Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Online

Explore the best online bachelor’s degrees in healthcare administration for 2020, get an inside look at program curricula and cost, and see where a degree in this fast-growing field can take you after graduation.

Last Updated: 08/03/2020
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The healthcare field continues to see major growth in the United States, creating demand for managers to coordinate medical services and improve patient outcomes. One of the best ways to take on these roles is to earn a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. Many accredited colleges offer their bachelor’s degrees in healthcare administration online, making the path to a successful career more convenient. Using data from more than 7,700 colleges (from IPEDS and the colleges themselves), EduMed has researched, analyzed, and ranked the top online healthcare administration bachelor’s degree programs in the country. Check out each top program below.

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About the ranking

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Methodology for EduMed’s 2020 Rankings

To be considered for this ranking, each school must have the following:

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Program(s) offered at least partially online.

School Metrics Explained

EduMed.org data scientists analyzed government higher education data and created a proprietary algorithm to rank each U.S. postsecondary institution and its online programs using 5 primary factors:

  • Cost: Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on tuition and fees per academic year.
  • Online Program Availability: Number of online programs in subject area reported by school to Department of Education.
  • Academic Counseling: Existence of this service on campus or online.
  • Career Placement: Existence of this service on campus or online.
  • Students w/ Institutional Aid: Percentage of students who receive financial aid from the school itself.

About Our Data

EduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Most recent data pull: February 2020

#School NameTypeCostOnline ProgramsMore DetailsSchool InformationOnline StudentsAcademic CounselingCareer PlacementStudents w/Institutional AidMedian Earnings 10yrs After EntryAccreditation
1Florida International UniversityMiami, FLPublic$$1

Florida International University’s fully online Bachelor of Health Services Administration can be completed in four years. Students must complete 120 credits for graduation, 60 of which are core courses, foundation courses, integrative course and electives. The other 60 units from the FIU undergraduate core curriculum. FIU’s BHSA program is organized the development of skills in program planning and evaluation; financial management and economics; policies and regulations; legal aspects of health systems; and health services research. Prerequisites include completion of these lower division courses: Introduction to Microcomputers; Principles of Microeconomics, Accounting for Planning and Control; Accounting for Decisions; and Statistics for the Health Professionals.

Program Overview:

Health Services Administration

  • Credits: 120
  • Length: 4 years
  • Cost: $345.87/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
76%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
2University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusNorman, OKPublic$$1

The online Lifespan Care Administration Program focuses on professional best practices across the lifetime. Courses train students in management for adolescent care facilities; geriatrics; the biology of aging; ethical and legal issues in healthcare; human service administration; infant and childcare. Accelerated courses are conducted entirely online, with eight-week sessions. The program can be completed in two-three years or in as little as 18 months for students who are able to transfer credits from prior institutions. Requirements call for 60 general-education hours from a baccalaureate program and 30 hours from the OU Extended Campus. Applicants must submit transcripts from current or previously attended colleges or applicable military programs.

Program Overview:

Lifespan Care Administration

  • Credits: 120
  • Length: 2-3 years
  • Cost: $817/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: HLC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
86%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
3Weber State UniversityOgden, UTPublic$$1

Weber State’s online BS degree in Health Services Administration trains students for a leadership role at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. The program takes four years to complete. Program outcomes include competencies in decision making; individual and group behavior; interpersonal skills; leadership theory and skills; organizational design and culture; change management; and professional teamwork. To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 120 credits with a minimum of 40 upper-division hours. Prerequisites for the program include completion of lower division courses in biology, anatomy, economics, accounting, and quantitative literacy. Once accepted to the program students must provide a record of immunizations, complete a background check, and pass a drug screening. Qualified undergraduates may receive scholarships or financial aid.

