The country is aging, and the need for caregivers continues to grow.
The demand for administrators and managers of health care services (HCS) is also growing. Related to that are similar leadership and also support roles in private health data management.
Leadership jobs in the HCS roles category are expected to have a 17% growth between 2014 to 2024, in the USA, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (BLS OOH, http://bls.gov/ooh). This rate is faster than the national average for all careers in any field.
If healthcare work interests you outside of clinical practice (e.g., doctor, nurse/ nurse practitioner), the Health Care Administration or Management field may have the type of career for which you are looking.
This article will get you started on your college search for a suitable online or hybrid bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration/ management programs. This supplements our previous college rankings lists of degrees in health care-related studies. In this case, we look at 25 “top value” colleges that offer an online bachelor’s degree with either a major or concentration in healthcare administration or management-related studies, including Health Care Administration (HCA), Health Information Management (HIM), Health Services Administration (HSA) and other similar degree programs.
This ranking is part of a series that looks at several institutional factors measuring quality and overall experience. The ranking factors are described in the Ranking Methodology section at the bottom of this article.
College Ranking Dashboard Information
Each entry for the 25 colleges ranked below provides a summary of online undergrad healthcare administration or management degrees at the bachelor’s level. In addition to the summary for each entry, there is a “data dashboard.” In these dashboards, you can find charts and data points. The latter either come from NCES (http://nces.ed.gov/) data or are calculated. A legend for each dashboard data point list is shown below, followed by the 25 ranked colleges. The ranking methodology is at the end of this article.
- Type: public or private, nonprofit institution.
- Location: location of campus, or headquarters for all-distance colleges.
- In-state tuition + fees: listed average undergrad tuition plus mandatory fees for in-state students.
- Out-of-state tuition +fees: listed average undergrad tuition plus mandatory fees for out-of-state students.
- Net price: the yearly average total cost for all students (tuition, fees, books, etc.)
- %fulltime retention: % of full-time 1st-year undergrads who return.
- %allDistEdu: % of undergrads who are taking all distance education courses, online delivery or otherwise.
- %someDistEdu: % of undergrads who are taking some distance education courses, online or otherwise.
- # students: total number of students at all study levels, on-campus and online.
- # undergrads: total number of undergraduate students.
- # grads: total number of graduate students.
- Graduation rate: % of undergrads who eventually graduate, based on first-time, full-time undergrads. Might be zero, if the college has no such students in a given year.
- Affiliation/ governance: religious affiliation, system affiliation, or external board of regents.
- Institutional accreditation: : accrediting body for the college.
- Program accreditation: accrediting body for the degree program or parent department, if applicable.
Rankings: Top Value Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Health Care Administration/ Management
University Hall, University of Toledo (source)
University of Toledo (UT) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (BSHIA) degree completion program. Graduates of the HIA program typically pursue administrative roles in healthcare organizations, or continue on to advanced studies, such as a master’s degree. The program prepares students to sit for the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrators) professional certification exam. UT’s overall collection of programs and policies have earned it a ranking on the “2017 Military Friendly School” college review list, published by Victory Media/ G.I. Jobs magazine.
The UT online BSHIA is a 2-year program requiring a suitable associate’s degree or equivalent courses. Students will complete 65-67 credits of major and supporting courses, plus any other requirements, as necessary, to graduate with this bachelor’s degree. The university also offers an on-campus-only BS Health Care Administration (BSHCM), with 4-year and 2-year (degree completion options). A BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS/ BSIS) additionally allows for the possibility of combing a healthcare-related major. (Contact the school for more information.) Finally, an online HIA certificate program is another option.
Sample courses: Healthcare Resources, Payers, And Consumers; Acute Care Clinical Classification Systems And Services; Healthcare Documentation Requirements; Group Communication; Managerial And Behavioral Processes In Organizations.
Metropolitan State University of Denver (source)
The Department of Health Professions, in the College of Professional Studies, at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Health Care Management (BHCM). Students will gain an understanding of health care system structure, function and delivery, and be prepared for roles in the industry such as patient care, supply chain management, CEO, etc. The university has appeared on a number of college review ranking lists, including: Diversity Champion (INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine); Best for Vets: Colleges (Military Times); Top Colleges: West (Forbes magazine); Best Colleges: West (U.S. News & World Report); Washington Monthly and others. It is also a STEM Jobs-Approved institution due to program alignment with STEM careers.
