Elizabeth V., Class of 2023

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Elizabeth V.
Class of 2023
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Diagnose Your Future in a Dynamic and Growing Industry

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.

NU’s BS in Healthcare Administration curriculum focuses on helping you understand how healthcare leaders have had to step up, make in-the-moment decisions, and transition rapidly to a hybrid or telemedicine model. You’ll study industry-current coursework and learn from subject matter experts currently working in various administrative roles in the field of healthcare. 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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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
  • Explain strategic and marketing priorities of healthcare organizations in relationship to the needs and values of a community

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A BS in Healthcare Administration can open doors in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, social assistance, finance and insurance, professional, scientific, and technical services, educational services, manufacturing, and public administration.

Employers in this field are looking for skills in management, communications, leadership, operations, planning, coordinating, problem solving, customer service, business administration, and research. By earning your BS in Healthcare Administration from National University, you will be prepared to seek roles in the healthcare field such as:

  • Practice Managers
  • Area Supervisors
  • Executive Directors
  • Practice Administrators
  • Revenue Cycle Managers
  • Nurse Care Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Clinic Managers
  • Revenue Cycle Consultants
  • Revenue Cycle Management Specialists
  • Program Coordinators
  • Directors of Nursing
  • Health Services Administrators
  • Office Managers
  • Medical Office Managers
  • Audit and Reimbursement Leads
  • Directors of Operations
  • Patient Access Managers
  • Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals
  • LTSS Service Coordinators

SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: April 22, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

National University offers courses both online and on-site, so you can study when and where it’s most convenient for you. By taking one course each month, you’re able to focus on one subject at a time. You’ll also be learning from practitioners in the field who’ll share their real-world insights from their on-the-job experiences.

At NU, you’ll 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 through graduation, and even beyond as you pursue your future in healthcare administration.

Our admissions team reviews applications year-round, so you can begin your studies 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 healthcare workers are always in demand. And on top of that, healthcare administration professionals are in demand and often command high salaries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% by 2030, which is much faster than other occupations, and their median annual wage for was $101,340 in May 2021.*

National University’s industry-current curriculum and market-relevant capstone experiences are designed to help you prepare for an important, in-demand career 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

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.

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Dr. Tyler Smith

Dr. Tyler Smith

Program Director, 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.”

Brandon Hauk Ramirez., Class of 2022

Brandon Hauk-Ramirez

Class of 2022

“My favorite part of the program was the internship course at the end. The support, interaction, and collaborative working teams helped stretch my knowledge and mentor others just as I have been mentored throughout my career.”

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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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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.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements in a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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