Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Administration

Combine your passion for helping others and business with a BBA HCA degree

The Marian University Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Administration program focuses on developing management and leadership skills with a comprehensive grasp of the economic, legal, and cultural context of today’s healthcare environment. Through a business-based focus, students will leverage their experience to increase their knowledge of the services being provided in healthcare centers, hospitals, clinics, and organizations.

Students in the BBA in Health Care Administration program develop the knowledge and skills needed to make a career in healthcare and contribute immediately and significantly to the health of citizens in their community. Learning takes place through case studies, small-group discussions, and work-related research projects. Class participation will provide opportunities to network with other students from a variety of industrial, professional, and educational backgrounds.

Graduates of the BBA in Health Care Administration program are prepared to contribute right away to the delivery of service, treatment, and support – regardless of setting – and walk away, having sharpened their communication, critical thinking, leadership, and writing skills.

Become a leader on the business side of healthcare organizations

The program offers an intricate blend of knowledge through exhilarating, in-demand courses in fields like:

  • Information systems
  • Legal and ethical healthcare issues
  • Financial and economic aspects of health care
  • Management and policy
  • Healthcare law
  • Leadership in ethical organizations

Graduates generally find employment in:

  • Ambulatory and rehabilitation centers
  • Healthcare associations
  • Health insurance organizations
  • Hospitals and healthcare systems
  • Medical group practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Skilled nursing facilities

Use Your Bachelor’s Degree to Build Your Career

Aspire to These Positions

  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

  • Licensed Assisted Living Administrator

  • Certified Medical Manager (CMM)

  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS)

  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM)

  • American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)

Opportunities Inside and Outside of Hospitals





Nursing and Residential Care Facilities


Outpatient Care Centers


Physician Offices


Source: BLS 4/27/2020

Learn by Doing

Students in the BBA in Health Care Administration program are able to apply knowledge from their courses during on the job training. Get prepared for a successful career in healthcare administration with a hands-on internship.

  • Planned and supervised on the job training
  • Start your internship your junior or senior year
  • Part-time or full-time internship opportunities
  • Assistance in finding the right internship based on goals

Students in the program have participated in internship experiences with:

  • Community Hospital, Beaver Dam, Wis.
  • Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, Wis.
  • St. Joseph Hospital, West Bend, Wis.
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay, Wis.
  • St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, Ill.

Honestly, I don’t think it would have been the same without my professors! Our classes felt more like an open discussion than a lecture, where we were able to learn more in-depth about the many healthcare topics. I liked how we were able to have field trips to the local healthcare facilities, meet healthcare professionals, and learn about their positions and career paths. The class sizes were small which I loved. All around I had a great experience in the HCA program.

Jennica Hefter – BS Health Care Administration Graduate, December 2019

In addition to the business administration and healthcare administration curriculum, Marian University taught me to enjoy, rather than stress about, the variance of day-to-day work within the healthcare industry. Through networking opportunities, I built great connections with other professionals within the healthcare industry. These introductions enabled me to arrange shadowing opportunities while still in school. This truly made a difference when it came to searching for my first job.

Mason Gravelle – BBA Business Administration Graduate, May 2019, Marketing Consultant, SSM Health

Explore a Health Care Administration BBA Degree

Listen to Dr. Cheryl Seelig, professor, describe the business majors and minors at Marian University.  A business degree from Marian University opens the door for a career with any company, in any industry.  Choose a specialty in sport and recreation management, business administration, marketing, marketing and public relations, accounting, healthcare administration, management information systems, or finance. Professors bring topics to life through their real world experience in running companies and managing staff. Courses teach you about businesses not only from a local/regional perspective but also from an interconnected global perspective. Discuss current events and how to survive and thrive in different economic conditions. Whatever your major, participate in an internship where you spend between 150 and 300 hours at a business either in the U.S. or abroad.

As a business student, you will take general education courses alongside students from all Marian bachelor programs.  Then you will take a core of business courses and courses specific to your concentration.  If you are not sure what business major is for you, reach out to our Center for Academic Support and Excellence (CASE).  They have tools to help you choose a business degree based on your interests and abilities.

BBA in Healthcare Administration Curriculum

With an eye on the factors that impact patient health, the Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Administration program’s core curriculum will position you to explore a variety of essential areas. The curriculum has been crafted with significant input from executives at some of the state’s most respected companies and organizations. It covers areas including economic aspects of health care, health care management and policy, medical terminology, and more.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Health Care Administration majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Medical terminology
  • Financial and economic aspects of health care
  • Business ethics
  • International business
  • Interpersonal communication
Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions and systems.
  • Students will possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will know how to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of Health Care functions and systems.


The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program provides an understanding of healthcare’s business side, including medical staff relations, patient care services, finance, policy, planning, and development. It empowers students to enter their desired field immediately and positively contribute to the industry as it continues to evolve.

Accreditation Standards

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program adheres to the following principles of business education promoted:

Outcomes Assessment – The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Strategic Planning – The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Curriculum – Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Faculty – Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Scholarly and Professional Activities – Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Resources – Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Internal and External Relationships – The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

International Business Education – The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively understand and deal with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment.

Educational Innovation – The academic business unit maintains an environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • Respect for others
  • Full engagement
  • Responsibility and integrity, and
  • Commitment to quality

Marian’s health care administration program prepares you for professional careers in a variety of areas, including ambulatory and rehabilitation centers, healthcare associations, health insurance organizations, hospitals and healthcare systems, medical group practices, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. Through quality internship experiences, your hands-on experience will enhance your résumé and establish relationships with numerous organizations, which often lead to professional employment opportunities.



Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition – Business
Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam


Marian Baseline Target = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)
Comparison (IACBE schools) = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)
Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)
Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)
Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)


On average, Marian students performed higher than the IACBE comparison average.
Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).
In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business
Measure: CAPSIMBusiness Simulation


Standard: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above National average (50th %-ile)
Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above 80th %-ile
Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16th to 96th %-ile)
Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%


94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.
44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80th percentile.
In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.


Recent graduates have held internships in places such as:

  • Agnesian HealthCare
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Beaver Dam Community Hospital
  • Iron Mountain VA Hospital
  • MEPS-Milwaukee

With an applied approach, the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program enhances the knowledge and skills students need to be successful in the healthcare field, providing one-on-one personal support from faculty and preparing them to be successful following graduation.

Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

A student who meets Marian University admission standards and declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 101 or ENG 105

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 151 or ENG 106
  • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
  • BUA 210
  • Science lab(s)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Junior and Senior Criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Failure to Meet Criteria

Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken, and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least nine credits of courses unique to the minor.

Internship Experience

The internship provides practical work experience related to the student’s career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved, and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements, such as the number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.