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Healthcare Administration Degree 100% Online

Bachelor of Science in Health Science - 100% Online

Healthcare Administration Online Degree Program Overview

Not every healthcare hero wears a white coat. There are administrative professionals operating behind the scenes who help make it possible for clinical providers to care for people and save lives.

And while the entire healthcare sector is growing, healthcare administration is growing even faster. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

 

 

Healthcare administrators play a vital role with duties that typically involve:

  • Improving efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Developing departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensuring that their organization is compliant with all laws and regulations
  • Managing finances, such as patient fees and billing
  • Preparing and monitoring budgets
  • Keeping and organizing records of their facility’s services

If you’ve ever considered a career in healthcare, ECPI University has a great way for you to get started - and it’s 100 percent online. That means you can build your studies around your busy schedule. What’s more, at ECPI University Online, you can complete your degree much faster. Through our year-round, accelerated schedule, you can earn your online Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Administration in as little as 2.5 years.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.

Program Description

ECPI University’s Medical Career Institute course of study provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of healthcare administration including:

  • Managed Care
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Technology
  • Community Health
  • Healthcare Research
  • Long-term Care Administration
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Epidemiology

ECPI University’s Medical Career Institute industry-driven curriculum is augmented with solid coursework involving the liberal arts and sciences which prepares graduates to enter the healthcare administration field confident in their ability to serve as business advocates in the global healthcare workplace.

Possible Career Track

Medical and Healthcare Administration executives coordinate, plan, direct and supervise the delivery of healthcare. These professionals are either specialists in charge of a clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or organization.

The healthcare industry is looking for well-educated caring professionals to oversee: 

  • Long-term Care Centers
  • Community Health and Physician Office Practices
  • Hospital Departments
  • Medical Units
  • Outpatient Centers
Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

58 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
ACC160 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC161 Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
BUS303 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
BUS328 Business Process Improvement 3
BUS328L Business Process Improvement LAB 1
HCA200 Healthcare Marketing 3
HCA300 Healthcare Administration and Regulation 3
HCA305 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration 3
HCA310 Healthcare Administration Ethics 3
HCA330 Long-Term Care Across the Continuum 3
HCA400 Health Information Systems 3
HCA410 Human Resource Management in Healthcare 3
HCA420 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
HCA422 Managing Crisis in Community Settings 3
HCA430 Financial Management & Managed Care in Healthcare Organizations 3
HCA440 Healthcare Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
HCA470 Global Healthcare 3
HCA490 Capstone in Healthcare Administration 3
LTC300 Long Term Care Environment 3

Arts and Sciences

43 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BIO250 Epidemiology 3
BIO250L Epidemiology LAB 1
CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115 Principles of Communication 3
ECO201 Macroeconomics 3
ECO202 Microeconomics 3
ENG110 College Composition 3
ENG120 Advanced Composition 3
HLT101 Nutrition 3
HUM115 Reasoning & Analysis 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
MTH131 College Algebra 3
MTH140 Statistics 3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology 3

Self Integration and Computer Literacy

7 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
COR191 Career Orientation 1
FOR110 Essentials for Success 3
CIS115 Computer Applications 3

Acute Care Track

13 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS472 Applied Project Management 3
BUS472L Applied Project Management LAB 1
HCA320 Healthcare Administration Externship I 3
HCA450 Public Health 3
HCA480 Healthcare Administration Externship II 3

Long Term Care Track

13 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
LTC310 Domains of Care 2
LTC320 Long Term Care Administration Externship I 4
LTC330 Domains of Care II 2
LTC480 Long Term Care Externship II 4
LTC482 Review for National Exam 1
Program Outcomes

Online Healthcare Administration students first learn basic business and accounting skills as they apply to the healthcare industry. They then learn about health information systems, managed care systems, marketing a healthcare business, public health issues, and legal and ethical issues in healthcare. The acute care track prepares entry level managers for work in hospitals, clinics, and emergency centers. The long term care track prepares students for careers as long term care administrators in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are able to:

  • Critically analyze research findings for evidence-based medicine and management practices by applying core healthcare administration and fundamental knowledge of the arts and sciences for decision-making.
  • Distinguish the legal and ethical standards of practice for healthcare administrators in a variety of healthcare settings and situations.
  • Explain the complex relationships between healthcare payers, institutions, and customers within the state, nation, and foreign countries from economic and financial perspectives.
  • Apply principles of healthcare administration within the continuum of care.
  • Compare and contrast various U.S. healthcare delivery systems nationally and globally.
  • Understand and utilize epidemiologic assessments, economic trends, population changes, and healthcare trends.
  • Identify and recognize current and future health information technology, biotechnology, and other technological implications in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Apply skills, values, and knowledge from the coursework to present a complex business proposal for a healthcare unit.
  • Incorporate a financial plan, human resources planning, a marketing strategy, basic and advanced technology needs, reimbursement, and applicability to the community.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found by clicking here.