Earn a health administration degree in just 19 months

Health administration provides the essential concepts needed to be an effective and efficient manager. The curriculum is comprised of 46 credit hours separated into five trimesters over 19 months. Courses include leadership, organizational behavior, information systems, human resources, finance, and quality. These courses will provide the student with the vital management skills necessary to be prepared for an entry-level management position.

What is a health administrator?

Like any other service business, health care needs superior management to keep it operating smoothly and efficiently. The term health care manager, also called health care administrator, includes all professionals who plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care services. A bachelor’s degree is entry level for the profession. Health care managers are often responsible for millions of dollars in facilities and equipment and hundreds of employees. To make effective decisions, they need to be open-minded, good at critical thinking, understand finance and information systems, and be able to motivate others. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, professional presence, tact, diplomacy, and flexibility are essential because health care managers spend most of their time interacting with others.

A program designed for working adults

The health administration program, previously named health care management, is designed to meet the needs of the adult student while offering the same quality health care education that has been the hallmark of the college since its inception.

Advantages for working adults:

  • Evening courses that meet twice a week (2 hours per meeting), as well as online and web-assisted instruction.
  • 19-month accelerated program
  • Preparation for both corporate office and clinical management positions
  • Strong affiliation with community health care organizations
  • Strong peer support within the health administration program

Health administration admissions criteria

  • Resume and admission interview
  • Completion of 60 hours earned from a regionally accredited college, with a minimum of 24 hours transferrable under the General Studies core. Click here for specific courses required under General Studies.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of English Composition I

Financial planning for the program

Baptist College offers a quality health administration program that is financially competitive within the tri-state area. Click here for a more complete breakdown of current tuition rates and fees.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What are the class sizes for the health administration program?

A: Baptist College uses the cohort model for the health administration program. Class sizes are approximately 25 students.

Q: What if I need to complete general studies or elective courses while I’m enrolled in the health administration program?

A: This is allowed; however students admitted into the health administration program will be responsible for completing all degree requirements in addition to all management coursework. If all requirements are not fulfilled, then the graduation date will be extended past 19 months.

Q: Can I apply to graduate school after completing the health administration program?

A: Absolutely. You will have a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the program and will be well prepared for master’s programs.

Q: Is volunteering or an internship equivalent to work experience for admission?

A: Volunteer experience is not equivalent, but will be considered. Work experience can help ensure that students have the basic building blocks of how organizations operate and function.

Q: Does my work experience have to be in the health care field?

A: No. Students who are interested in health care are encouraged to apply regardless of their industry specific experience

Mission

The health administration program will provide entry level, early careerists, and advancing health care managers a career pathway into the dynamic health care market-place with a solid academic foundation for future success in a variety of health care settings, and fostering the continuing development of necessary leadership and managerial skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their course of study, graduates of the Health Administration program will:

  • Communicate effectively within the health care business environment.
  • Identify basic principles of sound management practices.
  • Differentiate key characteristics of the health care industry from other industries.
  • Utilize technology appropriately within the health care business environment.
  • Evaluate business strategies at the departmental level within the health care environment.
Jeff Halbert, class of 2017 alumni from the health administration program

"Baptist College of Health Sciences' health administration program provided me a positive experience and a successful foundation in health administration. I was equipped by experienced healthcare professionals that invested their knowledge, skilled practice and time leading me in the field of healthcare professionals. The passion and professionalism from the staff encouraged me to continue to pursue a Masters in Health Administration. I have recently been accepted into two top ten MHA programs in the nation. I am currently admitted to the #2 program in the nation where I will be attending in the fall of 2017. Thank you, Baptist College for believing and equipping me for success.”

- Jeff H. ‘17, Health Administration graduate