Bachelor of Science in Health Administration

Learn what it takes to become a professional in health administration with a flexible BSHA program that allows you to earn your degree 100% online.

Apply Now

8 Weeks

8-week terms allow for start dates throughout the year

40 Months

Earn your BSHA degree in as few as 40 months at the Accelerated program pace

Up to 90 Transfer Credits1

WCU evaluates transfer credits for acceptance

Online BSHA Program Highlights

Courses in health administration operations, financial analysis, policy development, and more

Specialization tracks that allow you to focus your education on your interests

100% online study with mobile-friendly content and access to LinkedIn Learning

BSHA to MHA bridge program that lets you take graduate courses early and earn credit

Why Choose an Online BSHA Program?

When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Health Administration online, you’re working to gain the skills and knowledge needed to make a positive impact in today’s ever-evolving healthcare environment. Learn what it takes to help run hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities effectively and efficiently.

Build a foundation in a variety of business and administrative skills in the healthcare landscape, including finance, information systems, policy, leadership, and more.

Explore the BSHA program at WCU!

Overview: Bachelor of Science in Health Administration Program

Program Details

Accelerated Pace

Distance Education/Online

120 Credits

40 Months

10 Trimesters

Working Professional Pace

Distance Education/Online

120 Credits

80 Months

20 Trimesters

Curriculum

To achieve the graduation requirement of 120 credits, all students must complete 39 credits of general education courses. Students may request to satisfy general education credit requirements through transfer credit per university policy.

General Education Requirements

Prior to Spring I 2024

Category and RequirementsWCU Course RequirementsTransferable / Options
A1- Written Communication
(5 Semester Credits and 2 Courses Minimum)
Written communication courses cover the use of writing as a means of conveying information. In these courses, students will utilize discussions, papers, essays, research, etc. to examine, analyze, and transmit information in an appropriate academic or professional manner. (Transferable courses will generally have ENG, JRN, or COM prefix)Any course that meets the General Education category and requirements.
A2. Oral Communication
(2.5 Semester Credits Minimum)
Oral communication courses cover the use of language and speech as a means of conveying information. In these courses, students will utilize language and speech to disseminate information to audiences as appropriate.
(Transferable courses will generally have SPE, COM, JRN, ENG, or BUS prefix)
Any course that meets the General Education category and requirements.
A3. Critical Thinking
(5.0 Semester Credits 2 Minimum)
Critical thinking courses provide the skills necessary to make complex decisions. In these courses, students will utilize complex thinking, logic, and other skills to analyze decision making processes. (Transferable courses will generally have PHI, LOG, or COM prefixes)Any course that meets the General Education category and requirements.
A4. Quantitative Reasoning
(5 Semester Credits and 2 Courses Minimum)
Quantitative reasoning courses provide the skills to process, analyze, and interpret data. In these courses students will utilize math to solve problems. (Transferable courses generally have MAT or STAT prefixes)Any course that meets the General Education category and requirements.
B1– Social and Behavioral Sciences / Cultural Diversity, Tradition
(8 Semester Credits and 3 Courses Minimum)
Social and behavioral science, cultural diversity, and tradition courses cover a broad range of humanities disciplines. Courses in this competency may cover social interactions, human behavior, cultural diversity, aesthetic awareness, art appreciation and creation, history, civic duty, and other areas in the field. (Transferable courses generally have SOC, SSC, PSY, ART, HIS, LIB, ENG, ANT, REL, POL, LNG, CRJ, or related prefixes)Any course that meets the General Education category and requirements.
B2. Life and Physical Sciences
(2.5 Semester Credits and 1 Courses Minimum)
Life and Physical Science courses cover vary disciplines within the scientific field. Courses in this field may cover any scientific discipline within life and physical sciences. (Transferable courses generally have BIO, CHEM, PHYS, ENV, NRM, or SCI prefixes)Any course that meets the General Education category and requirements.
B3. General Education Capstone
(3 Semester Credits)
CAPS 402(3): General Education CapstoneNon-transferable
In addition to the courses above, all students must complete FYS 002(3): Foundations of Success (Non-transferable). A minimum of 39 credits is required for graduation

