Bachelor of Science
Healthcare Administration

Total cost:

$9,510 View Tuition Details

Application due date for October 3, 2022 term: September 30

Estimated time to completion: 20 Months

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The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is a bachelor completion program designed for working healthcare professionals, or individuals who want to transition to the healthcare field, who have some college credit and want an accessible and affordable option to complete their degree in healthcare administration. Designed for individuals with an associates degree or some college credit, this bachelor’s degree completion program gives you a direct pathway toward earning a bachelor’s degree*. This program explores current legal and ethical issues in the growing and diverse field of healthcare administration, and provides students with a foundation in marketing, finance, human resources, and information management. You will learn leadership skills and other skills critical to a healthcare administrator such as effective communication, technology, critical thinking. This program includes a dual credit course, so by the end of the program you will have three credits that can be applied toward the Master of Healthcare Administration degree.

in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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What you can expect.

  • Flexible Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Well-Rounded Approach This program examines the diverse areas that impact healthcare administration including finance, marketing, advocacy, legal and ethical issues, human resources, information management, and diverse populations. As a result, graduates of this program are well-versed and prepared for a variety of positions in healthcare administration.
  • Accelerated Completion This program is especially designed for individuals that want to earn a bachelor’s degree in an accelerated manner. The degree is earned by coupling the credits you have previously earned with the required courses in this program.
  • Focused Coursework All courses center around healthcare administration, meaning that you will only take courses with other students that share your passion for healthcare and learn diverse skills that impact the field.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • HLTH4301 Introduction to Healthcare Administration 3 semester credits
  • HLTH4373 Human Resources for Healthcare Administrators 1 semester credit
  • HLTH4392 Quality Management for Healthcare Administrators 3 semester credits
Byron Barton, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Byron Barton, Ph.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Healthcare
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American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.


*Students are required to complete eighty-four (84) semester credits in addition to the credits listed in ACE course list for satisfactory completion of the program. Inclusive of the eighty-four (84) semester credits, a required thirty (30) semester credits of general education must align with the Indiana College Core as defined in the College Catalog. These credits can be acquired prior to program enrollment or while enrolled in the program.

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B.S. in Healthcare Administration

Total Tuition

36 semester credits
x $215 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,620 Technology & Library Fee
($45 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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Admission Requirements

B.S. in Healthcare Administration

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

B.S. in Healthcare Administration

  • Minimum level of education required:  Associates degree or 60 undergraduate semester hour credits from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.
  • Minimum grade point average 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 1.75 on a 4.0 scale for provisional admission

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


B.S. in Healthcare Administration

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 36 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Research Courses (3 semester credits)

This course familiarizes students with research procedures for the design and evaluation of research and interpretation of statistical analysis in the health field. Students will critically evaluate the validity of health research and work on evidence-based health projects. Students learn how to assess, plan for, and infer health education needs based on research

Health and Wellness Courses (33 semester credits)

Designed to introduce topics, this course explores current issues related to the healthcare industry as an opening needs assessment and survey of potential solutions to critical concerns.
This course explores legal and ethical issues in healthcare management, with emphasis on HIPAA laws, case law, malpractice suites, risk management, and health power of attorney creation and execution.
This course focuses on leadership and management models and styles. Organizational behaviors, organizational change, and change management will also be covered.
This course focuses on the complexities of health issues and health service delivery to diverse populations and the role of healthcare professionals in serving the needs of all people. The impact of such variables as gender, age, lifestyle, religion, culture, social class, race, geography, and developmental level will be related to health status and health service needs. Diversity, advocacy, and social justice are key topics.
Students learn introductory level marketing as it applies to the health and wellness field. Students assess market opportunities in wellness services, programs, and facilities, and create marketing strategies and tactics. In addition, students study the importance of strategic planning and its relationship to effective marketing.
This course provides a foundation of knowledge and skills applicable to human resource management in healthcare settings. Topics include principles, concepts, issues, and challenges related to human resource management; financing; insurance, and the role of leadership as they apply to heath organizations.
This course focuses on understanding financial statements, managerial accounting solutions, and cost analyses. Students also apply financial and managerial accounting principles to develop solutions that make a positive financial impact. Federal and grant funding as it relates to healthcare will be emphasized.
In this course, students examine the fundamentals of effective communication with diverse populations. Topics include the vital role that health communication takes in health care delivery structures, health care reform, health promotion, illness prevention, consumerism, and client advocacy. Innovative communication tools, technologies, and research will be explored.
This course examines quality management methodologies used to analyze safe and effective healthcare operations. Techniques such as advanced quality planning and control plans will be studied to determine how they are utilized to drive quality improvement and optimization of healthcare organizational efficiencies. Emphasis will be placed on using statistical analysis techniques to increase healthcare efficiencies and improve health outcomes.
This course provides students an overview of informational technology as it applies to healthcare management. Students study web portals, online health risk assessments, electronic recordkeeping, interactive health tools, trackers, videos/podcasts, digital health coaching, online challenges, social networking, personal health records, and portable tracking devices (e.g., pedometers, glucose monitors, etc.).
This Capstone course culminates in students' development of a paper and project that showcase their healthcare knowledge. As part of the Capstone, students prepare a final web-based employment portfolio containing their project-based work in the program.
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to guide students in evaluating healthcare policy issues that impact decision making and outcomes in healthcare. Students will explore healthcare delivery systems and analyze issues which impact the delivery of healthcare and nursing at global, national, and state levels of government. Students will analyze the development, formulation, and implementation of policies and related economic issues that can influence healthcare practice today. In addition, the course includes topics such as the relationship between healthcare providers and patients, insurance policies, quality management, legislative liability issues, ethical decision making.