Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

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 online 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. The online program gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace at a place of your choosing while learning from faculty who are highly experienced in the field.

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Estimated Program Length 2-4 years
Credit Hours 123
Course Length 7 weeks
Transfer Credits Accepted 75
Cost per Credit $640*

*Tuition discount available. Ask for details!

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Application Instructions

For admission into Alvernia’s online healthcare management degree, you must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. To apply:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide evidence of high school completion/graduation. Documentation may include high school transcript, diploma, GED scores, or equivalent.*
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable)
  • Submit a copy of DD214 from military (if applicable)

*This requirement may be waived if an official college transcript is provided to validate completion of 15 credits or more from an accredited school.

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

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Online Learning Benefits
• A nationally ranked comprehensive regional university, Alvernia offers a growing number of online programs to advance your career or prepare you for a new one.
• Online learning with Alvernia offers a high-quality education at an affordable price, with the flexibility to study at your own pace.
• Alvernia's rolling admissions policy allows you to apply at any time. The university continually accepts and reviews applications to fit your schedule, with many programs offering starts throughout the year.
• As an Alvernia online student, you’ll have access to an array of resources including our online bookstore, online library and our Office of Career Development.

Program Overview

Topics of Study

Our healthcare administration online degree program develops your managerial skills as it teaches business and healthcare administration aspects of the industry from both practical and ethical standpoints. Through business courses, you’ll learn fundamentals of accounting, finance, business law, management and economics. As you specialize in healthcare administration, you’ll learn topics such as:

  • Fundamentals of healthcare science, including medical ethics, legal obligations and the human body
  • Critical thinking and writing for healthcare science
  • The importance of health literacy for patients, providers, society and communities and how to overcome its barriers
  • Organizational principles and practices for managing health service organizations, including risk management, medical terminology and strategic planning
  • The U.S. healthcare system and the strengths and challenges within it
  • As a requirement of our online healthcare administration degree, you will complete a capstone course. Through this capstone, you will research and develop a healthcare science project that aligns with your professional goals.
Curriculum: Liberal Arts Core/General Electives Requirements

The online healthcare administration degree is made up of a total of 123 credits. The Liberal Arts Core makes up 31 to 55 of the program’s credits, and the major requires 48 credits, including an elective course in criminal justice.

Liberal Arts Core (31-55 credits)

  • All Alvernia University students are required to complete between 31-55 credits toward the Liberal Arts Core. Transfer work may be applicable for this area. As part of the application process, students receive specific information regarding remaining credits. Students entering the program with 70 or more transfer credits or an associate degree must complete 31-55 Liberal Arts Core credit hours.

General Elective Requirements (as needed)

  • A total of 123 credits, including three credits in a human diversity course, are required to earn a bachelor’s degree. To adhere to Franciscan values, community service hours are also required.
Curriculum: Major Requirements

Core Requirements (57-58 credits)

  • BUS 101: Financial Accounting* (3 credits)
  • BUS 206: Management Principles* (3 credits)
  • BUS 207: Marketing Principles* (3 credits)
  • BUS 342: Business Law (3 credits)
  • BUS 410: Financial Markets (3 credits)
  • BUS 411: Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • BUS 426: Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • BUS 438: Business Seminar (3 credits)
  • HCS 300: Writing for Healthcare Science (3 credits)
  • HCS 330: Healthcare Literacy and Advocacy (3 credits)
  • HCS 400: Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credits)
  • HCS 410: Community Health Organization and Administration (3 credits)
  • HCS 430: Healthcare Science Capstone (3 credits)
  • ECON 248: Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 249: Microeconomics (3 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • BUS 200: Managerial Accounting I (3 credits)
  • BUS 250: Accounting Principles (3 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • MAT 208: Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • MAT 209: Probability and Statistics (3 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • BUS 280: Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • HCS 340: Healthcare Science Management (3 credits)

* C grade or higher is required for starred courses.

Program Accreditation
Career Outlook

After earning your Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • 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

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.


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