 

Effective Spring I 2024

Category and RequirementsWCU Course RequirementsTransferable / Options
A. Written Communications (5 semester credits and 2 courses minimum)Any competency area A WCU courseAny college level course meeting competency area A outcomes
B. Oral and Interpersonal Communications (2.5 semester credits minimum and 1 course minimum)Any competency area B WCU courseAny college level course meeting competency area B outcomes
C. Critical Thinking and Ethical Reasoning (5 semester credits and 2 courses minimum)Any competency area C WCU courseAny college level course meeting competency area C outcomes
D. Quantitative Literacy (5 semester credits and 2 courses minimum)Any competency area D courseAny college level course meeting competency area D outcomes
E. Social and Behavioral Sciences Awareness (5 semester credits and 2 courses minimum)Any competency area E WCU courseAny college level course meeting competency area E outcomes
F. Historical, Cultural, and Aesthetic Recognition (5 semester credits and 2 courses minimum)Any competency area F WCU courseAny college level course meeting competency area F outcomes
G. Scientific Reasoning (2.5 semester credits minimum and 1 course minimum)Any competency area G WCU courseAny college level course meeting competency area G outcomes
NoneFoundations of SuccessNon-Transferable, requirement met by taking FYS 002(3 credits)

 

Elective Requirements:

To achieve the graduation requirement of 120 credits, all students must complete 30 credits of electives. Students may request to satisfy all or a portion of the elective credit requirements through transfer credit for previous education. Additionally, students may complete available online course offered by the university to satisfy elective credit (some restrictions apply). Unless otherwise requested, students will take the following university courses to meet the elective requirements

ACC 125Fundamentals of Accounting
ACC 150Principles of Finance
BUS 135Survey of Economics
BUS 220Introduction to Marketing
BUS 250Project Management
COMM 200Interpersonal Communication
ENGL 250Technical Writing
HA 100Medical Terminology
PHIL 435Methods of Conflict Resolution

Bridge Courses:

Students who have completed at least thirty-nine (39) credits of coursework with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 may also satisfy up to nine (9) credits of elective coursework through the completion of three (3) credit graduate level courses in-residence. All in-residence three (3) credit graduate level courses completed as part of an undergraduate program may be used to satisfy graduate requirements.

Health Administration Core Courses

To achieve the graduation requirement of 120 credits, all students must complete 51 credits of core and track courses. Core courses provide students with the specific discipline experience required for the degree. Tracks allow students to create interdisciplinary degrees based on personal career goals. All students will complete at least 39 core course credits as detailed below. The remaining 12 credits are based on the program track the student is enrolled in. The currently available programs are:

-Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA)

-BSHA – Finance Track

-BSHA – Strategic Management Track

A minimum grade of a “C-” (70%) will be required to receive course credit in the BSHA program. Should a student receive a “D+” (<70%) grade or lower, it will not be considered a passing grade for the BSHA program and the student will be required to retake the course. The earned grade will be counted into the student’s CGPA and will be replaced once the course is repeated with a passing grade. The student will be placed on an academic action plan to repeat the course and meet with the program Chair.

Core Courses (39) Credits:

HA 110Introduction to Healthcare Management3
PHIL 350Organizational Law and Ethics3
BUS 225Information Systems Operations and Analysis3
PH 100Introduction to Public Health3
HA 400Principles of Epidemiology3
HA 410Research Methods in Healthcare3
HA 320Healthcare Policy and Economics3
HA 330Healthcare Regulatory Compliance and Accreditation3
HA 340Healthcare Payment Systems3
HA 420Quality Performance Management in Healthcare3
HA 430Risk Management in Healthcare3
HA 440Introduction to Strategic Planning and Organizational Management in Healthcare Organizations3
HA 450Leadership in Healthcare3
Total Credit Hours:39

