Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
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NU’s BS in Healthcare Administration curriculum focuses on helping you understand how healthcare leaders have had to develop, manage in-the-moment decisions, and transition rapidly to a hybrid or telemedicine healthcare system. You’ll study industry-current coursework and learn from subject matter experts in various administrative roles in the healthcare field. You’ll also participate in an eight-week capstone project designed to provide you with an unsurpassed, hands-on experience that can prepare you for a leadership role within this dynamic and growing field.
An international pandemic has made the healthcare industry the focus of our attention and has generated a strong and growing demand for administrative professionals who possess the knowledge and skills to help it run smoothly.
If you have an interest in building a career in healthcare but don’t want to work in a clinical setting, a degree in healthcare administration can position you for success in a variety of positions. National University’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is designed to equip you with the leadership and practical management skills needed to lead organizations and teams in diverse healthcare settings.
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Ranked top 10 in the nation for graduating students in the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program among online nonprofit 4-yr private Universities. It had the largest growth rate of graduates year-over-year in 2022.
Requirements for the Major
- 15 courses; 67.5 quarter units
Recommended Preparation: Completion of all Coursework in Preparation for the Major
Foundational introduction to the healthcare management profession. Examination of the theories, principles, and styles related to leadership, administration, and management as applied to healthcare organizations. Focuses on evolving trends in management, management and leadership theories, and skills in planning, organizing, decision-making, staffing, leading, communicating and motivating health care personnel.
Focuses on legal and ethical concepts, principles of ethics and law and use in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas in health care. Scope of practice, informed consent, employee and patient rights and responsibilities, patient abuse, and the influence of finance and corporate culture will be explored. Sample cases will be analyzed.
A history of the U.S. health care delivery system will be explored to understand the current issues and trends. The changing roles of the components of the system as well as technical, economic, political, and social forces effecting change will be discussed. Inpatient, outpatient, and long term care will be explored.
Innovative and best practice technology applications to support human health by individuals, professionals, care delivery organizations, and communities. Internet-based health resources, smart phone/mHealth applications, telehealth, and health-related social networks. Systems, standards, and policies to connect people and technologies securely across healthcare ecosystems.
Recommended: Prior completion of: all Coursework in Preparation for the Major
Concepts of human resources in healthcare organizations, such as training, motivation and direction. Elements of employee selection, compensation, financial incentives, work standards, and leadership principles in healthcare organization considered.
Prerequisite: Completion of all Coursework in Preparation for the Major.
Introduction to continuous quality improvement in healthcare. Includes evaluation and risk management methods. Introduces outcome measurement and case management fundamentals. Introduces team development, analytical statistics, and process knowledge themes.
Recommended: Prior completion of: All Coursework in Preparation for the Major.
Introduction to the application of economics to decisions regarding the amount, organization, and distribution of healthcare services. Examine the structure, organization, activities, functions, and problems of healthcare from an economic perspective. Emphasis on management problems and policy issues in healthcare with regard to allocation of scarce resources.
Recommended: Prior completion of: all Coursework in Preparation for the Major.
Fundamentals of healthcare financial management and budgeting, including financial organization of healthcare services, sources of operating revenues, management of working capital, and allocation, control, and analysis of resources.
Focuses on case and outcomes management application to clinical practice. The case management and outcomes management processes, barriers, utilization review, legal and financial aspects of each and evidence-based healthcare will be explored.
Recommended Preparation: Completion of all courses in Preparation for the Major; Recommended: Prior completion of: HSC 410; HCA 402; HCA 403; HCA 405
Development of planning strategies in healthcare organizations. Examination of planning methods from needs assessment through program design. Emphasis on strategic planning strategies.
Recommended Preparation: Completion of all courses in Preparation for the Major; Recommended: Prior completion of: HCA 407
Introduction to contemporary marketing theory, strategies, and implementation processes in healthcare organizations. Focus on identification of market opportunity, communication, planning and promotion, pricing decision-making, and development of distribution channels and service designs. Emphasis on community and not-for-profit marketing concepts.
