Forge future leaders of the healthcare industry: That's what we do.

The online bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration emphasizes leadership, communication, medical ethics, policy, and is ideal for those interested in working in the healthcare industry. It’s a degree designed to build your skills in:

  • Managing resources and people
  • Setting policy and budgets
  • Complying with industry regulations
  • Guiding an organization to improve both the bottom line and the quality of patient care

This program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS).

What You'll Do

As an online health administration major at Southeast, you’ll blend business acumen with industry-specific insights to improve the delivery of health care. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge to master research, critical thinking, and problem solving within the healthcare industry.
  • Continue working, secure an internship or balance life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses.
  • Reach your goals sooner. Students in this program have the opportunity to complete an accelerated MBA option or continue their education to complete an MBA in health administration.

What Can You Do with a Healthcare Administration Degree?

‘Healthcare administrator’ often makes a list when it comes to the most in-demand jobs in high-growth fields. They’re the ones who plan, direct and coordinate the business of activities at hospitals, nursing homes and group medical practices. Their ranks are expected to grow 32% through 2029.

Yet, healthcare administrator is not the only potential career for a graduate of the program. Healthcare administration graduates are prepared for management positions in the fields of information technology, healthcare administration or business administration.

Career Opportunities

  • Hospital Administrator
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Healthcare Policy Analyst
  • Healthcare Program Director
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Insurance Company Administrator
  • Hospice or Elderly Care Administrator

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Management report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $104k+

    Medical and Health Services Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a Medical and Health Services Manager is $104,280. 

  • $34k+

    Medical Records Clerk

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a Medical Records Clerk is $34,120.

  • $67k

    Claims Adjuster

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a Claims Adjuster is approximately $67,800.

Online: Healthcare Administration Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Healthcare Administration Curriculum

The healthcare administration degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements and at least 24 hours of healthcare administration courses.

A grade of ‘C’ is required in each core course.

  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AC222 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • BA101 The Business Universe (3)
  • BA490 Business Policy & Strategy (3)
  • BL255 Business Law (3)
  • FI361 Financial Management (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MI375 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)

Choose 3 Hours From:*

  • AC540 International Perspectives of Accounting (3)
  • BA560 Topics in International Business (3)
  • BL560 International Business Law (3)
  • EC580 International Economics (3)
  • FI540 International Finance (3)
  • MG560 International Management (3)
  • MK560 International Marketing (3)

* International Course taken to meet Business Administration Core requirement may not be counted on a major.

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.

  • BA252 Business Communication (2)
  • BA400 Applied Ethical Leadership (3)
  • BA452 Professionalism (1)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric & Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A OR MA123 Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling (3)
  • MI101 Intro to Computer Applications (3)
  • QM257 Business Analytics I (3)
  • QM258 Business Analytics II (3)
  • SC107 Online Oral Presentations (3)

NOTE: All 100 and 200 level core and support courses are prerequisite to all 300 level business core and business major courses

  • HA473 Internship in Healthcare (3)
  • HA510 Healthcare Performance Improvement (3)
  • HA520 Healthcare Quality & Value (3)
  • HA557 Healthcare Law & Regulatory Compliance (3)
  • HA582 Healthcare Budget/Reimburse (3)
  • HA586 Healthcare Strategy & Marketing (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • HA540 Healthcare Informatics (3)
  • HA545 Healthcare Database Systems (3)

  • MI001 Microsoft Excel Certification (0)
  • HL120 Health Perspectives (3)
  • UI412 American Health Care System (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in a major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Year One

Fall Semester (16 hours)

  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • BA101 (3)
  • MA116 OR MA123 (3)
  • MI001 (0)
  • MI101 (3)
  • SC105 (3)

Spring Semester (15 hours) 

  • EN140 (3)
  • HL120 (3)
  • AC221 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Year Two

Fall Semester (17 hours)

  • AC222 (3)
  • BA252 (2)
  • EC215 (3)
  • QM257 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 hours)

  • BL255 (3)
  • EC225 (3)
  • QM258 (3)
  • MG301 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Year Three 

Fall Semester (15 hours)

  • FI361 (3)
  • HA510 (3)
  • MK301 (3)
  • QM352 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (14 hours)

  • HA582 (3)
  • HA586 (3)
  • MI375 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (2)

Year Four

Fall Semester (15 hours)

  • HA520 (3)
  • HA540 or HA545 (3)
  • HA 557 (3)
  • UI412 (3)
  • International Course (3)

Spring Semester (13 hours)

  • BA400 (3)
  • BA452 (1)
  • BA490 (3)
  • HA473 (3)
  • Elective (3)

Associate Professor of Healthcare Management

"I believe that one of the most important skills I can teach my students is to critically evaluate and verify the information they receive, rather than accept everything at face value. In the end, one of the most important roles of education is to teach students not what to think, but how to think for themselves; not what kind of argument to support, but to weigh those arguments and make informed decisions. "

Natalia Gray, Ph.D.

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Harrison College of Business & Computing

This program is housed in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. The College prepares students for the global marketplace. Alumni work for some of the world’s largest corporations to some of today’s most innovative startups. The focus is on creating and innovating, data and trends, supported by faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in business and computing.

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Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

Class of 2020, Healthcare Administration

"Online’s what made any of it possible … There’s no way I could juggle a full time career and five kids and still find the time to come to campus. "

Emily Beets

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.


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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Accelerated Master’s Degree

Southeast offers an accelerated master’s degree for current students. You can get both undergraduate and graduate credit for some 500 level courses, meaning you can graduate with an MBA sooner.

98% of Business & Computing graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

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