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    The Best Online B.S. Degrees in Healthcare Management for 2024

    Explore the best and most affordable healthcare management degree options for you. See how an online bachelor’s can make your career move forward.

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    Finding the right school to meet your personal and academic needs can be challenging. Despite the accessibility of information online, the sheer number of options for prospective online students can be quite overwhelming. It is important to dedicate time to researching different degree programs, however, as choosing a school is a major life decision.

    To make this process easier, we have researched and vetted the top accredited online bachelor’s degrees in healthcare management in U.S. With these schools, you can earn the valuable credentials you need to advance your career at a price tag you can afford. Get started by taking a look at who made our list for the top online healthcare management bachelor’s degrees for the ’23-’24 school year.

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    About the ranking

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    Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

    One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

    To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

    • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

    Two: Assign Weighting

    After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

    The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

    Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

    Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

    Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

    Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

    Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

    Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

    Student/Faculty Ratio

    About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

    #School NameTypeTuitionOnline ProgramsMore DetailsSchool InformationOnline StudentsAcademic CounselingCareer PlacementStudents w/Institutional AidMedian Earnings 10yrs After EntryAccreditation
    1Tiffin UniversityTiffin, OHPrivate not-for-profit$$4

    Tiffin University offers a highly customizable bachelor's degree in healthcare management. For this degree, students take a combination of general education requirements, core classes in their major, and courses in their chosen specialization. Core courses cover topics like medical ethics and human resource management in healthcare. The available specializations are acute care, long-term care, mental health, and public health. Students also complete either an internship in the field or an in-depth research project.

    Program Highlights:

    Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

    • Credits: 121
    • Length: About 4 years
    • Cost: $480/credit
    • Mode: Hybrid
    • Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
    Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    19/1
    Online
    Student %
    59%
    2Eastern Florida State CollegeCocoa, FLPublic$3

    Already have an associate degree in a health-related field? Consider applying to Eastern Florida State College's healthcare management bachelor's to progress your career. Because the degree is designed for associate degree-holders, many students finish in less than four years. The degree can either be completed on-campus or online. Since the program is a track within the organizational management degree, it has a heavier focus on the business and organizational side of healthcare management.

    Program Highlights:

    Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management, Healthcare management track

    • Credits: 120
    • Length: About 4 years
    • Cost: $128.51/credit in-state | $508.92/credit out-of-state
    • Mode: Online
    • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    16/1
    Online
    Student %
    65%
    3Granite State CollegeConcord, NHPublic$3

    Granite State University offers a fully online bachelor's in healthcare management, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire. In the program, students take a mix of core healthcare management courses and major electives. Core courses cover topics like law and ethics for healthcare and health program planning and evaluation. Along with these core classes and electives, students complete a capstone project before graduating. The course also has an accelerated master's degree add-on for interested students.

    Program Highlights:

    Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management

    • Credits: 120
    • Length: About 4 years
    • Cost:$314/credit in-state | $379/credit out-of-state
    • Mode: Online
    • Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education
    Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    17/1
    Online
    Student %
    100%
    4Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NYPublic$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    19/1
    Online
    Student %
    67%
    5Harris-Stowe State UniversitySaint Louis, MOPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    8/1
    Online
    Student %
    79%
    6University of Minnesota-CrookstonCrookston, MNPublic$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    16/1
    Online
    Student %
    57%
    7Utica UniversityUtica, NYPrivate not-for-profit$$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    11/1
    Online
    Student %
    72%
    8Norfolk State UniversityNorfolk, VAPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    15/1
    Online
    Student %
    97%
    9National American University-Ellsworth AFB ExtensionEllsworth Air Force Base, SDPrivate for-profit$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    15/1
    Online
    Student %
    77%
    10Metropolitan State University of DenverDenver, COPublic$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    19/1
    Online
    Student %
    68%
    11Rasmussen University-WisconsinGreen Bay, WIPrivate for-profit$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    12/1
    Online
    Student %
    96%
    12Mid-America Christian UniversityOklahoma City, OKPrivate not-for-profit$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    11/1
    Online
    Student %
    96%
    13Regent UniversityVirginia Beach, VAPrivate not-for-profit$$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    21/1
    Online
    Student %
    92%
    14SUNY College of Technology at CantonCanton, NYPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    17/1
    Online
    Student %
    81%
    15University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, ALPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    19/1
    Online
    Student %
    66%
    16University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro, NCPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    17/1
    Online
    Student %
    82%
    17East Carolina UniversityGreenville, NCPublic$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    18/1
    Online
    Student %
    74%
    18Southeast Missouri State UniversityCape Girardeau, MOPublic$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    20/1
    Online
    Student %
    60%
    19University of Louisiana at MonroeMonroe, LAPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    18/1
    Online
    Student %
    53%
    20University of Massachusetts-LowellLowell, MAPublic$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    18/1
    Online
    Student %
    39%
    21Columbia CollegeColumbia, MOPrivate not-for-profit$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    20/1
    Online
    Student %
    77%
    22Fairmont State UniversityFairmont, WVPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    14/1
    Online
    Student %
    65%
    23University of Mount OliveMount Olive, NCPrivate not-for-profit$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    14/1
    Online
    Student %
    78%
    24Maryville University of Saint LouisSaint Louis, MOPrivate not-for-profit$$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    13/1
    Online
    Student %
    84%
    25University of ArizonaTucson, AZPublic$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    17/1
    Online
    Student %
    56%
    26National American University-Rapid CityRapid City, SDPrivate for-profit$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    6/1
    Online
    Student %
    100%
    27Youngstown State UniversityYoungstown, OHPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    17/1
    Online
    Student %
    56%
    28Trocaire CollegeBuffalo, NYPrivate not-for-profit$$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    12/1
    Online
    Student %
    89%
    29Berkeley College-New YorkNew York, NYPrivate for-profit$$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    20/1
    Online
    Student %
    83%
    30Colorado Technical University-Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, COPrivate for-profit$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    30/1
    Online
    Student %
    100%
    31Berkeley College-Woodland ParkWoodland Park, NJPrivate for-profit$$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    15/1
    Online
    Student %
    81%
    32Central Penn CollegeSummerdale, PAPrivate for-profit$$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    9/1
    Online
    Student %
    79%
    33Galveston CollegeGalveston, TXPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    13/1
    Online
    Student %
    69%
    34Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondale, ILPublic$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    10/1
    Online
    Student %
    40%
    35Athens State UniversityAthens, ALPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    14/1
    Online
    Student %
    91%
    36American National University-PikevillePikeville, KYPrivate for-profit$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    14/1
    Online
    Student %
    100%
    37Concordia University-Saint PaulSaint Paul, MNPrivate not-for-profit$$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    18/1
    Online
    Student %
    69%
    38Baptist Health System School of Health ProfessionsSan Antonio, TXPrivate for-profit$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    7/1
    Online
    Student %
    100%
    39Indiana University-BloomingtonBloomington, INPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    17/1
    Online
    Student %
    49%
    40Wilmington UniversityNew Castle, DEPrivate not-for-profit$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    12/1
    Online
    Student %
    87%
    41Midland CollegeMidland, TXPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    13/1
    Online
    Student %
    52%
    42University of Massachusetts-DartmouthNorth Dartmouth, MAPublic$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    15/1
    Online
    Student %
    34%
    43Immaculata UniversityImmaculata, PAPrivate not-for-profit$$$$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    9/1
    Online
    Student %
    54%
    44SUNY College of Technology at AlfredAlfred, NYPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    16/1
    Online
    Student %
    34%
    45Indian River State CollegeFort Pierce, FLPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    25/1
    Online
    Student %
    66%
    46Cambridge CollegeBoston, MAPrivate not-for-profit$$$3Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    10/1
    Online
    Student %
    43%
    47Oregon Institute of TechnologyKlamath Falls, ORPublic$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    15/1
    Online
    Student %
    31%
    48Northwood UniversityMidland, MIPrivate not-for-profit$$$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    9/1
    Online
    Student %
    71%
    49American National UniversitySalem, VAPrivate for-profit$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    40/1
    Online
    Student %
    100%
    50Siena Heights UniversityAdrian, MIPrivate not-for-profit$$$$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    12/1
    Online
    Student %
    63%
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    About the ranking