Core courses to be completed if no track chosen (12 credits)

BUS 200Organizational Behavior3
HA 220Global Perspectives in Healthcare3
PSYC 200Emotional Intelligence3
SCI 210Survey of Science and Technology3
Total Credit Hours:12

Track Courses

Finance Track:
Track courses to be completed in the Finance Track (12 credits)

ACC 225Financial Accounting3
BUS 290Microeconomics3
BUS 350Corporate Finance3
BUS 400Financial Statement Analysis and Management3
Total Credit Hours:12

Strategic Management Track:
Track courses to be completed in the Strategic Management Track (12 credits)

BUS 200Organizational Behavior3
BUS 370Business Analytics for Decision Making3
BUS 385Entrepreneurship3
BUS 390Social Media and Marketing3
Total Credit Hours:12
Tuition & Financial Aid

How Much Does the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Bachelor of Science in Health Administration tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the BSHA program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several financial aid options — including scholarships, grants, and loan access — to help support you through your studies. For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Bachelor of Science in Health Administration

8 Month Academic Year
with parentsoff campus
Food & Housing$2,384$7,936
Transportation$1,648$1,648
Personal Expenses$5,392$5,392
Total$9,424$14,97

Prior to Spring I 2024

Accelerated*

Degree TypeBachelor of Science
Total Program Credits120
Program Length (full time)10 trimesters
Non-Military RateVeteran Rate1Active Duty Rate2
General Education Courses (per credit x 78 credits)$460$391$250
Core Courses (per credit x 42 credits)$460$391$250
Total Tuition Cost$55,200$46,920$30,000
STRF3$150$130$87.50
Technology Fee4$5,000$5,000$5,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees5$50$50$50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$60,250$51,970$35,050
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$60,400$52,100$35,137.50

Working Professional*

Degree TypeBachelor of Science
Total Program Credits120
Program Length (full time)20 trimesters
Non-Military RateVeteran Rate1Active Duty Rate2
General Education Courses (per credit x 78 credits)$460$391$250
Core Courses (per credit x 42 credits)$460$391$250
Total Tuition Cost$55,200$46,920$30,000
STRF3$162.50$142.50$100
Technology Fee4$10,000$10,000$10,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees5$50$50$50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$65,250$56,970$40,050
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$65,412.50$57,112.50$40,150

Effective Spring I 2024

Accelerated*

Degree TypeBachelor of Science
Total Program Credits120
Program Length(full time)10 trimesters
General Education Courses(per credit x 78 credits)$460$391$250
Core Courses (per credit x 42 credits)$460$391$250
Total Tuition Cost$55,200$46,920$30,000
STRF3$150$130$87.50
Technology Fee4$5,000$5,000$5,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees5$50$50$50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$60,250$51,970$35,050
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$60,400$52,100$35,137.50

Working Professional*

Degree TypeBachelor of Science
Total Program Credits120
Program Length(full time)20 trimesters
General Education Courses(per credit x 78 credits)$460
Core Courses (per credit x 42 credits)$460
Total Tuition Cost$55,200
STRF3$162.50
Technology Fee4$10,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees5$50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$65,250
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$65,412.50

* Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.

1 Rate provided to Veterans, Veteran Spouse, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.  The military rate will no longer be offered after Fall II 2023.

2 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Department of Defense employees.  The military rate will no longer be offered after Fall II 2023.

