- allied health agencies
- ambulance companies
- ambulatory care centers
- ambulatory surgery centers
- assistant administrator
- assisted living facilities
- business manager
- clinical manager
- clinical trials firms
- community health services
- community-based agencies
- consulting firms
- day surgery centers
- dental offices
- department manager
- director of volunteer services
- doctors’ offices
- educational institutions
- emergency medical services coordinator
- extended care facilities
- financial institutions
- government health agencies (local, state, federal)
- government regulatory agencies
- group physician practices
- health care administrator
- health care associations
- health care facility coordinator
- health departments
- health information manager
- health information specialist
- health insurance companies
- health insurance organizations
- health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
- health practitioners’ offices
- health research firms
- health services assistant manager
- health services director
- health services manager
- healthcare associations
- healthcare institutions
- home health agencies
- home health care agencies
- home health care organizations
- home health care services
- hospital administrator
- hospital departments
- hospital staffing
- industrial health programs
- laboratory manager
- long-term care administration
- long-term care facilities
- managed care organizations
- management consulting
- medical clinics
- medical equipment companies
- medical group practices
- medical operations manager
- medical services assistant manager
- medical services director
- medical services manager
- medical supply companies
- medical systems administrator
- mental health departments
- mental health organizations
- non-profit organizations
- nursing facilities
- nursing home administrator
- optometrist offices
- outpatient care centers
- pharmaceutical companies
- physician group practices
- physician practices
- primary care clinics
- private practices
- psychiatric facilities
- public health departments
- public health facilities
- public health organizations
- rehabilitation centers
- research institutions
- senior living centers
- skilled nursing facilities
- social service agencies
- software vendors
- surgical hospitals
- urgent care centers
- wellness programs
Statistics SummaryThis is a summary of data available for the colleges/ universities mentioned in this college rankings list for Bachelors of Healthcare Administration and Management or related degree programs.
|Yearly net price range:||$1,320 – $13,622.|
|In-state tuition range:||$3,074 – $29,745.|
|Out-of-state tuition range:||$3,770 – $29,745.|
|Lowest in-state:||#11 SCF.|
|Lowest out-of-state:||#1 STC.|
|Graduation rate range:||9 – 71%.|
|Transfer-out rate range:||13 – 39%.|
|Highest graduation rate:||#13 PC.|
|Lowest transfer-out rate:||#11 SCF.|
|# students range:||274 – 36624.|
|# undergrads range:||274 – 36624.|
|# grads range:||0 – 5877.|
|Largest # students:||#2 BYUI.|
|Largest # undergrads:||#2 BYUI.|
|Largest # grads:||#10 CSU.|
|Oldest school:||#15 CC (est. 1851).|
|Youngest school:||#1 STC (est. 1993).|
|# states covered:||18.|
|States covered:||AL, CA, CO, FL, ID, KS, LA, MI (2), MN, MO (2), MS, MT, NC, NY, PA, SD, TX, UT.|
Rank-order list of schools coveredThe following scrolling list shows the 20 ranked schools in rank order (increasing net price), from #1 to #20, for reader convenience.
|1||STC||South Texas College|
|2||BYUI||Brigham Young University-Idaho|
|3||ULL||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|4||NAU-AFB||National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension|
|6||MSU||Metropolitan State University of Denver|
|9||WSU||Weber State University|
|10||CSU||Columbia Southern University|
|11||SCF||State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota|
|12||JSU||Jackson State University|
|14||MSUB||Montana State University-Billings|
|16||CTC||SUNY College of Technology at Canton|
|18||ECU||East Carolina University|
|19||UMC||University of Minnesota-Crookston|
|20||CCC||Central Christian College of Kansas|
Alphabetic list of schools covered in this rankingThe abbreviations used in the table below may not be official and in which case are used here for convenience only, and may be repeated in other summaries and charting.
