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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Program Overview

The University of Providence’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) program is a 38-month undergraduate degree program designed to prepare students to take on leadership positions in healthcare administration. The BSHA program is designed to introduce concepts surrounding management and leadership in healthcare, with program content focusing on providing an essential overview of the healthcare system with an emphasis on the functions of a manager. Graduates of the program will be able to take on mid-level managerial positions or supervisory roles in healthcare.

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is offered alongside UP’s existing catalog of healthcare administration programs, including the Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration, and the Masters in Healthcare Administration degree programs. The BSHA program is taught by passionate, experienced faculty who are invested in helping students reach their professional and educational goals. The program’s curriculum emphasizes a quality education centered around leading healthcare theories and practical strategies to improve operations and create person-centered environments.

 

Program Highlights

  • Graduate Leadership Ready

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program is designed to prepare students for management and leadership roles in healthcare settings. Graduates of our BSHA program go on to serve in leadership roles across small, medium, and large healthcare institutions across the U.S.

  • A Curriculum Targeting Leading Industry Skills

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program focuses on providing students with a comprehensive overview of the healthcare system – with a specific emphasis on planning, organization, leading, and controlling of valuable healthcare resources and current industry knowledge.

  • Designed For Working Professionals

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program is designed for working professionals seeking to advance their current role in healthcare administration or for career changers or starters looking to enter the field for the first time. All curriculum material is offered 100% online.

  • Retroactive Skills Application

Assignments and projects are designed for immediate application in a current healthcare position. Our curriculum and projects are designed to help add a greater depth of understanding to healthcare administration concepts – helping to advance skillsets before graduation.

  • Providence Partnership Tuition Discount

Providence Health & Service Caregivers and their eligible dependents can receive tuition discounts on top of additional employee education benefits through Guild Education Services. For more information on scholarships, financial aid, and more visit the financial services webpage.

 

Program Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program delivers coursework over two, eight-week intensive sessions per semester. In total, students will take four courses over a 16-week traditional semester. Courses in the BSHA program are delivered 100% online with short breaks between each eight-week session. The course layout is designed to meet the needs of working professionals, with classes offered in evening sessions and no midterm or final exams required.

Before starting the program, students are required to complete a virtual program immersion, which will help familiarize students with the curriculum and online software required for completion of the program. Following virtual immersion, students will complete 120 credits of required coursework, including 55 credits applied to the BSHA major. Depending on the number of courses taken by a student, the total completion time from start to finish for the program may vary by student.

Applicants of the BSHA program may be eligible to have previous coursework, certificates, and degree program credits applied toward their Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program. Application of previous earned credits is considered on an individual basis. View an updated list of required Core Credits, and access the required core classes for the BSHA program.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Healthcare Administration Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration Major Credits

The University of Providence Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program courses are designed to prepare students for supervisory positions in healthcare.

Required Healthcare Administration Credits

  • HCA 120: Introduction To The United States Healthcare System (3 Credits)
  • HCA 130: Organizational Behavior In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 140: Healthcare Management (3 Credits)
  • HCA 160: Human Resource Management In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 180: Legal Issues In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 200: Informatics In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 220: Introduction To Healthcare Financial Management (3 Credits)
  • HCA 250: Leadership In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 260: Communication In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 270: Professionalism, Ethics & Values In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 300: Population Health For Healthcare Managers (3 Credits)
  • HCA 320: Introduction To Healthcare Marketing (3 Credits)
  • HCA 330: Quality Management In Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • HCA 340: Health Policy & Economics (3 Credits)
  • HCA 494: Capstone (3 Credits)

 

Required Elective Credits

  • PSY 220: Sociocultural & International Awareness (3 Required Elective Credits)
  • SCS 312: Social Research Methods & Applied Statistics (4 Credits)
  • SOC 366: Poverty & Inequity (3 Required Elective Credits)

 

Healthcare Administration Credits: 45 | Elective Credits: 10 | 55 Total

Program Costs

The University of Providence is committed to affordability and providing pricing transparency for all School of Health Professions programs. Pricing transparency at UP includes:

  • Accessible and up-to-date information on tuition costs, university fees, application and admission fees, deposit amounts, and additional program costs.
  • Cost of attendance worksheets outlining specific tuition layouts by program & semester.
  • Information about scholarship opportunities and tuition discounts for specific groups.
  • Information about the financial aid process.

 

Visit our Tuition and Fees page to access the latest pricing information. Access the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration Estimated Cost Breakdown sheet to view specific pricing information for this degree program, including a cost breakdown by semester and associated program costs. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process.

 

Careers in Healthcare Administration

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration can take on multiple different supervisory positions in healthcare administration. These positions can include healthcare program directors, nursing home administrators, clinical administrators, medical office business managers, and more. Demand for these positions is needed throughout the healthcare continuum, including in hospitals, clinics, private practice offices, insurance companies, and many more.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for Medical and Health Service Managers will increase significantly over the next ten years. The industry is expected to add 136,000 jobs between 2021 and 2031, over five times higher than the national average of five percent. Salaries for graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration can range from $61,000 per year to $100,000 with an average of $74,512. However, individual salaries vary by location, demand, skills, and work experience.

