Earn a Healthcare Administration Degree
- $320/credit (120 total credits)
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Aligned with the Association of University Programs
in Health Administration (AUPHA)
- Accredited by NECHE
- 24/7 online access to the classroom
- Median annual salary of $104,280 for healthcare
Online Healthcare Administration Degree Program Overview
Healthcare administration professionals make decisions every day that help improve the lives of patients. Position yourself to become one of the decision-makers when you earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Healthcare Administration degree online at Southern New Hampshire University.
Healthcare leaders are responsible for planning, directing and coordinating health services and working closely with medical staff to positively impact patient care. Not only is working in healthcare rewarding, but it's one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the country.
Developed to align with the curriculum principles established by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), our online health administration degree equips you with the knowledge and skills to develop your career in leading healthcare organizations such as hospitals, physician offices, care facilities and other healthcare organizations.
Learn how to:
- Communicate with stakeholders
- Make decisions based on financial and economic data
- Create strategic plans and enhance operations
- Improve effectiveness of systems through data-based recommendations
- Assess policies and regulations for ethical decision-making
- Promote dynamic organizational cultures
You can also choose from career-focused concentrations to tailor your program more closely to your goals. Concentrations include: health information management and patient safety & quality.
Health Information Management
With an online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Health Information Management, you'll focus on the integration of technology in healthcare organizations. As a graduate of one of our specialized healthcare administration programs, you'll be equipped to identify and implement business rules to develop effective medical information management systems, especially in supervisory positions.
Our specialized healthcare administration bachelor’s in health information management is ideal for students seeking managerial roles. Healthcare organizations can benefit from the use of healthcare data and its application to decision-making.
The health information management concentration keys in on areas administrators may need to understand more deeply, such as computerized diagnostic and treatment equipment, health insurance changes, record management systems, data-processing technology and activity reports on a variety of programs and services.
The curriculum for this healthcare administration bachelor's in health information management combines technical knowledge with our healthcare administration program's core, which zeroes in on business, ethics and policy. You'll focus on long- and short-term planning, operations, maintenance and forecasting in healthcare organizations. Courses are taught by leading professionals in the healthcare administration and IT fields.
Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States, as well as the second-largest employer. That's why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth of 32% through 2029 for medical and health services managers.1 Median annual salary for this role, which varies by region and responsibility, was $104,280 in May 2020.1
A healthcare administration bachelor's in health information management positions graduates for managerial roles such as first-line supervisors, business intelligence analysts, administrative services managers and quality control systems managers.
Courses may include:
- Communication and Technologies
- Healthcare Data Management
- Healthcare IT Infrastructure and Network Management
Students interested in focusing their career solely in the area of health information management are encouraged to consider a health information management degree program.
Patient Safety & Quality
As more people require the services of the healthcare field over the next few decades, increased attention will be put on patient safety. In this fast-growing industry, there's a need to focus on compliance, analysis and development of quality healthcare. Interpreting information on how patients are treated helps create needed change in policies and assists in preventing errors in the future.
By earning a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Patient Safety and Quality, you'll learn basic management practices that focus on the patient experience, improving medical outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.
The quality of patient care is one of the most important initiatives currently facing the industry. In response, we worked with specialists in the field to develop this patient safety and quality healthcare program, one of only a few baccalaureate-level healthcare administration degrees of its kind.
Coursework in the patient safety and quality healthcare administration degree program focuses on leadership, risk identification and analysis, data management and cultural change. Throughout your studies, you’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of healthcare administration while learning how to take on the patient advocacy role that a growing number of consumers require for their well-being.
An aging population has created a hiring boom in the healthcare industry. Employment of medical and health services managers could see growth of 32% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 Median annual salaries for this type of role, which vary by region and responsibility, were $104,280 in May 2020.1
With a degree in patient safety and quality healthcare, you'll possess the skills to be considered for positions such as compliance director, patient safety representative, patient safety manager, and quality and patient safety specialist, becoming the voice for patients across organizations.
Courses may include:
- Healthcare Regulatory Compliance and Accreditation
- Patient Safety Systems and Strategies
- Performance Improvement Measurement and Methodologies
The demand is high for educated and experienced healthcare administration professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% through 2029 – which is much faster than the average for all occupations.1
In order to support the professionals on the frontlines of patient care, BLS predicts that there will be "greater needs" in the healthcare industry for managers and administrators, as well as directors, executives and other leaders versed in the best practices of both healthcare and management.1 These are the professionals who will manage the people, resources, operations and policies that comprise dynamic healthcare organizations and systems.