This is a hybrid program, with courses in the Major offered online (rotating basis). General education, prerequisites, electives and other curriculum courses may be available online. (See site or consult with an admissions advisor.) Students take 45 credits of courses in the HCM Major. A Minor is a requirement, and students can select from over 25 options in both health-related and non-health-related topics. MSUD also offers hybrid bachelor’s degrees in Health Care Information Systems (HCIM) and Health Care Professional Services (HCPS), which are not specifically management/ administrative programs, but could be paired with a suitable Minor topic.
Sample courses: Global Health Systems; Health Care Management Foundations, Professionalism, and Applications; Management Principles in Health Care; Human Resource Management in Health Care; Health Information Systems.
Montana State University-Billings, aerial view (source)
The Department of Health Administration, in the College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP), at Montana State University-Billings (MSUB) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA). The program prepares students with the skills and knowledge that will serve them in various health administration roles in various types of facilities. The university claims to offer more online courses than any higher education institution in the state of Montana. Awards received include multiple rankings from college review publishers, including: “Best Regional Universities: West Region” by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) for 2001-2013;
MSUB’s online BSHA program requires 120 credits for graduation. The curriculum includes 33 credits of Required Health Administration Core courses. Foundations courses take up 37 credits. The remaining 50 credits are covered by other requirements or electives. Students may also be interested MSUB’s Bachelor of Applied (BAS) with Thematic Concentration in Health Care Administration. This is an online degree completion program that requires a suitable associate’s degree (applied science or occupational science).
Sample courses: Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System; Healthcare Economics; Principles of Marketing for Healthcare Organizations; Health Law and Ethics; Managerial Epidemiology and the Public’s Health.
Alumni Center, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (source)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration (BSHSA). The program prepares students for administrator and manager roles at the mid-level point, for medical and health services facilities. The university’s awards include the “Military Friendly (r) School” designation for 2016 from Victory Media/ G.I. Jobs, amongst other publishers.
The 100% online BSHSA program at ULL requires120-122 credits for graduation. The timeline is eight semesters (four years), with three start dates yearly, and 16-week courses. The curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach, with HSA-related courses taken start in the fourth semester.
Sample courses: Contemporary Issues in Healthcare; Health Care Delivery Systems; Health Care Information Systems; Health Care Reimbursement Methodologies; Health Sciences Research Methods.
National University (source)
The School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) at National University (NU) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA). The program prepares students for entry-level administrator/ manager roles in the healthcare industry. The university has received rankings awards at the master’s level for other programs, including from U.S. News & World Report.
NU’s online BSHA degree requires at least 180 quarter credits (qc) for graduation. Courses for the Major take up 67.5qc (15 courses), Preparation for Major take 58.5qc. Remaining credits are covered by general education courses, electives and any other requirements. The curriculum includes internships and a capstone. Areas of focus in the program include “organization, financing and delivery of services” related to healthcare treatment and prevention services.
Sample courses: Foundations of HC Leadership; Issues and Trends in Healthcare; Health Informatics; Case and Outcomes Management; Intro to Health Economics.
Warner Pacific College (source)
Warner Pacific College (WPC) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Health Care Administration. The program requires a minimum two years work experience. It prepares students with the skills necessary for roles in the administration, leadership or change management of healthcare delivery in various environments. WPC received a ranking on the “2014 Best Colleges: Regional Universities West” college review list published by U.S. News & World Report.
The BHCA degree at WPC is available both online and on-campus. This is meant to be a degree completion program requiring students to have two years or more of course work completed, possibly in the form of a suitable associate’s degree. However, new students may be eligible on the basis that prerequisite courses are completed first. In the program, students will complete 17 courses (mostly 5-week) over two years. The curriculum includes a two-week Senior Portfolio course.
Sample courses: Critical Issues in Health Care; Economics for Managers; Finances, Budgeting for Health Care Organization (six weeks); Health Care Organization and Delivery; Introduction to Public Health Administration.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (source)
The Department of Nursing and Health Professions at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) offers two online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degrees: a Health Information Management (HIM) program available as either (1) a Bachelor of Science or (2) a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS). The latter is intended for transfer students only, while the former is open to any qualified students. Both programs prepares students for management roles for the proper handling of healthcare providers’ patient data. SUNY Poly’s ranking awards include “2013 Best Colleges: Regional Universities Public” by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR).
