James Madison University

2012 HSA Alumni Survey Results

In April of this year, Program faculty distributed a Qualtrics survey via email to Program graduates for the period 2004-2011. The data has been analyzed and the results reveal important information about the satisfaction and employment experiences of our graduates. We had an impressive response to our survey---153 complete responses were received from the initial sample of 220 graduates, yielding a 70% response rate! Thanks to all alumni who helped us out by responding to our survey. Your feedback was very helpful.

Key results:


  • 91% of respondents stated that the HSA Program prepared them “Very well” or “well” for their career
  • 75% of respondents were “Very Satisfied” with the HSA major courses while at JMU, and 23% were “Somewhat satisfied” with the HSA major courses
  • 43% of respondents reported being “Very Satisfied” with the business minor courses, and 42% reported being  ”Somewhat Satisfied” with the Business minor courses.
  • 82% reported that the HSA Program was “Very helpful” or “Helpful” in preparing them for graduate school
  • 17% have completed graduate degrees
  • 90% reported working full-time
  • Mean salaries: First position- $38,094; current position- $56,527
  • Mean current salaries by graduating year:
      • 2004: $77,100
      • 2005: $70,400
      • 2006: $76,273
      • 2007: $57,536
      • 2008: $49,454
      • 2009: $46,219
      • 2010: $44,159
      • 2011: $42,494

Employment setting of graduates:


  • Hospital system- 20%
  • Hospital-14%
  • Consulting Firm- 11%
  • Skilled Nursing Facility/Assisted Living/Home Health/Retirement Comm.-11%
  • Accreditation/licensing organization- 6%
  • Physician practice/group practice- 5%
  • Ambulatory clinic/Ambulatory Surgery Center- 3%
  • Managed care organization/insurer- 3%
  • Pharmaceutical company- 3%
  • Association- 3%
  • IT Company- 3%
  • Medical Supplier- 1%
  • Public Health Program/Dept.-1%
  • Other- 16%

Respondents reported that the HSA Program helped them:


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key components and characteristics of the U.S. health care delivery system (52% Strongly Agree, 45% Agree)
  • Work positively with others through collaborative efforts and effective communication  (68% Strongly Agree, 29% Agree)
  • Develop technical and analytical skills in health services management in order to complete and analyze administrative tasks (51% Strongly Agree, 41% Agree)
  • Understand professional behaviors expected within the field of health services administration and develop the knowledge to succeed (63% Strongly Agree, 30% Agree)

Announcements

  • Deadlines for declaration of the Health Services Administration major:

    September 15
    (for the following Spring Semester)

    February 15
    (for the following Summer/Fall semester).
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