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With our healthcare administration degree, you can expect to learn about managing care and health insurance, healthcare policies, health services management and human resource management.
Some examples of the healthcare management classes that you may take include:
At DeVry, our hybrid and online healthcare management degree is designed to include a mix of general education and program-specific courses. You will typically be able to start taking courses specific to your degree program within your first few sessions.
A few examples of general education courses that you may take include:
You have two options when it comes to earning your Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. You can choose to earn your Healthcare Administration Degree online or through a hybrid option, which is a combination of online courses and on-site courses.
If you choose the 100% online option, you’ll still have access to your professor and classmates just as you would with on-site classes. You can reach out to your professor at any time, including office hours, and you can stay in touch with peers through our online peer-to-peer student community.
Should you choose on-site courses, you will attend classes at one of our physical campuses. Your professors will be just as accessible as they are for online students, and some assignments and discussions will still be completed in our online platform.
Start your bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Degree online or in a hybrid format today. Our three-step admissions process is easy — complete your application, speak to an admissions advisor and create a schedule that meets your needs.
Healthcare administration involves overseeing all aspects of a hospital or clinic's operation. This includes hiring personnel such as registered nurses, doctor’s assistants and administrative staff like receptionists and secretaries for various departments. Healthcare administration job duties may also include formulating budget plans to fund new equipment purchases or other needs and developing relationships with insurance companies so that they will cover services at your facility.
Healthcare management is more focused on overall operations rather than specific tasks within an organization, due in part to its broader scope. A manager usually oversees higher level issues including strategy development (e.g., long-term planning) and marketing campaigns (how you advertise yourself) but may also be involved in procurement activities that often involve large sums of money.
Learn more about healthcare administration vs. healthcare management.
Yes! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), ), healthcare administration roles are projected to grow 32% on a national level from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than average, resulting in about 13,6000 jobs1.
There can be many factors that contribute to your total tuition costs. At DeVry, our tuition is billed by the credit hour. Ultimately, how much you pay for your healthcare administration degree will depend on whether or not you qualify for scholarships or grants and whether you have any qualifying transfer credits. Find out more about your options by visiting our Tuition page.
Healthcare is not just about doctors. It takes a whole team of people to orchestrate and manage the day-to-day functions that keep hospitals running smoothly, efficiently and successfully. DeVry’s Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Degree program offers a specialization in healthcare management that can equip you with the skills needed in this field — from understanding hospital operations to developing effective strategies for budgeting and staffing control.
To enroll in our Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration program, you need to meet our undergraduate admissions requirements. These include being at least 17 years old on the first day of class (regardless of whether you study online or on-site), having earned a high school diploma or equivalent5 and possibly having to complete a college-level skills evaluation. For complete admissions requirement, please see the academic catalog.
Earning your graduate certificate or master’s can be a great next step after your bachelor’s. Which program you choose should depend on your career goals and the skills you wish to gain.
Our Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management program covers health rights and responsibilities, health services finances and other topics specific to the healthcare field. You can earn this as a standalone certificate or stack it into a Master of Public Administration degree or MBA with a Specialization in Health Services at DeVry.
Our MBA with a Specialization in Health Services covers high-level issues in healthcare economics. It also covers key skills to help you learn how to think critically about healthcare-related legal and ethical issues, learn about health insurance trends, explore healthcare finance and more.
Our Admissions team can help you review each program and determine which might be the better fit for you.
There can be numerous benefits that may come with earning Healthcare Administration industry certifications in addition to your Bachelor’s degree. Some of these include meeting the qualifications for increased job opportunities and being part of more efficient and impactful work environments. It can also be a great way to help demonstrate the skills you’ve developed to your current and future employers, in addition to potentially helping your resume stand out among the crowd.
Healthcare administration is the practice of overseeing the operations of a care provider facility such as a hospital or doctor's office. Administrators work behind the scenes at these organizations dealing with budgets and policy decisions. Their ultimate goal is to improve the quality of patient care while reducing the overall cost of operations.
Healthcare management is a field that deals with the high-level management of a care provider facility like a hospital or nursing home. These professionals ensure that things are running smoothly within the facility, set budgets and focus on the day-to-day operations of the location. The healthcare management role is often distinct from administration, which is typically more focused on functional details, policy implications and relationships with insurance companies.
Everyone’s path is different, but there are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself to pursue a career as a healthcare administrator:
1. Earn a degree in healthcare administration.
2. Continue your education with an MBA in Healthcare or MBA in Business Administration.
3. Earn additional certifications that will help with your healthcare administrator career. Some examples include: Certified Revenue Cycle Executive (CRCE), Certified Revenue Cycle Professional (CRCP), Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CFHP), Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).
1Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm
2Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
3This course requires successful completion of required math and English transitional studies courses. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
4This course is licensed in New Jersey; students whose enrolled location is in New Jersey may enroll in these courses in the onsite, online and blended modalities. This course is also available as an honors course (restrictions apply).
5Tennessee residents must provide one of the following: a copy of an official high school transcript; a GED® certificate or the equivalent; or an official transcript of a post-secondary degree. The post-secondary transcript must include the name of the high school and the high school graduation date.
All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.