Program Overview:

Health Services Administration

  • Credits: 120
  • Length: 4 years
  • Cost: $468/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: NWCCU, AUPHA
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
59%
AccreditationNorthwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
4University of Central FloridaOrlando, FLPublic$$1

UCF’s College of Community Innovation and Education offers a four-year bachelor degree in Health Services Administration. The managerial focus is on the necessary leadership skills to lead in hospitals, ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities. The program also prepares students to pursue an advanced degree in health services administration. HSA baccalaureate degree, USF offers online bachelor degrees in Health Informatics and Information Management; Nursing; and Senior Living Management. Students with a degree in another field or an associate’s program may transfer credits related to the HSA degree. More than 60 percent of all USF students have transferred to the university.

Program Overview:

Health Services Administration

  • Credits: 120
  • Length: 4 years
  • Cost: $179/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
41%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
5Arizona State University-SkysongScottsdale, AZPublic$$1

Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers a 120-credit online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Coordination. The degree can be completed in four years (or less with up to ten acceptable transfer credits). The degree is comprised of 40 classes, each delivered in 7.5- week sessions. The required university core courses are in composition, mathematics, chemistry and physiology. Studies in the major include courses in fundamental community health, nutrition, written communication, healthcare legislation, research methods, evidence-based practice, and two upper-division electives. The coursework ends with the completion of a Capstone project that demonstrates the student’s skills developed during the program.

Program Overview:

Health Care Coordination

  • Credits: 120
  • Length: 4 years
  • Cost: $507/credit
  • Online
  • Accreditation: HLC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
53%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
6University of Southern IndianaEvansville, INPublic$$1

Online students in the University of Southern Indiana’s 45-unit Health Care Management degree program can choose from three options designed for healthcare newcomers or professionals seeking advancement. There is a Degree Completion track for students with an active clinical license who plan to move into leadership roles. The Generalist Option is designed for students seeking entry level jobs that do not require specialty training or licensing. Finally, the Specialty Option offers programs in Health Administration, Gerontology, Public Health, Worksite Wellness & Health Promotion, or Long-Term Care Administration. The online program offers minors in Health Administration, Public Health, Interdisciplinary Gerontology, and Health Promotion & Worksite Wellness. Students in Health Administration, Public Health, Worksite Wellness, Gerontology, and Long-Term Care Administration must also undertake an on-site internship in spring, fall, or summer.

Program Overview:

Health Care Management

  • Credits: 44-57 depending on degree option
  • Length: Two years
  • Cost: $264.19 (resident); $641.19 (non-resident)
  • Mode: Online (+internship)
  • Accreditation: HLC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
62%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
7Oregon Institute of TechnologyKlamath Falls, ORPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
59%
AccreditationNorthwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbock, TXPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
9East Carolina UniversityGreenville, NCPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
49%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
10Metropolitan State University of DenverDenver, COPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
19%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
11Montana State University-BillingsBillings, MTPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
59%
AccreditationNorthwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
12Winona State UniversityWinona, MNPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
49%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
13SUNY College of Technology at CantonCanton, NYPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
87%
AccreditationMiddle States Commission on Higher Education
14University of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayette, LAPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
57%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
15SUNY College of Technology at AlfredAlfred, NYPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
82%
AccreditationMiddle States Commission on Higher Education
16State College of Florida-Manatee-SarasotaBradenton, FLPublic$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
18%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
17Baker CollegeFlint, MIPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
88%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
18Brazosport CollegeLake Jackson, TXPublic$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
31%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
19Norfolk State UniversityNorfolk, VAPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
44%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
20South Texas CollegeMcAllen, TXPublic$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
1%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
21University of Maryland Global CampusAdelphi, MDPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
12%
AccreditationMiddle States Commission on Higher Education
22Capella UniversityMinneapolis, MNPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
50%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
23National UniversityLa Jolla, CAPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
4%
Accreditation#N/A
24Colorado Technical University-Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, COPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
15%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
25Jackson State UniversityJackson, MSPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
25%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
26Coastal Carolina UniversityConway, SCPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
33%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
27American InterContinental UniversitySchaumburg, ILPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
16%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
28Granite State CollegeConcord, NHPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
4%
AccreditationNew England Commission of Higher Education
29Rasmussen College-FloridaOcala, FLPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
37%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
30University of Massachusetts-DartmouthNorth Dartmouth, MAPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
73%
AccreditationNew England Commission of Higher Education
31Western Governors UniversitySalt Lake City, UTPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationDistance Education Accrediting Commission
32Harris-Stowe State UniversitySaint Louis, MOPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
44%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
33University of Phoenix-ArizonaTempe, AZPrivate, For-Profit$$$2Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
32%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
34Columbia Southern UniversityOrange Beach, ALPrivate, For-Profit$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
68%
AccreditationDistance Education Accrediting Commission
35DeVry University-IllinoisChicago, ILPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
44%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
36University of Northwestern OhioLima, OHPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
22%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
37Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional CampusesFort Wayne, INPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
38University of MaryBismarck, NDPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
99%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
39South University-Savannah OnlineSavannah, GAPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
30%
Accreditation#N/A
40Herzing University-MadisonMadison, WIPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
25%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
41Saint Leo UniversitySaint Leo, FLPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
99%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
42Ashford UniversitySan Diego, CAPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
16%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
43Walden UniversityMinneapolis, MNPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
44Florida Institute of Technology-OnlineMelbourne, FLPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
Accreditation#N/A
45Bryan UniversityTempe, AZPrivate, For-Profit$$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
Accreditation#N/A
46Charter Oak State CollegeNew Britain, CTPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationNew England Commission of Higher Education
47University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesville, VAPublic$$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
31%
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
48Franklin UniversityColumbus, OHPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
49Northwood UniversityMidland, MIPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
99%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
50Grand Canyon UniversityPhoenix, AZPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
97%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission

