Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

The world of health care is changing at an unprecedented pace, and the need for health care managers across the country is expected to increase at a rate faster than the average for all occupations.* Kaplan University is meeting these challenges with our experienced faculty, a curriculum designed to quickly embrace industry updates and innovations, and real-world experience to help prepare students for a career in health care administration.

Kaplan University’s bachelor's degree in health care administration is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the core disciplines of health care administration and management. As a graduate, you may also be well equipped to further your studies and pursue a master's degree. Professional opportunities may be found with insurance companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health agencies, outpatient facilities, doctors’ offices, and many other employment settings that need additional college-educated professionals to run day-to-day operations.

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration Highlights

The Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration could prepare you to serve as a health care professional and pursue supervisory roles industry wide. The program is designed to help you:

  • Understand the principles and practices of health care regarding administration, management, law, economics, and policy.
  • Attain skills and knowledge to master research, critical thinking, and problem solving as it relates to health care.
  • Apply management principles toward team building and collaborative decision making.
  • Consider the forces that are influencing today’s health delivery systems when making health care management decisions.
  • Analyze and uphold the professional, ethical, and legal standards of health care administration.
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Fast Track to Your Master's Degree

Students enrolled in a School of Health Sciences bachelor’s degree program can choose to complete an accelerated master’s degree option. Designed for high-potential undergraduate students interested in earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, the accelerated option allows you to work toward your bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing up to five core courses in one of the following programs:

If you successfully complete these courses with a minimum course grade, and have applied and been accepted to the applicable Kaplan University master’s degree program, you will enter a shortened version of the master’s degree program.

The accelerated option allows you to earn your Kaplan University bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at a faster pace and lower cost than completing each degree separately. Qualification for the accelerated master’s degree options are subject to eligibility requirements. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

With a bachelor's degree in health care administration from Kaplan University, you can be prepared for a wide range of entry-level positions in the health care industry. You may also have a strong foundation to pursue entry-level supervisory roles. Career opportunities can include: medical office manager, patient coordinator, payroll coordinator, assistant office manager—medical, contract administrator, and practice manager.‡

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Bachelor's Core

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 60

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • HA 405: LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS IN HEALTH CARE Change

      This course provides you with the opportunity to examine and critically reflect on the nature and implications of leadership ethics in health care. In this course you examine key characteristics of ethical leadership and the theoretical underpinnings of sound moral decision making and action of health care leaders. Processes for identifying and cultivating health care leaders, cultural competence, continued learning, and bioethics in health care are also explored.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 415: HEALTH CARE POLICY AND ECONOMICS Change

      This course provides students with information surrounding health care policy and economics. The focus is on defining public and private health care and the policy issues that surround them. Students also identify the roles of local, state, and national policymakers and describe the role and responsibility of the individual citizen with regard to health care policy and economics.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 425: OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT Change

      This course addresses health care strategies and the laws that affect operational decisions. Strategic and tactical planning issues, with particular attention to marketing and strategic planning, opportunity assessment, and external analysis, are covered. Students also analyze and evaluate Total Quality Management (TQM) principles and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes in organizations. Students compare total quality tools and performance measures, and examine leadership and teamwork in the business environment.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 300: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      In this course, you implement and manage technology, gain knowledge of database architecture and design, and design and generate administrative reports. Enforcement of confidentiality, e-health security, and measures to protect health information are also stressed.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 410: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      This course centers on the foundations of health care organizations and systems, particularly the outside influences of licensing and accrediting agencies. The clinical classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures are detailed. The nontraditional role of the health information professional in management and administrative roles is also discussed. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 440: FINANCE FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      This course provides you with a description of the current financial environment in which health care organizations operate. It also supplies you, as a future health care decision-maker, with an understanding of key health care finance concepts, basic managerial and accounting principles, the budget process, and tools used for financial analysis. You will be provided focused information on financing, funding, and reimbursement of health services including for-profit, nonprofit, and managed care organizations, as well as governmental programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Discussions on the application of financial information give students useful information to make financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of an organization.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 450: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      This course provides a foundation in strategic management for health care organizations built on professional ethics, personal integrity, and respect for all persons. You will explore the theoretical, procedural, and cultural aspects of change management through strategic planning and organizational analysis. Evidence-based management skills are explored using the tools and techniques that monitor quality and performance compliance throughout a health care facility.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • 100/200/300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      12

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
    • HA 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION Change

      This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. This course builds on the concepts of all courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in health care administration.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term

  • Open Elective

    Total Open Elective Credits: 87

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • OPEN ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      87

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Health Informatics, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Science in Health Education or Master of Public Health option will take up to five graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate elective.

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. (Accessed July 2014) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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