As a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University's BS in Healthcare Administration program, you'll have the knowledge required to step into diverse professional or supervisory roles, including:
- Community health manager
- Health policy analyst
- Health promotion specialist
- Health services manager
- Medical services administrator
Health administration professionals work in a variety of settings, including:
- Behavioral health organizations
- Consulting firms
- Governmental healthcare agencies
- Health insurance companies
- Long-term care facilities
- National health associations
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Physician offices
Although salaries can vary by region and responsibility, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that professionals in these occupations earned a median annual salary of $104,280 in May 2020.1
Some roles in healthcare administration may require an advanced degree. As you finish your bachelor's degree program, you may want to consider earning an online master's in healthcare administration, an MBA in Healthcare Management or an online master's in management with a concentration in Healthcare if it aligns with your career goals.
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Healthcare Administration Degree
Why SNHU for Your Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country, plus financial aid for those who qualify.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
As a Southern New Hampshire University student, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 peers, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
A benefit to earning your health administration degree online is that you have the option to continue on at Southern New Hampshire University: Among healthcare master's degree programs is the MS in Healthcare Administration, an achievement preferred by many employers.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
- Completing a free undergraduate application
- Providing previous institutions attended – so we can retrieve transcripts for you at no cost
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
Courses and Curriculum
By aligning with the curriculum principles set forth by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), we position you to earn a bachelor's in healthcare administration that meets a standard of excellence in both the healthcare field and in higher education.
The healthcare administration classes within this program were created to meet AUPHA's four competencies:
- Computational skills
- Critical thinking
- Societal and cultural context
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
- General education courses: All online bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
- Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
- Save time and tuition: Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment with our Pathways to Math Success assessments.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|BS in Healthcare Administration|
|Courses May Include|
|BS in Healthcare Administration Online|
|HCM 320||Healthcare Economics||Learn about the standard economic principles and tools that healthcare administrators need to utilize for effective decision making within the healthcare industry. Explores a framework for understanding government policies, legislation, pricing, profitability, market supply and demand, and risk issues within the healthcare economic system.|
|HCM 325||Healthcare Marketing||This course explores key marketing concepts that the healthcare leader needs to understand to plan and implement an effective marketing strategy. The concepts explored include the marketing process, needs assessment, developing marketing campaigns and evaluating efficacy of marketing efforts.|
|HCM 340||Healthcare Delivery Systems||This course provides an overview of the nature, organization, and function of the continuum of health services found in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the interrelation of cultural, economic, political and social aspects of health care delivery at the federal, state and local level. Topics include health care costs, accessibility of services, governmental influence on health care delivery, private industry role in health care, services for the medically indigent and elderly, ethical issues regarding transplants, reproductive technology, end of life decisions and funding.|
|HCM 345||Healthcare Reimbursement||This course explores some of the major issues facing the healthcare industry and the effect that public policy and business environment has on a healthcare organization. Emphasis is on supply and demand theory, reimbursement systems, managed care, charge-master management, Case-mix management, DRG prospective payment, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, governmental regulations, accessibility, eligibility, budgeting, and planning. Students learn to use informational and research tools to make effective management decisions.|
|HCM 400||Healthcare Finance||This course provides an overview of the two main areas of Healthcare Finance, accounting and financial management. Topics explore include the healthcare financial environment, financial accounting principles, managerial accounting principles, financial management, long-term financing and capital investments.|
|HCM 415||Healthcare Strategic Management and Policy||This course examines the complex and intricate nature of the U.S. healthcare system and its implication for healthcare organizations and the populations served. Topics include the organization of healthcare, access to care and disparities, quality of care, funding, healthcare reform and impact for strategic planning for healthcare organizations.|
|HCM 440||Healthcare Research and Evaluation Methodologies||Students in this course will develop the knowledge and skills to apply assessment instruments, data collection, research designs, and statistical analysis for needs assessment and program planning. Additionally students will explore contextual issues surrounding evaluation, evaluation designs and methodological issues pertinent to programmatic evaluation.|
|HCM 490||Healthcare Administration Capstone||The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired throughout their course work in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated program outcomes of their degree program in Healthcare Administration.|
|IHP 330||Principles of Epidemiology||Learn basic principles of epidemiology with emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Examine specific epidemiology tools used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. Consider methods for managing the health of populations, understanding the factors that influence population health, and strategies that healthcare organizations and systems can use to control these factors.|
|IHP 410||Population Health and Cultural Competence||This course explores a population-based approach to understanding disease management, chronic care management, and health policy making. It explores how behavioral factors, social circumstances and environmental exposures affects a population and how to mitigate these factors using culturally relevant approaches to create a culture of wellness.|
|IHP 420||Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare||Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.|
|IHP 430||Healthcare Quality Management||The goal of this course is to introduce students to the management of operations and explore how healthcare organizations can use advance methods to improve healthcare processes, delivery, and outcomes. Specific focus will be on analyzing cycle times (e.g., patient wait times), measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and generally improving health management processes and health outcomes. The process improvement will be measured by how it can improve quality of care and safety of healthcare delivery, reduce waste, and reduce costs. The role of technology and innovative approaches in improving continuing quality improvement in healthcare delivery will be presented.|
|OL 125||Human Relations in Administration||The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.|
|OL 211||Human Resource Management||This course examines the fundamentals of policies and administration. Major tasks of procedures and developing, maintaining and utilizing an effective team are studied. Students are introduced to international human resource management.|
|OL 342||Organizational Behavior||This course focuses on the primary factors that influence behavior in organizations. Emphasis is placed on leadership, group dynamics, inter- group dynamics, organizational structure and design, change, culture, power and politics, environment and technology and organizational behavior in an international context. Offered every year. Writing and team intensive course. Junior standing or permission of instructor.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Undergraduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 30 credits|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration?
A bachelor's in healthcare administration can help you develop your managerial skills, helping lead processes and staff for various units, floors, departments or an entire facility within a healthcare setting, explained Dr. Toni Clayton, associate dean of healthcare professions at Southern New Hampshire University.
The BS in Healthcare Administration ultimately helps you improve patient care and the patient experience at your organization.
“Healthcare administrators support policies and processes for the delivery of care and services that impact our patient populations,” Clayton said. “It requires leaders to apply healthcare principles and methodologies as they manage people and processes.”
What can I do with a healthcare administration degree?
With your bachelor's in healthcare administration, you position yourself for leadership roles in facilities, clinical departments and medical practices.
Dr. Toni Clayton, associate dean of healthcare professions at Southern New Hampshire University, said that those with a healthcare administration degree could work in places like:
- Ambulatory care and nursing homes
- Centers for Disease Control
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Department of Health
- Federally qualified health centers
- Hospice services
- Mental health organizations
- Physician practices
- Rehabilitation centers
- State and local agencies
- Universities and research institutions
Dig deeper into these organizations to realize just what that entails: the oversight of admission, emergency services, surgical services, patient financial services, laboratory services, rehabilitation services, pharmacy and wellness, Clayton said.
Today, professionals in healthcare management often combine their credentials with work experience in a healthcare facility, according to BLS.1 Yet there are myriad healthcare settings – government, independent, nonprofit and commercial – that could benefit from the expertise of an employee with a degree in healthcare management. For that reason, healthcare manager, administrator, director and executive jobs and positions are regularly found at:
- Healthcare entities and providers: These include aforementioned settings such as hospitals, physicians' groups or practitioners' offices, nursing and residential care facilities, hospices, outpatient care centers, clinics and similar organizations, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).3 Recently, however, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase and Apple entered this space and are disrupting traditional healthcare provider models by forming independent healthcare companies for their employees.
- Healthcare suppliers and vendors: The people, agencies or companies – other than providers – that furnish goods, supplies, equipment and services used in patient care and treatment, also as defined by NPDB.3
- Pharmaceutical, biotech, biomedical and related industries: These are the companies that research, develop, design and manufacture new treatments, medicines and cures, as well as the medical and surgical devices, equipment, software and applications used in healthcare.
- Health insurance companies: Commercial or private market health insurance coverage can be confusing "both to policymakers and to employers and enrollees," noted the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).4 Some of the complexity stems from the multiple health plans and systems involved, including health maintenance organizations (HMO), preferred provider organizations (PPO), exclusive provider organizations (EPOs) and point-of-service (POS).
- Education: College and universities, some of which are affiliated with teaching hospitals and other health facilities, are educating and training the next generation of healthcare managers. Working for post-secondary education programs usually requires an advanced degree.
- Government agencies: Numerous health and human services, social services and public health services are administered and managed at the local, state and federal level. Agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also help create laws and regulations governing healthcare and public policy.5
In most all of the above-mentioned settings, a professional with a healthcare management degree can expect to work with some or all of the key stakeholders, defined as the 4 Ps by the Joint Learning Network: patients, providers, payers and policy-makers.6
Read more about why healthcare administration may make sense for you.
Are healthcare administrators in demand?
Yes. As baby boomers – the largest generation – continue to reach retirement age and require more services, the need for more qualified health professionals will continue to grow.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for medical and health services managers could grow 32% through 2029 – much faster than the increase in jobs across all industries.1 That's an additional 133,200 positions that could be created in that time.
