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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

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Curriculum

120 credit hours

Program Length

4 years

Accreditation

Regionally Accredited by SACSCOC

Launch Your Career in Healthcare Leadership

The Columbia International University Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration empowers aspiring healthcare leaders like you to make a positive impact in the dynamic and rapidly evolving healthcare industry. This comprehensive program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to excel in various administrative roles within healthcare organizations. By combining foundational business principles with specialized healthcare coursework, our program prepares you for a rewarding career that merges your passion for healthcare with effective leadership and management expertise. 

As a student in our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program, you will benefit from a curriculum that explores essential topics such as healthcare systems, healthcare management, healthcare ethics, healthcare policy, finance and strategic planning. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experiences, you will develop a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in healthcare administration. Our faculty, comprised of experienced healthcare professionals and scholars, will guide you through engaging coursework, case studies and practical projects to ensure you gain the necessary competencies for success. 

With this program, you will acquire a broad skill set that includes effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership abilities, which are highly valued in the healthcare industry. Whether you aspire to work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, consulting firms or government agencies, our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program equips you with the tools to drive positive change, optimize healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes. Join us on this transformative journey and prepare yourself for a fulfilling and impactful career in healthcare administration. 
 

Why Choose Columbia International University

Choosing Columbia International University for your Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is a decision that sets you on a path towards a successful and meaningful career in healthcare leadership. Here are compelling reasons why CIU stands out as the ideal choice for this degree program: 

Holistic Approach: At Columbia International University, we are committed to a holistic approach to education. Our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program combines rigorous academic training with a foundation in ethics. This integration ensures that your education is grounded in eternal principles, compassionate care and a deep understanding of the value and dignity of every individual. By blending business principles with healthcare-specific knowledge, our program equips you to navigate the challenges of the healthcare industry while upholding values of integrity, empathy and servant leadership. 

Expert Faculty and Practical Experience: Our faculty members bring a wealth of expertise and real-world experience to the classroom. They are accomplished educators and experienced professionals who understand the nuances of healthcare administration. Through their guidance and mentorship, you will gain practical insights, relevant industry connections and an understanding of the latest trends and best practices in healthcare administration. Additionally, our program emphasizes practical experiences and hands-on projects, allowing you to apply your learning in real-world settings and develop valuable skills for your future career. 

Comprehensive Curriculum: The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program at CIU offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers essential areas of healthcare administration. You will study subjects such as healthcare systems, healthcare management, healthcare policy, ethics, finance, strategic planning and more. This diverse range of courses ensures that you gain a well-rounded understanding of the multifaceted healthcare industry and are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in various administrative roles. 

Personalized Attention and Support: At CIU, we prioritize your academic success and personal growth where you can actively engage with faculty members and fellow students. You will receive personalized attention, mentorship and support throughout your educational journey. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you thrive academically, spiritually and professionally. 

Networking and Professional Connections: CIU offers a vibrant and supportive community where you can build lifelong connections with fellow students, alumni and professionals in the healthcare industry. You will have opportunities to expand your professional network, gain insights from experienced professionals and discover internship or job opportunities in healthcare administration. 

Faith Integration and Spiritual Formation: As a Christian institution, CIU fosters an environment that integrates faith and learning. You will have the opportunity to deepen your spiritual foundation and develop an ethical worldview that informs your approach to healthcare administration. This integration of faith and learning equips you with the compassion and servant leadership mindset needed to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals and communities through healthcare administration. 

By choosing Columbia International University for your Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, you are investing in a transformative educational experience that combines academic excellence, practical relevance, personal growth and spiritual formation. Prepare yourself for a fulfilling career where you can make a difference in the lives of others, lead with integrity and contribute to the advancement of healthcare administration. 
 

Overall Benefits of this Degree

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree opens up a world of opportunities and offers numerous benefits that contribute to your personal and professional growth. Here are some of the overall benefits of obtaining this degree: 

Versatile Skill Set: The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program equips you with a versatile skill set that is highly valued in the healthcare industry. You develop strong communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and leadership abilities, allowing you to effectively navigate the complex landscape of healthcare administration. These skills are transferable across various healthcare settings and administrative roles, providing you with a broad range of career options. 

Expansive Career Opportunities: The healthcare industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities, and with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree, you gain a competitive edge in pursuing these roles. You can explore careers in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, healthcare consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, and other healthcare-related organizations. Positions such as healthcare administrator, healthcare manager, healthcare operations coordinator and healthcare policy analyst are just a few examples of the wide range of roles available to you. 