Both versions of this online HIM program require 124 credits for graduation. The BS leans more heavily on General Education requirements than the BPS (60 credits versus 40). Both require 56 credits of HIM Core courses. The majority of HIM, liberal arts and sciences courses for this program are available online. Students have access to the Internet-based virtual laboratory (V-lab), for which SUNY Poly has a subscription. Professional practice experiences are also part of the program, and students will complete three of them: “in a hospital setting, a non-hospital setting, and a health information services area of a healthcare or health-related organization.”
Sample courses: Introduction to the HIM Field; Medical Terminology; Data Management and Data Analysis; Legal Aspects of HIM; Management for the Health Professions.
University of Southern Indiana (source)
The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP) at University of Southern Indiana (USI) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Health Services (BSHS) with either a generalist option or five specialties: (1) Gerontology; (2) Long-Term Care Administration; (3) Health Administration; (4) Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness; (5) Public Health. The program prepares students with an understanding of different aspects of the health care system and helps build leadership and administrative skills. Students can follow a general curriculum or choose a specialty. The university enjoys a number of ranking awards for its graduate programs from college review publishers such as U.S. News & World Report (USNWR).
The online BSHS has three tracks to choose from. Track A is a degree completion program designed for students with an associate’s degree (or equivalent) and who have an active clinical license. Track B is the aforementioned Generalist option. Track C is the Specialty option, with the aforementioned five specialties from which to choose. Each of these options has different credit requirements. See site for details. An internship is part of the curriculum.
Sample courses: The Healthcare Delivery System; Health Care Aspects of Gerontology; Ethics and Healthcare in a Pluralistic Society; Medical Terminology For The Health Professions; Healthcare Leadership.
Racers Station, University of Northwestern Ohio (source)
University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA). The program prepares students for management level roles for various health care services facilities.
The online BSHA program requires a total of 90 quarter credits (qc) of upper division courses, which supplement other requirements, including transfer credits for prior associate work. Students who complete any of the follow associate’s degree programs at UNOH, or similar programs from other institutions, may be eligible for the BSHA program: (1) Medical Assisting Technology; (2) Medical Office Management; (3) Health Information Technology.
Sample courses: Healthcare Management; Healthcare Law; Quality Metrics in Healthcare; Public Health and Epidemiology; Health Information Technology.
Mercy College of Ohio (source)
Mercy College of Ohio (MCO) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) completion program. It is designed for students who either seek a management role in a healthcare environment, or already have such a role and wanted to add to their skills.
This online BSHA degree is a completion program, requiring a suitable associate’s degree or the equivalent course credits. Total credits required for graduation is 120. Of that, BSHA students will complete 33 credits of Professional Coursework (two business courses; nine Healthcare Administration courses). Transfer credits for prior coursework is 51, with some conditions. Note: MCO has an Associate of Science in Health Information Technology (ASHIT) program that may be of interest to first-time undergrads interested in earning the BSHA but unsure of which AS degree to take first. Consult with an MCO admissions advisor for more details.
Sample courses: Human Resource Management; Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems; Healthcare Economics; Healthcare Information Systems; Principles of Accounting for Healthcare.
Weber State University, Miller administration building (source)
The Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University (WSU) offers three online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degrees: (1) Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM); (2) Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) with Emphasis in Health Administrative Services (BIS-HAS); (3) BS Health Administrative Services (BSHAS) The latter offers an optional Emphasis in Long-term Care Administration. An online HIM certificate is also available. These programs collectively prepare students for a variety of administrator/ manager roles in healthcare organizations, including business analyst, HIM manager, and information security manager. The university has received numerous awards over the past several years in the categories of environmental initiatives (cool school, tree campus), top regional schools, top return on investment, adult education and others from several organizations and college review publishers, including: AASHE, Arbor Day Foundation, Washington Monthly, Sierra Club, Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, the Whitehouse and many more.
These programs require 120 credits for graduation. See site for a breakdown, as credit requirements for the Major are affected by Emphasis options for several programs. While classes for these programs are online, some may require initial on-campus presence for orientation. Note: the BIS program requires students to select a total of three Emphasis options. Additional health-related options are available but not mentioned here.
Sample courses: Health Care Marketing; Health Communication; Health Care Administration and Supervisory Theory; Health Care Finance; Health Care Economics and Policy.