 

Application & Admission Requirements

The University of Providence’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program accepts applications for fall, spring, and summer enrollment. Application deadlines are August 16 each year for fall enrollment, December 20 for spring enrollment, and April 9 for summer enrollment.

For updated information on undergraduate application requirements, deadlines, and program-specific requirements, please visit the University of Providence admissions page. View the following application and admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration below:

Program Application: Applicants must complete an online undergraduate application.

Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit their official high school transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from your high school. Include transcripts from any dual enrollment or other pre-college programs attended, and results of any AP tests you have taken.

Submit official transcript(s) from any university/college where undergraduate coursework was completed. Transcripts can be sent directly to the following address: University of Providence | Admissions | 1301 20th Street South |Great Falls, MT 59405, or may be submitted electronically directly from the institution.

Curriculum Viète / Resume: All applicants must submit a current resume or curriculum viète.

SAT/ACT Scores: The University of Providence’s ACT code is 2410 and the SAT code is 4058. Although providing official test scores is strongly recommended, it is not required to be reviewed for admission.

Tuition Deposit: The ASHA program has a non-refundable tuition deposit of $50, which secures admission into the program. The deposit will be applied to the first tuition bill.

Minimum GPA Requirements: Students applying to the BSHA program must have a minimum GPA of 2.75. If a minimum 2.75 GPA was not achieved in prior high school or college coursework, an additional admission essay and academic review will be required for admission into the program.

Additional Program Information

Skills You'll Learn

Students enrolled in the BSHA program will learn the following skills and more:

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

Discover student outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program:

  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 values/beliefs of patients, families, and global healthcare.
Capstone Experience

What is the BSHA capstone?

The capstone project focuses on pulling together one or more skills learned in the program into a single, focused, quality improvement project based on real-world application in healthcare. The capstone is usually completed as the final course of the BSHA journey and serves as a metric of how students apply program concepts to a real-world, quality improvement project. Students will work closely with real-world supervisors and capstone instructors to complete their capstone project.

 

What to expect during the Capstone

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration capstone project is completed over an 8-week period in coordination with a real-world supervisor and capstone instructor. The capstone is self-paced, with students able to complete required objectives and metrics at their own speed while utilizing weekly meetings to aid in the project’s completion.

 

What are some recent capstone projects:

Here are some examples of previous capstone projects completed by BSHA students:

  • Researching, implementing, reviewing, and discussing language translation devices, multilingual health navigation pages, and other communication modalities to help improve access and understanding of virtual healthcare for non-English speaking patients.
  • Creating an off-the-shelf new employee handbook and orientation guide.
  • Studying effects of Community Navigators on the readmission rate of homeless patients.
  • Researching the effects of positive patient experiences on the time providers spend with them.

 

Recent Graduate Information

Students enrolled in the BSHA program can explore the following career opportunities:

  • Supervisory Roles In Human Resources
  • Hospital / Clinic Department Manager
  • Office Finance & Accounting Manager
  • Health Information Technology Manager
  • Case Manager

Providence Health Service Partnership

Our unique partnership with Providence Health Services allows eligible Providence Caregivers and their dependents to receive a quality education from an accredited university.

Why Choose The University of Providence

At the University of Providence, we have created a program designed to prepare students for a supervisory position in healthcare administration. Our dynamic curriculum offers valuable, in-demand courses tailored to meet the current needs of healthcare administrators while giving students the tools to become lifelong learners in healthcare. Our graduates will not only meet the needs of the current workforce but will be prepared to grow professionally within their desired discipline.

Caregivers can find out more about these benefits by visiting the Heal The World page.

Tuition Discounts & Employer Benefits

Caregivers who enroll in our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program can receive discounted tuition rates as part of our ongoing partnership with Providence Health Services. These incentives allow eligible caregivers and their dependents more ways to save on higher education.

  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per calendar year. This reimbursement is available to eligible caregivers at the start of each year and can be applied toward the MHA program.
  • Direct pay through Guild Education helps eligible caregivers cover most up-front program costs. (Caregivers will be able to utilize this benefit starting in the Spring 2024 enrollment period.)

Caregivers can find out more about these benefits by visiting the Heal The World page.

Start Your Career In Healthcare With A Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration To UP

Start your journey to becoming a healthcare administrator with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration undergraduate program. Our dynamic program curriculum and qualified faculty will provide you with the support and quality education you need to succeed. Enroll in our program today.

Find out more about the program by Requesting Information.

Contact Information

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Mary Amick, Ed.D.

Associate Professor Healthcare Administration

Frankie Lyons, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Health Programs
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