    X

    Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

    One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

    To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

    • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

    Two: Assign Weighting

    After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

    The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

    Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

    Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

    Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

    Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

    Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

    Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

    Student/Faculty Ratio

    About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

    #School NameTypeTuitionOnline ProgramsMore DetailsSchool InformationOnline StudentsAcademic CounselingCareer PlacementStudents w/Institutional AidMedian Earnings 10yrs After EntryAccreditation
    1Pitt Community CollegeWinterville, NCPublic$2

    Pitt Community College offers an associate degree in healthcare management that focuses on the technology in the field. Through courses like healthcare financial management, medical management, and medical practice management software, students learn how to utilize healthcare management skills. This opens up career opportunities in a variety of fields, like care management and patient account management. Students also get to take some courses in healthcare entrepreneurship, a field that isn't often studied in similar associate degrees.

    Program Highlights:

    Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Management Technology

    • Credits: 66-70
    • Length: About 2 years
    • Cost: $76/credit in-state | $268/credit out-of-state
    • Mode: Hybrid
    • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    15/1
    Online
    Student %
    77%
    2Bossier Parish Community CollegeBossier City, LAPublic$1

    Anyone considering an associate degree in healthcare management should consider the program from Bossier Parish Community College. Designed to be completed in two years, the program's curriculum consists of courses like introduction to healthcare management, financial management, and healthcare informatics. It also includes courses in health studies, like medical terminology and perspectives on aging. For added flexibility, all classes are offered online and virtual class assignments can be completed whenever suits a student's schedule.

    Program Highlights:

    Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Management

    • Credits: 60
    • Length: About 2 years
    • Cost: $138.96/credit
    • Mode: Online
    • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    27/1
    Online
    Student %
    76%
    3Columbus State Community CollegeColumbus, OHPublic$1

    Columbus State Community College offers a short, high-quality certificate in healthcare management. Because this program is shorter than an associate degree, it's ideal for anyone looking to dip their toes into the field without committing to a longer program. In this certificate program, students enroll in classes like healthcare resource management, HR management for health services, and risk management in healthcare. To make the degree more flexible, all of the courses are offered online.

    Program Highlights:

    Healthcare Manager Certificate

    • Credits: 14
    • Length: 2 semesters
    • Cost: $177.93/credit
    • Mode: Online
    • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
    Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    18/1
    Online
    Student %
    87%
    4Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeMilwaukee, WIPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    9/1
    Online
    Student %
    60%
    5Southeastern Technical CollegeVidalia, GAPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    9/1
    Online
    Student %
    57%
    6Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeGranite Falls, MNPublic$2Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    17/1
    Online
    Student %
    48%
    7West Georgia Technical CollegeWaco, GAPublic$1Academic
    Counseling
    Yes
    Career
    Placement
    Yes
    Student/
    Faculty Ratio
    20/1
    Online
    Student %
    62%

    Profiling an Online Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management

    Getting a behind-the-scenes look at a real online program’s curriculum and format can be incredibly helpful as you research degree options. We’ve provided just that in the following school profile of an accredited university with an online bachelor’s degree in healthcare management.

    Thomas Jefferson University

    Thomas Jefferson University

    Jefferson is a private institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and serves approximately 7,800 students.

    Remote students at Jefferson can pursue an online bachelor’s degree in health services management. The program helps students develop the necessary management and leadership skills to make a positive impact on professional settings in hospitals, government agencies, and clinics.

    Healthcare management students need 120 credits for graduation. Learners follow eight-week course schedules and typically complete their degree in two to three years. Required professional education courses include elements of organization, learning with technology, economic decision-making, evaluating statistical data, leadership theory, and ethical practices.