In 2018, one-third of medical and health services managers worked in hospitals.1 Other large employers include physicians' offices, nursing and residential care facilities, government and outpatient care centers.1
What is the best online school for healthcare administration?
What's right for your goals and your life may not be what works for other students. The "best" online school is the one that meets your needs.
What are you looking for in a college that offers its healthcare administration degrees online? You'll want to initiate a discussion with your admission counselor about whether we offer everything you want in an online college. Some things that are specific to our health administration degree include:
- Curriculum. Review the courses in your major to determine if they can help you take your career in the direction you want to go.
- Experiential learning opportunities. Hands-on experience can not only help prepare you and give you confidence for your career, but it can also help add depth to your resume. Take advantage of opportunities that come your way, like the HEaRT Challenge.
- Value. You'll see a return on your investment when you enroll in our online health administration degree program, which has some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. In addition, you can lower your costs further by transferring up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree.
- Specializations. What's best for you also might mean earning a more focused health administration degree. We offer 2 concentrations for our program: health information management and patient safety and quality. A specialized degree could help you stand out in the job market.
Only you can make the decision on which factors can help you make your decision.
What classes are required for a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration?
The classes you'll take in your healthcare administration degree program help you develop the skills you need to be successful in a variety of healthcare settings.
At SNHU, you can have confidence that what you're learning in your classes is what the healthcare industry wants today: The entire program's curriculum was designed to align with the curriculum principles developed by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
It's important to note our program's alignment with the AUPHA competencies – which the organization has deemed as crucial to have for a healthcare administrator – because these outcomes also line up as critical to have by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA). The HLA is made up of 6 leading professional organizations:
- American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
- American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)
- American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
- Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
- Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
This online health administration degree program can position you for the training and expertise needed to become a leader in the industry. Topics that you'll cover throughout your BS in Healthcare Administration program may include:
- Ethical and legal issues
- Human resources
- Organizational behavior
You'll also have the ability to choose 3 free elective courses so that you can focus on areas of healthcare administration that you're most interested in. Or you could choose to add one of 2 concentrations offered with this major:
- Health Information Management, which gives you insight into better integration of technology in healthcare organizations
- Patient Safety and Quality, which helps you develop more awareness about the relationships between the two and creating techniques to improve them
This online health administration degree well prepares you to become a decision-maker regarding the planning, directing and coordination of health services.
How long does it take to get a degree in healthcare administration?
How long it takes to earn your bachelor's in health administration depends on a number of factors.
If you've attended other colleges in the past, you'll want to transfer in your previously earned credits. SNHU offers students a generous transfer policy, accepting up to 90 credits toward your program here. Our admission team requests all your past transcripts and provides you with a free transfer credit evaluation, so you can see just how many classes you'd need to take at SNHU to finish your program.
You'll also need to think about whether you want to enroll in your program part time or full time. At Southern New Hampshire University, your enrollment status is defined as:
- Part time: 1 class per 8-week term
- Full time: 2 classes per 8-week term
With 6 undergraduate terms a year, you decide exactly when you can earn your degree – because it's on your schedule. Your academic advisor can help you map out your courses so you have a plan in place to reach your goals.
How much do you make in healthcare administration?
In May 2020, according to the BLS, the median annual wage for these roles was $104,280.1 The highest 10% of workers earned more than $195,630.1
Within popular industries, the BLS reports median annual salaries as1:
- Government: $116,380
- Hospitals: $112,870
- Outpatient care centers: $100,690
- Physicians' offices: $94,240
- Nursing and residential care facilities: $89,880
In addition, medical and health services managers' median annual wages surpass that of all other management occupations combined: The BLS reports that managers in the health services managers earn almost $10,000 more than all other managers.1
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Sources & Citations (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
1Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (viewed May 19, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2According to more than 9,200 SNHU online students in survey responses from the fall of 2019.
3 National Practitioner Data Bank, Definitions, on the Internet, at https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/guidebook/CDefinitions.jsp (viewed May 19, 2021).
4 National Conference of State Legislatures, Health Insurance Plan Types and Definitions, on the internet, at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/health-insurance-plan-types-and-definitions.aspx (viewed May 19, 2021).
5 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Laws and Regulations, on the internet, at https://www.hhs.gov/regulations/index.html (viewed May 19, 2021).
6 Joint Learning Network, Connecting Health Information Systems for Better Health, on the internet, at https://jln1.pressbooks.com/ (viewed May 19, 2021).