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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 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:
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.
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 technology 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 18% through 2028 for medical and health services managers.2 Median annual salaries for this role, which vary by region and responsibility, were $99,730 in May 2018.2
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:
Students interested in focusing their career solely in the area of health information management are encouraged to consider a health information management degree program.
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 18% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 Median annual salaries for this type of role, which vary by region and responsibility, were $99,730 in May 2018.2
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.
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 18% through 2028 – which is much faster than the average for all occupations.2
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 director, executives and other leaders versed in the best practices of both healthcare and management.2 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:
Health administration professionals work in a variety of settings, including:
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 $99,730 in May 2018.2
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 MS in Healthcare Administration, an MBA in Healthcare Management or an MS in Management with a concentration in Healthcare if it aligns with your career goals.
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:
As an 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.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
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.
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:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
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:
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
General education program: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. 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.
Earn credits for what you already know: Did you know certain work and life experience – like industry-recognized certifications, law enforcement training and math knowledge – could save you time and money at SNHU? Learn how you could get credit for work or life experience.
Total Credits: 120
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.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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.”
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:
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.2 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:
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.
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 will grow 18% through 2028 – much faster than the increase in jobs across all industries.2 That's an additional 71,600 positions that could be created in that time.
In 2018, one third of medical and health services managers worked in hospitals.2 Other large employers include physicians' offices, nursing and residential care facilities, government and outpatient care centers.2
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:
Only you can make the decision on which factors can help you make your decision.
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:
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:
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:
This online health administration degree well prepares you to become a decision maker regarding the planning, directing and coordination of health services.
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 here 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:
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.
In May 2018, according to the BLS, the median annual wage for these roles was $99,730.2 The highest 10% of workers earned more than $182,600.3
Within popular industries, the BLS reports median annual salaries as:3
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.2
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.
* According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (viewed online Oct. 8, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
3National Practitioner Data Bank, Definitions, on the Internet, at https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/guidebook/CDefinitions.jsp (viewed online Oct. 8, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
4National 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 online Oct. 8, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
5U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Laws and Regulations, on the internet, at https://www.hhs.gov/regulations/index.html (viewed online Oct. 8, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
6Joint Learning Network, Connecting Health Information Systems for Better Health, on the internet, at https://jln1.pressbooks.com/ (viewed online Oct. 8, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.