An introduction to the impact that individuals, groups, and structure have on behavior within organizations for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organizations effectiveness. The course will focus on work-related behavior with an emphasis on individual and group performance as it relates to organizational productivity and processes. A central theme will be the development of “people” skills to help all employees- staff, front-line supervision, and management- improve their effectiveness.
Recommended: Prior completion of: all Coursework in Preparation for the Major.
Consideration of healthcare policy and politics. Consideration of the role of federal, state and local government healthcare public policy impact on health services.
Recommended: Prior completion of: all Coursework in Preparation for the Major.
Examination of factors that impact global health systems; analysis of health care delivery systems and influential governmental, economic, social and political forces. Consideration of healthcare resource development and allocation.
Choose ONE of the following three
Prerequisite: HSC 300; HSC 310; HTM 310; HCA 400; HCA 401; HCA 402; HCA 403; HSC 430; HCA 405; HCA 407; HCA 409; HCA 425; HCA 450; ODV 420
Practical application of the knowledge and skills required for a healthcare administration professional in a healthcare agency. Students will be assigned to agencies according to their interests and the availability of an approved internship site. Two-month requirement. Grading is by S/U only. Course is eligible for In Progress (IP) grade.
Prerequisite: Completion of the major requirements
This two-month capstone project undertaken by allied health students when they have completed the core courses in the program provides an opportunity for the student to complete the outcomes management project proposal developed in HSC 430. Results will be reported orally and in written form. Students will also design and participate in a collaborative service learning experience in a community, ambulatory, home or health care setting. Students will complete the portfolio of their work from core courses and revise as needed to create an impressive final portfolio that can be used. Grading is H, S, or U only.
Exploration of the healthcare system and public health issues facing global communities. Tour location and experience the healthcare, economic, political, legal, and cultural environment of a host country. Development of thorough knowledge of global public health through combination of pre-departure study, on-site lectures and presentations by host country experts and healthcare leaders,post-tour analysis and reflection.
*This internship course is only available to students who reside in California.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Differentiate the roles and perspectives of clinical practitioners, nonclinical staff, supervisors, and managers within healthcare organizations
- Describe the management, leadership, and healthcare theories and components of the healthcare delivery system in the United States
- Evaluate the impact of factors that affect the policies, management, and operation of healthcare organizations
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative healthcare data and information for effective decision making
- Explain the legal and ethical principles and responsibilities of healthcare organizations to individual patient and community healthcare needs
- Design an analytic strategy to frame a potential issue and solution relevant to the community and stakeholders
- Explain strategic and marketing priorities of healthcare organizations in relationship to the needs and values of a community
Hear From Our Faculty
Watch our video to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program from Dr. Tyler Smith, Program Director for Public Health.
“The goals of the program are to bring you from someone who is just entering the discipline to someone who can lead teams and manage large organizations in the healthcare setting.”
– Tyler C Smith, MS, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Leadership, School of Health Professions
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Frequently Asked Questions
A bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration provides the educational background needed to pursue a career in healthcare management. You’ll receive the training, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills to be successful in your future job, which may include strategic planning for healthcare organizations, human resources recruiting, and promoting healthcare organizations through marketing.
Yes, if you’re interested in a meaningful and rewarding career that also challenges you, healthcare administration is an excellent choice.
Yes. The time commitment to earn this degree is two to three years, which isn’t long when you consider this degree will open doors to desirable jobs, give you a competitive edge in the job market, and potentially boost your salary.
A bachelor’s in healthcare administration typically requires 180 quarter units and takes four years to complete, though many online options offer an accelerated curriculum for students who want to graduate in under four years.
Begin your path to a career in healthcare administration by first completing a bachelor’s degree. Participate in capstones and the capstone project to gain hands-on, applicable skills and the experience needed to prepare for the job you want. During this time, you can also network, make connections, work with your faculty mentor, and work on a resume with the help of NU’s Career Center, along with a list of references as you intern.
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