Online Classes: Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Healthcare Administration Online

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Advance your career with healthcare management courses in an online format

Are you passionate about combining leadership and business skills in a healthcare setting? Do you need the convenience and flexibility of learning on your own time? Then choose an online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with Mercy College.

Healthcare Administrators are responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and managing the direction of their chosen healthcare facility. The healthcare administration degree balances business and leadership courses to prepare students for managing in a hospital or health center setting. Students can earn their degree online in as little as five semesters. With the flexibility of online courses, many students continue to work full time while they earn this degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program courses begin in the fall (August), spring (January), and summer (May) semesters.

Education for advancement

Karen Dziengelewski, a HCA graduate, shares her perspective as working mother pursuing a Master of Health Administration.

Karen Dz
The most rewarding part of my Healthcare Administration Program was my optional senior practicum.

Allowing me time to explore and learn more about the hospital setting, nursing leadership, management meetings, marketing, and social networking. I was delighted to have so many opportunities and knew I wanted to continue and grow under Mercy.”

Karen Dziengelewski

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare ‘13

Program Overview

The Healthcare Administration (HCA) degree completion program provides a foundation in healthcare management skills and healthcare business knowledge. Coursework and an elective practicum experience will assist the student in current or future management positions in healthcare facilities. This program emphasizes building strong communication skills and organizational competence — critical skills critical for healthcare managers.

Healthcare administration careers:

  • Mid-Level Hospital Manager
  • Long-Term Care Administrator
  • Managed Care Organization Administrator
  • Clinic Administrator
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Healthcare Consultant

Program At A Glance

100% online

Flexible design for working professionals and adult learners

Transfer up to 84 credit hours

Of required coursework from previous institutions

As little as 5 semesters

To program completion

No on-campus requirement

Complete your degree online

Healthcare business classes

Core-curriculum focuses entirely on business of healthcare

Double play to save money

Earn graduate credits at undergraduate tuition rate

Faster program

Builds on previously earned credits

Focused on success

Positions you for career advancement

Full-Time or Part-Time

Choose what works for you

Prior learning credit/credit for credentials is available for a variety of content-related credentials. Save time and money! Check out the credit for credentials information below to see if you qualify.


Course Equivalent

Courses Waived
Certified Coding Associate (CCA) (American Health Information Management Association)3HCA 419
Certified Healthcare Administrative Professional (cHAP)3HCA 301
Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP)3HCA 410
Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP)3HCA 316
Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR)3HCA 312
Certified Medical Manager (CMM)9HCA 312; HCA 410; HCA 419
Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM)12HCA 312; HCA 410; HCA 412; HCA 450
Certified Professional Biller (CPB)3HCA 419
Certified Professional Coder (CPC) (American Academy of Professional Coders)3HCA 419
Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO)3HCA 412
Certified Professional in Health Care Risk Management (CPHRM)3HCA 412
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)3HCA 435
Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS)3HCA 435
Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA)12HCA 312; HCA 410; HCA 435; HCA 450
Certified Revenue Cycle Executive (CRCE)3HCA 419
Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR)3HCA 419
Certified Revenue Professional (CRCP)3HCA 419
Certified Specialist Accounting & Finance (CSAF)3HCA 410
Certified Specialist Payment & Reimbursement (CSPR)3HCA 419
Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM)6HCA 410; HCA 419
Health Care Quality & Management Certification (HCQM)3HCA 435
Professional in Human Resources (PHR)3HCA 312
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)6HCA 316; HCA 419
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)3HCA 312
Society for Health Care Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD)3HCA 318

MHA Fast Track

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration now also have the option to take one or more (maximum of six credit-hours) 500 level graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate. The course options are part of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. More information about the MHA fast-track option is below.


At the completion of the Healthcare Administration program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Identify legal and government regulations that impact healthcare organizations.
  • Demonstrate fiscal and economic principles necessary for value creation within healthcare organizations.
  • Determine practices required to support, develop, and motivate a diverse healthcare workforce.
  • Identify essential organizational processes, infrastructure, and quality initiatives required within healthcare organizations.

Students holding an associate/bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.3 from an institution that is approved/accredited by a historically regional accreditor, will be considered for program admission. Students whose GPA falls below a 2.3 but above a 2.0 will be considered on an individual basis. A student without an associate/bachelor’s degree will be considered for admission provided he/she has earned 60 or more transferable credit hours, with a minimum GPA of 2.3, and has completed the following general education coursework: Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation (GNST) (6 credit hours), Oral and Written Communication (GCOM): ENG 101 or equivalent (3 credit hours), Math, Statistics, and Logic (GMSL) (3 credit hours), and Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSBS) (3 credit hours).

To earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration students must complete all college requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree including the following:

General Education Requirements

SOC 211: Specific courses are required by the program.

Complete All of the Following Courses:

Oral and Written Communication (GCOM) - 6 Minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3

Math, Statistics, and Logic (GMSL) - 3 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSBS) - 6 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
SOC 211 Cultural Diversity 3

Arts, Humanities, Culture, and Diversity (must include 6 credit hours in Religious Studies) (GAHD/GAHR) - 9 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours

Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation (GNSI) - 6 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours

Additional hours from one or more of the above categories - 6 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours

Required Healthcare Administration Program Course Requirements

Complete All of the Following Program Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HCA 301 Introduction to the United States Healthcare System 3
HCA 310 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare 3
HCA 312 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations 3
HCA 316 Healthcare Information Systems 3
HCA 318 Principles of Healthcare Marketing 3
HCA 398 Current Topics in Healthcare Administration 3
HCA 410 Introduction to Healthcare Finance 3
HCA 412 Healthcare Law and Ethics 3
HCA 419 Reimbursement, Insurance, and Managed Care 3
HCA 425 Practical Skills for the Healthcare Manager 3
HCA 435 Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 3
HCA 440 Fundamentals of Population Health for Healthcare Administrators 3
HCA 450 Healthcare Management 3

Sample program of study for Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.

Curriculum effective Fall 2021. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2021, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

  • Document .pdfHealthcare Administration Online Completion Graduation and Retention Data

    Program outcome data for HCA programs


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Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services.

This means greater needs for physicians and other healthcare workers, medical procedures, and healthcare facilities, and therefore greater needs for managers who organize and manage medical information and healthcare staff.

Employment is projected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is projected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.

Job prospects for medical and health services managers are likely to be favorable. In addition to rising employment demand, the need to replace managers who retire over the next decade will result in some openings.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics