Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Combine your love for business and your desire to help others with a BS in HCA

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program prepares students to make a positive impact on patients by effectively managing those giving them care.

How do you break into healthcare administration? Our students are shown how to effectively manage across different health care landscapes. They are introduced to the use of concepts, theory, and approach as they relate to their desired profession. The BS in Health Care Administration covers medical staff relations, patient care services, finance, and planning and development. Students are trained to observe the healthcare system from a customer perspective.

In earning a BS in HCA, our graduates receive a broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum, and the regulations governing care delivery, as well as the issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities. Key issues in health policy are also presented, along with healthcare law principles and a broad overview of information technology.

Learn to develop and guide high-performance teams within healthcare

Where can a healthcare administrator work?

Graduates of our BS in Health Care Administration program have launched their careers at:

  • 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.

How do healthcare administrators make a difference?

Anyone graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration can assist with the delivery of care in places like:

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

What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration?

Graduating with a BS in HCA can give you the ability to take on such roles as:

  • 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)

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 BS Degree

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.

BS in Healthcare Administration Curriculum

Executives from the state’s most respected companies and organizations have helped craft the curriculum of our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program. What skills are needed to be a healthcare administrator? With an eye on the factors that impact patient health, students explore a variety of essential areas and graduate knowing 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.  General education courses 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

Core Courses

Healthcare administration majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Leadership in Ethical Organizations
  • Healthcare Law
  • Medical Terminology
  • Financial and Economic Aspects of Healthcare

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.


Our BS in Healthcare Administration program empowers students to enter their desired field immediately and positively contribute to the industry as it continues to evolve.

Accreditation Standards

Our BS in HCA 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