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The Healthcare Administration Bachelor of Science (BSHA) program prepares students to serve in entry-level and mid-level healthcare administration positions. Read about career opportunities. The BSHA program is taught online, allowing students to complete coursework on their own schedules. This format is great for students wanting to balance employment, family life, and higher education. Likewise, students employed in the healthcare industry may more easily earn a degree and pursue career advancement, because they may be able to apply previously-completed clinical units towards degree requirements.
Loma Linda University Health is continually recognized for excellence in healthcare administration. Most recently, our Loma Linda University Medical Center CEO and CFO were recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review. As the school of allied health, we’ve been committed to providing the best education in healthcare for more than 50 years. The values-centered education offered by Loma Linda University provides a unique experience for students that is unlike any other online healthcare administration program. Read more about the Loma Linda Experience.
The BSHA program starts fall quarter (September) each year. Students may enroll full-time, and complete the program in 6 quarters (2 years), or part-time, and complete the program in 9 or 12 quarters (3 or 4 years). Classes are generally small, with an excellent faculty-student ratio.
To enroll, students must already have completed coursework equal to at least 90 quarter units (60 semester units) or have earned an Associate’s degree. Students must complete program prerequisites, co-requisites, the BSHA Core Curriculum, and elective coursework to satisfy at least 180 quarter units (120 semester units) to graduate. For more information, go to: Prerequisites, Co-requisites and Admissions Requirements.
Online applications are accepted October 1 - August 1.
The BSHA Core Curriculum consists of the following courses:
|Portfolio for Healthcare Administration I||Sustainability for Healthcare Management|
|Principles of Healthcare Administration||Information Systems Management in Healthcare|
|Writing for Healthcare Professionals||Healthcare Operations Management|
|Emotional Intelligence & Leadership Skills for Healthcare Professionals||Healthcare Human Resources|
|Healthcare Communications||Healthcare Marketing|
|Healthcare Research & Statistics||Healthcare Organization Behavior|
|Financial Management for Healthcare||Portfolio for Healthcare Administration II|
|Religion Course||Healthcare Policy & Strategy|
|Legal and Ethical Environment in Healthcare||Religion Course|
|Project Management in Healthcare||Healthcare Administration Practicum I|
|Healthcare Administration Practicum II|
For more information: Detailed Course and Program Information.
Healthcare administration is a broad-based discipline that serves individuals, communities, and entire populations in a variety of health-care environments. Healthcare administration is an excellent career choice for the person who would like to have a profession in healthcare in one or more of the following areas: healthcare policy and strategy, marketing, communication, business continuity and sustainability, law and ethics, business and project management, human resources, health information systems, and organizational behavior. Healthcare professionals have the opportunity to plan marketing and communication initiatives, develop institutional strategies, policies and procedures, manage staff and resources, and develop sustainability and continuity plans, among other responsibilities.
These are some of the jobs that Healthcare Administration graduates hold:
- Clinical Support Services Manager
- Healthcare Initiative Project Manager
- Healthcare Human Resources Manager
- Social & Community Services Coordinator
- Medical or Dental Office Manager
- Long-term Care Coordinator
- Marketing Program Coordinator
- Manager of Business Operations
- Coordinator, Healthcare Administration
- Nursing Home Administrator
Possible work environments include assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities; rehabilitation centers; private, public, and proprietary clinics; and medical centers.
Changing demographics have increased demand for healthcare services, leading to a projected growth of 32% more jobs for medical and health service managers1. This faster than average rate of growth means that there will be more jobs available to graduates.
Many healthcare administrators eventually earn a master’s degree, as it helps them advance their careers. Various master’s degree programs offered at LLU provide BSHA graduates incentives to enroll in participating LLU master’s degree programs, such as possible discounted tuition rates, scholarships, and GRE waivers when students have achieved specified undergraduate GPAs. Learn More about Master’s Degree Incentives.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited November 10, 2021).
Read about Kelly Jones’s challenging new career as an Assisted Living Coordinator and learn how the BSHA program’s emphasis on wholeness guides her leadership style.Read More
Our committed faculty seek to graduate students with excellent critical thinking and communication skills, working with students to help them advance both academically and professionally. Eight faculty members teach in the BSHA Program. The program has five faculty who are at the doctorate-level. The program director teaches solely in the BSHA program while other faculty teach in both undergraduate and graduate programs at LLU.
Cost & Aid
For information about tuition, costs, and financial aid information: School of Allied Health Professions Financial Information.