Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is a completion program designed to help those who have a background in the Allied Health field get ahead with a Bachelor of Science degree. The program is geared toward health care professionals seeking entry-level management roles in a variety of health care settings.


The problem for many is that most organizations now require a Bachelor’s degree for management personnel (which can take four years to complete). The good news is that Pacific College may accept up to 60 transfer credits from an accredited Allied Health training program. Take your existing credits and transfer them into the B.S. in Healthcare Administration program to complete the program in as little as 18 months (full-time).


Additionally, the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program is offered 100% online and covers many aspects of the health care industry to provide you with the skills necessary to effectively manage in the rapidly changing environment of health care.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited May 09, 2019).

Like most healthcare jobs, healthcare administrators are in high demand. This is a higher percentage than the average growth rate for occupations at 7%.

California is one of the top 5 paying states in the U.S. for healthcare administrators.

It’s easy to see why there’s a high demand for administrators as they are the backbone of healthcare systems.

Like most healthcare jobs, healthcare administrators are in high demand. This is a higher percentage than the average growth rate for occupations at 7%.

California is one of the top 5 paying states in the U.S. for healthcare administrators.

There will be a need for 56,300 healthcare administrator jobs through 2024. It’s easy to see why there’s a high demand for administrators as they are the backbone of healthcare systems.
Program Description

The Pacific College Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration program provides knowledge of the healthcare system, use of technology, critical thinking skills and integration of business practices with health sciences. The program incorporates both theory and practical classes in all aspects of the healthcare industry to provide the student with the managerial skills for positions in a range of health care organizations. Students may transfer credits from prior post-secondary technical education to satisfy the lower-division technical and general education requirements. Students may receive up to 45-semester units of credit for previous college courses in a health care discipline.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Identify the components of the healthcare system in the United States and the impact of social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors on the organization.
  • Use technology to create, assess, analyze, and interpret healthcare data for effective decision-making.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills using principles of accounting, law, financial analysis, human resources, information technology, planning, and marketing to solve problems and increase performance in healthcare organizations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate business practices and health sciences to make good ethical decisions, improve performance and become a respected member of the healthcare community.


Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements listed below have been established for students entering the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration Program at Pacific College:


1. All entering students must take mathematics and English assessment as part of the admissions process or meet equivalency.


2. An associate degree or equivalent post-secondary education in a health care field.


3. Applicants transferring from an accredited college or university are admitted as degree students if their cumulative grade point average from all schools is 2.0 (C) or better.


4. Applicants with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 may be admitted on a probationary status if the College determines there is sufficient evidence of potential to complete college studies.


5. Students who have documents from a foreign country must request a foreign credential pre-evaluation to determine eligibility.


Career Opportunities

Employment as an administrator in the healthcare profession can be found in hospitals, group physician practices, public and private primary care clinics, dental offices, optometrist’s offices, nursing homes, senior living centers, outpatient care centers/day surgery centers, mental health organizations, rehabilitation centers, ambulance companies.

Administrators are either specialists in charge of a specific clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or system. They operate in a dynamic and politically charged environment characterized by rapidly changing regulatory standards, constantly evolving medical technology and practices and dynamic business realities.


Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

B.S. in Health Care Administration Program

Program Length

The length of the BSHCA program is dependent on the number of units the prospective student is transferring in. Classes are eight weeks in length.


Program Requirements

Transferable Credits – up to 61 semester credits hours may be transferred into this program

Class Semester Credits
Allied Health Program Credits 45
English Composition 3
College Algebra 4
Psychology 3
Sociology 3
Speech Communication 3
Total allowable transfer credits 61
Upper Division General Education Classes
Course Title Sem Units
GE 300 Computer Information Systems 3
GE 301 Technological Impact on Society 3
GE 302 Working Around the World 3
GE 330 Communication for the Workplace 3
Upper-Division General Education Courses Total Units 12
Health Care Administration Core Classes




Course Title Sem Units
HCA 300 Introduction to Health Policy 3
HCA 301 Crisis Management / Regulatory Compliance 3
HCA 302 Legal and Ethical Practice 3
HCA 305 Patient Care and Education 3
HCA 325 Health Information Technology Management 3
HCA 335 Healthcare Organization and Management 3
HCA 405 Healthcare Economics 3
HCA 410 Financial Accounting for Healthcare 3
HCA 415 Managed Care and Health Insurance 3
HCA 420 Budget Management/Profitability 3
HCA 425 Healthcare Marketing 3
HCA 440 Human Resources 3
HCA 450 Current Topics in Public Policy 3
HCA 465 Leadership and Change in Healthcare Administration 3
HCA 499 Capstone in Health Care Administration 5
Total Program Credit 120

Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

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Pacific College is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

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Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) through May 10, 2022

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