Leadership and Management Roles: The healthcare industry is in constant need of skilled leaders who can effectively manage healthcare organizations and contribute to their success. With a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, you are well-positioned to pursue leadership and management roles within healthcare organizations. These positions provide opportunities to make strategic decisions, shape healthcare policies, optimize healthcare delivery and impact patient care positively. 

Influence Healthcare Delivery: Healthcare administrators play a crucial role in shaping the delivery of healthcare services. By obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, you gain the knowledge and expertise to influence and improve healthcare systems, policies and procedures. You can contribute to enhancing patient care experiences, promoting quality assurance and implementing innovative practices that drive positive change within healthcare organizations. 

Job Stability and Growth: The healthcare industry is known for its stability and growth, even during challenging economic times. The demand for healthcare administrators and professionals continues to rise due to factors such as an aging population, advancements in medical technology and evolving healthcare regulations. By obtaining a degree in Healthcare Administration, you position yourself for long-term career stability and growth in a field that offers diverse and rewarding opportunities. 

Contributing to the Health and Well-being of Communities: Healthcare administrators play a vital role in improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities. With a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, you can make a meaningful impact on the lives of others by facilitating efficient healthcare delivery, ensuring quality patient care, advocating for patient rights and addressing healthcare disparities. Your work in healthcare administration contributes to the overall betterment of communities and the promotion of public health. 

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree not only provides you with valuable knowledge and skills but also opens doors to fulfilling careers, leadership opportunities and the chance to make a positive impact in the healthcare industry and the lives of individuals and communities you serve. 
 

What Will I Study?

  • BIB 1116 Old Testament Survey

    In this course, you will become familiar with the basic contents of each book of the Old Testament and the broad historical framework of Old Testament events. You will pay special attention to key passages and prominent themes of the Old Testament. You will read the Old Testament with a view to using it for spiritual formation and discipleship.

    3.00 credit hours
  • BIB 1120 New Testament Survey

    This course is an overview of the books of the New Testament and the historical circumstances surrounding these writings. You will focus on the background, content, message, and personal application of each book in the New Testament. You will also examine the process by which the New Testament canon was formed and the New Testament was transmitted through the history of the Church.

    3.00 credit hours
  • BIB 4310 Progress of Redemption

    In this course, you will explore God's plan of redemption as it progressively unfolds in the Bible. You will trace the basic historical revelation in the Old and New Testaments to see what God is doing and by what method. You will consider the spoken revelations as you observe the progress of doctrine.

    3.00 credit hours
  • ICS 1210 Discovering the Mission of God

    This course is designed to help you develop world-Christian characteristics. You will explore the Christian's heritage in the history of the church and missions, begin to develop a scriptural perspective on the purpose of the gospel in confronting ideologies, religions and spiritual needs of the world, and discuss current strategies for identifying and reaching the lost.

    3.00 credit hours
  • MSD 1110 Encountering Spiritual Formation

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the foundational principles of spiritual formation for effective life, ministry, and vocation. The process of the student's spiritual formation includes their relationship with God, their biblical self-image, their relationship with the Body of Christ, their personal relationships, and their relationship with the world. Students are invited into a multiple-year journey of encountering spiritual formation in community. The goal of this course is to help students build a foundation for continued spiritual formation at and beyond their time at CIU.

    3.00 credit hours
  • THE 3310 Christian Theology

    This course provides a study of the theological truths of the Bible, during which you will focus on the basic doctrines necessary for a Christian worldview: Scripture, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, sin and salvation, church, and future events. You will examine the doctrinal teaching of the Bible, supplemented with insights from the theological reflections of the church throughout its history and from contemporary theological discussions.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 1010 Communication for Leaders

    This course provides you a general overview of basic communication skills and strategies that typically accompany proven leaders. Topics covered include listening, evaluating an audience, speaking in public settings, facilitating small work groups, and business writing. The course is a blend of theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to engage and practice leadership communication techniques firsthand. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • ENG 1010 College Writing and Research 1

    This course overviews the tasks and skills involved in writing formal essays. You will increase your writing proficiency step-by-step, accomplishing smaller goals that lead to the achievement of larger goals. You will thoroughly cover the mechanics of good English grammar with the goal of identifying your strengths and weaknesses. As a summative exercise, you will examine biblical examples of various types of writing. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • ENG 1020 College Writing and Research 2

