Advance your career with a degree in healthcare management
- Complete the program online in 3 years
- Transfer up to 90 approved credits
- Choose from 2 different concentrations
- Curriculum includes preparation for industry certifications
- Practical application approach to promote real career success
- Earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
This bachelor’s degree program gives graduates the business and management skills that are required for a management position in the healthcare field. Technical healthcare coursework is combined with a management curriculum to familiarize students with best practices in health systems and provide a foundation for success in a healthcare environment.
Many students enter the bachelor’s degree program after completing a certificate, diploma, or associate degree program in a healthcare discipline. Those who have not may take individual healthcare courses drawn from Herzing University’s healthcare programs to meet the program requirements.
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Program availability varies by location.
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
This program gives graduates the business and management skills that are required for a management position in the healthcare field. Many students enter into this bachelor’s degree program after completing a certificate, diploma, or associate program in a healthcare discipline. Those who have not may take individual healthcare courses drawn from Herzing University’s healthcare programs to meet the program requirements.
Required Management Core Courses
All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.
or BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision Making 3.00 semester credit hours
or BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.00 semester credit hours
*Students that are in the Business program will take BU 106 as a pre-req and students that are in the HCM will take HC 120 as the pre-requisite.
Required Courses in Healthcare Management
All courses, 29.00 semester credit hours, are required.
or BU 654- Health Information Management 3.00 semester credit hours
Elective Healthcare Credits
A minimum of 26.00 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 programs. Students not transferring in 26.00 semester credit hours in healthcare courses may make up the difference with elective courses in healthcare management.
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 (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 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.
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration
Those who have completed a diploma or certificate program in a specific healthcare discipline can use this transfer program to become a well-rounded graduate by adding the general education courses required for an associate degree. Learn more about the Herzing University online healthcare administration associate degree program.
Online and on-campus availability
The Herzing healthcare management program may be completed online, with at least partial class availability offered at several Herzing locations:
- Akron, Ohio
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Brookfield, Wisconsin
- Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Orlando, Florida
Program delivery (online / on ground) may vary by location. Please call your campus for more information.
Skills needed for a career in healthcare management
The job description can vary by position, but there are some skills every manager needs to succeed—and enjoy the job while doing it! Earning an online bachelor's degree in healthcare management could be right for you, if you:
- Have good business sense
- Are interested in the healthcare industry
- Value accuracy
- Like making important decisions
- Are compassionate and supportive
- Work equally well alone or as part of a group
- Like clear guidelines
- Are comfortable leading other people
- Have good people and communication skills
To qualify for many different roles in healthcare management, you will need to earn a bachelor’s degree and get the education you need to thrive in a management role at a hospital or other medical facility.
Herzing University offers two undergraduate concentrations; they are similar to a major of specialization. Concentrations enable a student to customize their healthcare management acumen to their career goals, differentiating them in the workforce with specialized knowledge.
- Managed Care
Need help choosing a concentration? Discover what skills are most appropriate for different healthcare management concentrations and what pathway appeals to you most.
Save time and money with dual credit
Students in Herzing University's Healthcare Management bachelor’s degree program can get a “jumpstart” on earning a MBA in Healthcare Management.
Qualifying students could take up to 12 graduate credits while still an undergraduate and apply these credits toward both degrees, thereby saving time and money.
Becoming a healthcare manager might be the perfect career for you! As a healthcare manager, you'll help manage the business side of healthcare while working closely with medical staff.
There are 2 possible credentials addressed in the healthcare management 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 Mgmt Associations (HFMA)
Other certifications you may consider
The Herzing program does not directly prepare you for the following certifications – but are possibilities for you to pursue once you’ve earned a degree and the appropriate experience in healthcare management:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute (PMI)
- Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI) through Healthcare Financial Mgmt Association (HFMA)
Herzing University is your lifelong learning partner in healthcare management and administration, from the associate degree level up through post-graduate study. Our goal is to help you earn the education you need to advance your career and get your dream job.
Healthcare Management Degree Programs
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This program prepares students with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level management positions in healthcare. The program combines a foundation of technical coursework in a healthcare discipline with a management curriculum to be successful in managing in a healthcare environment. Many students enter into this bachelor's degree program after having completed a certificate, diploma, or associate 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. All students complete the same management curriculum to prepare them to manage in the healthcare industry.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 management 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.
Earning a healthcare management degree opens many different doors in the healthcare industry. Potential job opportunities for those who earn their Bachelor of Science in healthcare management include:
- Clinical manager
- Practice manager
- Residential care manager
- Healthcare manager
- Healthcare administrator
Learn more about what you can do with a healthcare management degree and educational requirements for different levels in the profession. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) in healthcare management qualifies you for the highest levels of the profession, including clinical director and other executive roles.
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.
With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:
- Loan options – Federal & private
- Scholarships & grants
- VA / military benefits
- Other sources of financial aid
You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.
The primary difference is:
- Healthcare management refers to the practices and procedures involved with operating and supervising hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
- Health information management involves the collection, analysis, maintenance and security of a healthcare facility’s billing, research, quality improvement and credentialing.
Both fields combine high-level business and day-to-day functions of a healthcare environment to support the delivery of excellent patient care.
Discover more details about the difference between healthcare management vs. health information management.
Herzing's Healthcare Management program focuses on preparing graduates for career advancement and leadership according to trends in the current global workforce.
Herzing's Healthcare Management program offers:
- Practical experience - Students will gain practical experience, understanding the continually changing healthcare environment; importance of leveraging technology and information to make decisions; and the key skills of leadership & critical thinking that are essential to management.
- Up to two concentrations - Students in this program have the option to enhance their academic experience by completing up-to-two concentrations:
- Managed Care
- Dual credit - Students in the undergraduate program can get a "jump start" on a MBA with a Healthcare Concentration at the same time. Up-to 6 graduate credits could be taken while still an undergraduate and applied toward both degrees, thereby saving both money and time.
- Transfer friendly - Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a community college can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Bachelor's degree, and in some instances may receive more. DEGREE UP students are provided with the opportunity to transfer in additional credits earned after completing an associate degree. Herzing will review all transcripts a student may have, as there is an ability to transfer up-to 70% of their previous credit load toward their Herzing program, thereby saving them time and money.
The Herzing University bachelor’s degree program in healthcare management takes 36 months on average to complete. Depending on your prior transfer credit, you may be able to complete the program a little faster!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates an 18% increase in employment for Medical and Health Service Managers from 2018-2028. The BLS cites an increasing baby boomer population as a primary driver for increased demand for healthcare management.
Earning your bachelor’s degree in healthcare management now can put you in the position to compete for good jobs in an industry projected to grow over the next 10 years.
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare 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).
Keep in mind this is not a starting salary, and the average is skewed higher than the median due to a lower quantity of very high salaries. Pay depends largely on the state in which you work, your education and experience in the industry. Find the average salary in healthcare management in your state.
Accreditations & Disclosures
With the support of Herzing and my friends and family, I finished and got my degree. Eventually, I would like to go back to school for my master’s in healthcare management.