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Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration

The healthcare field needs professionals to help improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare, while controlling costs. DeVry University’s Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration with a Specialization in Healthcare Management can support and advance your commitment to serving others with the knowledge and ability to be effective in a variety of roles.

Get to know Our Healthcare Administration Degree Program

A Healthcare Management Degree Specialization from DeVry can help prepare you to play an important role in areas such as healthcare policy, managed care, insurance, information systems and finance. Our Healthcare Management Specialization  program — whether taken online or through a hybrid online and on-site format — strongly emphasizes health services. This helps you gain additional skills through fundamental business and management courses designed to help you adapt and succeed when faced with ever-changing workplace challenges.

Healthcare managers may oversee the computerization of patients’ records and ensure the information is secure, recruit new employees, implement new technologies, facilitate changes in healthcare regulations and help evolve new models of patient care.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration with Healthcare Management Specialization in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


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What You'll Learn

The Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration with a Specialization in Healthcare Management covers the following:

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    Managed Care and Health Insurance

    Explore health insurance products and managed-care approaches to the financing and delivery of healthcare services in the US.
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    Healthcare Policy

    Study political, social, economic and technological influences that underlie US policy-making processes as well as cultural values and beliefs regarding health.
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    Health Services Management

    Understand the unique characteristics of US healthcare systems and key trends, major system components and their interrelationships, and internal and external influences on delivery of services and healthcare professions.
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    Human Resource Management

    Learn to manage corporate human resources including planning, staffing and rewards, as well as developing and maintaining positions and people.
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    Health Rights and Responsibilities

    Become familiar with legal and ethical issues of healthcare services with understanding of legal relationships among providers, payers and patients, and issues of professional liability.
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    Health Services Finance

    Gain an understanding of healthcare costs and expenditures.
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    Health Services Information Systems

    Apply hardware and software options for managing patient records, insurance and billing data and developing and maintaining health services information system.
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    Marketing

    Study general marketing principles and strategies, understanding of how market information and product life cycle affect product and production design, forecasting techniques, interdependencies between marketing and operations functions and selling skills.

32% PROJECTED GROWTH

According to the BLS, on a national level, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% from 2020-20301.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates with our Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration with a Specialization in Healthcare Management may consider careers such as:

  • Administrative Services Manager
    Administrative service managers direct and coordinate administrative services within a care facility to encourage maximum efficiency.

  • Admissions Coordinator
    Admissions coordinators write the processes that dictate admissions criteria for a care facility. They recommend changes where necessary and develop promotional materials to assist incoming patients.

  • Assistant Administrator
    Assistant administrators work under the supervision of a care facility administrator to outline, manage and oversee the administration of care.
  • Business Office Supervisor
    Business office supervisors oversee the activities within the business office of a care facility. They observe the function of the office to ensure that tasks are being performed efficiently and recommend process changes where efficiency could be improved.

  • Health Services Manager
    Health service managers plan the execution and coordination of healthcare services being provided within a care facility department. They may be in charge of the entire facility or a specific area. In some cases, they manage a medical practice group.

  • Healthcare Administrators
    Healthcare administrators work within the administrative area of a care facility and manage high-value decisions for the facility. They deal with policy and budgets in order to increase revenues and patient care quality and volume.
  • Medical Office Manager
    Medical office managers coordinate the services that enable a care facility to perform their primary duties. For instance, they would be responsible for managing vendors and equipment installations. They may also manage the day-to-day operations of the offices within the care facility.

  • Medical Services Manager
    Medical services managers manage facilities that provide medical and health-related services, including the records, finances and the budget of the facility as well as the hiring and training of employees.
  • Office Manager – Home Care
    Home Care Managers provide a range of support services to clients to access services and medical care.

Healthcare Administration Degree Courses

DeVry's healthcare administration degree courses can help provide you with the necessary management skills you need to pursue a career in the health industry. The program includes courses such as human resource management, health services finance, managed care and health insurance, to name a few.

