Healthcare Administration (BA)

At a Glance

16 Months Program length
$499 Cost per credit hour*
Online Program format

Tuition cost for entire program

$17,964* - more

Semester credit hours



George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

* Based on transferring in 84 semester credit hours. Additional general education courses may be required. Financial aid available. All stated financial information is subject to change.

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Make a Difference as a Healthcare Administrator

Looking to apply your knowledge of general business theories and practice to the healthcare field? George Fox’s healthcare administration degree is the ideal fit.

The possibilities are numerous – and the job prospects are outstanding. Whether you want to serve as a supervisor in a hospital setting, be a patient relations rep, work as a senior living administrator, or oversee the budget at a private practice, we will equip you with the communication, budgeting and finance skills needed for a successful career in the field.

Upon completion of the program, you will be equipped to lead and organize employees and resources in a healthcare setting, or continue on to a master’s degree in healthcare management.

What Is Healthcare Administration?

Healthcare administration professionals administer, lead and manage healthcare systems. The field incorporates a wide variety of jobs in medical facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other related healthcare organizations. As a healthcare administrator, your responsibilities may include managing the finances, human resources, and daily operations in these settings.

Related Article: How to Become a Healthcare Administrator

Courses / Curriculum What Will I Study?

Students in the Healthcare Administration major will:

  • Examine and apply effective team management skills in a healthcare environment
  • Leverage servant leadership principles that support learning and growth of others
  • Consider multifaceted ethical issues found within healthcare services
  • Assess and evaluate the structures of integrated healthcare delivery systems
  • Identify barriers and bridges in delivering healthcare services to diverse populations
  • Leverage management skills needed for professional health service practice
  • Discover how electronic health record (EHR) systems improve patient outcomes and promote patient safety
  • Prepare for graduate programs in healthcare management

Our Curriculum: A Combination of Theory and Practice

Balancing practice and theory, our curriculum is aligned with a competency model based on the Health Leadership Competency Model from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). These national proficiencies are integrated into each of the learning outcomes in our healthcare administration curriculum.

Our program blends the tools and techniques advocated by the NCHL into a complete study of theory and guided practice used by successful healthcare managers and leaders. The curriculum includes a wide variety of learning opportunities that will explore the three areas of healthcare leadership:

  • Professional transformation
  • Optimizing organizational performance, and
  • Leading people

Credit Requirements

62 semester credit hours must be completed to enter a major. To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 120 semester credit hours as follows:

Minimum required entry credits for major (Don't have enough credits?) 62
Additional credits needed for graduation (general education, electives, or life-learning credit) 22
Credits earned in Healthcare Administration major
Total 120


  • The Healthcare Administration major is offered 100% online
  • You will attend a synchronous cohort launch at the beginning of the major via Zoom, followed by 16 months of online course work in a cohort of peers
  • All major courses are offered one at a time in a sequential, condensed, accelerated format
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Career Outlook Job Prospects

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for medical and health services managers is expected to rise 28% between 2022 and 2032, a rate much faster than the national average for all occupations. This sharp increase is due, in part, to the aging of the baby boomer generation.

Generally, those hired in the field hold some variation of the following titles:

  • Accounts receivable manager
  • Admissions administrator
  • Business office manager
  • Clinic and event coordinator
  • Director of compliance
  • Hospital services administrator
  • Insurance contract negotiator
  • Lab/testing facility manager
  • Materials manager
  • Patient relations representative
  • Patient safety director
  • Risk management manager
  • Senior living administrator
  • Specialty scheduling coordinator

Meet the Prof

Emily Swann

Emily Swann

Get to know our professors before you actually meet them!

Emily Swann began her teaching career at George Fox University in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from University of Portland, a master’s in public health from Portland State University and a post-graduate certification as a health education specialist (CHES).

In addition to teaching at George Fox, Emily has worked in health education at Providence Health of Oregon for over 15 years and currently serves as the senior manager of education for Providence Medical Group. Emily is dedicated to engaging her students in their education and developing lifelong learners in the field of healthcare administration.

Jayme Smith

Jayme Smith

Healthcare Administration Graduate

My experience in George Fox’s Adult Degree Program was amazing! I really felt known by the professors, staff and students. I would highly recommend finishing your degree at George Fox.

You Can Do This

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We believe you have what it takes - and our program is designed for the success of working adults:

We know it's a big step. That's why you'll have a dedicated staff person to walk with you from start to finish.

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Leah Gomes

Leah Gomes

Admissions Counselor, Adult Degree Program

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