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Making Health Care Better

BAS in Health Care Leadership

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Complete in 2 years

Earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 2 years.

5–10 week classes

Each class is 5–10 weeks long, making it easy to balance life and work.

Turn your Associate into a Bachelor’s

Fast-track your bachelor’s by starting where your associate left off.

Online Bachelor of Applied Science: Health Care Leadership

Named Iowa’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report, Mount Mercy University helps students earn their bachelor’s degree in health care leadership through a fast-track, two-year program. This track is taught by experienced online instructors and built for those who have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in an Allied Health profession from an accredited community college.

What if I Don’t Have an Associate Degree?

For those interested in becoming a health care leader but do NOT have an associate degree, check out MMU’s Health Care Administration bachelor’s degree. It’s a similar degree, but is specifically designed to help you master both technical and administrative skills.

Find out more about the Health Care Administration Degree →

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

Add to your current technical skills with specialized instruction in administration, strategic planning, and management so you can take on leadership positions in health care.

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

Whether you work in a large hospital, midsize clinic, or small medical facility, your degree will easily translate into your role as a health care leader, where you’ll make critical decisions that lead to a positive impact on medical processes and patient care.

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

How Will Mount Mercy’s BAS in Health Care Leadership 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
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Instructor video recordings

How Will Mount Mercy’s Health Care Leadership 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.
  • Create and strengthen partnerships that drive quality care as you apply crucial leadership and relationship-management skills
  • Demonstrate a holistic mindset by adding relevant spiritual and cultural perspectives to your health care management role.
  • Qualify for leadership roles that require both technical and administrative health care knowledge.

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

Graduates from our health care leadership 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 Leadership?

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.

What Courses Will I Take?

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

  • Accounting: Information for Decisions
  • Financial Issues in Health Care Organizations
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Health Care Law, Regulations and Compliance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Law
  • Principles Of Management

Complement a BAS in Health Care Leadership 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 BAS in Health Care Leadership. A Mount Mercy MBA helps you become well-rounded and highly sought-after in health care.

How Much Does a BAS in Health Care Leadership Cost?

$530

Cost per online credit hour


10% off

Tuition discount for employees of partner organizations


No Fees

Beyond tuition and books


Up to 63

transferable 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 ›

How Do I Get Started?

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