Profiling the Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration

If you’re looking for an online program, you need to do your homework. Learn about the online coursework, program expectations, time to completion, and overall cost. To help you understand what that all looks like, we’ve profiled two of today’s most popular bachelor’s degrees in healthcare administration online. Get the inside scoop on these programs below.

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a private nonprofit university and one of the largest Christian universities in the world. Chartered in 1949, GCU has grown from a school of roughly 100 students to now more than 60,000, and that’s just the online student body. With more than 200 programs to choose from across both undergraduate and graduate levels, students have a variety of academic areas of study to delve into, including healthcare administration. Available both online and on-campus, GCU’s online healthcare administration bachelor’s degree program is designed to be completed in four years and focuses on the five specific areas of:

  • Communication and relationship management
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Healthcare environment and business acumen
  • Financial management, information technology, and risk management
  • Organization dynamics and human resources

Each online course lasts seven to eight weeks and students must complete 120 credit hours to graduate. However, up to 90 of these credits may be transfer credits, which can drastically reduce the time necessary to graduate. Most online students can expect to pay $470 per credit hour although veterans (both active duty and reserve) will get a discount and pay only $250 per credit hour.

National University

National University

Founded in 1971, National University (NU) is the largest non-profit private university in San Diego, California. Unlike many traditional colleges and universities, NU’s primary mission is to provide post-secondary education and training to adult students. So it’s no surprise that NU offers a robust online and on-campus curriculum, with more than 100 programs to choose from. Ninety of these programs are entirely online, including the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA). NU’s BSHA program is also an associate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, also known as the AUPHA.

To provide the flexibility that nontraditional students demand, NU offers most of its courses in a special four-week format. This allows students to complete their course requirements faster and fit them more easily into an already busy schedule. To graduate, students must complete 180 quarter units. Healthcare administration students can also attend class on-campus at one of the 20 locations in California and Nevada.

Getting Familiar with the Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration

Learning online provides maximum flexibility for those students who need it most. Each school tailors its online healthcare administration bachelor’s degree program curriculum to make it as easy as possible for students to take classes whenever, wherever, and however they want. Given the relative hands-off nature of the healthcare administration field of study, this means many online programs can be finished entirely online, with no campus visits or in-person curriculum requirements necessary.

Prospective students can expect a course load that allows them to graduate in less than four years or in as many as five or six. For instance, at some schools, classes are only four weeks long. This makes it easier for students to fit in classes into their busy lives. Classes will often be asynchronous to allow students to take classes on their own schedule. This flexibility means one of the biggest challenges for online students is maintaining the discipline necessary to stay on track with coursework and degree requirements. Read our FAQ section below to learn more about the curriculum of online bachelor’s healthcare administration programs.