    Online students pay the same tuition rates whether they live in-state or out-of-state. Jefferson alums typically move on to careers as health information managers, clinical directors, program coordinators, and healthcare financial managers. Interested students only need to submit official copies of their high school transcripts and an online application for consideration application.

    Accreditation and the Online Healthcare Management Bachelor’s

    While researching schools for your online health management bachelor’s degree, be sure that the school holds some type of official accreditation from a recognized accrediting body, such as the Higher Learning Commission. The accrediting bodies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and review educational institutions on a regular basis. In most scenarios, when colleges and universities meet certain high academic standards according to the accrediting bodies, they receive regional or national accreditation.

    Of the two designations, regional accreditation is widely considered to be the most prestigious. When you attended a school with regional accreditation, you can rest assured that you are receiving a top education and will earn credentials that can help you advance your career. Students with degrees from non-accredited schools may have trouble locating employment after finishing their programs and are subject to substandard or questionable educational quality.

    In some cases, depending on the degree or field, individual programs may possess program-specific accreditation, commonly referred to as programmatic accreditation. Healthcare management programs can receive programmatic accreditation from multiple organizations. Some of the more notable accreditations in this field come from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    Accreditation-mobile

    Understanding the Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management

    Every online bachelor’s program in healthcare management has something different to offer. It is important that you do your research in advance so you can make an informed decision and choose the school that best supports your needs. Read some of the key questions and answers every prospective student needs to know before you apply.

    What will you learn when earning an online healthcare management bachelor’s degree?

    The curricula for healthcare management bachelor’s programs can vary between schools. Colleges and universities will likely possess overlapping, common courses while simultaneously offering unique specialty courses. This list will give you an idea of what to expect while pursuing your bachelor’s degree in the field.

    Healthcare Systems

    This introductory class helps students understand the political aspects of the healthcare system. Students examine modern issues pertaining to healthcare costs, quality of care, and access to treatment. The class covers current healthcare policies and case studies to help students hone their critical thinking skills and further their understanding of the system.

    Clinical Issues in Healthcare Management

    Students in this class study the relationship between healthcare managers, patients, and healthcare providers. Faculty ensure that students understand contemporary aspects of the healthcare industry and explore the system organization and financing. Most courses in this area spend a significant amount of time exploring medical technology and the future of healthcare in the U.S.

    Healthcare Quality and Data

    Students in this class learn about the various methods researchers use to understand the quality of care in hospitals and other care facilities. Students learn about the mechanics of hospital quality evaluation, explore the history of healthcare outcomes analyses, and learn to use statistical analysis with data collection systems.

    Healthcare Law

    This advanced course helps students explore the ethical, regulatory, and legal issues that healthcare professionals deal with on a regular basis. Faculty help students understand the role that law plays in the quality, delivery, and organization of healthcare practices today. Many courses in this area also focus on how to protect human rights for those receiving care through the U.S. system.

    Strategic Management Healthcare Organizations

    Professionals in healthcare management roles must be prepared to handle the planning, logistics, and management components of working in today’s modern system. This course helps learners develop strategic leadership skills and understand current issues in the workplace related to sexual harassment policies, rising benefit costs, and diversity training.


    The skills you acquire in a healthcare management bachelor’s program are widely valued both inside and outside of the healthcare industry. Developing these skills in an academic setting can help you prepare for a career in healthcare management, and/or for advanced study at the master’s level. These include:

    • Written and verbal communication
    • Critical thinking and analysis
    • Team and project management
    • Administrative and leadership
    • Active listening and decision-making

    What concentrations are available in healthcare management programs?

    Depending on the program, your college or university may offer concentrations as part of your healthcare management degree. These pre-set tracks allow learners to develop a specialized body of knowledge and specific skill set. Concentrations or specialized tracks of study will vary between schools, but may include:

    Healthcare Informatics

    Students pursuing a healthcare management degree with a concentration in healthcare informatics engage with a curriculum that combines cognitive science, information science, computer science, and healthcare sciences. Students can develop specialized skills in digital asset management and electronic health records. Additionally, faculty incorporate training in the security and privacy issues commonly encountered by professionals in today’s healthcare information systems.

    Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

    With this concentration, healthcare management students study strategic planning, patient advocacy, economics, and decision-making as it pertains to the modern healthcare system. Courses in this concentration typically include classes that investigate ethical and legal issues in the field, healthcare quality management, and the role of healthcare administrators in quality control.

    Gerontology Management

    In addition to learning more about the U.S. healthcare system, students with a gerontology management concentration can focus on regulations and management, operations, and care structures for aging populations. Learners in this area typically possess a special interest in the medical needs of older patients, including the financial and social considerations that come with working with this population.

    How long does it take to earn a healthcare management bachelor’s degree online?

    In most cases, a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management takes full-time students approximately four years to complete. Learners who enroll as part-time students can typically expect to add an additional two years of time to finish degree requirements. The duration of your program depends largely on your availability to take classes each semester, if courses are available during the summer semester, your enrollment status, and if you possess any eligible transfer credits before entering a program.

    The bachelor’s degree in healthcare management is often a four-year degree for students enrolled in a program that follows a traditional, synchronous semester schedule. Degree-seekers in online programs with self-paced, asynchronous courses may be able to complete coursework more quickly compared to those following a traditional schedule. Alternatively, some colleges and universities offer test-out exams. In these scenarios, students take a general exam and receive college credit for the information they already know in the field. By acquiring credits through this exam, or transferring credits from previously earned coursework, bachelor’s students in healthcare management may be able to finish their degree more quickly that they originally anticipated.

    How much does an online healthcare management bachelor’s cost?

    The short answer is, it varies. Even if you attend a fully online program, costs depend on where you live, especially if a school charges different tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students. Furthermore, students who are enrolled in a program for a longer duration may end up paying more tuition money in the long run despite having completed the same number of required credits.

    One of the most significant factors in the cost of a college education is financial aid and funding. Students who receive monetary awards, especially scholarships or grants, can greatly reduce their out-of-pocket expenses for their bachelor’s degree. To find the cost of a specific online bachelor’s in healthcare management, locate a school in the ranking section above and visit its tuition and fees page for more information.

    Funding Your Online Healthcare Management Degree

    Paying for college may seem tough, but many financial aid options exist for online students today. Prospective college students need to prioritize securing financing for their education, and do so before they begin taking courses. Scholarships and grants are especially advantageous for college students, but there are additional funding options to consider. The section below highlights the most popular ways that bachelor’s students in healthcare management get the funding they need.

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    Scholarships

    Scholarships are a great way to fund your healthcare management degree. When researching, make sure you look for both internal and external scholarships. With internal scholarships, your college or university may reserve awards for students in your department. With external sources, private organizations or individuals will offer scholarship money to students based on any number of criteria. These awards can be merit- or need-based, reserved for students of particular ethnicities or backgrounds, or dedicated to learners pursuing an education in a particular field. Check out our scholarships page for more information.

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    Financial aid

    Regardless of their financial situation, healthcare management students should submit a FAFSA, or free application for federal student aid. By submitting the FAFSA, the government is able to determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid. Aid may come in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study programs. Many students benefit from these programs and receive monetary awards that do not need to be repaid. Visit our financial aid page for additional guidance.

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    Loans

    Unlike scholarships and grants, the financial aid that you receive in the form of loans needs to be repaid with interest. The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Loan program allows undergraduate students to borrow between $5,500 and $12,500 per year. Loans may also come from private sources such as financial institutions, banks, and individuals. More often than not, it’s better for a student to take on a loan through the federal government than through a private source.

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    Work-Study Programs

    Work-study programs provide students with part-time jobs while they pursue their education. Students must demonstrate financial need and use the funds to offset the cost of their education. Healthcare management students in work-study positions typically find community service-focused positions in their field of study. Both full- and part-time students can obtain these positions. Prospective students should check with their home department or financial aid office to see if their school participates in this program.

