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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) Degree

Focusing on leadership, communication, and ethical business management, King University’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) program is designed to help students excel as well-rounded healthcare professionals. You can gain the expertise to direct and manage healthcare organizations effectively and enhance the quality of patient care.

Geared towards adult learners who have completed some college-level coursework, the BSHA program provides online and on-campus program options. With a one-course-at-a-time schedule, you are able to attain your bachelor’s degree in as little as 16 months.

Why Earn Your Healthcare Administration Degree at King University?

Flexible Online and On-Campus Format

King University’s BS in Healthcare Administration program is offered both online and on-campus. With classes offered on our Bristol, Tennessee campus, the on-ground format is ideal for students who enjoy the in-person classroom experience. The online program format, on the other hand, leverages top-notch technology to ensure the quality of distance learning. It gives working professionals the flexibility to balance their full-time employment, family, and school commitments.

Learn more about the Online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.

Renowned Faculty with Field Experience

The healthcare administration program is taught by professors who have years of experience in the healthcare field. Dedicated to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students, our faculty members strive to create an open and engaging classroom environment where students are encouraged to examine and discuss crucial healthcare issues with a critical mindset.

Real-World Education for Healthcare Leaders

Designed for adult learners, the BS in Healthcare Administration program encourages students to apply their healthcare experience to their coursework and bring real-life examples to the classroom. Combining theoretical knowledge with real-world experience, the program allows students to obtain practical knowledge and skills that they can immediately apply to their current workplace.

BS in Healthcare Administration Program Outcomes

Deeply embedded in Christian values, King University’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program not only emphasizes the development of students’ knowledge and skills in healthcare, but also focuses on helping students excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible healthcare professionals.

By completing the BS in Healthcare Administration degree program, you can attain the following competencies:

  • Implement industry standards for quality management and improvement.
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders in academic, clinical, and practice settings.
  • Analyze relevant data in order to prioritize goals that will facilitate desired outcomes.
  • Make ethical decisions that exhibit empathy and facilitate alternatives in both patient care and management settings.
  • Plan for effective leadership to provide timely, efficient, safe, cost-effective, and patient-centered care.

BS in Healthcare Administration Program Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration curriculum contains 48 semester hours of in-depth major courses that cover a wide spectrum of crucial topics in healthcare administration such as community health, human disease, epidemiology, and financial management. Fostering a framework for ethical decision-making and improving analytical and critical thinking skills, the curriculum enhances students’ theoretical understanding of how populations and cultures affect healthcare behaviors for both individuals and organizations.

Review the detailed BS in Healthcare Administration curriculum.

Healthcare Administration Major Courses

This course provides an introduction to a career concentrated in healthcare administration. Students will be introduced to core healthcare administrator. They will be exposed to potential settings in which a degree in healthcare administration could be utilized, along with specific positions within those settings. An overview of communication and relationship management, professionalism, leadership, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business skills will be included. Upon completion, students should be able to determine whether they wish to pursue a degree or career in Healthcare Administration. This course is not a major requirement for the BSHA program – 4 s.h.

This course provides a broad-based approach to the understanding of diseases based on genetic, biologic, and physiologic concepts and population profiles. Students learn to correlate basic physiological functions with the abnormal occurrence of disease when homeostasis is disrupted. Topics include biological, physical, and emotional response to injury and stress, and disturbances of homeostasis in major body organs and body systems. This course is not a major requirement for the BSHA program – 4 s.h.

This course introduces the student to the elements of financial management concepts at the organizational level. Students will understand the evolving history of the financial management process and application at both the department and organization level. Students will become fully versed in topics such as tax status, third-party payers, recognition of operating revenue, working capital utilization and the interface capital has on the organization’s execution of revenue cycle management. Through appropriate use and understanding of operating capital and resource allocation the student will understand how to strategical plan, operationalize and analyze service line products resulting in a positive return on investment (ROI). This course is designed to expose students who typically do not have a background in either finance or accounting disciplines the basic definitions, concepts, use of mathematical applications to determine the positive or negative result of the organizational efforts in delivering healthcare – 4 s.h.

This course takes a managerial perspective to the prevention and control of diseases in the public and private arenas. Basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics are applied to outbreak, geography of disease management, intervention, and policy development/implementation – 4 s.h.

This course provides an overview of the complex structure and function of the healthcare system in the United States. Topics include: historical foundations, international comparisons, resource development and allocation, impact of technology, payment systems, and care delivery models for uninsured and special populations. – 4 s.h.

This course provides a paradigm that can influence the health of multiple groups within a community or region. This population-based approach focuses on unique health issues within groups as defined by chronological measure, geographic and ethnic boundaries, physiologic aberration, and at risk and vulnerable populations. Content includes population-based health practices, challenges and levels of maintenance and prevention. – 4 s.h.

