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Health Care Administration (B.S.)

Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in health care administration is a degree-completion program designed specifically for working adults. This online program equips you with the fundamental knowledge and skills in business and health care you need to excel in a variety of careers in this diverse market.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Feb. 21, 2023
May 23, 2023

Program Benefits

  • Complete your degree fully online in as few as 18 months with all materials delivered to you.
  • Take advantage of flexible, asynchronous classes that fit your busy schedule.
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience, and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Move through your program with a supportive cohort of students working toward similar goals.


What to Expect

With Trevecca’s health care administration program, you’ll be able to complete your bachelor’s degree while gaining a solid understanding of business and health care which prepares you for an exciting career in a growing industry. We’ve designed this degree specifically for working adults who want to learn the fundamentals of administrative roles within the health care profession and who want to increase their opportunities to advance from entry-level to middle management in various health care roles.

Our student-centered program gives you a balance of fundamental business courses along with health care management education so that you can obtain the skills and qualifications you need to enter the health care field or take your current health care career to the next level. You’ll learn about health regulations and policy, strategic and financial management, health management information systems and more in collaborative and engaging courses. All courses are delivered asynchronously online, so you can maintain your important work and family responsibilities while completing your degree. Plus, you’ll learn from dedicated and readily accessible faculty members, many of whom are actively practicing and researching in the field. 

Our program meets the requirements of two important organizations that set the criteria for excellence in health care management education: the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. 

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your health care administration degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you, your faith and your goals.

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Cost/Credit Hour




Tuition Cost*


*$150 Student Resource Fee assessed per course. Books are not included.
*A total of 120 credit hours are required to complete this program.

Getting Started

  1. Complete the online application (it's free!).
    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  2. Fill out FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.
  3. Request official transcripts from your previous institution.


  • Completion of at least 40 credit hours from an accredited institution
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA for all prior coursework
  • Some proficiency with computer technology and reliable access to technology throughout the program
  • Provide photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification. (This is only required for students enrolled in an online program.)

For students who have not completed the necessary 40 credit hours, there are still options for starting a degree. The online associate’s degree programs are open to students, regardless of credit hours. View our associate degrees to learn more.

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Career Opportunities

With your bachelor’s degree from Trevecca, you’ll be well-prepared to continue on to graduate studies or to step into a variety of available positions in the health care administration field. More specifically, your health care administration degree prepares you for roles such as:

  • Practice administrator

  • Health and service manager

  • Medical records manager

  • Office manager (medical or physician group practice)

  • Nutrition services manager

  • Entry level training/development manager 

  • Pharmaceutical sales representative

  • Insurance specialist

  • Not-for-profit director (community and social organizations)

  • Home health manager 

  • Hospice and palliative care specialist (supervisor/team lead)

  • Medical records analyst (if you also complete a health informatics minor)


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

Biblical Perspectives and the Christian Life
BML 3150
In this course, students will explore and articulate the foundational themes of the Bible. The course is designed to foster a Christian worldview from a Wesleyan perspective. The course encourages the integration of faith, learning, and living.
Introduction to the Healthcare Industry
HLT 2100
This course introduces students to the history and fundamentals of the healthcare industry, including an overview of various healthcare entities with an emphasis on hospitals, healthcare financing, HR issues in healthcare, disease management, the pharmaceutical industry, the healthcare regulatory environment, accreditation, and governing bodies, reimbursement and payment systems, public health and threats facing the U.S., as well as professional roles and job opportunities in healthcare.
The Culture and Ethics of Health Care
HLT 2200
This course addresses job expectations in health care settings. It will discuss how care is organized inside a practice setting, privacy laws, and professional and ethical issues encountered in the workplace.
Legal Aspects of Health Care Management
HLT 2310

Students will gain knowledge of health care contracts and other legal documents that are critical to successful business partnerships and operations of health care entities. Discussions of patient’s rights, medical professional liability, tort law and reform, and other health policy (e.g., Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)) will be reviewed.

Health Regulations and Policy
HLT 3010

The emphasis of this course is the role health reform and governmental regulations influence the delivery of healthcare in the United States. Students will explore the evolution of healthcare services in America and conduct a comparative analysis of today’s healthcare system from both macro and micro levels. Further discussions include current challenges today’s healthcare industry encounters (e.g. healthcare cost, access, financing of health services, etc.) and how various stakeholders of health services adjust to such challenges.

Quality Initiatives and Health Administration
HLT 3020

Value-based health care has taken the forefront in how providers and other health care professionals are reimbursed and deliver health care services. This strategic approach places emphasis on quality versus quantity of services administered. Students will conduct an analysis of various quality initiatives such as Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Donabedian Model, Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, the Shewhart Cycle (PDCA), and Total Quality Management (TQM) to explore efficient means of medical utilization and cost containment without compromising quality of health care services.

Financial Management in Health Care
HLT 3030

Students will conduct analyses of financial statements and develop operational budgets. The course also will expose students to financial reporting and forecasting, financial risks and returns, and other key financial concepts that assist leaders with decision-making and planning to sustain operability of health care organizations.

Strategic Management in Health Care
HLT 4010

Health reform has a significant impact on the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. The emphasis of this course is on strategic approaches healthcare leaders may implement to accommodate changes and ensure compliance with new health policy/regulations. An integration of basic marketing principles and market research of the healthcare industry will also be explored. Using Porter’s five forces as a framework, students will analyze numerous medical case studies, perform market and SWOT analyses, to address problems healthcare leaders encounter in today’s healthcare system and develop solutions that are practical and measurable.

Introduction to Health Management Information Systems and Informatics
HIT 3300
Students are introduced to health IT standards, health-related data structures, data collection and analysis, software applications, and enterprise architecture in health care. Further consideration of telemedicine use, cloud computing, and other technologies that impact the storage and analysis of healthcare information are addressed.
Electronic Health Records
HIT 3500

A practical experience with a laboratory component, addressing approaches to assessing, selecting, and configuring EHRs to meet the specific needs of customers and end-users.

Introduction to Long Term Care Management
LTC 2010

In this course, students will explore the governance and management of long-term care facilities. In-depth review of federal, state, and local regulations and legislation will be discussed. Students will also become knowledgeable of various licensure and certification requirements specific to the discipline of long-term care. This course also explores required clinical reporting for long-term care reimbursements, residents' rights, and other populations who receive long-term care services and the challenges each population faces in attaining such services.

Palliative Care and Hospice Care
LTC 3020

Students will learn the distinction between palliative and hospice care. This course consists of analyses of medical ethics in hospice, pain management, and the origin of hospice and how it was integrated into the health care delivery system, and local coverage determination (LCD), which explores criteria that allow patients to become eligible for hospice care. Discussions will also address the integration of faith and individual spiritualty in regards to how hospice care is administered to patients of different cultures and ethnicities who possess different beliefs and values.

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.