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    Grants

    Grant money may come from various sources, including the federal or state government, your college or university, and private or nonprofit organizations. These financial awards are intended to offset the cost of your education and do not need to be repaid. Grants are usually based on your level of financial need. A popular need-based grant for undergraduate learners through the federal government is the Pell Grant.

    What’s Next? After Your Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management

    Maybe you already know (or kind of know) which careers you can pursue with a bachelor’s in healthcare management. Or, maybe you haven’t hopped online and done the research quite yet. Whichever sounds like you, it’s important to thoroughly explore, learn, and understand all your career options well before you have that bachelor’s degree in hand. Let’s take a closer look at what’s after graduation in healthcare management.

    Do you need a special license or certification to work or advance?

    While rare for healthcare management professionals, depending on where you wish to work, you might need a special license or certification. Requirements vary within the field and across states. For example, some facilities or state may ask you to complete a training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and pass a certification exam. Exams are typically administered by an agency such as the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management (PAHCOM). There are no universal licenses or blanket certifications for professionals in healthcare management, and it’s solely dependent upon your career trajectory.

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    healthcare management

    What can you do with a healthcare management bachelor’s?

    A bachelor’s degree in healthcare management can open doors to a number of employment opportunities. New graduates can find employment as quality and improvement managers, health insurance managers, managed care representatives, population health manager, and more. Professionals who are new to the field often start out as administrative assistants or department leaders. After establishing yourself and gaining documented work experience in the field, you may be able to move on to upper-level and managerial roles.

    This diverse bachelor’s degree can also prepare you for additional education and serves as a stepping stone toward a master’s or doctoral program. Graduate degrees allow you specialize, diversify your career options, and increase your earning potential. After earning a master’s degree in healthcare management, you can seek out administrative and managerial roles as clinic managers, operations officers, facility managers, and health services managers. Students who pursue a doctorate in the field often prepare for research and teaching positions at colleges and universities.

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    bachelors degree in healthcare management

    How much can you earn with a bachelor’s in healthcare management?

    Professionals in healthcare, including those in healthcare management, can earn substantial salaries with a bachelor’s degree. Many established healthcare managers find entry-level positions starting at an average of around $60,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the appropriate training and work experience, healthcare management degree-holders can earn salaries in the low six figures. According to Payscale, healthcare program directors at major companies earn between $88,000-125,000 per year. Your location, education, and work experience all affect your earning potential. The following table shows the spectrum of salaries, based on education, experience, and location for medical and health services managers.