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What are the main topics that will be covered?

Before graduation, you should expect to cover several foundational topics, regardless of which program you choose to attend or what electives you decide to take. Examples include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Organizational communication
  • Legal and moral conflicts in healthcare
  • Financial considerations of a healthcare organization
  • The application of information technology
  • Evidence-based healthcare services
  • Healthcare policy

Some of these topics may have their own dedicated class. Others might be learned through a combination of courses. Either way, these topics will provide a comprehensive overview of how to successfully manage a healthcare organization.

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What are the key skills I will learn by the time I graduate?

Upon completion of an online bachelor’s program in healthcare administration, graduates can expect to be well-versed in the challenges and necessary duties that come with operating and leading a clinical or medical organization. Some of the unique skills students will have at graduation include:

  • Interpersonal and mediation skills to facilitate communication and cooperation among various departments and individuals with wide-ranging talents and educational backgrounds.
  • The ability to recognize ethical and moral dilemmas, as well as how to either resolve them or find experts to help make the best of an unwinnable situation.
  • Proficiency with accounting tools to analyze financial statements, projections, and billing processes.
  • Understanding of federal, state and local regulations and laws and how they apply to the healthcare setting.
  • Take statistical and epidemiological data and apply them to an existing clinical setting to improve patient and worker outcomes.
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What are some common classes I should expect to take?

Each school will create its own curriculum for an online bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. However, there will be some common classes that most students can expect to take, regardless of which school they choose. For example, there will be classes that cover the ethics, legal issues, and financial challenges of the healthcare environment. Let’s take a look at some of these courses in more detail.

Healthcare Finance

core

Core

Calender

Year 2

This class is a primer for the basic concepts of accounting, budgeting, and billing within the healthcare context. Students learn how to use financial analytics to review expenditures, create management assessments, and measure productivity.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

core

Core

Calender

Year 2

Students learn the fundamental principles and rules concerning laws in the healthcare realm as well as ethical principles that govern management decisions in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Students also study the guidelines that help them navigate the moral and legal dilemmas that commonly arise in a healthcare delivery setting.

Information Technology in Healthcare Management

core

Core

Calender

Year 3

By taking this course, students learn the basics of information technology, including principles of the internet, e-commerce, data management. This class will also teach how to apply these technologies and theories to maximize the effectiveness of healthcare delivery services.

Organizational Behavior

core

Elective

Calender

Year 3

This class examines the theories underlying how workers interact and operate within an organization. Students analyze the principles of group dynamics, human psychology, motivation, culture, politics, work environment, and technology, specifically within a business setting.

Management Principles for Healthcare Administrators

core

Core

Calender

Year 4

This course teaches students the proper and effective management of healthcare human resources. Concepts cover a range of management contexts, including recruitment, hiring, firing, training, increasing diversity, and healthcare operations.

Capstone Project

core

Core

Calender

Year 4

In this writing-based course, students demonstrate the integration and synthesis of concepts learned in previous classes by applying them to an actual issue or concern in the healthcare industry.

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What are the typical admissions requirements?

Because the bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration is an entry-level degree, college admissions requirements typically match requirements for other bachelor’s degree programs, such as:

  • Completion of an application.
  • Payment of an application fee.
  • Submission of academic transcripts, such as from high school or other post-secondary institutions.
  • Admission exam scores, such as from the ACT or SAT.

Entry into the actual healthcare administration program may be a separate process and require completion of basic general lower-division education coursework and prerequisites with a minimum GPA. There are usually no requirements for prior experience in the clinical or healthcare field. However, such experience will be very useful when looking for post-graduate employment.

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How long does it take to earn a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration?

Online degree programs offer tremendous flexibility in how and when a student completes coursework. Therefore, the time it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration can vary greatly. For example, a full-time student will usually be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in approximately four years of study. In contrast, a part-time student may take five or six years to complete the healthcare administration bachelor’s degree. But this longer timeline has the advantage of allowing students to continue working or take care of other personal or family responsibilities while attending school.

