Because the BSHA program is a degree completion program, students must have already completed coursework equal to at least 90 quarter units. However, unlike many other degree completion programs, healthcare professional units can be applied towards the BSHA degree. For example, nursing, radiography, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dental hygiene, etc., units may be applied towards degree completion rather than a student having to take additional electives unrelated to student’s career of choice. (Details can be discussed with the Program Director on a case-by-case basis).

The BSHA curriculum includes courses on healthcare 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 healthcare sector. Below is the break-down of the BSHA Program Curriculum for the full-time (six quarter) track:

Year 1

Fall Standard Term Year 1 - 9 Units Units
HCAD 409 Principles of Healthcare Administration 3
HCAD 461 Portfolio for Healthcare Administration I 3
RTCH 387 Writing for Healthcare Professionals 3
Winter Standard Term Year 1 - 11 Units Units
HCAD 305 Healthcare Communications 3
HCAD 359 Healthcare Marketing 3
AHCJ 318 Emotional Intelligence & Leadership Skills for Healthcare Professionals 3
RELE 457 Christian Ethics and Healthcare 2
Spring Standard Term Year 1 - 12 Units Units
AHRM 475 Healthcare Research & Statistics 4
HCAD 328 Healthcare Organization Behavior 3
RELT 406 Adventist Beliefs and Life 3
HCAD 491 Healthcare Administration Practicum I 2

Year 2

Fall Standard Term Year 2 - 12 Units Units
HCBL 434 Financial Management for Healthcare 3
HCAD 374 Healthcare Human Resources 3
RELR 445 Wholeness and Health 3
HCAD 414 Sustainability for Healthcare Management 3
Winter Standard Term Year 2 - 10 Units
HCBL 346 Legal and Ethical Environment in Healthcare 3
HCBL 471 Information Systems Management in Healthcare 4
HCBL 345 Project Management in Healthcare 3
Spring Standard Term Year 2 - 11 Units
HCAD 462 Portfolio for Healthcare Administration II 3
HCAD 498 Healthcare Policy & Strategy 3
HLIN 430 QM & Perf. Improvement in Health Care 3
HCAD 492 Healthcare Administration Practicum II 2

Practicum/Applied Learning Experience
The practicum experience for the BSHA Program is provided through the Healthcare Administration Practicum I & II (HCAD 491 & 492) courses. To simulate experiences students could have in various healthcare environments, professional applied learning is provided through subject matter expert designed assignments and video-conference dialogues, virtual case studies and classroom discussions.

Please refer to the LLU Course Catalog-BSHA Program for more detailed information about the courses.

You may also download the Program Brochure.

LLU Masters Programs: Incentives Available to BSHA Students
BSHA graduates who enroll in various LLU master’s degree programs may receive discounted tuition rates, scholarships, and GRE waivers when students have achieved specified undergraduate GPAs. Sample programs include the Master of Healthcare Administration, a Master of Science in Health Informatics, a Master of Science in Radiation Sciences, etc. For additional details, please contact Dr. Karla Lavin Williams

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.

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

  1. Apply healthcare management concepts and theory to sustainable decision-making practices, operations management, and strategic healthcare administration
  2. Apply advanced proficiency in communicating with public, staff, and constituencies
  3. Apply healthcare law to policy and procedure development
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in managing human resources and providing effective conflict-resolution strategies
  5. Utilize financial management models to inform financial decisions within healthcare organizations
  6. Employ innovative information systems skills in the healthcare environment
  7. Develop advanced emotional and social intelligence skills applicable to healthcare management