Sargeant Student Center, University of Minnesota Crookston (source)
University of Minnesota-Crookston (UMC) offers two online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degrees: (1) Bachelor of Science in Health Management (BSHM) and on-campus]; (2) Bachelor of Applied Health (BAH). These programs prepare students for management and leadership roles in health care settings. UMC has earned ranking spots in several college review lists, including: U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) “Best College: Regional Colleges Midwest” every year from 1998 to 2017; USNWR “Top Online Program Rankings” (2012-2016); Washington Monthly “Top 100 Baccalaureate Colleges” (2016); Princeton Review “Best Midwestern Colleges” (2008-2017); Princeton Review “Best Value College” (2012); and several more.
Both online HCAM programs at UMC are online, require summer terms, and require 120 credits for graduation. The BSHM degree also has an on-campus option. For the BSHM, 62 credits of Major courses need to be completed. For the BAH, 81 credits of Major courses are required. While there is overlap in the curriculum, the BAH requires less Liberal Education credits (21 versus 40 for BSHM) and less Program Core requirements (HSM and other topics). Instead, the BAH has a 38-credit Occupational Course requirement that involves taking courses from schools that UMC has partnered with. See site for details, or contact an admissions advisor.
Sample courses: Health Care Leadership and Planning; Administration of the Long Term Care System; Performance Improvement in Health Care; Risk Management in Health Care; Health Care Finance.
Bizzell Library, University of Oklahoma (source)
University of Oklahoma (OU) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Lifespan Care Administration (BALCA). The program is ranked on the “2016 Best Online Programs Bachelor’s” college review list published by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR). The program prepares students with the knowledge necessary to take on administrator roles in caregiving. Topics covered include ethical and legal issues, as well as theoretical. Students can customize the program to suit their interest area in caregiving.
OU’s online BALCA degree requires 120 credits for graduation. The program is 100% online, with limited seating for on-site sessions, should a student choose that for some courses. The timeline is 4-5 years on average. LCA upper division courses make up 39 of the 120 credits. General Education courses take up another 40-50 credits. Electives make up the remainder of courses and are available online from OU’s College of Liberal Arts.
Sample courses: Lifespan Development; Lifespan Health; Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care; Human Service Administration; Human Service Budgeting and Finance.
Jackson State University (source)
Jackson State University (JSU), a public HBCU (Historically Black College/ University), offers one online Health Care Administration Management (HCAM) degree through its School of Public Health: a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHCA). The program prepares students for entry-level management roles in various healthcare environments. Students are also readied for graduate degrees (master’s, doctoral). The university received a “Military Friendly School” designation for 2017, from Victory Media/ G.I. Jobs magazine.
The JSU online BSHCA degree requires 122 credits for graduation. Upper division curriculum consists entirely of HCA courses. Lower division curriculum includes a range of general education courses in multiple topics, including Accounting, Economics, Speech, English/ Writing, Psychology, History and others.
Sample courses: Introduction to Healthcare Organizations; Medical and Administrative Terminology; Public Health and Epidemiology; Healthcare Services Management; Statistics for Health Services.
Miller Campus Center, SUNY Canton (source)
The School of Business and Liberal Arts (SBLA) at SUNY College of Technology at Canton (SUNY Canton) offers one online undergrad Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management (BSHCM). It is equally suitable for both high school grads as well as working professionals seeking an online degree — including those transferring from healthcare, business or liberal arts programs. Graduates may find careers in the following areas: general and surgical hospitals; health practitioner’s offices; home health care services; long-term care administration; outpatient care centers; public and community health services. Amongst the awards SUNY Canton has been given are rankings in several college review lists. This includes: “2016 Best Online Programs: Bachelor’s” from U.S. News & World Report (USNWR); “2017 Military Friendly (r) School” from Victory Media and others.
The SUNY Canton online BSHCM degree requires a minimum 120 credits for graduation. The curriculum provides students with skills and knowledge in several areas including: managed care, public health, healthcare facility administration, legalities and ethics, business (accounting, economics, finance, human resources, marketing). Courses are available in asynchronous online delivery mode, meaning on-campus attendance is not required. Internship opportunities take place in the final semester.
Sample courses: Medical Terminology and Coding Classification Systems; Principles of Management; Public Health Issues; U.S. Health Care System; Health Care Financing.
10: Park University
Park University, Mackay Hall (source)
Park University offers one online undergrad Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management. This program is designed for either a leadership career in health care or for graduate studies in health administration. It builds skills in financial planning, corporate compliance, regulatory issues, comparative analysis, ethics, communication and other areas. Amongst the numerous college rankings Park has received are the following: Military Friendly School (2017); Best for Vets: Colleges (2016, 2017); Payscale Best Value School (2016).
This online BSHCM degree requires 120 credits for graduation, of which 60 credits are allotted to upper division courses in Statistics, Human Resource Management, International Business, Health Care, Marketing, Finance, Management, Biology and various electives. An internship can be completed in the senior year. This program can also be taken as a Minor, with two options – one for business majors and the other for non-business majors.
Sample courses: Human Resource Management; Financial Management; Senior Seminar in Health Care Management; Quantitative Research Methods; Principles of Marketing.
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health (source)
The Healthcare Professions division of Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health (NMC) offers one online undergrad Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management (BSHM). The program prepares students with the skills and knowledge to take on administrative roles in health care environments. NMC is an affiliate of Methodist Health System. It teaches based on core values of Caring, Excellence, Holism, Learning and Respect, and received a Community Engagement Classification in 2017 from the Carnegie Foundation. Other awards include: the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2012, 2014); a Military-Friendly School designation from G.I. Jobs magazine (2013, 2015) and several others.
The BSHM is a full-time four-year program (eight semesters) requiring 120 credits for graduation. It has five Major options: (1) Community Health; (2) Education; (3) Healthcare Administration; (4) Leadership; (5) Interdisciplinary. In addition, there are two Minor options: (1) Spanish for Healthcare Professionals; (2) Healthcare Sign Language. The program can be completed 100% online (with on-campus options available for some courses), and can be taken full- or part-time. Graduates of this program may be interested in transitioning to NMC’s MBA in Healthcare degree program.
Sample courses: Survey of U.S. Health Care Systems; Strategic Management for Healthcare Professionals; Human Resources; Principles of Financial Accounting; Marketing in Healthcare.
Joyner Library, East Carolina University (source)
The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) at East Carolina University (ECU) offers two online Health Care Administration/ Management bachelor’s degree programs: (1) a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management (HSM); (2) a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM). The HSM program prepares students for mid-level supervisor or manager roles in health care settings. The HIM program is accredited by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education ) and prepares students to earn the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) professional certification, and to have the skills to manage health information that supports clinical and business decision-making. Both programs also prepare students for graduate studies in health related disciplines. ECU claims to be one of the first American universities to develop a degree program available entirely online. Course work is available at any time, and is taught by faculty who teach the on-campus equivalent courses.
Both online HCAM programs at ECU require 126 credits for graduation and are available online. The BS-HSM has two concentrations — one a general HSM option, the other an AHM (Allied Health Management). This program has a 160-hour internship, taken during the senior year. The HIM program has an on-campus option, for students that may want to take some classes in person. The position of Health Information Management Director, which the HIM program prepares graduates for (amongst other roles), made CNN Money’s 2015 Best Jobs list at position 27 of 100.
Sample courses: Human Diseases; Health Care Delivery Systems; Professional Ethical Codes and Law in Health Care; Quality Management in Health Care; Leadership in Health Care.
Maxwell Library, Ohio Christian University (source)
Ohio Christian University (OCU) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a Concentration in Healthcare Management (BABHM). (An online certificate option is also available.) Students gain a combination of business and management principles, integrated with a Christian worldview, which can be applied to management roles in a health care environment. The university offers a Dual Credit program that allows high school student to take OCU courses at a reduced rate and prior to entering college, either online, on-campus or at select high schools, depending on the program. OCU received a “2016 Homeschool Friendly College and University” designation from HomeschoolingParents.com.
The OCU online BAB program requires 120 credits for graduation. General Education courses take up 36 credits; General Electives take 39 credits; and Program Electives take 45 credits. The latter includes courses in the HM concentration, which are five weeks in duration. Students will take four HM courses totalling 12 credits.
Sample courses: Healthcare Industry; Healthcare Informatics; Legal and Regulatory Issues in Healthcare; Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement; Corporate Compliance and Integrity.
Downtown Concord, NH (source)
Granite State College (GSC) offers two online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degrees: (1) Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management (BSHCM); (2) BS Health Information Management (BSHIM). Students in the HCM program acquire the skills necessary for management/ leadership roles in healthcare organizations. HIM students learn the principles of managing and analyzing data. These and other online programs at GSC collectively earned it a ranking spot on the “USNWR 2017 Best Online Programs: Bachelor’s” college review list from U.S. News & World Report (USNWR).