At DeVry, we’re on a mission to help you not only learn skills specific to your area of interest, like healthcare administration, but also prepare you for the workplace of tomorrow by covering general studies topics such as principles of ethics, technical writing, economics and more.

Program-Specific Courses

Healthcare Management

BUSN319 Marketing
HIM335 Health Information Systems and Networks with Lab
HIM370 Healthcare Data Security and Privacy
HIM410 Health Information Financial Management
MGMT410 Human Resource Management

Core Degree Courses

Business and Technology

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
ACCT346 Managerial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
BUSN350 Business Analysis
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management
MGMT404 Project Management

Health Services

HSM310 Introduction to Health Services Management
HSM320 Health Rights and Responsibilities
HSM330 Health Services Information Systems
HSM340 Health Services Finance
HSM410 Healthcare Policy
HSM420 Managed Care and Health Insurance

Senior Project

BUSN460 Senior Project

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities2

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

One of:

HUMN303 Introduction to the Humanities
HUMN304 Multi-Ethnic Humanities

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS185 Culture and Society

One of:

SOCS325 Environmental Sociology
SOCS350 Cultural Diversity in the Professions

Mathematics & Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI228 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Personal & Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Healthcare Management Coursework Preview

DeVry’s Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration program includes courses that explore the intricacies of the dynamic healthcare industry. Here’s a sampling of the program-specific courses you will take:

Health Information Systems and Networks with Lab3

Build on what you’ve learned about healthcare information systems by applying theory to practice through lab work. This course with lab covers both health information systems and technologies. You’ll also learn how these technologies operate across an organization.

Healthcare Data Security and Privacy3

Understanding data security and privacy may be critical to any role in the healthcare industry. Through this course, you’ll learn the processes that organizations put in to place to help protect patient data. You’ll also learn how to access and disclose such health information and explore the laws that surround access to confidential patient information.

Health Information Financial Management3

While understanding patient privacy and health rights and responsibilities is helpful for a role in healthcare management, so is foundational knowledge in financial management. You’ll learn about accounting systems as applicable to the field of healthcare, reimbursement methods, finance and resource management and more.

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FAQs: Healthcare Management Degree Specialization


What can I expect to learn throughout the healthcare management degree program?

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:

  • Principles of Management: Learn about management theories and management principles.
  • Health Services Information Systems: Explore how technology is used in health service information systems. Learn about applications for hardware and software and how they relate to confidentiality, patient records and insurance and billing data.
  • Principles of Ethics: Learn about personal and professional dilemmas and analyze those dilemmas using moral and ethical principles.

What General Education courses do I need to have completed before I can start my healthcare management degree online?

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:

  • Advanced Composition4: Practice writing for specific audiences and explore in-depth reports.
  • Introduction to the Humanities4: An exploratory course into the worlds of history, philosophy and literature.
  • Culture and Society4: Analyze topics such as social structures, race, gender and more. Learn to apply your understanding of these societal factors for the professional world.

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How can I get my Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration?

You have two options when it comes to earning your Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. You can choose to get 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 DeVry’s 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.


What are the major differences between Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Management?

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.


Is the demand for healthcare administration professionals expected to grow in the future?

Yes! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030, adding about 2.6 million new jobs. In fact, healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any other occupational groups during that time period.1


How much does it cost to earn a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration online?

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.


Which types of specializations or concentrations are available with a Healthcare Administration degree?

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.


What are the requirements for enrolling in a Healthcare Administration degree program at DeVry?

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.


Is a Graduate Certificate or Master’s in Health Services worth pursuing after earning a Bachelor's?

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 concentration 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.


Are there benefits to earning Healthcare Administration Certifications in addition to a Bachelor’s degree?

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 mastered to your current and future employers, in addition to potentially helping your resume stand out among the crowd.


What is Healthcare Administration?

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.


What is Healthcare Management?

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.


What are the steps to become a Healthcare Administrator?

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).

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1Local 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.