How a BS in Health Care Administration Can Target Healthcare Leadership Needs
A Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHA) from Grand Canyon University can prepare you to manage health-related organizations. This means that you can learn how to work strategically within contemporary healthcare organizations.
As a healthcare administration graduate, GCU will teach you how to lead healthcare teams. The skills developed in the bachelor’s in healthcare administration degree include the ability to:
- Manage projects
- Work with teams of employees across the organization
- Understand the inner workings of healthcare organizations
- Make decisions related to running healthcare organizations
As a bachelor’s in healthcare administration major, you will focus on five main domains during your course of study.
Course Topics in GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
The BSHA program includes learning the ins and outs of modern-day healthcare organizations. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare, and this degree program strives to ensure that you understand how to customize your approach based on a particular organization's needs.
As a student in the BS in Health Care Administration program, you will get a chance to focus on high-level theoretical concepts that impact all healthcare workplaces. This degree program teaches specific job skills needed to effectively run a healthcare organization.
While earning your bachelor’s in healthcare administration degree at GCU, you will study:
- The structures of various healthcare organizations in order to understand organizational dynamics and strategies
- The forces that shape healthcare systems, including public, private and social influences
- How financial issues play a role in healthcare administration, including how third-party payers factor into the system
- Ways to navigate working within and between many healthcare sectors so patients and employees are still the priority
Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration Graduates
Healthcare administration jobs are as varied as the people who work in them. Earning your BSHA degree can give you the knowledge and skills required to fill a wide range of professional and supervisory roles, including:
- Medical and health services manager
- Facilities manager
BS in Health Care Administration FAQs
Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about pursuing a career in health care administration. Learn about job opportunities, salary expectations and earning your healthcare administration bachelor’s degree online or on campus at GCU.
If you are interested in learning how to lead in healthcare-related workplaces, a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration may be the right path for you. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree at GCU by filling out the form on this page.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, retrieved on Sept. 25, 2023.
2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Medical and Health Services Managers, as of May 2022, retrieved on Sept. 29, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020-2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as medical and health services managers, nor does it reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country, or a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc. against a pool of candidates.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.