Healthcare Administration (BA)

At a Glance

16 months Program length
$499* Cost per credit hour
Online Program format

Tuition cost for entire program

$17,964*

Credit hours

36

Accreditation

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.

Make a Difference as a Healthcare Administrator

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Looking to apply your knowledge of general business theories and practice to the healthcare field? George Fox’s healthcare administration degree is the ideal fit.

The possibilities are numerous – and the job prospects are outstanding. Whether you want to serve as a supervisor in a hospital setting, be a patient relations rep, work as a senior living administrator, or oversee the budget at a private practice, we will equip you with the communication, budgeting and finance skills needed for a successful career in the field.

Upon completion of the program, you will be equipped to lead and organize employees and resources in a healthcare setting, or continue on to a master’s degree in healthcare management.

What Is Healthcare Administration?

Healthcare administration professionals administer, lead and manage healthcare systems. The field incorporates a wide variety of jobs in medical facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other related healthcare organizations. As a healthcare administrator, your responsibilities may include managing the finances, human resources, and daily operations in these settings.

Our Curriculum: A Combination of Theory and Practice

Balancing practice and theory, our curriculum is aligned with a competency model based on the Health Leadership Competency Model from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). These national proficiencies are integrated into each of the learning outcomes in our healthcare administration curriculum.

Our program blends the tools and techniques advocated by the NCHL into a complete study of theory and guided practice used by successful healthcare managers and leaders. The curriculum includes a wide variety of learning opportunities that will explore the three areas of healthcare leadership:

  • Professional transformation
  • Optimizing organizational performance, and
  • Leading people

What Will I Study?

Students in the Healthcare Administration major will:

  • Examine and apply effective team management skills in a healthcare environment
  • Leverage servant leadership principles that support learning and growth of others
  • Consider multifaceted ethical issues found within healthcare services
  • Assess and evaluate the structures of integrated healthcare delivery systems
  • Identify barriers and bridges in delivering healthcare services to diverse populations
  • Leverage management skills needed for professional health service practice
  • Discover how electronic health record (EHR) systems improve patient outcomes and promote patient safety
  • Prepare for graduate programs in healthcare management

Credit Requirements

62 semester hours must be completed to enter a major. To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 120 semester hours as follows:

Minimum required entry credits for major (Don't have enough credits?) 62
Additional credits needed for graduation (general education, electives, or life-learning credit) 22
Credits earned in Healthcare Administration major
36
Total 120

Format

The Healthcare Administration major is offered 100% online. You will attend a synchronous cohort launch at the beginning of the major via Zoom, followed by 16 months of online course work in a cohort of peers. All major courses are offered one at a time in a sequential, condensed, accelerated format. To learn more, visit our program details page.

Job Prospects

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for medical and health services managers is expected to rise 32% between 2019 and 2029, a rate much faster than the national average for all occupations. This sharp increase is due, in part, to the aging of the baby boomer generation.

Generally, those hired in the field hold some variation of the following titles:

  • Accounts receivable manager
  • Admissions administrator
  • Business office manager
  • Clinic and event coordinator
  • Director of compliance
  • Hospital services administrator
  • Insurance contract negotiator
  • Lab/testing facility manager
  • Materials manager
  • Patient relations representative
  • Patient safety director
  • Risk management manager
  • Senior living administrator
  • Specialty scheduling coordinator
Jayme Smith

Jayme Smith

Healthcare Administration Graduate

My experience in George Fox’s Adult Degree Program was amazing! I really felt known by the professors, staff and students. I would highly recommend finishing your degree at George Fox.

Meet the Prof

Amanda Ragona

Amanda Ragona

Get to know our professors before you actually meet them!

Amanda Ragona is one of our healthcare administration faculty members. She completed her bachelor's degree in healthcare administration at George Fox in 2015 and went on to earn an MBA. She is currently serving as interim director of Revenue Cycle at The Oregon Clinic, the largest private specialty physician practice in Oregon, and in the past decade has performed all tasks in a business office setting for healthcare organizations, including insurance processing. Among the courses she teaches is Healthcare Finance.

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