Accreditation for Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration

Accreditation is the process by which an independent body reviews a school or program to confirm that it meets a basic level of education quality. At the postsecondary level, there are two primary types of accreditation: institutional and programmatic.

Accreditation

Institutional accreditation can be broken down into two types: regional and national. Most schools will have regional accreditation, where an accrediting agency will have jurisdiction over a specific region of the United States. National accreditation is similar to regional accreditation, except the accrediting body can accredit any school across the country.

Programmatic accreditation pertains to a specific program, such as engineering, business, or accounting. At the bachelor’s level, there is no widely recognized accrediting body for healthcare administration. The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) is an accrediting organization for healthcare administration programs, but only at the master’s degree level. Therefore, when choosing among the many online bachelor’s degree healthcare administration programs out there, you need only look for regional or national accreditation. You can review a school’s current accreditation status by visiting the Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Examining the Cost of a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Online

When choosing an online bachelor’s degree program in healthcare administration, price matters. There are many variables that can go into the actual cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, type of school, and prior educational experience. To give you a rough idea of how much you can expect to pay, we’ve featured three online programs and their tuition costs by price per credit hour.

Capella University

Capella
University

Bachelor of Science
in Health Care Administration

$357-$375/credit

Southern Hampshire University

Southern New
Hampshire University

Healthcare
Administration (BS)

$320/credit

Purdue University Global

Purdue University
Global

Online Bachelor of Science in
Health Care Administration

$371/credit

Need help paying for school? Learn more about your options by reading our financial aid and scholarship guides.

Jobs and Salaries You Can Get with Your Online Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration can open a wide range of professional opportunities. While the bulk of graduates will likely work in a hospital, medical office or other healthcare facilities, there are many other places to find work, such as government agencies and insurance companies. Many of these positions have above-average job growth prospects and pay above the national average.

One of the reasons these jobs are in demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the anticipated growth in health care services in the United States. With an aging population and more people having access to medical care, there will be a strong need for individuals who can properly manage the delivery of that medical care.

Administrative services managers, sometimes known as business office managers, work on handling the day-to-day tasks healthcare or other business organizations may require. Administrative services managers sometimes have job duties that overlap with healthcare executives but will tend to focus more on short-term tasks, such as department monitoring, supervising clerical employees, or handling maintenance requirements.

Program-Requirements

Job Outlook

10% Growth from 2018 to 2028

Median National Salary

Median National Salary

$96,180 as of May 2018

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Additional Experience/Training Needed

Prospective administrative services managers can improve their professional prospects by gaining real-world experience in the area in which they intend to work. Therefore, it’s especially helpful for that experience to be in the medical field, such as working as nurse, facilities staff, or human resources manager.

Also referred to as medical or health services managers, healthcare administrators handle the operations of a health care organization. This includes tactical duties, such as employee recruitment and training, scheduling, and regulatory compliance as well as the implementation of various initiatives and programs. Healthcare executives may also have the responsibility of creating strategic plans for a health care organization, such as budgeting, creation of long-term growth goals, and department reorganization.

Program-Requirements

Job Outlook

18% Growth from 2018 to 2028

Median National Salary

Median National Salary

$99,730 as of May 2018

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Additional Experience/Training Needed

While not always required, many employers will expect healthcare executives to possess a master’s degree. It’s also helpful to have prior management or clinical experience.

Health insurance claims examiners make sure health care claims have been properly adjusted and submitted. The claims examiner will confirm the proper submission of a claim, double-check the analysis of the claims adjuster and either confirm, deny, or modify the original decision. They might also refer the claim to a claims investigator for more information.

Program-Requirements

Job Outlook

4% Decline from 2018 to 2028

Median National Salary

Median National Salary

$65,900 as of May 2018

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Additional Experience/Training Needed

Depending on the position and company, a health insurance claims examiner will need prior health insurance experience, such as working as a claims adjuster. It also helps to have a background in the healthcare field.