3 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

4 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

5 Program supplies include WCU identification card and background check.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration must meet the following admissions requirements:

  1. Complete an online application for admission.
  2. Participate in an interview with a University Advisor.
  3. Complete an enrollment agreement, consisting of program policies, costs, completion requirements, and other student obligations. If the applicant is under the age of 18, enrollment documents must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  4. Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent.
  5. Individuals with 15 or more college-level credits are required to have a 2.25 GPA in post-secondary education.
    1. Applicants with 15 or more college-level credits and a GPA of 2.0-2.24 may be considered for probationary admission after meeting the following admissions requirements:
      1. The applicant must provide a letter of intent.
      2. The applicant must be approved for admission following an interview with Program Dean/Director.
      3. The applicant must satisfy program prerequisites.
      4. A student admitted under the probationary admissions pathway must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all coursework attempted over the first trimester (two terms). Students who meet this standard will be converted to a full admit status and will be subject to the standard Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement for the duration of their program.  Students failing to meet these requirements following the first trimester (two terms) will be withdrawn from the university.
      5. Students accepted under the probationary admissions pathway will be considered regular students and eligible for Title IV, if the student otherwise qualifies for funding, for the first trimester of their program of study while completing the requirements for full admission to their program.
  6. Bachelor of Science in Health Administration Transfer Credit Evaluation:  Only undergraduate level courses in which a grade of C- (70%) or better was received will be evaluated for transfer credit.  A maximum of ninety (90) total credits may be considered for transfer, subject to the following criteria:
    1. A maximum of thirty (60) credits may be accepted from alternative credit options, such as CLEP/AP/IB/ACE, etc.
    2. A maximum of thirty (30) credits may be accepted from military training or work experience
    3. All undergraduate students must complete at least thirty (30) credits in-residence at West Coast University
    4. At least twenty-four (24) of the in-residence credits must come from core program courses

For all requirements, including more information on our transfer credit policy, please visit our online catalog.

Academic Calendar

New academic terms usually start every eight weeks. Review our Academic Calendar for term start and completion dates.

Career Services

Career Services & Placement

Our support doesn’t just extend through graduation — it lasts for your entire career! As a BSHA student and graduate, you will have access to a wealth of professional and career development resources, including workshops and one-on-one guidance.2 Our Career Services department can help you track down job leads, learn the art of resume writing, practice for interviews, and more.

We want to support you so you can land the right job after graduation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers work in a range of settings, including:

  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Offices of physicians
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government
  • Outpatient care centers3

 

LinkedIn Learning

Free Access to LinkedIn Learning

As a business student, you get to supplement your WCU coursework with training on LinkedIn Learning on subject matter that relates to your field of study.

For each course you take, you will choose one training module from LinkedIn Learning’s comprehensive library, which you have free access to as a WCU student. Upon completion of the module, you will earn a certificate, which can be posted to your LinkedIn profile for prospective employers to see.

By the time you graduate, you will have had the opportunity to build an extensive ePortfolio on LinkedIn, which can help to better position you in the job market. LinkedIn Learning is an excellent resource for our students!

Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply financial management principles for decision making and strategic planning in healthcare organizations.
  • Analyze the application of organizational business skills to operational management and administration of healthcare organizations.
  • Evaluate quality improvement standards and practices to optimize business performance of healthcare organizations.
  • Interpret healthcare ethical, legal, and compliance matters to support healthcare services, patient data and confidentiality, and information systems.
  • Evaluate innovative information technology to support business management and organizational dynamics of healthcare organizations.
  • Assess the impact of collaborative interprofessional relationships and team building principles within healthcare organizations.
  • Demonstrate the application of leadership models and techniques to the strategic needs of healthcare organizations.

Featured Faculty

Justin Ako, DC, BSBA, CHEP

Dean, Health Administration (MHA/BSHA, MBA/BSBA Programs)

Dr. Justin Ako is the Dean of Health Administration at West Coast University. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i and received his bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a double major in marketing and strategic management. Dr. Ako then went on to receive his doctorate from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and most recently completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard University.

Dr. Ako has been in private practice for more than 25 years and has been a dean of multiple programs at higher education institutions. He has served as Dean of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Bachelor of Health Services Administration (BHSA) programs at West Coast University for the past 10 years. He also serves as the interim dean for WCU’s MBA and BSBA programs.

