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Healthcare
Administration Online
Associate Degree Program

16 Mo.

Program length


Online

Format

60

Credits


$446

Cost Per Credit

Earn a healthcare administration degree and become possible

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program lengthAs few as 16 months
Credits to graduate60 credits
Transfer creditUp to 16 open healthcare credit electives; 45 total approved credits
Format100% online classes you can take right at home
PathwaysDirect pathway to Herzing's bachelor's in healthcare administration degree program
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Start fast in a new healthcare career

Prepare for entry-level positions in an administrative support role through Herzing University's online healthcare administration program—and earn an associate degree in less than 2 years. 

You'll learn practical, real-world skills you can immediately apply and build your skills to help you feel confident beginning a career in healthcare administration.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include medical terminology, healthcare management, patient privacy, health policy, and much more
  • Access to accomplished faculty with extensive experience in healthcare administration & management
  • Graduate with an associate degree and build a strong foundation to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration in the future

Take your first big step down a rapidly growing career path. Earn a career-focused education with Herzing University and make your new, rewarding career possible.

Classes Start March 6th

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Curriculum

Healthcare Administration program curriculum & classes

Herzing University's associate in Healthcare Administration program provides students with a solid foundational understanding of the health care environment and knowledge necessary for entry-level administrative positions in healthcare.

Courses within the program provide a solid foundational knowledge unique to the healthcare environment, including basic medical terminology, health policies and procedures, and patient privacy rules.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration1660
i. Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location.
 

Required Healthcare Courses

All Courses, 18.00 Semester credit hours, are required.

Open Electives

A minimum of 16.00 semester credit hours of open healthcare or related electives is required. Selection or transfer of courses will be in consultation and with the approval of the student's academic advisor. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 16.00 semester credit hours may be made up with additional healthcare courses. Note: General education transfer credits are applied under general education.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration program is $446 per credit.1

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Requirements

Associate degree program enrollment prerequisites

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Healthcare Administration associate degree program include:

  • Completion of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Complete an enrollment application

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Classes Start March 6th

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Pathways

What can I do with a healthcare administration degree?

“Health administration” covers many possible roles. Many job openings will require a bachelor’s or master’s degree. However, earning an associate degree will qualify you for many different entry-level administrative positions.

A sampling of job titles for this program include:

How can I advance my career? Our associate degree in healthcare administration offers you a foundation for further career advancement should you decide to follow a pathway to Herzing's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program. Beyond this, you may also continue into our MBA in Healthcare Management.

Job outlook

As the demand for skilled healthcare professionals continues to grow, administrative support positions are expected to rise over the next decade.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical secretaries is projected to increase by 11% from 2020-2030, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Position yourself best to qualify for entry-level positions in the growing field of healthcare administration by earning an associate degree in less than 2 years.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a lot of overlap in terminology between roles in healthcare management vs. healthcare administration. However, they are unique career paths requiring distinct sets of skills:

  • Healthcare management. Healthcare managers deal in the overall operation of an organization. Their primary role is in leadership and the business side of healthcare.  Healthcare managers interact with stakeholders and other board members for organizational direction and planning, usually involves managing more than one department—or an entire clinic.
  • Healthcare administration. Healthcare administrators are more concerned with day-to-day operations. An administrator’s focus is on daily staff management and administrative procedures within a department. Healthcare administrators usually report to healthcare managers, and work within individual departments as supervisors or manager support. They may be found in smaller, rural areas as office managers or other similar job titles depending on area, experience and availability.

Smaller healthcare institutions may merge the roles into single positions and use each term interchangeably, but bigger facilities will often specialize into unique roles and differentiate them more clearly in terms of management or administration.

No, you will need more than an associate degree in healthcare administration to apply for certification.

To become eligible for certifications you will need to earn a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. After obtaining your bachelor’s degree, these certifications include:

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (LSSYB) from GoLeanSixSigma
  • Certified Specialist in Managed Care (CSMC) through Healthcare Financial Mgmt Associations (HFMA)

Yes! Given the expected increase in job opportunities now is a great time to go back to school and begin earning the education you need to compete for those positions. We exist to help you reach your highest career goals – and earning an undergraduate degree is a huge first step!

Healthcare administrative work settings include hospitals, physician offices, nursing and residential care facilities, outpatient care centers, insurance companies and government agencies. Administrators typically work alongside medical personal in an office environment.

Healthcare administrators must be skilled communicators and work cohesively with medical personnel to smooth the day-to-day operation of a healthcare facility. Pivotal skills shared by administrative healthcare workers include:

  • Comfort with computers
  • Budgeting & billing
  • Data analysis
  • Business acumen
  • Medical terminology

Soft skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, multi-tasking and communication.

Health administration covers a wide variety of different positions, from entry level roles to management-oriented roles, titles including “Hospital Administrator” or “Practice Administrator.” Because of this, pay can vary widely.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical secretaries/administrative assistants earn an average salary of $39,740 per year ($19.11 per hour). This estimate does not represent entry-level/starting pay. Average pay varies based on level of experience, education and state of employment.*

The Herzing health administration associate degree program typically takes 16 months to complete. Program length may vary based on eligible transfer credit.

Interested in continuing down the healthcare administration career path?

The benefits of working in health administration include:

  • You can work in many different settings, including hospitals, healthcare clinic, long-term care facility, doctor’s offices, insurance companies and government agencies.
  • Career mobility is high, as your versatile skillset is applicable in many different environments and gives you more choice in pursuing your career path.
  • The field is growing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating a 15% increase in employment in healthcare from 2019-2029.*
  • You can help people get better, but you don’t necessarily need to be directly involved in patient care and treatment.

Yes, and it’s projected to rise. The BLS projects employment of medical secretaries/administrative assistants to rise 11% from 2020-2030.*

Now is a good time to get the education you need to start a career in healthcare administration & management.

As a healthcare administrator, your day-to-day tasks may vary. They could include meetings, communications (either written or verbal), and working with medical personnel from your own or different departments.

Your role may also involve day-to-day operations that keep things running smoothly. This may include staffing, patient relations, scheduling and inventory control.

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This program provides students with a solid foundational understanding of the health care environment and knowledge necessary for entry-level administrative positions in healthcare. Many students enter into this associate degree program after having completed a certificate or diploma program in a healthcare discipline. Students who have not completed all the requirements of a healthcare program may complete coursework by taking individual healthcare courses drawn from Herzing University's healthcare programs.

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Accreditations & Disclosures

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$495.00
Base Tuition$29,700.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (45 x $495.00 )(-$22,275.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$7,425.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$490.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
41
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
6015
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$31,660.00$7,915.00
Estimated Savings*
$23,745.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Students enrolled in the following undergraduate and diploma programs:

  • Business; Criminal Justice; Dental Hygiene Bridge; Dental Assisting; EMT-Paramedic Associates Degree Program, Healthcare Administration; Health Information Management; Insurance Billing and Coding; Legal Studies; Medical Assisting; Medical Billing; Medical Office Administration; Sterile Processing; Surgical Technology
  • Students enrolled in Graduate and Post Master’s Certificate Business Programs

Continuing students may contact a Financial Aid Advisor to confirm eligibility

Requirements

Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000* in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. *Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.