    Area NameEmploymentEntry-LevelEarly CareerMid-CareerExperiencedLate Career
    Alabama3,240$55,240$70,500$90,500$119,740$157,040
    Alaska1,100$64,180$76,370$99,040$130,340$187,660
    Arizona8,160$55,720$73,140$97,520$131,090$201,860
    Arkansas4,900$49,330$60,380$74,920$96,490$126,280
    California34,510$60,240$82,300$116,080$153,740$200,340
    Colorado5,460$62,980$81,650$108,660$138,030$181,790
    Connecticut5,510$75,350$90,020$109,600$146,560-
    Delaware1,040$71,720$89,800$114,480$147,450-
    District of Columbia1,580$83,240$103,360$127,960$164,210-
    Florida-$54,850$72,010$95,740$126,230$182,690
    Georgia8,790$57,620$74,110$96,220$126,510$184,680
    Hawaii1,640$65,660$88,620$114,490$146,490$185,400
    Idaho2,070$48,380$63,810$86,160$112,730$141,840
    Illinois14,050$65,350$80,870$103,700$136,860$205,890
    Indiana7,350$54,590$69,960$90,410$117,700$156,360
    Iowa6,670$53,270$63,300$77,120$97,590$126,090
    Kansas3,890$54,880$68,680$85,610$107,390$140,990
    Kentucky5,000$53,360$66,850$83,550$105,400$135,950
    Louisiana4,540$59,820$73,200$90,840$111,250$149,790
    Maine2,000$60,840$71,670$87,010$104,280$132,380
    Maryland11,210$74,210$91,390$113,150$144,880$198,360
    Massachusetts15,380$65,590$84,960$113,690$157,710-
    Michigan11,960$57,090$71,980$94,540$126,130$191,890
    Minnesota8,220$65,870$78,970$100,090$126,460$163,050
    Mississippi3,010$47,380$61,860$80,950$106,670$151,880
    Missouri6,840$61,160$77,980$98,370$127,540$177,860
    Montana1,430$55,950$69,850$87,060$110,040$141,500
    Nebraska2,790$59,470$75,200$96,490$122,430$164,860
    Nevada2,360$65,040$88,600$113,310$136,120$179,720
    New Hampshire1,910$64,140$77,850$98,290$130,210$174,710
    New Jersey11,260$82,290$93,490$111,260$129,750$161,270
    New Mexico1,640$67,540$83,090$102,100$135,730-
    New York25,830$74,030$94,060$123,100$164,210-
    North Carolina9,230$70,230$82,650$101,020$129,820$183,500
    North Dakota920$63,450$77,190$99,770$126,860$169,840
    Ohio14,760$57,270$71,860$91,300$118,700$154,540
    Oklahoma6,450$46,750$59,860$79,040$104,050$139,750
    Oregon4,680$63,010$81,870$105,690$138,800$187,220
    Pennsylvania16,410$53,360$67,600$87,790$114,630$148,730
    Rhode Island1,660$71,180$88,660$112,490$147,680-
    South Carolina5,470$51,400$66,960$86,920$114,260$153,900
    South Dakota730$68,540$83,720$101,340$121,590$144,740
    Tennessee10,320$51,960$67,780$89,050$118,140$161,900
    Texas30,010$51,430$71,120$95,590$123,070$163,250
    Utah3,560$49,620$67,080$89,900$123,090$167,810
    Vermont1,060$55,320$69,120$86,640$116,620$160,760
    Virgin Islands120$47,860$60,280$76,480$102,220$177,940
    Virginia7,650$65,310$85,180$104,010$133,610$171,800
    Washington6,950$59,160$79,600$107,270$135,340$189,310
    West Virginia1,610$60,070$76,700$96,920$125,010$169,030
    Wisconsin6,250$68,270$82,620$98,600$122,790$154,840
    Wyoming850$62,210$73,700$91,730$115,470$144,870
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    Continuing Education & Related Degrees

    After your bachelor’s degree in healthcare management, you may think about pursuing a master’s. Perhaps you want to diversify your employment options or increase your earning potential in healthcare management-related occupations. On the other hand, you may be interested in pivoting into a related career with a second degree program. Take a look at a few of the most popular next steps for students with a bachelor’s in healthcare management, or, if you’re still not sold on that path, some related degrees that could be up your alley.

    Continuing Education

    Continuing Education

    Online MBA in Healthcare Management

    This MBA is a two-year degree that prepares students for more advanced and upper-level work in healthcare management. Coursework includes training in business practices, managerial economics, quantitative analysis, and strategic marketing. Depending on where you work, you may handle day-to-day operations, facilities management, and even accounting-related tasks. With this degree, you can find opportunities to work in nursing facilities, hospitals, and ambulatory healthcare service organizations, for example.

    Related Degrees

    Related Degrees

    Healthcare Administration

    In more traditional scenarios, healthcare administrators work in leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, and other care facilities. They typically deal with staffing and organizational issues and work directly with personnel. These professionals typically need a master’s degree or higher to secure administrative or leadership roles. You will likely need a master’s in healthcare administration for these upper-level positions. Alternatively, students can prepare for careers in this area with an MBA with a concentration in healthcare.

    Healthcare Administration Bachelor’s

    A bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration prepares professionals for many important behind-the-scenes jobs in the healthcare industry. You may be able to pursue entry-level positions as private practice office managers, care facility administrative assistants, medical reimbursement specialists, healthcare consultants, or healthcare human resource manager. With experience and time, professionals with bachelor’s degrees in healthcare administration may be able to move on to more senior positions as hospital department managers, government policymakers, facility project managers, insurance contract negotiators, and more.