Dr. Ako has sat on community boards such as the board for Northridge Hospital/Dignity Health, and he works collaboratively with NGOs such as the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent while serving his local community.

No-Cost Access to LinkedIn Learning for WCU BSHA Students

FAQs

What can you do with a BSHA degree?

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA) program is to prepare graduates for a variety of entry-level administrative roles in healthcare organizations. One common type of job that is available is the role of the medical or health service manager.

Typical duties of a medical and health service managers may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Improvement of efficiency and quality in the delivery of healthcare services
  • Development of departmental goals and objectives
  • Communication with medical staff and department leaders
  • Creation and management of work schedules
  • Recruitment, training, and supervision of staff members
  • Management of finances, such as those related to billing
  • Preparation and monitoring of budgets and spending
  • Efforts to ensure their healthcare facility is compliant with laws and regulations3
Can I get a BSHA degree online?

At WCU, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Health Administration degree fully online through our flexible online BSHA program.

Will I be able to earn my BSHA degree if I’m working?

As an online BSHA student with mobile-accessible coursework, you can choose when and where to watch lectures and complete assignments. Whether it’s morning, night, weekends, at home, or on the go, it’s your call.

As a working student, this means you can plan your study time around your work schedule. You can also choose to complete fewer classes per term through the Working Professional pace if you need a better balance between work and school.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the BSHA program?

We can evaluate your previous coursework for transfer credit. WCU accepts up to 90 transferable credits for the BHSA program on a case-by-case basis, which includes up to 33 general education transfer credits, up to 30 elective credits, and up to 27 core and track course credits. Speak to your admissions advisor to learn more.

Can I get credit for my professional certifications and work experience?

We’ll evaluate your past work experience and/or industry certifications to determine if you can be awarded credits that will be used toward your degree. Such credits can help you cut down your program time to completion, which saves time and money.

How long does it take to get a BSHA?

We offer two paces for the BSHA program: Accelerated and Working Professional. At the Accelerated pace, you can earn your degree in as little as 40 months. At the Working Professional pace, you take fewer classes per term, which puts you on track to complete your program in as little as 80 months.

What’s the BSHA bridge program?

You can take advantage of our BSHA bridge program if you plan to continue to a graduate program after obtaining your bachelor’s in health administration. The bridge program allows you to complete three graduate-level courses that will count toward both your BSHA and your MHA (Master of Health Administration) or MBA (Master of Business Administration). With this head start, you lower the number of credits you need to take for your mater’s program, which saves both money and time.

Do I have to finish my general education classes before I can take business classes?

No. We disperse our general education, track, and core business courses throughout the program, which allows you to start taking classes in your main area of interest immediately.

What’s the difference between a BSHA and a BSBA?

A Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA) helps prepare you for jobs involving administration specifically in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, physician’s offices, and outpatient care centers. A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) can include coursework or specialization focused on healthcare, but it provides a broader education on administration in business environments across the board.

If you know you want to pursue a career specifically in the healthcare sector, a BSHA may be the best fit for you.

Is financial aid available for the BSHA program?

Yes, WCU has financial aid, scholarships, and grants available for those who are eligible. A few of these scholarships and grants include the Alumni Pathway Grant (covering up to 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Grant (covering up to 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covering up to 15% of tuition). Visit our scholarships and grants page to learn more.

 

West Coast University is accredited by WASC Senior College of University Commission (WSCUC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402 Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748- 9001/ https://www.wscuc.org/

Request Info

Personal Information you submit through our Sites, such as your name, address and other contact information, may be collected by West Coast University for internal marketing and development purposes as well as to respond to your inquiry, complete a transaction for you, or fulfill other forms of customer service. You can choose not to receive marketing from us by “unsubscribing” using the instructions in any marketing email you receive from us.

Click here to learn more.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

1 WCU evaluates transfer credits for acceptance. For the BSHA program, we can accept a total of up to 90 transfer credits (up to 33 general education course credits, up to 30 elective course credits, and up to 51 core and track course credits).

2 WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers