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Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (Online)

How to Apply     Background Preparation     Practicum Experience    Faculty     Job Outlook

Health Care Administration

Get an advanced degree in health care. As a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHCA) graduate, you will be part of the dynamic field of health care, providing leadership and making policy in many diverse health care settings.

Our Program

Our 122-credit hour program prepares you to plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care. As a graduate, you will be prepared to either be a specialist in charge of a specific clinical department or a generalist who manages an entire facility or system.

You may spread your coursework over six years, and be able to complete 10 credits a year by taking one 3- or 4-credit hour course each academic semester (fall, spring and summer).

All the program courses and required program liberal arts and sciences course are 100% online, affording you a variety of options to fit your schedule.

 How to Apply

Applications to the bachelor programs must be received by the Office of Admissions for fall admission by June 15; for spring admission by October 15; for summer admission by March 15. Your admission into this program is on a competitive basis, so early application is encouraged. Following general College admission, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to admission into the BSHCA program. 

Background Preparation

To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration Program, students must be admitted to Mercy College and meet the criteria listed below. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a professional program.

  1. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for all applicable college transfer work.
  2. Achieve a grade of “C” or higher (not “C-”) in all transferred health care administration core courses.
  3. Interview with Health Care Administration Program Chair.

If a student does not meet program admission requirements, but does meet College admission requirements, the student is considered a pre-Health Care Administration student. After completion of at least 9 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, the student can be considered for program admission.

Practicum Experience

You will have the opportunity to job shadow in the area of your interest (called practicums) at Mercy Medical Center or another health care provider in central Iowa.


We have an exceptional, highly educated, faculty team with years of experience in health care administration.

Job Outlook

As a graduate of the BSHCA program, you will be employable nation wide throughout many health care settings. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than average and job opportunities should be good, especially for applicants with work experience in the health care field and strong business management skills. For more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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