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Online Bachelor of Science: Health Care Administration

Why Choose Mount Mercy for My Health Care Administration Bachelor’s Degree?

At Mount Mercy University, a bachelor’s degree in health care administration will give you a solid foundation on which to build an administrative career in the health care industry.

Health care administration is one of the fastest-growing professions, with high demand for well-trained individuals who have a strong understanding of the complexities within the health care system, such as legal, economic, and social constraints.

The MMU Health Care Administration degree will teach you to apply business principles to the health care environment and prepare you for a leadership role in a complex industry.

Whether you work in a large hospital, midsize clinic, or small medical facility, your role as a health care administrator will involve working diligently with medical staff to make critical decisions that lead to a positive impact on medical processes and patient care.

What Is It Like to Earn a Health Care Administration Degree Online?

How Will Mount Mercy’s BS in Health Care Admin Fit My Schedule?

You can view your classes any time during a given week, and weekly deadlines help you stay on track.

Classes are offered online in accelerated 5- and 10-week courses. We offer nine start dates per year so you can begin coursework (and graduate) faster.

And speaking of graduating faster, we help you get a head start on grad school, if that’s in your life plan. You can take up to 12 credits that will count toward both your undergraduate degree and a future graduate degree.

How Will I Interact with Instructors and Classmates?

You’ll complete your coursework entirely within Mount Mercy’s application-based online portal while enjoying opportunities to connect with your instructors and classmates through:

  • Discussion forums
  • Project-based work (both group and individual)
  • Online office hours or supplemental video sessions

Course content is delivered through a variety of formats:

  • Written lectures and readings
  • PowerPoints with audio
  • Instructor video recordings

How Will Mount Mercy’s Health Care Administration Program Help Me in The Real World?

When you graduate, you will be better able to:

  • Execute a variety of administrative functions such as regulation, law, compliance, informatics, and financial issues.
  • Apply crucial leadership and relationship-management skills to create and strengthen partnerships that drive quality care.
  • Foster a holistic mindset by applying relevant spiritual and cultural perspectives to your health care management role.

“One of the most beneficial aspects of this degree was the opportunity to learn from experienced industry veterans. They provided a framework for applying learned concepts into real world examples.”

— Michael Proudfit ’15, Internal Auditor, Mercy Medical Center

What Career Opportunities Could I Have with a Health Care Administration Degree?

Graduates from our health care administration program are well-suited to enter the workforce anywhere. Many of our grads work for Eastern Iowa’s top health care employers such as:

  • UnityPoint Health, St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mercy Iowa City
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Physicians Clinic of Iowa

What is the Job Outlook for Health Care Administration?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of medical and health services manager jobs is projected to grow by 20 percent through 2026.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016

What Courses Will I Take?

In addition to your general education classes and electives, your health care administration degree will include courses such as these:

  • Business Core
    • Business Statistics
    • Business Strategy Seminar
    • Financial Management
    • Finite Math
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Principles of Accounting I
    • Principles of Accounting II
    • Principles of Law
    • Principles of Management
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Technology & Communication in Business
  • Health Care Core
    • Employment Law
    • Finance in Health Care
    • Health Care Law, Regulation & Compliance
    • Health Care Informatics
    • Human Resource Management
    • Organization of Health Care Services
    • Quality Patient/Residential Care
    • Internship
  • Policy and Psychology
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Politics & Economic Policy
    • Politics & Public Administration
    • Politics & Public Policy

Complement a BS in Health Care Admin with an MBA

If you wish to take your education up a level, consider earning a Mount Mercy online MBA, which pairs excellently with our Bachelor of Health Care Administration degree. A Mount Mercy Master of Business Administration helps you become well-rounded and highly sought-after in the health care field.

How Much Does a BS in Health Care Administration Cost?

Cost per online credit hour

10% off
Tuition discount for employees of partner organizations

No Fees
Beyond tuition and books

Up to 75
transferrable credit hours which saves time and money!

Financial Aid

Mount Mercy encourages you to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

  • Federal and state grants and loans
  • Tuition reimbursement from employers
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of partner organizations
  • Veterans’ benefits such as the Yellow Ribbon program and G.I. Bill®

Find out more about financial aid ›

Transfer Credit Policies

We want to to make sure your prior academic work counts. You can transfer up to 93 credits from accredited schools and up to 63 semester hours from some two-year and technical institutions, subject to the Mount Mercy credit transfer policy. Some credit from unaccredited institutions may be transferred on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind, though, that the final 30 credits of your degree must be taken at Mount Mercy.

How Do I Get Started?

Get in Touch with an Enrollment Specialist

Learn more about this program and get answers to any other questions you may have about Mount Mercy.

  • Call (877) 643-6181 to speak with a Mount Mercy enrollment specialist
  • Email to set up a time to talk
  • Click Request Info and an enrollment specialist will contact you

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