Make a Difference in Today’s Healthcare Field

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at City University of Seattle emphasizes the relevant real-world skills you need to make a difference in today’s healthcare organizations. This 180-credit program will provide you with an understanding of the industry’s financial, legal, and ethical frameworks, preparing you to plan strategically for the needs of a sector that continues to experience rapid change and growth.

Complete the healthcare administration degree online so you can continue to gain real-world experience or fulfill other responsibilities while enrolled.

Curriculum is informed and taught by working healthcare professionals that include healthcare administrators, practitioners, insurance providers, and several others that influence the healthcare system.

Learn about the projected growth in the healthcare administration field on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program, you’ll learn:

  • Critical-thinking processes used to analyze today's business issues and aid identifying rational solutions
  • Various philosophical approaches to ethical decision making and practical applications
  • Relevant theories, principles, and styles of leadership and administration
  • The legal and ethical aspects of healthcare administration and management
  • Changes and trends in the American healthcare system
  • The use of information technology to support operational, management, and clinical decision making
  • The application of organizational behavior theory
  • Healthcare industry concepts and processes regarding costs, access, and quality of service and care
  • Basic accounting principles, terminology, and financial managerial accounting
  • Strategic planning and evaluation within a healthcare organization
  • The use of marketing in the healthcare sector
  • History and transformations of healthcare politics and policy

Lower-Division Requirements (90)

College Composition: 5 credits
College Mathematics: 5 credits
Humanities: 15 credits
Social Science: 15 credits
Natural Science/Mathematics: 15 credits

Undergraduate Core

BC 301

Critical Thinking (5)

This course introduces the student to critical thinking processes used to analyze today's business issues and aid identifying rational solutions. This course focuses on building and analyzing arguments; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information. Students learn foundational skills that will serve them throughout the program and their business careers.

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)

Healthcare Administration Core

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)

In this course students become conversant with both the legal and ethical aspects of 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 healthcare managers face in their professional roles.

HL 320

Issues and Trends in Healthcare Administration (5)

This course covers changes and trends in the American healthcare system, including federal requirements for setting standards for improving healthcare. Emphasis is placed on healthcare reform, the rising cost of medical care, technological advances, as well as the regulatory agencies that mandate quality and safety within patient care.

HL 330

Health Informatics (5)

Health informatics covers the use of information technology to support operational, management, and clinical decision making. 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, the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and the value that health information technology brings to healthcare.

HL 340

Healthcare Admin Human Resources 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 Mgmt (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, terminology, and financial managerial accounting, including budgeting, cost accounting, and the financing of healthcare 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.

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 healthcare politics and policy. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the state and federal policies affecting healthcare access and delivery and the fluidity of healthcare policy. Students will explore the costs associated with healthcare delivery in the American healthcare system and compare those to the healthcare costs in systems around the world.

Upper-Division Electives (25)

Capstone Courses

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.

The healthcare industry will continue to experience rapid development and growth, and the need for strong, knowledgeable healthcare administration professionals to facilitate those changes is always present.

Upon completion of the BS in Healthcare Administration from CityU, you will be well-prepared for a role in this exciting and gratifying field. Positions may include:

  • Medical office manager
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Health information manager
  • Healthcare supervisor

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.

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