Earn Your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Administration Online

  • Overview

    As 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 Bachelor of Science in 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 on-campus residency required.
    • Take your career down any path: 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 95 credits toward the completion of your bachelor’s degree.
    • Apply tuition discounts through your workplace: Our educational partnerships with more than 500 health care institutions allow you to gain more value from your education.

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

  • Student Stories
    • Barbara Drapola, Director 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 Waycott, Quality 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 Gerow, Manager

      “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.”

  • Curriculum Overview

    What courses are included in the health administration program?

    When you enroll in this BS in Health Administration program (128 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 128 total credits through other general elective courses.

    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 Outlook

    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. 

  • FAQs

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the health administration program

    How long does it take to complete a BSHA?

    Students enrolled in the BSHA program can complete their degree in four 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.

    What is the term schedule for the BSHA program?

    There are four terms per year: November – January, February – April, May – July and August – October. Each term has specific course schedules and registration dates, with the same courses offered in each term year after year. 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.

    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.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Twila Weiszbrod

      Online Health Administration Program Director

      DBA, Northcentral University
      MPA, California State University, Fresno
      BS, Saint Joseph’s College

      Learn more about Twila

    • Donnelle Eargle

      Online Health Administration Faculty

      PhD, University of Arizona
      MEd, University of Georgia
      BA, Winthrop College

      Learn more about Donnelle

    • Steven Chies

      Online Long-Term Care Administration Program Manager
      Online Health Care Administration Faculty

      MHA, Saint Joseph's College
      BES, University of Minnesota

      Learn more about Steven

    Twila Weiszbrod

    Online Health Administration Program Director

    DBA, Northcentral University
    MPA, California State University, Fresno
    BS, Saint Joseph’s College

    Learn more about Twila

    Donnelle Eargle

    Online Health Administration Faculty

    PhD, University of Arizona
    MEd, University of Georgia
    BA, Winthrop College

    Learn more about Donnelle

    Steven Chies

    Online Long-Term Care Administration Program Manager
    Online Health Care Administration Faculty

    MHA, Saint Joseph's College
    BES, University of Minnesota

    Learn more about Steven