    This course builds upon the knowledge of writing and writing research skills you covered in ENG 1010 - College Writing and Research 1. The course stresses intellectual and analytical reasoning and their contribution to good research and writing practices. Students continue to drill the mechanics of grammar and provide input for other student writers. As a summative exercise, students will examine examples of research and reasoning as they relate to and help us understand the biblical text. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HIS 2010 World Civilizations

    This course surveys world history from the beginning of civilization to AD 1700. You will study the origins and achievements of the major civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. You will also be exposed to Christian, Islamic, and Byzantine cultures. Upon completion of the course, you will have gained a foundational understanding of ancient history-historical, cultural, and geographical factors-and grasp its relationship to the biblical record. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • MAT 2010 Personal Financial Management

    This course will provide you a practical introduction to personal finance management. It highlights strategies for managing personal assets and also explores topics such as the development of personal financial goals, planning and budgeting; avoiding fraud and swindles; buying, insuring, and financing major assets; consumer credit; banking services; investments; insurance; retirement and estate planning; and income tax. You will also learn to understand biblical principles of stewardship that impact financial management. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • PHI 2110 Introduction to Philosophy

    In this course, you will explore some of the fundamental issues that must be addressed by anyone attempting to formulate a comprehensive understanding of things (worldview), and will examine primary texts in order to observe some of the very best thinking regarding these fundamental issues.

    3.00 credit hours
  • PHI 3010 Personal and Social Ethics

    In this course, you will study the history of ethics, ethical decision-making, personal character development, and build a framework of Christian personal and social ethics. You will learn to apply a biblical ethic to a range of contemporary issues. (3)

    3.00 credit hours
  • SCI 2010 Earth Science

    This course is designed to provide you a general overview of environmental science, with an emphasis on sound science, stewardship, and sustainability. Students study basic concepts of environmental science, relationships between living and nonliving things, human impact upon the environment, and proper care of earth's resources. Critical thinking skills will be utilized throughout this course, with a view toward helping you carefully consider scientific concepts and their effects upon human interactions. The study of environmental science is approached from the perspective that human beings are tasked with practicing appropriate stewardship of God's creation. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • SOC 1010 Succeeding at CIU

    Through this course, you will be introduced to communication, self-motivation, and critical thinking skills necessary for academic success at CIU. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • SOC 2010 Cultural Diversity

    This course is an exploration of cultural diversity and multiculturalism within the framework of a biblical worldview. This course provides you with a process to understand and relate to people of various cultures. It also provides ongoing preparation for effective interaction with all kinds of people in our culturally diverse world. Growth in these skills will equip you with what you need to build trust across cultural differences. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • BUS 1200 Business Finance

    In this course, you will study the basic concepts and principles of corporate finance, accounting and reporting including analysis of financial statements, the time value of money, stock and bond valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, and conversion of international monetary systems. You will also develop basic skills in analyzing the finances of publicly-traded companies. (3)

    3.00 credit hours
  • BUS 3010 Working with Teams

    This course studies the importance of teamwork in organizational or professional settings. You will study the components of effective teams, discuss common dysfunctions of teams, examine accountability within teams, and how to instill team values. The goal is to help you grow both as a team member and as a team leader. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • BUS 3030 Personnel Development

    This course will prepare you with the understanding and skills you need as a leader to hire and grow a solid team. You will learn various theories of learning, leadership, and motivation, and from that learning develop a practical application of methodologies such as needs assessment, development, and execution. The course also covers job design, coaching, mentoring, and performance management techniques that facilitate a good corporate culture. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • BUS 4030 Strategic Management

    This course explores the world of strategic management and will help you discover its guiding principles. Topics covered include helping an organization accomplish its objectives through formulating, implementing, and evaluating effective cross-functional decisions. Students will review the many pieces necessary to strategic management, including integrating management, marketing, finance/accounting, production/operations, research and development, and information systems. (3) Limited to online program students.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 1010 Introduction to Public Community Health

    This course focuses on public health administration and practice, including the context, structure, and core functions of public health administration. Includes the historical origins, development of public health, and the administrative aspects related to carrying out public health functions. Socio-cultural factors shaping the public health of communities and emergency management and application are addressed.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 1110 Introduction to Healthcare Administration

    This introductory course explores the history, development, structure, and future of Healthcare and Healthcare delivery systems, financing sources, technology, medical terminology, and industry outlook for the Healthcare administration professional. Overall planning, organization, management, evaluation, quality, professions, and major health policy issues are explored.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 2010 Healthcare Management and Delivery Systems

