Health Care Administration Bachelor's Degree

Health Care Administration Bachelor's Degree

Health Care Administration Bachelor's Degree

  • Learn from faculty with extensive academic and real-world health care experience
  • Experience a transformational journey that integrates – and respects – scholarship and faith
  • Graduate in as few as 18 months* with a well-rounded and industry-respected health care education

*Time to completion varies based on previous academic experience and units required.

The online Health Care Administration degree program at Fresno Pacific University builds on solid principles of business management, resource allocation, policy-making and law to provide the practical skills needed to develop and manage health care procedures, policies and professional standards.

You learn from experienced health care professionals – many of whom have earned the highest degree in the field. This means you are nurtured and encouraged by mentors committed to delivering a well-rounded and industry-respected health care education.

Upon completion, you should be able to critically analyze contemporary health care issues, employ effective practices related to cultural diversity in health care settings, demonstrate effective communication skills, and articulate and apply Christian perspectives in the health care field.

Tuition and Fees

Our online programs are less than half the cost of the average for a similar degree at a 4-year private university.

Your costs may vary depending on how many previous units you transfer over. Tuition and fees above are based on taking 60 units at FPU, compared with two years at a traditional university. 

Health Care Administration Bachelor's Degree Career Opportunities

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 17% through 2024. Although salaries can vary by region and responsibility, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that professionals in these occupations earned an average annual salary of $94,500 in 2015.

Specific high-growth health care administration careers include:

- Health insurance specialist           - Ambulatory services manager

- Community service manager       - Hospital administrator

- Practice/clinic manager                 - Provider network director

- Nursing home administrator        - Outpatient care supervisor

Program Details

To fit your busy schedule, the Health Care Administration Bachelor's Degree program is offered 100 percent online and is asynchronous – meaning you can log on and complete your assignments at a time most convenient for you.

Online courses are six weeks and can be completed one course at a time to eliminate the need to juggle multiple subjects at once. (You may take more general education classes as your schedule allows.) Students with certain academic backgrounds can complete the degree requirements in as few as 18 months.

Total Degree Requirements

General Education 60 Units
Electives 19 Units
Major 41 Units
Total 120 Units


Program Curriculum

The following courses are required as part of your 41-unit Health Care Administration Bachelor's Degree.

Foundation Course: 3 Units

BIB 314 Jesus and the Christian Community 3 Units

The foundational course for all undergraduate students at FPU, focusing on Jesus, his teachings, the community he founded and the early years of the Christian movement. More than simply a traditional Bible class, it provides students with both academic and practical opportunities for learning and growth within the broader community of the Degree Completion program. The interactive approach to learning moves students beyond knowledge and understanding to doing, living and being.

Core 1: 14 Units

HC 310 Health Care in the United States 3 Units

Provides an overview of contemporary health care organizations and health care policies. Case studies address health care finance and the impact of insurance sectors on health care delivery. Pro-active health maintenance topics are considered including preventive health underserved populations and population health issues.

HC 315 Health Care Terminology 1 Unit

Coursework includes a full review of health care terminology, from word origins to their application incorporating correct terminology in the health care setting. These settings may include, but are not limited to, administration, medicine, nursing, laboratory, radiology, dietary, education, long-term care and specialty clinics. 

HC 320 Health Care Law, Regulations and Ethics 3 Units

Ethical considerations and decision-making are introduced and reinforced through a series of health-system case studies. Professional codes of health care ethics are used as templates for addressing contemporary issues through group discussions. Students examine the intersection between law and ethics related to the health care system. Patient confidentiality mandates are explored, as well as socially challenging issues. Provider liability and a review of applicable laws, rules and regulations are also included. 

HC 330 Evidence Based Health Care 3 Units

Use evidence-based research in health care institutions to identify tools and strategies to improve performance. Quality and value of life considerations are contrasted with quantitative information. 

HC 340 Social Determinants of Health 3 Units

Students are introduced to social and behavioral health determinants through social and behavioral change models. Community health concerns and the intersections between nature/nurture risks and change dynamics are addressed. Population health and community needs (homeless, underserved, indigent, culturally diverse populations, etc.) are discussed. 

HC 350 Health Care Administration Project I 1 Unit

Individual Project Preparation. Students examine individual challenges and opportunities in health care administration professions through a series of self-assessment exercises. Addresses both personal and professional goals for health care administration professional advancement plans that will be developed in HC-430 HCA Project II.

Core 2: 12 Units

BIB 446 Biblical Perspectives for Health Care 3 Units

This course is a unique blend of study in the Bible with an eye toward key aspects related to being "the people of God." As such, it is neither strictly Bible survey, nor merely a topics course. Texts cover a range of literature, styles and time periods representative of biblical material as a whole, and explore topics key to understanding the dynamics of community living and aspects of healing and wholeness in these texts. Themes include community origins, ordering, leadership, fragmentation, coherence, and power.

HC 400 Conflict Resolution in Health Care 3 Units

Health care environments are often full of conflict. This course explores the Anabaptist principles of peacemaking and provides a framework for conflict resolution and strategies to achieve conflict transformation in organizations. 

HC 410 Global Diversity 3 Units

Assesses students' competencies with global diversity related to health care delivery, including culturally based beliefs and practices. Students develop and implement personalized plans for increasing their cultural awareness and competence to function effectively in diverse health care settings across social constructs. 

HC 450 Health Care Systems Administration and Information Technology 3 Units

The fit between community needs and health care organizations is addressed. The intersections between management principles, contemporary health care systems and related economic concepts and principles are analyzed. Health care management case studies provide background material for analysis. The role of health information technology is explored.

Core 3: 9 Units

HC 420 Grief, Trauma and Emergency Preparedness 3 Units

Prepares students to address natural, technological and man-made disasters. The roles and responsibilities are identified and students review current trauma resources and interventions. The stages of grief are addressed.

HC 430 Health Care Administration Project II 3 Units

Individual Project Preparation. Students develop individual projects for health care administration professions, under the supervision of faculty mentors. Final projects are congruent with students’ identified professional goals and market trends. Tangible projects lead toward health care administration professional goal identification and attainment.

HC 440 Health Care Leadership 3 Units

Leadership theories pertinent to the health care industry are reviewed in detail. Students identify personal styles that can be aligned with effective theories to offer leadership and management promise in their career goals in health care establishments. Includes both personal leadership, critical thinking skills and the organizational structures of health care organizations. 

Capstone: 3 Units

HC 480 Health Care Research Design 3 Units

Capstone Project. Students learn and demonstrate effective research design and evidence-based practice. Qualitative, quantitative and comparative designs are addressed. Students choose and implement one design method, effectively gathering data, interpreting and analyzing their findings and producing recommendations based on their results. 

Admissions Requirements

Fresno Pacific University take a holistic approach to admissions decisions. By that we mean we look at all of the pieces of an application to make sure the program is right for you.

Considerations include:

  • Online application
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official high school transcripts or diploma, as well as official transcripts from all colleges attended
BA Health Care Administrator FAQs
  • What does someone in health care administration do?

    • Unlike many of the other roles within a health care organization, administrators don't typically work in a patient care capacity. Instead, they oversee the facility itself and help make sure that all employees and related infrastructure are operating as efficiently as possible at all times.
    • They are required to have a knowledge of both the medical services that a facility provides, as well as a deep understanding of government rules and regulations that health care organizations must follow. This is a large part of the reason why having some type of background in business administration will also suit a health care administration professional over the course of his or her career.
  • Does health care administration pay well?

    • Though most health care administration professionals receive a salary as opposed to an hourly wage, you can still use math to determine an average hourly wage given the circumstances. According to the United States Department of Labor, the lower average hourly wage for health care admins is approximately $26.87 per hour, which translates to an annual salary of approximately $55,890.

    • On the other end of the spectrum, however, is an upper average hourly wage of roughly $77.47, which translates to an annual wage of about $161,150. Nationwide, the median hourly wage is $44.62, which equates to an annual wage of $92,810.

    • In addition to salary varying depending on the specific organization, the area of the country where you choose to work will also impact your wages a great deal. According to the Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. is the best place in the country for health care admins to work as they can command an average hourly wage of roughly $63.06, or $131,160 per year. California, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are among the states with the highest salaries for admins in the country, ranging from $115,370 per year (New Jersey) to $122,410 per year (California).

  • How long does it take to become a health care administrator?

    • The journey to becoming a health care administrator begins with a bachelor's degree, which depending on your previous coursework, may take as few as 18 months to complete.. If you choose to pursue your master's degree as well, this will take an additional two years. While going through a doctoral program is not necessary in many cases, this will add up to five additional years of education before you can enter the job market. Choosing a flexible online program like ours allows you to continue working while completing your degree.

Find out more about The Role of Non-Health Care Personnel in Health Care Administration.

Upcoming Start Dates

Spring II Semester: April 10, 2017

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