Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program at City University of Seattle provides career paths for people interested in taking part in the dramatic changes currently taking place in the healthcare industry. Our comprehensive, 180-credit program emphasizes the relevant real-world skills you need to make a difference in today’s healthcare organizations.
CityU of Seattle’s healthcare administration degree provides you with an understanding of the industry’s financial, legal and ethical frameworks so you can play a role in reducing cost and risk. We’ll give you a foundation so you can plan strategically for the needs of a sector that continues to experience rapid change and growth.
CityU offers our healthcare administration degree online so you can continue to gain real-world experience or fulfill other responsibilities while you complete your degree program. CityU has been revolutionizing higher education since 1973, and we can help you structure your learning to fit around your life. Contact our advisors to learn more today.
With your bachelor’s in healthcare administration, you qualify for a range of administrative positions in a variety of healthcare organizations including public health organizations, hospitals, HMOs and private practices. Graduates with additional healthcare experience often pursue management roles within their current practice. Those just entering the profession often go on to entry-level positions such as the following:
- medical office manager
- nursing home administrator
- health information manager
- healthcare supervisor
Lower-Division Requirements (90)
College Writing: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Social Sciences: 15
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 15
BC 301 Critical Thinking (5)
The critical thinking process is used to analyze today's issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information.
BC 306 Ethics and Leadership (5)
This course provides an overview of various philosophical approaches to ethical decision making and practical applications involving ethical problems that arise in contemporary society such as crime and punishment, marriage and the family, biotechnology, and business.
Upper-Division Requirements (90)
HL 300 Foundations of Healthcare Leadership (5)
This course provides an introduction to the healthcare management profession and examines relevant theories, principles and styles of leadership and administration. Emphasis is placed on management and leadership theories as they relate to healthcare organizations. Students will become familiar with the process of staffing, leading, motivating, and evaluating the performance of healthcare professionals.
HL 310 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Administration (5)
This course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to become conversant both legal and ethical aspects to healthcare administration and management. Students will become versed in the legal system as it applies to tort law, contracts, civil procedures, obligations to provide healthcare, privileging, fraud, and medical-decision making. Emphasis is placed on how the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve healthcare delivery systems. Students will also understand the legal and ethical dilemmas that health care managers face in their professional roles.
HL 320 Issues and Trends in Healthcare Administration (5)
This course covers recent changes and trends in the American health care system including the Patient Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), bundled payment systems, capitated care, the medical home model and federal requirements for setting standards for improving health care. Emphasis is placed on healthcare reform, tort reform, and the rising cost of medical care, as well as the regulatory agencies that mandate quality and safety within patient care.
HL 330 Health Informatics (5)
Health informatics covers the representation, organization, and manipulation of clinical information and knowledge. This course provides students with an understanding of informatics and its healthcare applications. Students will gain knowledge of federal law as it pertains to the privacy and security of healthcare systems.
HL 340 Healthcare Administration Human Resource Management (5)
This course includes the application of organizational behavior theory to explore the factors that affect behavior, performance, and job satisfaction of people working in healthcare organizations. Human resource management is a crucial part of healthcare administration. Students will become familiar with the skills needed to successfully recruit and train the people who work in the organization, as well as understand the legal issues relating to employment law.
HL 400 Healthcare Administration Quality Assurance Management (5)
This course provides students with an overview of healthcare industry concepts and processes regarding costs, access, and quality of service and care. Emphasis is placed on the definition, measurement, and improvement of quality in the healthcare setting, including how quality measurements guide decision-making and drive changes. Students will be introduced to the theme of evidence-based medicine and the various methods used to promote, audit, and maintain quality improvements.
HL 410 Healthcare Administration Budgeting and Finance (5)
This course provides an introduction to basic accounting principles and terminology and financial managerial accounting, including budgeting, cost accounting, and the financing of health care products and services. Students will become familiar with the process of setting prices for products and services, including the gathering of financial information in order to determine the return on investment for adding services or products.
HL 420 Healthcare Planning and Evaluation (5)
This course explores the use of strategic planning and evaluation within a healthcare organization. Students will gain an understanding of the resources, theories and practices used in evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to an organization, and how that information may be used to improve an organization's strategic position.
HL 430 Healthcare Marketing (5)
This course provides students an understanding of the use of marketing in the healthcare sector, including the creation of a marketing plan, the use of focus groups, and the creation of a marketing budget. Emphasis is placed on identifying market demographics, targeting, and positioning as well as decisions about product and service design, pricing and placement, and the promotion of health services. Students will gain an understanding of market research and the application of marketing strategies and tactics to support an organization's core strategies.
HL 440 Healthcare Politics and Policy (5)
This course covers the history and transformations of health care politics and policy. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the state and federal policies affecting health care access and delivery and the fluidity of health care policy. Students will explore the costs associated with health care delivery in the American healthcare system and compare those to the health care costs in systems around the world.
Upper-Division Electives (35)
HL 495 Healthcare Practicum/Capstone (5)
This course is the capstone for students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration. This course is the last and final course in the program and should not be taken until the student has completed HL 300, HL 310, HL 320, HL 330, HL 340, HL 400, HL 410, HL 430, HL 440 or their equivalent.In the final semester of the BS in Health Administration Program, students complete the Capstone: a culminating project conducted under the supervision of the course instructor. The purpose of the Capstone is to help each student integrate information and skills gained in coursework to address a health administration issue or problem. A wide variety of projects may be appropriate, including projects related to management, politics/policy, marketing, planning, budgeting/finance, quality assurance, and leadership.