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Your Questions Answered: Undergraduate Healthcare Administration Programs

Considering a Healthcare Administration Program?

Healthcare administrators play a vital role in the leadership and administrative functions that help facilitate the operations of our nation’s healthcare facilities. Healthcare administrators are well-trained, multi-faceted caregivers who work alongside nurses, physicians, and other frontline healthcare workers to provide quality patient care through ethical leadership and behind-the-scenes support measures.

The University of Providence’s undergraduate healthcare administration programs offer new and returning students the opportunity to learn critical competencies in core healthcare knowledge, health system functionality, healthcare management, and ethical leadership in healthcare administration. Have questions about our undergraduate in healthcare administration programs? Check out these 15 FAQs.

Who is an ideal candidate for our healthcare administration programs?

Our associate and bachelor’s healthcare administration programs are ideal for anyone interested in healthcare, seeking to advance their current career in healthcare, or seeking a career change.


What skills will I be learning as part of the associate’s program?

Associates of Science in Healthcare Administration students will develop an understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, informatics, and technology management. In addition, they will focus on the value of sociocultural awareness when managing patients, families, and the workforce in general.


What skills will I be learning as part of the bachelor’s program?

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration students will train in preparation for management & leadership within healthcare, emphasizing ethical healthcare approaches.


When does enrollment take place?

Students are admitted to our program for spring, summer, and fall admissions. Application deadlines for spring, summer, and fall admission can be found in the chart below.


Spring 2023

December 16, 2022; 11:59 P.M.

Summer 2023

April 21, 2023; 11:59 P.M.

Fall 2023

August 16, 2023; 11:59 P.M.


How are classes held?

The associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are offered online. Courses are administered through a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning. Students meet synchronously with instructors for one virtual class per week. The remaining lectures and coursework are asynchronous.


Where can I seek employment following graduation?

Healthcare administrators are needed in various localities across the healthcare continuum. While healthcare administrators can be found in most healthcare settings, the most common places of employment include hospitals, clinics, long-term care communities, and physicians’ offices.


Why should I apply to the University of Providence’s healthcare administration program?

UPs healthcare administration program is taught BY healthcare professionals FOR healthcare professionals. Our industry-experienced faculty are knowledgeable in the current practices and core competencies required of today’s healthcare administrators, preparing students to meet employers’ needs.


What does the University of Providence’s program have that other programs do not?

We prepare students to meet the current needs of healthcare administrators without the long, drawn-out courses. Our 8-week courses are designed to help students understand and solve current healthcare problems without the burden or impact of a full-length semester.


What is healthcare administration?

Healthcare administration work is primarily un-seen work in healthcare settings. Although unseen, healthcare administrators ensure that caregivers can provide smooth, efficient patient-facing care.


What will a typical day-to-day look like after graduating with this degree?

A typical day-to-day will often depend on an administrator’s role, job title, and seniority level. With a degree in healthcare administration from UP, however, students are prepared for whatever path their career takes them. Students will have a deeper insight and understanding of the healthcare system and how to navigate problems through the critical thinking skills they will learn.


How far up the ladder will a healthcare administration degree get me?

While degrees can help determine a student’s career trajectory, it is not the deciding factor. Graduates of our associate and bachelor-level programs are prepared for entry and mid-level positions in healthcare administration, including some leadership positions. By obtaining a bachelor’s degree, students are well-positioned to receive their MHA, opening the door to higher-level leadership positions.


Will I be able to compete with other candidates with a healthcare administration degree from UP?

Absolutely. The University of Providence is a highly regarded and respected university with 15 health and nursing-focused programs at the certificate, undergraduate, and graduate levels. All programs in our healthcare administration catalog teach students practical skills that employers seek. Students graduate from our programs with the skills needed to immerse themselves in their careers and climb the corporate ladder.


What are some courses I can take to prepare for healthcare administration courses?

Students considering a role in healthcare administration should develop strong proficiency in math, English, and writing. These are all prerequisites for higher-level courses and healthcare administration. Students can obtain these prerequisites through our course offerings or transfer these credits from another institution. A complete list of prerequisite courses and requirements can be found on our website.


What makes a successful student in UPs healthcare administration program?

Our degrees are designed to help students achieve their highest level of success. Engaging with coursework, completing readings, assigned writing assignments, and sharing knowledge through online forms and class assignments are essential to program success. In addition, students should venture out of their comfort zone by looking for new and exciting areas to learn, engage with and grow with the coursework.


What skills do I need to succeed in UPs healthcare administration program?

Students are not required to know any specific healthcare administration skills before enrollment. However, all students should enter the program with an open and curious mind.