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Associates of Science in Healthcare Administration

Program Overview

Healthcare administrators play a vital role in the shifting healthcare paradigm. Administrators ensure quality and access to the best care through knowledge and leadership. An Associates of Science in Healthcare Administration focuses on the healthcare field and prepares students to understand practices that protect patients and maintains proper employee conduct. The curriculum is designed to integrate a foundation of a general education with theory and practice that prepares graduates of the program to enter into a higher level and position in healthcare. Students in the ASHA program are prepared to enter into various careers in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, dental practices as well as other healthcare facilities.

A healthcare administration degree can open up career opportunities in many healthcare facilities, as listed above. Potential occupations can include:

  • Dental and medical assisting
  • Department manager
  • Office finance and accounting
  • Medical records and health information technicians
  • Cardiovascular technician

 

Healthcare is a booming field and ASHA is a step on the path to becoming a healthcare professional. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical and health services managers in the healthcare administration profession is projected to grow 32% through 2029.

Concentrations

The program will provide knowledge of the healthcare system to explain why the healthcare environment operates the way it does. It is designed to provide a broad overview of reimbursement, human resources, management functions, and legal issues, all related to the unique world of healthcare. Students will gain the knowledge of effective oral and written communication along with management perspectives and diverse cultural values and beliefs of patients, families and the healthcare workforce

Skills You’ll Learn

  • Industry Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking
  • Relationship Management
  • Ethical Judgement
  • Communication

 

Scholarships

  • The University of Providence has deeply discounted the tuition for this program in lieu of scholarships. It is recommended that you look at www.fastweb.com for opportunities.

 

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Program Details

Find out all the details you need to earn an Associates of Science in Healthcare Administration degree

Program Format
  • Content delivery: 8-week online courses for working healthcare professionals with short breaks between courses.
  • Length of semesters: Two 8-week terms and a brief break within each semester.
  • Approximate time to complete the course within the major (2 – 3 semesters)
  • Time to complete all coursework in the 60 credit hour Associates degree depends on semester course loads and courses transferred in or needed to meet core, general education, and pre-requisite requirements. Students transferring in with certificates, military credits or high school dual credits must submit all transcripts for evaluation.

 

Program Cost
  • ASHA Tuition Cost: $432 per credit hour
  • The ASHA program has a non-refundable required tuition deposit of $50 to secure admission into the program. This deposit will be applied to the first tuition bill.
Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate effective use of oral and written communication.
  2. Apply a broad understanding of the healthcare system at a basic, introductory level.
  3. Identify tools and strategies to influence the use of technology, data, and information for improving safety, quality, efficiency, and patient-centered care.
  4. Understand legal, regulatory, and management perspectives in healthcare decision making.
  5. Develop an understanding of the diverse cultural values and beliefs of patients and families, as well as those of the healthcare workforce.
Program Curriculum

ASHA MAJOR COURSES

HCA 120 Intro to US Healthcare System

HCA 140 Healthcare Management

HCA 160 Human Resource Management in Healthcare

HCA 180 Legal Issues in Healthcare

HCA 200 Informatics in Healthcare

HCA 260 Communication in Healthcare

ASHA Electives (required)

PSY 220 Sociocultural & Int’l Awareness

60 total Credits are required for all Associate Degree Programs

Employment Forecast

“Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services. The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $100,980 in May 2019.”

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I do with an Associate’s Degree in Healthcare?

Healthcare continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors for job possibilities. There are many positions that do not require a Bachelors or Master’s degree. Many jobs only require a few years of education.

What education do I need to have in order to qualify for an Associate’s degree?

If you have a high school degree or GED you can apply for the program.

How long will it take to get an Associate’s Degree?

If you take at least 2 classes per term, 4 per semester, it should take you approximately 5 semesters. It is your choice to take more or less. The program is flexible.

How are classes set up?

At UP there are semesters made up of 2 8-week terms. You are able to take up to 2 classes per term or 4 classes a semester.

How many credits do I need to take?

A total of 60 credits.

What if I haven’t been in school for many years? Is this a program I can be successful in?

Yes. This is a program that is designed for adults who have not been in school and have busy work and family lives.

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