    This course provides an overview of how health care delivery systems are organized and managed through the interprofessional roles (circles of care) of administrators, physicians, nurses, and other clinical and support staff. The application of managerial concepts and practices in governance, strategy, structure, conduct, and performance in various types of health care settings is highlighted along with the use of leadership skills in communication and change management. The crucial role of information technology in planning, project management, and health care applications are included.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 2410 Healthcare Ethics and Medical Law

    This course studies the ethical and legal implications of Healthcare administration, including access to care, affordability, Healthcare interventions, patient rights, medical records, and regulatory issues governing Healthcare and Healthcare delivery. Political and social policies contributing to the demand for health services are discussed, as are Institutional Review Boards, the legal structure of healthcare organizations, and governmental regulations affecting Healthcare administration, such as the major elements of public policy on healthcare reform (HIPAA; 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA, and the HITECH Act). Explores aspects of employer-employee relations in the health care setting and other topics related to patient care.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 3010 Healthcare Policy

    This course provides a review of the federal, state, and local health policy development and organization of the health care system in the U.S. Issues in health policy including environmental health policy, health care reform under the Affordable Care Act, pharmaceutical policy, injury prevention, and aging and long-term care provide an opportunity for health policy analysis regarding the principles of cost, rationing, quality of care, and comparative effectiveness. The impact of public entities and legislation in controlling the demand for health services is evaluated. Compares existing policy and policy formation in other countries with the United States.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 3030 Long Term Care

    This course introduces the administration of long-term care facilities and services. Emphasis is placed on nursing home care, home health care, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, and other long-term care services. Emphasis is on regulations, reimbursement, and aspects of care delivery that are unique to care for the elderly.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 3410 Continuous Quality Monitoring and Accreditation

    This course explores the manager's role in monitoring and improving clinical and organizational quality/outcomes. Quality improvement practices related to methods, cost-effectiveness, quality of life, and delivery of care are examined. An analysis of the influence of accreditation, regulatory, licensing, and certification requirements on healthcare delivery provides additional perspectives on organizational and patient care.

    3.00 credit hours
  • HCA 4020 Healthcare Administration Capstone

    This capstone course provides practical, "hands-on" exposure to organizational leadership, management, and operations. This may occur in any international, domestic, or cross-cultural setting. The capstone project must be approved by the BS HCA program director.

    3.00 credit hours
For a comprehensive list of courses related to this program visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official high school transcript or successful completion of General Education Development (GED) Testing Program
  • Applicants who have attempted 12 or more college credits post-high school must provide official college transcripts of all work completed or in progress. Recommended college grade point average (GPA) is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (those with a GPA under 2.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis)

 

Accreditation and Accolades

SACSCOC (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)

Career Path Opportunities 

  • Healthcare Administrator 
  • Healthcare Manager 
  • Healthcare Operations Coordinator 
  • Medical Practice Administrator 
  • Health Services Manager 
  • Healthcare Policy Analyst 
  • Healthcare Consultant 
  • Healthcare Quality Assurance Specialist 
  • Healthcare Compliance Officer 
  • Healthcare Program Coordinator 
     

Top FAQs

How long does it take to complete the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program at Columbia International University?

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program at Columbia International University is online. An undergraduate degree typically takes four years to complete on a full-time basis. Because it is online you can continue to work while completing your degree.

Are there any prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program?

There are no specific prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program at Columbia International University. However, a strong academic background in subjects such as science, business or related fields may be advantageous.

Can I specialize in a specific area within healthcare administration during the program?

While the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program provides a broad foundation in healthcare administration, there are opportunities for specialization through elective courses or concentration options. These options allow students to tailor their coursework and delve deeper into specific areas of interest within healthcare administration.

Are there opportunities for internships or practical experiences during the program?

Yes, the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program at Columbia International University emphasizes the importance of practical experiences and offers opportunities for internships. These experiences allow students to apply classroom knowledge in real-world healthcare settings and gain hands-on experience in healthcare administration, providing a valuable opportunity to observe healthcare operations, interact with healthcare professionals and develop practical skills necessary for success in the field.

Can I pursue advanced degrees after completing the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program?

Yes, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program may choose to pursue advanced degrees to further specialize and advance their career prospects. CIU offers master’s degrees in healthcare administration, business administration and organizational leadership which can deepen knowledge, expand skill sets and open doors to higher-level positions within the healthcare industry. Pursuing advanced degrees may also provide opportunities for research, teaching or leadership roles in healthcare administration.

 

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