GSC’s online BSHCM and BSHIM require 120 credits for graduation. The curriculum for each program is a combination of courses in the Major, General Education and Electives. Courses are fully online, while some have on-campus options. As GSC notes, over 80% of their students are transfers. Speak to an admissions advisor about your potential transfer credits. An alternative degree program is the BS Individualized Studies (BSIS), which allows for a custom choice of Majors, such as Health Care Administration. Students must get department approval for choice of major.
Sample courses: The Emerging U.S. Health Care System; Reimbursement and Financing Techniques in Health Care; Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services; Community, Culture and Health; Health Information Systems.
Beacom School of Business, University of South Dakota (source)
The Beacom School of Business (BSOB) at University of South Dakota (USD) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration (BBA-HSA). Students get an education that combines business concepts with health care facility administration skills and knowledge. The university has ranked multiple times in each of several “best colleges/ best national universities” rankings lists, including U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), Princeton Review, Forbes, etc., as well as program-specific rankings (Health Sciences, Business, Education, etc.). The Military Times named USD a Best for Vets pick in each of 2014-2016, while Victory Media designated it a Military Friendly School in their 2017 list.
The USD online HSA program requires 120 credits for graduation, with 48 credits for the Major, 30 credits for General Education courses, and the remainder in Electives or other requirements. Students of this program start first as general business students, complete general core and core business requirements. After this, they are eligible to apply to the BBA program. While most of the Major courses are online, a few are on-campus or otherwise require in-person presence (e.g., a Practicum). Some are only available in the Fall semester. The core business courses are also online.
Sample courses: Health Service Systems; Health Care Law; Health Services Management and Epidemiology; Health Services Financing; Health Services Administration and Policy.
University of Central Florida library (source)
The College of Health and Public Affairs (CHPA) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) offers two online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degrees: (1) a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (BSHIIM); (2) Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration (BSHSA). (Both are also available as Minor options.) Entering students come from a wide range of backgrounds, including some with actual clinical work experience. Both programs prepare students for graduate studies. The HSA prepares students for entry-level management roles in health care organizations, while the HIIM prepares students for administrative roles in managing health care information. Graduates of the latter are readied to sit for the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) professional certification exam. UCF’s online programs have collectively earned a ranking on the 2017 edition of the “Best Online Programs: Bachelor’s” college review list, published by U.S. News & World Report.
Both online HCAM programs at UCF require 120 credits for graduation and include one or more Summer semesters. Both programs have a Capstone and Internship requirement. The HIIM curriculum also has a Cornerstone requirement. The HSA program requires that students complete prerequisites before entry. Courses for each program are online but not necessarily available every semester in online mode.
Sample courses: U.S. Health Care Systems; Health Care Finance; Long Term Care and Administration; Health Care Economics; Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement.
South Texas College (source)
South Texas College (STC) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree: a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Medical and Health Services Management (MHSM). Students interested in a mid-level management role at a health care/ medical facility may be interested in this program. It accepts new undergrad students as well as those from a wide range of health-related associate degree programs including but not limited to: Nursing; Business Administration; EMT Paramedic; Health Information Technology; Human Resources Management; Medical Assistant Technology; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Pharmacy Technology; Physical Therapist Assistant; Radiologic Technology; Respiratory Therapy. STC offers a Dual Credit option for students at select high schools in Texas. The option allows students to take some college courses while still in high school, at no cost (tuition waived), which count towards a college degree. Students and the public can use STC’s JagExpress transportation free, to get between this and the other four campuses.
This online BAT requires 120 credits for graduation, which includes 45 credits of MHSM courses (required and electives), 33cr of Technical Support Area courses, and 42cr of General Education courses. Students who hold a suitable associate’s degree or have other acceptable transfer credits can receive up to 90 such credits towards the 120. Students gain the skills and knowledge to handle roles that require an understanding of health care systems management, reimbursement, electronic medical records, legal issues, medical personnel roles / responsibilities, privacy and more.
Sample courses: U.S. Health Care Delivery; Statistics for Health Care Managers; Communication for Health Care Professionals; Legal Issues in Health Care; Financial Management for Health Care Managers.
Downtown Columbia, MO (source)
The Business Administration Department at Columbia College (CC) offers two online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degrees: a Healthcare Management (HCM) Major as either (1) a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA); (2) a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). Both programs prepare students for manager roles at healthcare facilities. Amongst the rankings awards that the college has received are: “2017 Best for Vets: Colleges” (Military Times); “2016 Best Online Programs: Bachelor’s” (U.S. News & World Report); “2017 Military Friendly Schools” (Victory Media/ G.I. Jobs magazine).
