A growing field in high demand

The need for professionals to manage growing and complex medical groups and related organizations has created a high demand for professionally trained healthcare administrators. Alvernia University’s adult education Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration program prepares students to pursue job opportunities in a wide variety of career options in this growing and popular field. The duties of a healthcare administrator can be complex and varied, requiring a mix of business administration skills, knowledge of medical services and understanding of local, state and federal regulations that govern the healthcare industry and related insurance industry.

Flexible scheduling allows adult learners to incorporate classes into their busy lives. A state-of-the-art business lab, alternative business models and the rise of entrepreneurship helped Alvernia earn the accolade of Business College of Distinction in 2022.

Estimated Program Length2-4 years
Credit Hours123
Course Length7 weeks
Transfer Credits Accepted75
Cost per Credit$650*

*Tuition discount available. Ask for details!

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Where You Can Get A Degree

The adult education Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program is available at the following Alvernia University campuses:

Application Instructions

Through a rolling admission process, prospective students may apply to Alvernia at any time. Multiple start dates throughout the year allow accepted students to begin a program of study at an accommodating time. We continually review applications and accept students for each of the six term starts (August, October, February, March, May, and July).

Keeping on track is important throughout the process. We encourage you to work with an admission team member to submit all materials and meet all deadlines. Our dedicated team will work directly with you to identify the best options that work for you and your unique situation.

Once your application is complete, you will not have to wait long for a decision. We continually review applications and notify students as soon as a decision has been made.

To get started, visit our Adult Education Application page for a list of instructions and documents needed.

Financing Your Education

There are options to assist in financing your education and making the tuition affordable. Visit our Student Financial Services page for a detailed overview of the process, including a link to complete the FAFSA application, as well as more information about tuition, the tuition payment plan and the tuition deferment program we offer. Alvernia’s Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003233. The Office of Student Financial Services is available to help with any questions you may have. Call 610-796-8201 or email sfs@alvernia.edu.

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Students at graduation
Why Alvernia?
• Alvernia University is a nationally ranked comprehensive regional university that has been a leader in adult education for over 35 years.
• Flexible scheduling with evening classes and in-person, hybrid and online formats meets the needs of the busy adult learner.
• Programs are offered at a growing number of convenient locations in Reading, Pottsville, and Philadelphia.
• With world-class facilities and resources and a dedicated advisor team to help you balance your studies, family, financial and work demands, Alvernia is the ideal choice for your personal and educational comeback.

Program Overview


Business Core (30-31 credits)

  • BUS 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 200 Managerial Accounting (or BUS 250}
  • BUS 206 Management Principles
  • BUS 207 Marketing Principles
  • MAT 208 Statistics (or MAT 209)
  • BUS 342 Business Law
  • BUS 410 Financial Markets
  • BUS 411 Corporate Finance
  • BUS 426 Strategic Management
  • BUS 438 Business Seminar

Healthcare (21 credits)

  • HCS 200 Foundations of Healthcare Science
  • HCS 300 Writing for Healthcare Science
  • HCS 330 Healthcare Literacy & Adv.
  • HCS 340 Healthcare Science Mgt.
  • HCS 400 Healthcare Systems & Policy
  • HCS 410 Comm. Health Org & Adm.
  • HCS 430 Healthcare Science Capstone

Related Requirements (6 credits)

  • ECON 248 Macroeconomics
  • ECON 249 Microeconomics


  • BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I
  • BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

*Students entering the program with 70+ transferable credits or an associate’s degree must complete 30/31
Liberal Arts Core credits.

A total of 123 credits and 3 credits in a human diversity course are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

To adhere to Franciscan values, community service hours are also required. In addition, at least 30 credits at
the 300/400 levels must be taken at Alvernia University. Program requirements are subject to change.

Contact your admissions counselor for the most up-to-date information.

Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Alvernia University’s business program sponsors the Lambda Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society through its accrediting body, ACBSP. Delta Mu Delta is an honor society for juniors, seniors and graduate students that recognizes scholarship in business programs. Membership is limited to the top 20 percent of the junior, senior and graduate classes.
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) provides opportunities for post-secondary and undergraduate students to understand American business enterprise, establish career goals, promote sound financial management, develop character and self-confidence, and facilitate transition from school to work.
Accreditation Statements
Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage in 2021 was $101,340.

  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Birthing centers
  • Freestanding clinics
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Managed-care organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician practices
  • Public health centers
  • Retirement centers
  • Medical equipment companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Hospital and nursing home administrators
  • Personal care home and assisted living managers
  • Health insurance employees
Schuylkill Healthcare Science graduate Rebecca McCormick
Graduate persists during health crisis
Becky McCormick's journey at Alvernia began as an adult student returning to complete her undergraduate degree. In her junior year, she suffered a brain aneurism. After recovering, McCormick graduated with highest honors, summa cum laude.