates professional “best practices” from the business, regulatory, ethics, engineering and medical industries to provide students with the tools to develop, communicate, apply, monitor, audit and lead compliance initiatives in the health care industry.