Healthcare Administration Online

With an online healthcare administration degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, you will be prepared for a position in management or leadership in the healthcare industry.

Earn Your Healthcare Administration Degree Online at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Your interest in the field of healthcare. Our expertise.

With a strong liberal arts foundation, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College’s focus on developing critical thinking skills will prove to be beneficial to you as a professional who is ready to lead people and organizations in the healthcare field.

We have high expectations for you. Here’s what you can expect from us:

Support: Our professors are more than just teachers. They are advisors, cheerleaders and friends. We offer online academic support so you’re never alone and career services specifically tailored to individual student goals.

Dedication: Our faculty and staff have stood in your shoes before. We know about the homework, class projects and presentations. We’re here to help, advise and encourage you through all of your classes.

Convenience: We understand you’re busy—you’re a student, a parent and an employee. We know that you have many responsibilities to balance, so we work with you to ensure that you graduate with a healthcare administration degree that breaks down the barriers in your career.

Healthcare administration is currently one of the fastest growing career areas. Graduates will excel in an assortment of careers including: director of nursing, healthcare administrator, health information manager, health service manager, medical director, etc.

Master Degree: Ready to pursue a master’s degree? Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College now offers a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree to help you advance in your career.

For more information about the department visit the Department of Business and Leadership

Healthcare Administration Major - (42 credit hours)

Students enter this major after earning an associate degree in an approved Applied Science area (such as Nursing, Radiation Therapy or Healthcare Support) with at least a 2.7 GPA. This major allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree without any additional clinical courses.

Meet SMWC general studies course requirements; must take the following as a requirement of the major:

  • MA 253 Statistics is required
  • PS 111 General Psychology is required
  • Proficiency in Computers (Test required) (2 hours)

Business Core

27 Credit Hours required; all courses listed

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Introduction to roles of professionals in meeting standards of regulatory agencies and voluntary organizations in healthcare delivery systems. Application of the concepts of financial management within healthcare organizations. This will include: budgeting, financial planning principles, reimbursement procedures, governmental regulation, and legal restraints.

This course is intended to teach the skills needed to keep organizations competitive in the constantly changing healthcare environment. The course discusses developments in the healthcare field that require managers to have heightened skills in strategic planning and competitive analysis. The course also examines the models that exist for delivering quality service to consumers and how to build a base of loyal customers.

An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of the practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and manmade disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school.

Human Resource Management

15 Credit Hours required; all courses listed

Studies the processes in the personnel management system to meet human resource requirements, develop effectiveness in human resources, create a productive climate and behaviors and develop leadership and decision-making abilities to accomplish individual, organizational and societal objectives. Incorporates results of research in the behavioral sciences and stresses applications in the organizational structure. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Goes beyond the basic foundation of human resources management to focus in more detail on resources management in terms of implementing compensation, providing economic, physical and emotional security for employees, creating a productive work climate, understanding employee rights and discipline, strengthening employee-management relations and understanding global enterprises. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 341.

Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific laws such as ADA and NLRA. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Covers current readings and current and directed topics in the field of human resources management that are not covered in other classes. Topics will change as the field of human resource management changes. Prerequisites: BU 341 and BU 342.

Nursing students as well as other fields would benefit from a minor in Healthcare Administration. This type of minor would allow students the opportunity to move into management/leadership roles in the healthcare field.

Required Courses

18 hours total

Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization.

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific laws such as ADA and NLRA. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Introduction to roles of professionals in meeting standards of regulatory agencies and voluntary organizations in healthcare delivery systems. Application of the concepts of financial management within healthcare organizations. This will include: budgeting, financial planning principles, reimbursement procedures, governmental regulation, and legal restraints.

This course is intended to teach the skills needed to keep organizations competitive in the constantly changing healthcare environment. The course discusses developments in the healthcare field that require managers to have heightened skills in strategic planning and competitive analysis. The course also examines the models that exist for delivering quality service to consumers and how to build a base of loyal customers.

SMWC’s emphasis on professional experience will pair health care administration majors with internship opportunities that focus on their special interests and allow them to explore the management side of the industry.

Graduates can find employment in an assortment of careers including:

  • Director of nursing
  • Health care administrator
  • Health information manager
  • Health service manager
  • Medical director
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Nursing recruiter