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

The Marian University Bachelor of Business Administrationin 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 BBAin 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

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    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



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    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 GravelleBBA 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.

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    The 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.

    For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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    General Education Program

    46-49 credits of University requirements, including:


    An examination of the private, corporate and social dimensions of business life in the context of a total ethical life. Economic theories and actual business practices and cases are considered and evaluated from the perspective of established normative ethical principles.


    An introduction to the overall functioning of an economic system with a view toward understanding the factors underlying income, employment, and prices on the aggregate level. Topics include such monetary and fiscal policies as suggested by the relevant theories discussed.


    MAT 001 Basic Algebra, MAT 002 Essential College Mathematics, with grade of C or higher or an appropriate math placement test score

    A course designed to acquaint the business student with mathematical techniques used in business and common business applications of those techniques.


    MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 with a grade of C or higher

    A first course in the calculus treating functions of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial rational functions. A major emphasis of this course is the application of these concepts to problems arising out of industry, economics, business, and the sciences.

    This course introduces the basic concepts of computer technology, the use of integrated microcomputer software, and the role of information technology in a wide range of professions. The first half of the course covers basic information on computer components and peripherals, as well as foundation concepts in using the Internet as a research tool, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. The remainder of the course is divided into modules focusing on computer software used in a range of professional endeavors, such as education, publishing, marketing, programming, and graphic arts.

    Business programs core, 34 credits as follows:

    31 credits:

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory; and financial statements.

    A course in resume writing, interviewing skills, techniques for personal enhancement, and international business etiquette; supplies the student with criteria beyond academics for acceptance into the world of work and future entry-level management positions.


    An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one/two/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, time series comparison, quality control charts and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.


    This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements and international strategies will be developed.

    A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations, and torts.


    A capstone business course that integrates the functional areas of a business with the strategic decision-making process. In a team environment, students are expected to employ the skills and knowledge learned from their academic career in a computer-simulated industry. An analysis of case studies and/or current business articles will also be used to link academic concepts and theories to real-world situations. (Senior Standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course.)


    This course is an introduction to microeconomics: the study of how households and firms interact and make decisions to allocate limited resources in the markets for goods and services.


    An introduction to financial management. Topics include the role of financial managers and financial markets, valuation of corporate securities, risk and return, financial statement analysis and capital budgeting.


    A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.


    ENG 105 Expository Writing, ENG 230 Professional Comp. & Research Writing, or appropriate English placement test score

    A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

    This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

    3 credits from the following:

    An application of contemporary communication theory to practical business situations, and an application of traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study communication theory; practice basic forms of business writing; write, deliver and evaluate public speeches; and explore communication systems in modern corporations.

    This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics. Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

    A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

    Health care administration courses, 26-29 credits as follows:

    20 credits:

    Provides information about common medical terms, definition and usage. The Systems Model is used to organize content and make it more meaningful for the development of medical vocabulary.

    Students are introduced to the use of concepts, theory, and approach as they relate to professional practice in the healthcare system. Students are also exposed to experience with the health care system from a customer perspective. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.


    Examines the fundamentals and analysis of healthcare information and the subsequent development and use of healthcare information systems. Provides a broad overview of information technology as it applies to health care systems, as well as the various management challenges facing users of this technology. Focuses on understanding systems and how to work effectively with them.


    This course presents the fundamentals and analysis of healthcare financing. Basic functions of expenditures and sources of funding are emphasized. This course analyzes third party payment programs and reimbursement practices in the U.S. healthcare sector. Students will be able to understand and explain the major differences between private insurance and managed care systems and how policy reform impacts the healthcare sector.


    (Senior standing) Students discuss concepts, theory, and research as they relate to professional practice in the healthcare system. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.


    This course examines leadership in contemporary organizations. It addresses the leader’s role in accomplishing organizational objectives in a complex, changing, contemporary, global, team-based values-challenged environment. The course reviews approaches to leadership (Behavioral, Transformational, Situational, and Values based), and the impact of successful leadership on the organization. It examines processes involved in the leadership and development of heterogeneous and homogeneous work teams. Students will gain self-awareness of their personal leadership styles, interpersonal skills and values affecting their leadership through experiential exercises and self-assessment.

    A study of the efficient flow of inventories within manufacturing and services operations. Topics include purchasing, receiving and stores, inventory management and valuation, inventory control systems, materials handling and physical distribution. The course addresses the legal ramifications specific to goods and services.

    0-3 credits:

    A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit from applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)


    A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit from applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (Nine credits in the major completed)

    6 credits from the following:

    A study of selected topics offered at the discretion of the instructor. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who wish to do advanced work and consent of instructor.

    This course addresses topics from selected themes of contemporary interest in the broad content area of business and may focus on accounting, economics, management, leadership, marketing, finance, and technology. This course will explore questions raised by emerging new issues in the field of business and their potential impact on business, research, and society.


    A comprehensive study of the personnel management function: planning, recruiting, testing, selection, training, compensation, policy development, performance appraisal, government regulations, and labor relations.


    An overview of employee involvement, leadership skills, and other management and organization behavior principles affecting human resources and relations – individual, group, and organizational. Topics include: motivation, communication, rewards, leadership, conflict, decision making, organizational structure, performance evaluation, and organizational change. The “human side of enterprise” will be examined in a cross-cultural context whether applied in domestic, offshore, or multi-national organizations.

    (Also COM 321) An application of behavioral science to business management problems in the areas of motivation, leadership, morale, communications, and control. Study of formal organizations and management principles.


    The course provides the overview of an organization’s process and quality management programs. This course addresses principles and practices in process and continuous improvement of quality in the business and non-business enterprise. Covers commonly accepted techniques for achieving quality – e.g., benchmarking, Baldrige criteria, ISO 9000/14000. Particular attention is given to philosophies and methods of process managing for quality, and to tools for quality improvement. The instructional approach is highly experiential and interactive, and features contact with quality systems professionals. Includes an overview of the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement and how the application of TQM techniques achieves customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and employee involvement. This course introduces the quality philosophy in business. Topics include the linkages between the voice of the customer, the role of information systems, and the human resource management function and how they all tie together to forge the quality direction of an organization.


    This course continues study from TEC 210. This study focuses on strategic data planning and enterprise modeling using CASE tools. Personal demonstration in the mastery of the design process acquired from earlier courses is expected. The predominant objective of this course is to design and construct a physical system using database software to implement a logical design.


    ( also FIN 403) This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems and executive information systems. Hands on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations.

    8-14 credits:

    University electives

    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


    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.

    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.

    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


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    Inspiring future leaders, Marian’s business programs prepare students for all facets of the business world.


    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    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.

    Alumni Spotlight: Meet Kira Schnell-Harrison, class of ’08. Kira graduated from Marian University with a Marketing degree and is now employed as a Retail Account Specialist with Simmons Bedding Company. See Kira’s story here.

    Internships are one of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience while receiving an education at Marian University. Senior Kate Kostac, is just one shining example of a student who had a great experience while completing their internship. Kate served as the Human Resources Intern at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA. Watch her video here.

    >When given the opportunity to complete an internship as part of her program, Brooke took on the opportunity!! Hear about her experiences as a human resources intern at Agnesian. Watch her video here.

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    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.

    Dr. Cheryl Seelig, D.H.A.

    Assistant Professor

    As part of the  BBA in Health Care Administration program, students not only gain a valuable foundation of knowledge, but also engage in internship experiences in various specialized areas of employment.

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