Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Healthcare Administration

Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Healthcare Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities in the health care field by providing the management skills necessary for success. By designing a degree plan using electives in such areas as computer science, marketing, education, business administration, accounting, human resource management, and information systems, the student may pursue specific areas of interest. Students can also use electives to design a degree plan that will satisfy entrance requirements for admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, public health, law, and business.


Students will:
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the health care delivery system from a historical, comparative, economic, cultural, and ethical perspective.
Employ a variety of business and management skills and techniques including marketing, financial management, law, and information management to effectively and efficiently advance the goals of the organization. Demonstrate creativity in defining, negotiating, and solving problems.
Communicate and educate, using the most current information and communication technology.

HCAD 4100 Pre-Practicum is the pre-requisite for HCAD 4680 Practicum.


When should a student enroll in HLSC 4100/HCAD 4100?


  • The BSHA requires students enroll in HCAD 4100 the semester prior to enrolling for HCAD 4680 - Practicum
  • For BSHS students who are taking Practicum in Spring 2020, they are encouraged to take 4100 in Fall 2019. For Summer 2020 Practicum, 4100 is suggested for Spring 2020.

Program Requirements for Healthcare Administration

Prior to designation as a BSHA major, students must meet with the advisor to create a degree completion and minor area of specialization plan


BS Graduation Requirements

 Degree Requirements

Sem. Hrs.

Core Curriculum Program 



Healthcare Administration Major





Total 120

*Students generally have all core curriculum and supporting courses completed before admittance into the program. This includes a completed Core Curriculum, 18-22 hours of a specialization area, and 6-14 hours of other electives. Specialization hours may be taken concurrently with the Healthcare Administration Major courses. Advising approval is required prior to declaration of the Healthcare Administration Major.

Del Mar College– Articulation agreement details: See advising for assistance. 



A scholastic grade point average of 2.25 is a minimum requirement in the upper division courses designated for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in the BSHA major. 

If a student earns a grade of D, F, or W in a healthcare administration course, that course must be repeated. A course in which a grade of less than C (i.e., D, F, or W, Withdrawal) was earned may be repeated only once. 

A student who has earned a grade of less than C (i.e., D, F, or W, Withdrawal) in two courses or who has earned a grade of less than C (D, F, or W, Withdrawal) twice in the same course will be dismissed from the BSHA program. 

Students receiving a grade of D, F, or W (Withdrawal) or I (Incomplete) in a course may not progress to courses for which that course is a prerequisite. 

HCAD 3300 - The Health Care System 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 3310 - Epidemiology 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 3320 - Health Care Marketing 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 3330 - Financial Management in Health Care 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 3340 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 3350 - Information Systems and Technology in Health Care 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 3360 - Health Education and Promotion 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4100 - Assessment of Accumulated Knowledge 1 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4300 - Management and Organizational Behavior in Health Care 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4310 - Health Law, Policy and Ethics 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4320 - Project Management in Health Care 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4330 - Human Resource Management in Health Care 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4340 - Quality Management and Evaluation in Health Care 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4350 - Global Health/Health Disparities 3 sem. hrs.

HCAD 4680 - Practicum 6 sem. hrs.

Total Hours: 46


Specialization Area

Students must complete a designated minor in one of the following areas: 

Geographic Information Systems 22 sem. hrs. 

Computer Science 22 sem. hrs. 

Business Administration 18 sem. hrs. 

Accounting 18 sem. hrs. 

International Business 18 sem. hrs. 

Management Information Systems 18 sem. hrs. 

Education 18 sem. hrs. 

Marketing 18 sem. hrs. 

Communication Studies 18 sem. hrs. 

Public Relations 21 sem. hrs. 

Social Work 18 sem. hrs. 

Sociology 18 sem. hrs. 

Human Resource Management 18 sem. hrs. 

Psychology 18 sem. hrs. 

Environmental Science 20-22 sem. hrs. 

Management 18 sem. hrs. 

With approval, students can design a degree plan with an interdisciplinary area of specialization (18-22 hrs) or use electives to satisfy pre-professional school requirements.

Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this catalog. However, information is subject to change without notice. Therefore, students must consult with their Healthcare Administration Program academic advisors each semester prior to registration. Transfer students must meet with their advisors.

Please make an appointment with your academic advisor for more information.