Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Health Administration Online

Graduate Health Care programsAs health care organizations continue to grow in complexity, having a degree in health administration becomes more and more essential for success in the industry. Through this online (BS) Health Administration program, you can develop the skills necessary to move up in the field of health care while gaining a perspective on how your role can positively influence your organization and patient outcomes.

Earn a degree that positions you for purpose and success in your career. Request more information today.

Build toward a purposeful career in our online bachelor’s degree program

The online format of this BS in Health Administration program gives working students an opportunity to pursue their goals while getting the same personalized attention and support they would receive in an on-campus program. When you enroll, you’ll learn from insightful faculty who are driven to make a positive impact in the field of health administration.

This program will allow you to:

  • Study on your schedule: The flexible online format allows you to earn your degree when it works for you. No campus visit required.
  • Take your career down any path: Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for a variety of positions and environments in health care.
  • Share your own perspective: Courses allow you to incorporate your prior experience or current work into the course content.
  • Get credit for coursework you’ve done: Transfer up to 90 credits toward the completion of your bachelor’s degree.
  • Apply tuition discounts through your workplace: Our educational partnerships with more than 500 institutions allow you to gain more value from your education.

Pursue a career you care about. Apply now to take the next step.

How much will this program cost?


*Excludes the cost of textbooks and nursing clinical fees. Assumes no transfer of credit, and, at the graduate level, that all preparatory requirements have been met. Prices are subject to change. Click here for full tuition and fee details.

How long will it take?

Contact an admissions counselor now to see how long it would take you to earn this degree!

Student stories

Barbara DrapolaDirector of Case Management
“It is imperative to me to have the flexibility and time needed to complete courses while working a full-time, professional and highly demanding job (along with managing a home and family). Saint Joseph’s has allowed me to work toward accomplishing that goal.”
Kare WaycottQuality manager
“The flexibility and easy communication with professors makes continuing my education (while working and staying connected with family) at Saint Joseph’s College a perfect choice for me! It’s been a great experience!”
Deb GerowManager
“I have had a very good experience with the courses I have taken. My advisor is supportive and easy to contact. I have recommended Saint Joseph’s College to many friends and colleagues.”


What courses are included in the health administration program?

When you enroll in this BS in Health Administration program (120 credits total), you will be exposed to a variety of courses that build a foundation and framework for growth and success as a health care manager or administrator.

The curriculum is strengthened by our faculty’s industry expertise and through our professional memberships in relevant industry associations. Faculty currently hold memberships in the ACHCA, ACHE, AHIMA and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

General education – 42 credits

General education courses provide a liberal arts foundation — covering topics related to history; nature and society; English composition and communication; the arts; and the application of ethical and moral dimensions into academic studies.

Health administration core – 21 credits

Major core courses cover a spectrum of foundational health administration and management topics, including health care systems, human resources, legal aspects of health care, ethics, quality control, and financial management.

Major electives – 18 credits

Students can choose elective courses that focus on niche health care topics like informatics, emergency preparedness, leadership in health care, strategic planning and courses centered around long-term care issues. Students can complete remaining credit requirements to reach 120 total credits through other general elective courses.

CAHIIM accredited certificate program logoDigital Health Professional Credential (CAHIIM/CHiME)

As an undergraduate student you have the ability to obtain this professional certification. This accredited program outlines three levels of certification: Professional, Leader, and Executive and allows students to sit for this exam. Credentialing is based on meeting the requirements, continuing educational credits, and passing the CDH level examination. Speak to an advisor to learn more.

Fast-track and certificate programs

Want a head start on your MHA? Through our fast track to Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program can substitute graduate-level courses for comparable undergraduate courses and earn the MHA faster.

Need a stepping stone to your bachelor’s degree? By pursuing an online Health Administration Certificate, you can earn career-focused credentials that bolster your knowledge in a niche health administration topic. You can also apply those credits toward completing your bachelor’s degree at SJC when the time is right.

Have questions about which degree path is right for you? Contact our online admissions office.

Career moves

What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in health administration?

Job opportunities in the health care industry are expanding, but that is just one of many reasons to pursue a health administration career. Career paths in health administration can range from clinic leadership to health information management to health care marketing. No matter which route you choose, a foundation in health administration is important for career growth in the health care industry.

A bachelor’s degree offers relevant general health administration knowledge that helps job candidates stand out among entry-level employees and make their move into supervisory and management positions. If you are looking to go further in the field, keep in mind that a master’s degree is the standard credential for entering many mid- to senior-leadership positions.

Other Health Care Job Opportunities

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Frequently asked questions about the health administration program

How long does it take to complete a BSHA?

Students with no transfer credits who enroll in the BSHA program can complete their degree in as little as two years, if they follow a full-time course schedule in consecutive terms. Many students, however, transfer into this program with existing credits or enroll part time, so they can continue working while they earn their degree. Your individual time to completion will depend upon the number of credits you need and how many courses you complete each term. Contact an admissions counselor today to get a personalized timeline to completion estimate.

What is the term schedule for the BSHA program?

We offer five start dates per year. Courses begin every October, January, March, May, and late July/Early August. Each term has specific course schedules and registration dates. Students can enter the BSHA program in any term, as long as they register for classes within the registration deadlines for that term.

What are the admissions requirements to enter the BSHA program at SJC?

The BSHA program has a rolling admissions process, which means you can apply and be admitted to Saint Joseph’s College of Maine at any time. When you apply, you will need to submit your official transcripts from your high school and/or previous colleges. The online application is free, and our online admissions staff can work with you to clarify any questions you may have.

Does Long-term Care Administrator licensure require an internship?

For students interested in pursuing a career as a long-term care administrator, there are specific issues and requirements to consider. Learn more here.

Lay the foundation for a purposeful career

Your education can be about more than just getting a good job. It can be about building a future that includes a sense of purpose and pride in your work. Request more information today to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration program, or apply now if you are ready to get started.

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Need to find out what course to take next?

New and prospective students should contact an admissions counselor at onlineadmissions@sjcme.edu or 1-800-752-4723 for assistance. Current students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about class selection.

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Some of our faculty

 Kevin Harrington
Kevin HarringtonProgram Director, Online Health Administration
MATS, St. Charles Seminary
MS, Independence University (formerly California College for Health Services)
BS, LaSalle College
Steven Chies
Steven ChiesOnline Long-Term Care Administration Program Manager, Online Health Care Administration Faculty
MHA, Saint Joseph's College
BES, University of Minnesota
Valerie Connor
Valerie ConnorOnline Health Administration Faculty
Doctor of Health Science (ABD), Bridgeport University
MS Health Education, Purdue University Global
MA Speech Pathology, University of Northern Iowa