|NCES Name (abbrev, estdate, rank)||location||$in-state||$out-of-state||$net price|
|Baker College (BC, 1911, 17)||Flint, Michigan||8640||8640||12880|
|Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYUI, 1888, 2)||Rexburg, Idaho||3830||3830||7968|
|Central Christian College of Kansas (CCC, 1884, 20)||McPherson, Kansas||14501||14501||13622|
|Cleary University (Cleary, 1883, 5)||Howell, Michigan||20000||20000||8593|
|Columbia College (CC, 1851, 15)||Columbia, Missouri||8240||8240||11031|
|Columbia Southern University (CSU, 1993, 10)||Orange Beach, Alabama||5175||5175||10054|
|East Carolina University (ECU, 1907, 18)||Greenville, North Carolina||6580||22154||12908|
|Jackson State University (JSU, 1877, 12)||Jackson, Mississippi||6886||16841||10417|
|Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU, 1965, 6)||Denver, Colorado||6420||20057||9145|
|Montana State University-Billings (MSUB, 1927, 14)||Billings, Montana||5808||17842||10881|
|National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension (NAU-AFB, 1941, 4)||Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota||6075||6075||8585|
|Pacific College (PC, 1993, 13)||Costa Mesa, California||29745||29745||10596|
|Park University (Park, 1875, 8)||Parkville, Missouri||11470||11470||9326|
|Peirce College (Peirce, 1865, 7)||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||14184||14184||9302|
|South Texas College (STC, 1993, 1)||McAllen, Texas||3486||3770||1320|
|State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota (SCF, 1957, 11)||Bradenton, Florida||3074||11606||10102|
|SUNY College of Technology at Canton (CTC, 1906, 16)||Canton, New York||7855||12245||11884|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL, 1898, 3)||Lafayette, Louisiana||8256||21984||8463|
|University of Minnesota-Crookston (UMC, 1905, 19)||Crookston, Minnesota||11646||11646||13055|
|Weber State University (WSU, 1889, 9)||Ogden, Utah||5321||14235||10005|
Interactive ChartsThis rankings article of online bachelors degrees in healthcare administration and management contains a number of charts, including a tuition summary of all 20 ranked colleges, plus additional charts for each ranked college (stats dashboard). The majority of charts are interactive (with the exception of the “circular comparison chart,” explained separately. Here is a summary on how to use them:
- A modern browser is required for most of the charting features.
- For the bar charts, including the rectangular one directly below and the individual ones in each school summary, the vertical Y axis represents cost in dollars, for net price and in-state and out-of-state tuition per college. The horizontal X axis represents the schools ranked.
- The chart directly below shows in-state tuition (blue bars), out-of-state tuition (orange bars) and net price (connected green dots). Hover your mouse over a tuition bar or net price point and a tooltip will pop up that shows the institution name and the two cost values – net price and tuition. Use your mouse’s scroll wheel to zoom in on a section in the main chart. The sub-chart below the main chart will indicate what section you are viewing. Hover your mouse over either of the three labels, “in,” “out” or “net” underneath the sub-chart to visually highlight just the selected chart.
- The circular chart below the grouped bar chart/ line chart combo is an alternative view of tuition info, as well as additional data points. See below for more details.
- Each school ranked also displays two donut charts. The leftmost donut chart is a breakdown of number of students, with the total displayed in the middle, and the blue arc representing the percentage of students that are undergrads. The rightmost donut chart represents graduation rate of undergrads, with the rate displayed in the middle and also represented by the blue arc. Hover your mouse over any arc to get the student percentage or the graduation rate, depending on the donut chart.
Interactive Histogram/Line Chart: Tuition vs Net PriceAs mentioned above, this chart compares in-state and out-of-state tuition, as well as net price, for all 20 schools ranked in this article on the most affordable online Bachelor’s degrees in Health Care Administration/ Management.
CircosJS Circular Comparison Chart: Multiple Data PointsCompare all 20 ranked colleges simultaneously with this circular “Circos” chart (non-interactive). It might be intimidating at first, but by understanding what each “ring” or “track” represents, it becomes fairly easy and quite useful. You can see which colleges cost the most and least, which are the oldest and youngest, which have the most students, and more. See the “Tips for Use” section below, for more information. NOTES:
- In terms of topic categories searched in the NCES.ed.gov database, we queried only for “Healthcare Administration” and “Healthcare Management” categories. However, if the final 20 colleges in this rankings article have interdisciplinary programs, they may be mentioned in a school’s ranking.
- A college’s tuition for online programs may differ than that quoted for the on-campus program. This could be due to either or both of technology fees and out-of-state-portion waivers. Check with a college if you’re unsure. We have listed the tuition and net price values recorded in the NCES.ed.gov database.
- As accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- NCES data is subject to change and some of these “affordable degrees” guides may use more recent data than described in the Methodology.
- For the full list of programs covered to date, please check our School Rankings page.
- Online programs are strongly self-directed and recommended only for students who are self-driven when it comes to studying and researching.
- Some online program selection tips:
- Spend the time to carefully read the degree requirements.
- Browse the course curriculum and make notes of the courses that interest you most.
- Consider creating a spreadsheet to compare summaries of course/ programs across the schools referenced here. If you are looking for a minimum set of courses, make a list of those courses, one per column. Then list ranked schools vertically in the spreadsheet, one per row. Color code or make an annotation for each course offered by a given school.
- Add other columns to record information about tuition, net price, #credits/ courses required, etc., and color code their cells as suitable.
- This visual approach to online program selection can be quite effective compared to staring at bare numbers.
- The methodology for this series on online bachelor’s degrees is essentially the same as for our 15-school college rankings list. For example, see the “Methodology” section of the ranking list article 15 of the Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing for an explanation of the process we use to rank colleges in each topical bachelor’s list.
