“Continuous learning and professional development are critical today to stay relevant and grow your career.  Investing in yourself can pay back in a number of ways, from increasing your confidence to opening doors to new opportunities. The world is changing rapidly, and there’s no time like the present to embrace the call for development and take your first step.” 

Darci Hall, Chief Learning Officer  |  Providence St Joseph Health


Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration Program is designed as introductory preparation for management and leadership. Program content focuses on providing an essential overview of the healthcare system with emphasis on the functions of a manager (planning, organizing, leading and controlling resources). The leadership components reinforce ethical approaches in healthcare with emphasis on underserved and vulnerable populations.

Graduates of the BSHA degree program will demonstrate the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Apply a broad understanding of the healthcare system across the continuum from delivery of care to individuals to population health initiatives.
  2. Demonstrate professionalism, and effective use of oral and written communication.
  3. Attain competencies and skills needed in healthcare leadership.
  4. Integrate ethical, financial, legal, regulatory, strategic planning, marketing and quality improvement perspectives in healthcare management decision making


  • Application deadline: December 10th, 2020.
  • Registration deadline December 20th, 2020.
  • Online introduction to the learning management system and program entry documents should be completed prior to program immersion.
  • Two online program immersion sessions will be offered in January 2021. Dates and times to be announced. The immersion will familiarize the student with the many resources available to support the educational experience.
  • Financial aid: Students may apply for federal student aid at and have their results sent to the University of Providence (school code 002527).


  • Application: Complete the online application – Click Here
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcript showing completion of a high school diploma or GED must be sent by the high school or agency to the university. Include transcripts from any dual enrollment or pre-college programs. Official transcripts from all colleges or educational programs must be submitted if seeking transfer credits. Transcripts should be sent to the University of Providence via email from the institution, Parchment or the Student Clearinghouse or mailed to University of Providence, 1301 20th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405
  • Official ACT or SAT scores: Official ACT or SAT score report if your score with test date is not recorded on your high school transcript. Our ACT code is 2410, SAT is 4058. Providing official test scores is strongly recommended, but not required to be reviewed for admission. If you have taken either test, it is best to have your scores sent to the University of Providence.
  • Placement Essay: An essay and brief writing self-assessment are included in the application process.
  • APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED: Fall semester, Spring semester & Summer semester


  • BSHA Tuition Cost: $399 per credit hour
  • The BSHA 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.


  • Fees for required materials: Textbooks and applicable internship/facility access requirements
    • Textbooks: Varies by course, please check the University of Providence online bookstore for up to date lists, ISBNs, and costs.
    • Other fees: Internship project location compliance requirements. (See Internship project compliance requirements.)


  • 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 rotation of courses within the major (6 semesters)
  • Time to complete all coursework in the 120 credit hour Bachelor 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 bachelor’s, associate’s, certificate, military credits or high school dual credits must submit all transcripts for evaluation.


As part of the academic program, students participate in a faculty supervised 120-hour internship. Internship experiences have written goals for the experience and final report, reviews, time sheets, performance appraisal by the preceptor, and grades.  Students with healthcare management experience may provide required documentation to request consideration of an internship waiver.

Background checks, drug screen, and proof of immunizations may be required. Requirements are determined by the sites, not by the university, and may change at any time. Students are responsible for meeting all compliance and access requirements.

If the internship site specifies compliance and access requirements, the student will be sent a link to a third-party provider of background screening, drug testing, and compliance management services to complete requirements.  Results of the background check and drug screen, and missing or inadequate proof of immunizations or immunity may affect a student’s ability to participate in an internship project and continued program eligibility.



HCA 120 Intro to US Healthcare System
HCA 130 Org Behavior in Healthcare
HCA 140 Healthcare Management
HCA 150 Leadership in Healthcare
HCA 160 HR Management in Healthcare
HCA 170 Prof, Ethics, & Values in HC Mgt
HCA 180 Legal Issues in Healthcare
HCA 200 Informatics in Healthcare
HCA 220 Intro to Healthcare Fin Mgmt
HCA 240 Health Policy and Economics
HCA 260 Communication in Healthcare
HCA 300 Population Health for HC Mgrs
HCA 320 Intro to Healthcare Marketing
HCA 330 Quality Mgmt in Healthcare
HCA 494 Capstone
HCA 495 Internship  I
HCA 496 Internship II

BSHA Electives (required)

PSY 220 Sociocultural & Int’l Awareness
SCS 312 Soc Rsrch Mthds & App Stats
SOC 366 Poverty & Inequity

120 total Credits are required for all Bachelor Degree Programs



The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $99,730 in May 2018” (para.5). “Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, 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” (para. 6).

 Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the internet at (accessed January 20, 2020.)


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