The Anatomy of Action

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


Our Body of Work

Our 122-credit hour program prepares you to plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of healthcare. 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. All the program courses and required program liberal arts and sciences courses are 100% online*, affording you a variety of options to fit your schedule.


How to Apply

College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application.  Early application is encouraged.  For a complete list of College application deadlines, click here.  Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.

Program Admission Second
Following College admission, the applicant’s file will be given to the program chair for consideration. The program chair will contact applicants to arrange an interview.


Practicum Experience

You will have the opportunity to job shadow in the area of your interest (called practicums) at Mercy Medical Center or another healthcare provider approved by the Program Chair.


We have an exceptional, highly educated, adjunct faculty team with years of experience in healthcare administration. Our fulltime liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.

Job Outlook

As a graduate of the BSHCA program, you will be employable nation wide throughout many healthcare 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 healthcare 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.


Important Information for Online Coursework: 

If you are located in a state other than Iowa and wish to enroll in one of our online offerings, please contact us at (515) 643-6715 or before enrolling to determine if we are able to offer online courses in your state.

Because state and federal regulations affect how institutions can deliver distance education degrees/programs/courses, Mercy College of Health Sciences may have limited ability to offer online opportunities to students who are physically present in a state outside of Iowa. For more information, visit the Distance Education page.