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Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHA Online)

Are you interested in working with people and technology? Have you considered a career in health care administration?

Changing age demographics have created an increased demand for health care services, leading to 22 percent more jobs for medical and health service managers. As a result, it is projected that 68,000 new health care administration/management jobs will be created between 2010-2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm).

Health care administration is a broad-based discipline that provides students with a unique opportunity to help improve the lives of individuals, communities, or entire populations. Health care executives have a deep sense of social mission and demonstrate compassion for the people they work with and serve.

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHA) Online Program

The BSHA program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree contains a distinctive curriculum designed to prepare individuals to serve in mid-level administration supporting health care professionals such as clinicians, researchers and executives in a variety of health care environments. Such environments include assisted living and skilled nursing facilities; rehabilitation centers; private, public, and proprietary clinics; and medical centers.

Students will be trained in health care leadership, emotional intelligence, sustainability, information systems, financial management, assessment, strategic and marketing plan development, personnel management, law and policy, and operations management. These core skill sets give students a competitive edge in the health care sector.

Program Outcomes 

Upon completion of the BSHA Program, the graduate should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Apply health care management concepts and theory to sustainable decision making practices, operations management, and strategic health care administration
  • Apply advanced proficiency in communicating with public, staff, and constituencies
  • Apply health care law to policy and procedure development
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in managing human resources and providing effective resolution strategies
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence in applying financial management models to health care organizations
  • Develop innovative information systems skills applicable to the health care environment
  • Develop advanced emotional and social intelligence skills applicable to health care management

Applicants are encouraged to complete the following prerequisites and corequisites prior to admission to the program:

Program Prerequisites

• Human Anatomy and Physiology
• Medical Terminology
• Introduction to Computers (High School or waiver exam is acceptable)
• Intermediate Algebra (2 years High School Algebra and above course work with
grades of C and above is acceptable)
• Oral Communication, Public Speaking, or Interpersonal Communication

• 28-32 quarter units of Spiritual and Cultural Heritage
• 24-32 quarter units of Scientific c Inquiry and Analysis
• 9-13 quarter units of Communication
• 3-6 units of Health and Wellness

Applicants with a healthcare background (such as Nursing, Radiography,
Respiratory Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, etc.) are given
preference. Health care professional units can be applied to this program; details will
be discussed with the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.

Upon successful completion of the program prerequisites, corequisites, the BSHA
Core Curriculum, and elective coursework to satisfy at least 192 quarter units,
the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree will be awarded to

Admission Requirements
For regular admittance, the following academic qualifications of applicants must be demonstrated:
• A minimum of 96-quarter units (students who transfer from a community
college may transfer a maximum of 105-quarter units, all other credits must
come from a senior college)
• Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA of all freshman and sophomore course work
from an accredited educational institution.
• High school diploma or its equivalent, the GED is required
• Statement of purpose
• Three letters of recommendation
• Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate work sent by each previous
institution to LLU

Online Program Information

See additional information regarding online courses.

Enrollment Period

Online applications are accepted November 1- April 1. 

Start Date
This program begins in June or the Summer Quarter of each year.  Loma Linda University operates on a quarter system.  Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

University Accreditation
Loma Linda University and this program are regionally accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges,) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

More Program Information

Contact Information
Healthcare Administration Program
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
Nichol Hall A829
Loma Linda, CA  92350

Karla Lavin Williams, MPH, DrPH(c)

Program Director:
Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH
Phone: (909) 558-4931 x87605
Fax: (909) 558-7965