Elizabeth V., Class of 2023

Bachelor of Science in
Healthcare Administration

Elizabeth V.
Class of 2023
Sarah H.

Develop In-Demand Skills for Healthcare Management

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree at National University is designed to equip you with the leadership and practical management skills needed to lead organizations and teams in diverse health care settings. Skilled, caring health care workers are more in demand than ever with the recent pandemic affecting communities around the world. Health care administrators are essential leaders on the front lines who make critical decisions that impact the lives of employees, patients, and the community every day.

In this health care administration degree program, you’ll have access to cutting-edge coursework and faculty who are subject matter experts currently working in the field. This will give you a deeper understanding of how health care leaders have had to step up, make in-the-moment decisions, and transition rapidly to a hybrid or telemedicine model.

Every student in the program is required to participate in an eight-week capstone, giving you unsurpassed hands-on experience to prepare you for a leadership role within this field.

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Watch our video to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program from Dr. Tyler Smith, Program Director for Public Health.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s BS in Healthcare Administration program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate the roles and perspectives of clinical practitioners, nonclinical staff, supervisors, and managers within health care organizations.
  • Describe the management, leadership, and health care theories and components of the health care delivery system in the United States.
  • Evaluate the impact of factors that affect the policies, management, and operation of health care organizations.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative health care data and information for effective decision making.
  • Explain the legal and ethical principles and responsibilities of health care organizations to individual patient and community health care needs.
  • Explain strategic and marketing priorities of health care organizations in relationship to the needs and values of a community.

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National University offers classes both online and on-site, so you can study when and where it’s most convenient for you. With four-week classes, you’re able to focus on one subject at a time and really absorb the material for each class. You’ll also be learning from practitioners in the field, giving you specific on-the-job insights.

At National University, you never have to feel alone in your studies. You’ll have the support of your professors, faculty, staff, and a number of student services – from the writing center to the veteran’s center, available from day one to graduation, and even beyond as you pursue a career.

Classes start monthly, so you can begin as soon as next month. We offer a number of grants and scholarships, and as a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon school, active-duty servicemembers and their immediate family members have access to tuition discounts.

A BS in Healthcare Administration can prepare you for a career in one of the largest industries in the nation. Skilled health care workers are always in demand. And on top of that, health care administration roles can lead to strong salary outcomes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for management occupations was $104,280 per year in May 2020, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.* National University’s cutting-edge curriculum and capstone experiences can help students stand out in desirable, competitive roles.

This degree might appeal to those seeking positions in:

  • Hospitals
  • Local, state, federal government
  • Private and public health centers
  • Health/dental/eye insurance companies
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Elderly care facilities
  • Physician clinics

*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Candidates are strongly encouraged to conduct their research.

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University general education requirements.

In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree.

Preparation for the Major
(13 courses; 58.5 quarter units)

Course Description Prerequisite
COH 100 Personal Health N/A
COH 150 Healthcare Terminology N/A
ACC 201 Financial Accounting Funds N/A
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting Funds ACC 201
PSY 100* Introduction to Psychology OR SOC 100* Principles of Sociology ENG 100 and ENG 101
BST 322* Intro to Biomedical Statistics N/A
COH 310 Culture and Health ILR 26
COH 315 Introduction to Epidemiology BST 322 and ILR 260
COH 320 Chronic and Communicable Disease ILR 260
COH 321 Health Behavior ILR 260
ECO 203* Principles of Microeconomics N/A
ECO 204* Principles of Macroeconomics N/A
SOC 350* Cultural Diversity ENG 101

*May be used to meet a general education requirement.

Requirements for the Major
(15 courses; 67.5 quarter units)

Course Description Prerequisite Recommended
HCA 400 Foundations of HC Leadership N/A Completion of all Coursework in Preparation for the Major
HSC 300 Legal/Ethical Issues & Hlth Pr N/A N/A
HSC 310 Issues & Trends in Healthcare N/A N/A
HTM 310 Health Informatics N/A N/A
HCA 401 Intro to HA HR Management N/A Prior completion of: All Coursework in Preparation for the Major
>HCA 402 Intro to HA QA Management Completion of all Coursework in Preparation for the Major N/A
HCA 403 Intro to Health Economics N/A Prior completion of: All Coursework in Preparation for the Major
HCA 405 Basic HA Budgeting & Finance N/A Prior completion of: all Coursework in Preparation for the Major.
HSC 430 Case and Outcomes Management N/A N/A
HCA 407 Intro to HC Planning and Eval N/A Completion of all courses in Preparation for the Major, prior completion of: HSC 410, HCA 402, HCA 403, HCA 405
HCA 409 Intro to HC Marketing N/A Completion of all courses in Preparation for the Major, prior completion of: HCA 407
ODV 420 Intro to Organizational Behavior N/A N/A
HCA 425 Healthcare Politics & Policy N/A Prior completion of: All Coursework in Preparation for the Major
HCA 450 Global Health Systems N/A Prior completion of: All Coursework in Preparation for the Major
Course Description Prerequisite
HCA Healthcare Capstone* 494A 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


Course Description Prerequisite
HSC 440 Allied Health Capstone Project Completion of the major requirements


Course Description Prerequisite
COH 500 Global Health Experience * This capstone course is only available to students who reside in California.

Dr. Tyler Smith

Program Director, Public Health

“The goals of the program are to bring you from someone who is just entering the disciple to someone who can lead teams and manage large organizations in the healthcare setting.”

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A bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration provides the educational background needed to pursue a career in health care 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 health care organizations through marketing.

Yes, if you’re interested in a meaningful and rewarding career that also challenges you, health care 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 give you a boost in 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 health care 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 the Career Center. Compile a list of references too as you intern.

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

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National University degrees do not guarantee employment or salary of any kind. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review desired job positions to review degrees, education, and/or training required to apply for desired positions. Prospective students should monitor these positions as requirements, salary, and other relevant factors can change over time.

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