Bachelor of Science
in Healthcare Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is a bachelor's degree completion program that allows candidates to apply previously earned general education credits and elective course credit to earn a bachelor’s degree.* Applicants to this program should have an associate’s degree or 60 credit hours from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration provides students with the skills and knowledge to effectively serve as health administrators within their community. Through application-based coursework, students learn how to promote responsible health choices by becoming educators and program leaders within the diverse field of community health. 

After completing this program, students will have the training necessary to evaluate research, advocate for policies and effective procedures, and manage divergent populations while implementing strategic plans by taking on a variety of roles within the healthcare field. 

*A minimum of sixty (60) semester credits in prior education is required for admission to the program. Students are also required to complete eighty-four (84) semester credits in addition to the credits listed in the program for satisfactory completion of the program. Inclusive of the eighty-four semester credits, a required thirty (30) semester credits of general education must align with the Indiana Statewide General Education Core as defined in the College’s general education requirement policy. These credits can be acquired prior to program enrollment, or while enrolled in the program.

Total cost at ACE

$8,970 (tuition + fees)

Tuition Details

Applications due January 5 for January 8, 2018 Term

Goals & Objectives

  • Learn to lead people and manage resources in a variety of healthcare settings

  • Learn to create and market healthcare initiatives that improve patients’ knowledge and access to care

  • Understand the impact healthcare laws can have on healthcare organizations and operations, and learn to advocate for change when necessary

  • Develop technology skills to help you improve presentations, better use information management, and operate systems more efficiently in your organization

  • Learn about finance, human resources, marketing, and information management in healthcare organizations

  • Acquire the credentials you need to take the next step in your healthcare administration career
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Communication and Advocacy for Health and Wellness

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.

Introduction to Healthcare Administration

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.


Department Academic Chair

Byron Barton, Ph.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Healthcare

Dr. Byron Barton graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis in with a bachelor's in biology and later received his doctorate from the University of Vermont, where he studied insect flight muscle using a classical and molecular genetics approach. 

Since then, Dr. Barton has focused on helping students achieve their academic and career goals through higher education.


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M.Ed. in Health and Wellness Education

The Master of Education in Health and Wellness Education program is intended to prepare educators in a variety of health settings, including pre K-12 schools, and community institutions and organizations. A growing need exists for educators who know and engage others in considering health topics, who utilize effective ways to teach and train providers, and who can deliver content to an audience with a range of needs, either within the healthcare industry or school environments to promote healthy life choices.

This requires the ability to assess community or organizational needs, determine program priorities, and create and deliver educational content in a manner which can be evaluated for effectiveness whether it is in the public or private sector. The program is designed to prepare interested students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

31

Semester Credits

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A Note About Licensure

Graduates of programs which are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are solely responsible for determining whether they are eligible for licensure in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate. It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state.

Tuition

B.S. in Healthcare Administration

Total Tuition

36 semester credits x $215 per credit

$7,740

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$1,080 Technology & Library Fee ($30 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$1,230

Total Program Cost*

$8,970

*This is an estimate value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on the program selected, state of residence, number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the Admission Application, Enrollment Agreement, and Payment Agreement.
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution 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.

General 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*

*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program

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 a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

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 a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper-based or Internet-Based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the paper-based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the Internet-Based (IBT) Test is 80.
    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the Internet-Based (IBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.
    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions to the Office of Academic Dean.

Courses

The following courses are required for this program, however may not represent our complete list of requirements. For detailed course and program descriptions, see the catalog.

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.

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.

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 examines historical and current trends in healthcare policy and its relationship to health outcomes and the decision making process for healthcare administrators, policy makers, and practitioners. Students will examine how healthcare policies are created, developed, and evaluated at the local, state, and national level. The relationship between healthcare policy and delivery, as well as economic, legal, and liability concerns, will be analyzed.