Becoming an indispensable healthcare provider IS possible
- 100% online coursework you can take right at home, including an applied capstone or internship
- Transfer up to 90 approved credits (no expiration date on gen eds)
- Tuition: $475 per credit
- Choose 1 of 2 concentrations to shape your degree emphasis
- Curriculum includes preparation for industry certifications
- Earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
Healthcare Administration program curriculum & classes
Herzing’s Healthcare Administration curriculum is focused on healthcare management, including applied business coursework, healthcare finance, healthcare human resources management, medical law & ethics and much more.
All classes are delivered online with one required capstone or internship (internship option may not be available in all areas).
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Our program offers two undergraduate concentrations; they are similar to a major of specialization:
- Managed Care
Concentrations enable a student to customize their healthcare administration and management acumen to their career goals, differentiating them in the workforce with specialized knowledge.
Need help choosing a concentration? Discover what skills are most appropriate for different healthcare administration concentrations and what pathway appeals to you most.
There are 2 possible credentials addressed in the healthcare administration bachelor’s degree program.
Certifications built into concentration courses:
- Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification (LSSYB) from GoLeanSixSigma
- Certified Specialist Managed Care (CSMC) through Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
Required Management Core Courses
All courses, 6.00 semester credit hours, are required.
or BU 630 - Project and Operations Management Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
Required Courses in Healthcare Administration
All courses, 38.00 semester credit hours, are required.
or BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior Semester Credit Hours 3.00
or BU 654 Health Information Management Semester Credit Hours 3.00
Elective Healthcare Credits
A minimum of 35.00 semester credit hours is required from a combination of healthcare electives and/or credits transferred from the core (non-general education) courses of a healthcare-related associate or diploma program. Students not transferring in 35.00 semester credit hours in healthcare courses may make up the difference with elective courses in healthcare and general electives. ►Transfer Credits in Healthcare All core courses may be transferred from a healthcare-related program to satisfy this requirement. Selection or transfer of courses will be in consultation and with the approval of the student's academic advisor. Note: General education transfer credits are applied under general education. Associate or diploma programs from which healthcare courses may be accepted include, but are not limited to, the following: Dental Administrative Services Dental Assisting Emergency Medical Technician Health Care Management Health Information Management Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist Medical Assisting Services Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Office Administration Nursing ♦ Occupational Therapy Assistant Patient Care Technician Physical Therapist Assistant Radiologic Technology Surgical Technology ♦ Special Note for Herzing University Practical Nursing Diploma Programs: Each course in the following Herzing University practical nursing diploma programs is accepted for full credit towards the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program. Diploma in Practical Nursing—Birmingham (DPNAL) Diploma in Practical Nursing—Akron/Brookfield/Kenosha (DPN) Diploma in Practical Nursing—Orlando (DPNFL) ◊ Concentration Elective Courses in Healthcare Administration Students have the option to complete courses from the following leadership and managed care concentration areas (these elective courses may be used to fulfill the available 35.00 healthcare elective hours):
Required Capstone or Internship
A minimum of 3.00 semester credit hours are required.
* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.
** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required four terms prior to internship course. Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 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. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
Save time and money by earning dual credit
Students in Herzing University's Healthcare Administration bachelor’s degree program can get a head start on earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Qualifying students can take up to 9 graduate credits while still an undergraduate and apply these credits toward both their BS and MBA degrees.
Healthcare Administration bachelor's program enrollment requirements
Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Healthcare Administration program include:
- Completion of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- No prior allied health degree required: but you may take advantage of an associate degree or other prior learning. You may transfer in up to 90 approved credits to decrease the time it takes to earn your bachelor’s degree.
- Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
- Complete an enrollment application
What can I do with a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration?
Earning a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration can open up many new, exciting career possibilities. Potential job opportunities for those who earn their Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration include:
- Healthcare Administrator
- Clinical Manager
- Practice Manager
- Residential Care Manager
- Healthcare Manager
As a healthcare administrator or manager, you’ll work closely with other healthcare personnel like nurses, surgeons, physicians, lab techs and others to facilitate and coordinate the delivery of healthcare services.
Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in healthcare management can help you qualify for higher levels of the profession, including clinical director and other executive roles.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of medical and health service managers is expected to increase 18% from 2018-2028, much faster than the 5% average across all U.S. occupations.
Now is a great time to get the education you need to become a healthcare administrator and join a rapidly growing field.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 14% increase in employment in healthcare from 2018-2028.
- You can help people get better, but you don’t necessarily need to be directly involved in patient care and treatment.
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.
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.
The Herzing University bachelor’s degree program in healthcare administration takes 32 months on average to complete. Depending on your prior transfer credit, you may be able to complete the program a little faster!
Step 1 is earning the education you need to qualify for jobs in healthcare management and begin your career. A bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration will help you build the business skills necessary to succeed as a healthcare manager.
You can take the steps to become a healthcare manager with the support of Herzing University, your lifelong learning partner.
Yes! Earning a bachelor’s degree can help you either build from your current experience as a healthcare professional or start a new career a fast-growing field.
Herzing is here to help you take the first step when you’re ready.
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare administrators and managers earn an average annual salary of $115,160 per year ($55.37 per hour). Their reported median salary is $100,980 per year ($48.55 per hour).*
Learn more about how much health administrators and managers can make and their average salary by state.
Individuals seeking a career in management and administrative roles in a hospital or other healthcare facilities may choose a healthcare administration degree to best prepare for those types of leadership roles.
Students with a stronger interest in public and community health, health and wellness, health policy or health education may prefer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in health sciences.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.