This course provides an introduction to the use of computers, technology, and data as informative tools to aid in healthcare managerial decision-making. Students develop skills in database access, database management, and information systems to promote sustainability and quality advantage in healthcare. Topics addressed include the selection, analysis, design, implementation, operation, and evaluation of health information systems in a variety of healthcare systems such as hospitals, medical practices, and community agencies. – 4 s.h.

In this course, students obtain a basic understanding of how reliable evidence is used to form practice guidelines. Emphasis is placed on the research process including data collection, documentation, and dissemination of evidence. Students will learn to use their knowledge of the healthcare process, communication skills, and critical thinking skills to promote evidence-based care within the interprofessional team. This course requires effective use of library and internet resources. – 4 s.h.

This course introduces the student to the elements of process improvement and project management. Content is devoted to quality management methodologies in order to implement projects in a healthcare organization to reach goals and to maximize outcomes. This course encompasses healthcare cases for quality, process tools, team development, and outcomes measures. – 4 s.h.

This course allows students to explore and practice fundamentals of several subareas of communication studies, including: interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication, as well as leadership and public speaking, which are essential skills for healthcare professional roles. Specifically, students will learn and analyze theories related to interpersonal relationships and conflict management, interact with and become comfortable with varying dynamics of small group communication, dissect the roles of leadership and management in organizations, and effectively prepare and deliver public speeches and presentations in front of an audience. – 4 s.h.

This course addresses the critical need of managing human resources for organizational effectiveness. Classes examine organizational leadership and the role that visionary leaders play in empowering employees, providing environments for effective work teams, and promoting an ethical climate. Students explore various leadership styles, including servant leadership, and will reflect on their own style of leadership and how it affects their ability to be an effective leader. Other topics include: motivating individuals and teams, performance evaluation, distribution of power, intervention in systems, and creation of change-oriented cultures. – 4 s.h.

This course examines the contemporary application of legal and ethical issues involved in the management and delivery of healthcare services. Topics covered include regulatory compliances, contracts, torts, damages, negligence, risk management, patient rights, liability of hospital and staff for personal injury to patients, medical records and disclosure of patient information, informed consent, ethical billing and coding practices, medical staff credentialing and ethical issues in healthcare – 4 s.h.

Healthcare organizations do not always have an understanding of the impact of market share on sustainability. This course emphasizes the identification, analysis, and selection of target markets; development and management of healthcare service lines and products; the power of consumerism; pricing; demand analysis and forecasting; distribution systems; and advertising and promotions – 4 s.h.

All candidates for a degree from King University are required to demonstrate competency in their major field. Students with more than one major must demonstrate competency in each of their major fields. In their last semester of major courses, all BSHA students will create a portfolio of their work as the comprehensive assessment for the program. Students will compile a collection of 5-7 items that reflect competency in the program objectives, as well as a cultural transformation essay, current resume, and generic cover letter. Suggested and required inclusion items will be provided. This course is graded pass/fail, and all students must receive a passing grade to graduate. The portfolio serves not only as a final assessment for the program; it also helps graduates capitalize on workplace advancement. – 4 s.h.

Healthcare Administration Career Outlook

Through rigorous coursework, graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree are prepared to start or further their careers in coordinating and managing health services in various types of healthcare organizations with excellent problem-solving, critical thinking, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills.

In addition, the demand for educated professional healthcare administrators keeps increasing staggeringly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the employment of medical and health services managers in the United States will grow 32% through 2029 which is 8 times faster than the average employment growth rate of all occupations.

By earning a BS in Healthcare Administration degree from King University, you can pursue different rewarding career paths:

Healthcare Administration Career Opportunities

Hospitals/Healthcare SystemsMedical Sales/Pharmaceutical Sales
Medical Offices/Outpatient ClinicsHealth Departments/Public Health Agencies/Governmental Agencies
Long Term Care/Assisted Living/Home HealthHealth-related Non-profit Organizations
Medical Insurance Companies/Managed Care OrganizationsPathway to Graduate School

Admission Requirements

If you are interested in applying to the BS in Healthcare Administration program, please submit the following materials:

  • A completed application for admission
  • Official transcripts that prove a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 on a 4.0 scale

Students with less than a 2.2 high school GPA may be considered and accepted on a conditional basis provided they are able to demonstrate their plans to succeed in the program.

Learn more about King University’s admissions requirements.

Technology Requirements

A laptop computer with Microsoft Office 365, wireless, and webcam capability is required. Microsoft Office 365 is available to all King students to load on their PC or Mac and is accessible at Office.com using their King University credentials.

Healthcare Administration Faculty
Sheri McRae
School of Health and Professional Sciences
Margaret Knight
School of Health and Professional Sciences
Ljiljana Krizanac-Bengez
School of Health and Professional Sciences

Learn More about the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration Program

Healthcare administrators play an essential role in keeping health facilities running efficiently. If you are ready to embark on a meaningful career as a leader in healthcare administration, apply to King University’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration or contact us to learn more about the program.