Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration

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Program at a Glance

  • Develop a solid foundation in the core disciplines of health care administration and management.
  • Customize your degree by focusing electives in a particular area of study.
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional internship.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
180
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371
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Purdue Global Career Outcomes 2020–2021

Each year, our Center for Career Advancement sends a NACE First Destination survey to our graduating class to learn more about their career choices and potential income within 18 months of graduation. We’re proud of our recent Purdue Global alumni accomplishments.

94%

Graduates in Purdue Global’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program were employed or continued their education within 18 months of graduation.

“Career Outcomes Rate” is not the same as an “employment rate”—it includes graduates who are: (1) employed (whether full or part time); (2) participating in a program of voluntary service, (3) serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or (4) enrolled in a program of continuing education. This rate may also include graduates employed in jobs unrelated to their degree or who were employed while attending Purdue Global. (9,106 graduates surveyed across associate's, bachelor's, master's, JD, EJD, and DNP programs from July 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020. 7,803 of 9,106 replied.)

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration Overview

The world of health care is changing at an unprecedented pace. Prepare to meet the demand of jobs that require a health care administration degree head on with this online program.

The health care administration bachelor’s degree emphasizes foundational knowledge and skills as well as overall concepts, values, and applications related to the field. The program culminates with an original capstone project that demonstrates your ability to apply your health and wellness knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios.

Curriculum is designed to embrace industry updates and innovations and focuses on preparing you to:

  • Attain skills and knowledge to master research, critical thinking, and problem-solving as it relates to health care.
  • Apply management principles toward team building and collaborative decision making.
  • Consider the forces that are influencing today’s health delivery systems when making health care management decisions.
  • Analyze and uphold the professional, ethical, and legal standards of health care administration.

Gain Real-World Experience

An internship option, available as an elective, allows you to develop professional skills and add valuable experience to your resume.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Student Success

“This is an amazing program for working professionals looking for a flexible way to earn their degree. The course format, helpful professors, and resources allow you to maximize your learning.”*


Gavin Witherspoon

BS Health Care Administration

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Earn your degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Many occupations across each branch of the armed forces have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree.

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Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Reach Your Career Goals Sooner

Accelerated Master's Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in health care administration, health informatics, health information management, public health, or health education while you earn your bachelor’s degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

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  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration build a strong foundation in the core disciplines of health care administration, including knowledge and skills in the areas of administration and management.

You'll learn from professors who are experienced health care professionals, bringing real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

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Sample Courses
  • Health Care Policy and Economics
  • Operational Analysis and Quality Improvement
  • Information Technology and Systems for Health Care
  • Finance for Health Care
  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Development for Health Care

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    45
  • Major Credits
    60
  • Elective Credits
    75
  • Total Credits
    180

What Can You Do With a Health Care Administration Degree?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services manager is projected to grow 32%, much faster than the average for all occupations, from 2020 to 2030. Our bachelor’s in health care administration offers a solid foundation of knowledge for careers in health settings such as insurance companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health agencies, outpatient facilities, and doctors' offices.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Speaking
  4. Coordination
  5. Judgement and Decision Making

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Testimonial: This testimonial was obtained by Purdue University Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Service Managers, www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm; National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.