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BS Healthcare Administration

Be a leader in the business of health care

Interested in health care with a role in the business side of the field? With a health care administration degree, you can work in the management and organization of health care delivery systems and health services. Loyola's BS in Healthcare Administration degree combines health industry knowledge and applicable skills with a firm grounding in ethics and liberal arts.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with a BS in Healthcare Administration degree from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to be an ethical leader in health care facility management:

Knowledge

  • Understand the U.S. and global health care systems
  • Understand the legal, social, and economic environments affecting health care systems and health care delivery
  • Understand the needs and determinants of health at the individual, community, and population levels

Skills

  • Apply fiscal and economic principles in the management of health care settings and services
  • Apply organizational and management theories and principles in a variety of health care settings
  • Apply principles of information management, data analysis, and quality improvement in the organization, delivery, and management of health care settings and services

Professional Values

  • Integrate values, ethics, and social justice into the management and leadership of health care systems, services, and delivery, in keeping with the Jesuit Catholic tradition

Curriculum

The BS in Healthcare Administration differs from a traditional business degree, focusing on understanding how health care functions and how to best manage those functions. Students must complete 121 credit hours to graduate. Download the full HCA class of 2023 curriculum. Download the 2023 Curriculum.

Coursework includes University Core, Healthcare Administration core courses, electives, business courses in the Quinlan School of Business and field internship. Students also have room in their program of study to add a minor, in complementary areas such as global and international studies, marketing, or bioethics. Learn more about the program here.

The curriculum includes the following:

Courses

  • Careers in Healthcare Administration
  • Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administration
  • Health Care in America
  • Statistics
  • Public Speaking
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Finance
  • Health Care Project Management
  • Health Care Services for Healthy Aging
  • Global Health
  • Health Equity
  • Health Care Quality and Performance Improvement
  • Health Care Fiscal Management
  • Health Care Strategy and Marketing
  • Health Care Policy
  • Health Care Workforce Environment
  • Health Care Management Research
  • Health Care Information Systems Management
  • Health Care Legal and Regulatory Environment
  • Health Care Administration Capstone Course

Internship

During their senior year, students complete a field-based internship under the supervision of a preceptor. As a result of extensive relationships between the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Chicago health care providers and organizations, students have the opportunity to complete their internship in key segments of the health care industry in the Chicagoland area. The internship consists of a goal-based project of value to the organization, plus opportunities that include shadowing and networking.

Transfer Credit

Courses taken outside of Loyola may be transferred for appropriate credit upon approval of the program advisor and provided a minimum grade of C is earned for the course. External students wishing to transfer into Loyola and the HCA program must provide official transcripts indicating a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a four-point scale. Internal students wishing to transfer to a major in Healthcare Administration must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Healthcare Administration Minor

The Healthcare Administration minor prepares students to work in health care settings and to understand the business side of public health and health care. Learn more.

5 year BS in Healthcare Administration/MBA or MPH

Undergraduate HCA majors have the opportunity to earn a dual degree in Healthcare Administration from the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and a Master’s degree from either the Quinlan School of Business (MBA) or the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health (MPH) in just five years. Learn more about the 5 year BSHCA/MBA or BSHCA/MPH or contact your HCA Academic Advisor for requirements.

ADMISSION

For more information on admission to Loyola University Chicago as an undergraduate student, visit LUC.edu/undergrad.

Internal Transfers

We invite you to apply to the Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Administration Program and join a community of students who have made the decision to enter the world of health care. Loyola undergraduate students with a minimum of a 2.5/4.0 GPA may apply to transfer into the Healthcare Administration Program by submitting a completed internal transfer application form.

Deadlines

  • May 1: Fall application deadline
  • November 1: Spring application deadline

If you have questions regarding Healthcare Administration programs, please contact Jenna Donovan.

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping you secure the financial resources to make your education at Loyola affordable.

The Healthcare Administration program is guided by the External Advisory Board and has been granted full certification undergraduate status by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.