Rankings: Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration/ Management
Central Christian College of Kansas (source)
Central Christian College of Kansas (CCC) is a private, nonprofit, evangelical Christian college established in 1884. CCC is located in McPherson, Kansas, some 55 miles northwest of Wichita, KS, and about 190 miles roughly southwest of Kansas City, KS. Original name: Orleans Seminary. Religious affiliation: Free Methodist Church.CCC offers several online Healthcare Management/ Administration program options. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) requires 120 credit hours, with 12 for electives, 30 for major courses, 9 for bridge courses, and 15 for the chosen concentration. There are nine concentrations in all — including Healthcare Business Management, Health Information Management, Medical Practice Management, and Pharmacy Management — giving students a chance to specialize in an area of career interest. For students who want more control over their course of study, CCC has the 120-hour BS in Interdisciplinary Studies – Healthcare. It not only has more electives, but allows for the selection of two 15-hour concentrations (from the same nine in the BSHA). Finally, for students who want a stronger business foundation to their careers as healthcare administrators or managers, CCC has its 120-hour Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Healthcare Management Concentration. It requires 36 hours for business core courses and 21 for the concentration.Sample courses: Applied Research Project; Financial Management in Healthcare; Healthcare Marketing Strategies; Healthcare Reimbursement; Leadership and Change in Healthcare; Patient Communication and Service Excellence; Principles of Managed Care; Statistics for Healthcare Managers; Strategic Planning
17: Baker CollegeBaker College in Flint (source)Baker College is a private, non-profit college established in 1911, but has roots that go back to 1888 with Muskegon College (which was brought into the same management group with Baker in 1965). Baker College’s main/ flagship campus is in Flint, Michigan, some 65 miles northwest of Detroit, MI. Original name: Baker Business University.Baker has one online Healthcare Administration program — its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Administration (HSA). This BS requires 180 quarter hours for graduation, with 32 for core competencies, 4 for a restricted elective, and 32 for the HSA major. (Baker will switch to a semester system in 2017.) The degree provides students with the critical thinking skills needed to become healthcare managers. It also provides tangible skills in assessment, budgeting, co-ordination, directing, and planning that will help managers improve an organization’s efficiency and care delivery. Students in Baker’s online classes benefit from small class sizes (normally only 12-15 students per class), which ensures everyone can participate and interact more fully. All Baker programs benefit from employer/ industry advisory boards that ensure curricula meet the market’s needs. Baker also helps students on the job front through its free Lifetime Employment Assistance program and HireQualified employer recruiting service.Sample courses: Ethics for Health Professionals; Healthcare Administration; Health Law and Regulations; Health Services Administration Externship; Health System Finance; Introduction to Healthcare; Planning and Evaluation of Health Services; Seminar in Health Issues
15: Columbia CollegeDowntown Columbia, MO (source)Columbia College (CC) is a private, nonprofit college established in 1851 as Christian Female College. Its main campus is in Columbia, Missouri, about 125 miles west and somewhat north of St Louis, MO, and around 125 miles east and slightly south of Kansas City, MO. Columbia College has an affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), but admits students of all faiths.CC has two online Healthcare Management programs — the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration – Healthcare Management (HM) Major. Both require 120 semester-hours for graduation, with 51 for core requirements and 18 for the HM Major. The differences between the two are that the BA has a 6-hour foreign language requirement and 18 hours of additional open electives, while the BS has a 21-hour business elective requirement. Both degrees provide students with a solid foundation in business and management, along with a critical understanding of key healthcare management concerns. This allows students to assume management roles in a variety of healthcare facilities or health-related organizations, and focus on the primary tasks of improving organizational efficiency and quality of care delivered. Online classes at CC are available in eight-week sessions five times a year.Sample courses: Biomedical Ethics; Healthcare Economics; Human Resource Management; Introduction to Healthcare Management; Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare; Organizational Theory
13: Pacific CollegePacific College (source)Pacific College is a private, for-profit institution that was established in 1993. Its main campus is located in Costa Mesa, California, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, CA.Pacific College offers one online Healthcare Administration program — its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Healthcare Administration. This BS requires 121 semester units/ hours, with 69 for the major’s core courses. The degree provides students with both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. That provides them with the foundation to pursue entry-level administrative positions, managing a specific aspect of/ department within a healthcare organization, or overseeing the entire organization or a health care system. A variety of financial aid options are available to Pacific College students, including grants, loans, and scholarships. Military personnel can take advantage of Military (Armed Forces) Tuition Assistance, while their family members can utilize the Dependents Education Assistance Program.Sample courses: Budget Management/ Profitability; Capstone in Health Care Administration; Crises Management/ Regulatory Compliance; Current Topics in Public Policy; Healthcare Accounting; Healthcare Organization and Management; Health Information Technology Management; Insurance Billing and Reimbursement; Leadership and Change in Healthcare Administration; Patient Care and Education