Both online HCM degrees require at least 120 credits for graduation. General Education courses take up 38-41 credits, while Core Requirements (business) take 51 credits. The BABA version has an 18-credit Major Requirements course category in which HCM courses are taken. For the BSBA version, there are 21 credits of Business Electives, in which the HCM courses are taken. General electives make up the difference. Areas of HCM curriculum focus include healthcare delivery systems, regulations, technology and others. These healthcare management programs are available at dozens of Columbia College locations in over 10 states and Guantanamo Bay.
Sample courses: The Economics of Healthcare; Introduction to Healthcare Management; Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare; Organizational Theory; Human Resource Management; Biomedical Ethics.
Brigham Young University-Idaho, Spori building (source)
Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYUI) offers one online undergraduate Health Care Administration/ Management degree, through the Department of Health, Recreation and Human Performance (DHRHP, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences): a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA). The program prepares students for administrator and manager roles at a range of health care facilities, as well as to enter graduate studies in a similar field. The university is part of the prestigious Brigham Young University system. It’s predecessor, Ricks College, was the country’s largest private junior college as of 1999 (the year before changing to the BYUI name), and is currently the largest private university in the state. Slightly more students were enrolled online in 2016 than those enrolled for on-campus courses (about 33,000 versus 32,000).
Students need to complete a minimum 120 credits for graduation. This consists of 62 credits for courses in the Major, 40 credits for Foundation courses, and 18 credits for Electives. The program, which is available 100% online, requires eight semesters (four years), each of which is 14 weeks except for Summer, which is seven weeks.
Sample courses: Medical Terminology; Hospital and Health Administration; Epidemiology; Healthcare Strategy; Health Economics.
This ranking system combines affordability (60%) with a number of institutional “value” metrics (total of 40%) that together give an overall sense of a college’s reputation (or potential) with undergrad students, based on available statistics. These factors are consistently applied against all colleges listed in the NCES database (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) as having a bachelor’s program in category “Health/Health Care Administration/Management.” E.g., the “candidate cohort.” Because of this approach, there may be some colleges here that have already been listed in our various other bachelor’s of healthcare admin/ management rankings, as well as some newly listed.
The affordability metrics are calculated using a relative scale based on the cost values for all the initial candidate colleges. E.g., based on the minimum and maximum values for each cost metric across the candidate cohort. Where any given college’s value for that cost metric falls in the overall range determines the score in that metric for that college. For example, assume a topic of accounting, for illustration purposes, and that there are about 300 colleges listed in NCES as offering a bachelor’s program in accounting. If the in-state tuition values for all 300 colleges range from $1,200 per year to $60,000 per year, points are awarded to each college based on where their in-state tuition falls in that range. The lower the relative cost value, the more points a college is awarded. This approach is applied to all three cost metrics.
Non-price metrics, on the other hand, are typically already a percentage from 0-100. So their scores are determined by applying a multiple. So if Retention (see below) is worth 10% of the overall score, each college’s full-time undergrad retention score is multiplied by 0.10, to get the value of this ranking factor’s score.
Missing values are handled differently based on what they represent. Incomplete info for a college is not penalized in most cases. However, an unreported graduation rate means a college is filtered out. Otherwise, that ranking factor is set to zero, giving colleges a chance to get ranked if enough other, more important, factors support it.
The ranking factors used in this article, in approximately declining order of weight, are as follows:
- In-state tuition — Covers relative affordability for the bulk of students.
- Out-of-state tuition — Covers relative affordability for non-resident students taking one of these online programs.
- GradRate — Score based on percentage of first-time, full-time undergrads who graduate their program. Colleges without such students may have a zero score here. However, if other ranking factors support it, the college may still appear in the 25 ranked colleges on that basis.
- Net price — Covers relative affordability for all undergrads based on average yearly net prices
- Retention — Covers the percentage of full-time undergrads continuing in degree programs after freshman year.
- OnlyDE — Score based on percentage of undergrads taking all Distance Education courses (including online) for their degree program.
- SomeDE — Score based on percentage of undergrads taking some DistEd courses for their degree program.
Note that ranking factors and their weighting may vary slightly from article to article in the “Top Value Affordable” series. In this specific list, we also filtered out colleges with below 20% graduation rate.