Healthcare Leadership Starts Here
The need for skilled, reliable healthcare administrators is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare management is projected to expand by 32% through 2029. This growth is expected to create more than 133,000 positions for healthcare administration and management professionals.1
With the online Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management degree from Illinois College, you’ll gain the essential business and management skills needed for an in-demand healthcare leadership career. Through an interactive learning environment, you’ll explore a liberal arts curriculum that focuses on problem solving and solutions. Courses are taught by expert faculty members who incorporate real-world healthcare management experience into each lesson. You’ll also gain hands-on experience by completing a career-focused internship at an approved healthcare agency or your current place of employment.
The Online BA in Healthcare Management Degree is Designed for:
- Individuals seeking a program that provides business and leadership skills to advance their current healthcare career.
- Individuals with a non-healthcare academic background who want to enter and make a difference in the field through a non-clinical role.
- Professionals seeking a program that offers flexibility to take courses part-time while continuing to work full-time.
The online BA in Healthcare Management is offered fully online for your convenience. Classes are asynchronous and can be taken wherever and whenever is right for you, allowing you the flexibility you need as a working adult.
Courses and Admissions
The curriculum for the online BA in Healthcare Management degree combines foundational business skills with healthcare leadership essentials. The program requires 120 total semester hours, including 46 hours in the major.
Students must complete a total of 74 credit hours in a variety of areas. These include courses in writing; world languages; the arts; speech; science; social, spiritual and philosophical issues and more.
- BI 215 Medical Terminology (2 hours)
- PS 101 Introduction to Psychology (4 hours)
- 1 course in general, microbiology, and/or human biology; chemistry; kinesiology; nutrition, or other relevant course approved by the advisor.
Course Description Credits EC 105This course is a one-term combination of both micro- and macro-economics. In this course, students are introduced to analysis of supply and demand, national income theory, the banking system, monetary policy and the corresponding usage for economic stabilization, theory of the consumer, theory of the firm and other selected microeconomic topics. 4 AC 231Fundamental financial and managerial accounting concepts used in decision making. Emphasis is on operating, investing, and financing activities and planning, controlling and evaluating performance. 4 CO 381This course will help students understand the impact of communication in a health context. Among the topics that will be addressed are: health and identity, patient-practitioner communication, cultural perceptions of health, healthcare policies, health communication campaigns, and health images in the media. Both theoretical and practical in nature, this course will help students understand the impact of communication in a health context. Among the topics that will be addressed are: health and identity, patient-practitioner communication, cultural perceptions of health, healthcare policies, and health communication campaigns. 4 MG 491The capstone seminar for the Business Administration major, MG 491 integrates and applies concepts from management, accounting, economics and related fields, with a focus on developing and applying skills for problem solving and leadership in an organizational environment. 4 MG 463/464A practical application of theoretical skills in actual job-related situations. Open to Junior and Senior majors. Permission of department chair required. 2
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Course Description Credits NU/PH 350This course introduces students to matters of social justice in the healthcare system of the United States. The primary focus is on fundamental ethical principles and their corresponding theories that function as ethical decision-making models, such as the principle of respect for the autonomy of persons and its corresponding theory of deontology. Case studies from the across the lifespan are used to apply ethical decision-making models to patient-health professional interactions and the use of human subjects in medical research. 4 MG 315Consideration of the problem of determining the rules which should govern the relationship between industry and government, a company and its customers and management and employees. 4
Healthcare Management and Administration Core ( 24 hours)
Course Description Credits MG 120An introduction to application software used in problem solving including advanced features of spreadsheets, introduction to databases and project management tools. Includes in-class laboratory work. 4 MG 364The study of the managerial process in an organizational setting with emphasis on decision-making, planning, organizing, and controlling; including discussion of motivation, leadership, communication, and group dynamics in an organizational context. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 4 HM 352This course is an introduction to the study of the health care industry with focus on financial and economic considerations. Topics include understanding the structure of health care organizations, health insurance, health care financial management, and health care policy. 4 HM 379Introduction to U.S. law pertaining to health care policy and delivery. Topics include legislation, changes in legal approaches over time, privacy laws pertaining to health information, and the legal position of patients, families, and patient advocates within the U.S. health care system. 4 HM 485The study of management and leadership within health care organizations. Focus on the elements of the U.S. health care system and approaches to strategic planning, human resources management, and leadership within health care organizations. 4
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Course Description Credits MG 237This course focuses on the examination of research and theory as it relates to the organization and the organizational environment as a social system. Within this context, the course explores factors that influence the way members of an organization behave. Topics include individual and cultural differences, perceptions, attitudes, emotions, motivation, learning and reinforcement, managing diversity, decision-making, relationship management, performance, group/team relationships, leadership, conflict and negotiations, strategy, and organizational change management. 4 MG 359Study of concepts and methods used by the HRM unit in building and maintaining an effective workforce in profit and nonprofit organizations. Topics include recruitment, selection, training, wage and salary administration, job design, and EEOC. Offered spring semesters. 4
To qualify for admission to the BA in Healthcare Management degree, applicants must:
- Be a high school graduate (or equivalent)
- Have a 2.5 GPA
How to Apply
Candidates must submit:
- An online application
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- Official transcripts of all high school and/or college work completed
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|Tuition (46 credit hours)||$375 per credit hour||$17,250|
|Fees (4 terms)||$25 per term||$100|
|Total with Transfer Credits||$17,350|
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
When you earn your human resources management degree online with Illinois College, you’ll Graduate READY for career advancement. Your degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:
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Health Information Manager
Health information managers oversee the keeping of medical records within a health facility. They ensure their facility is following the law and that all health information personnel have the resources necessary to do their jobs properly.$55,651 Median Annual Salary
Hospital administrators oversee the diverse functions of a hospital to maintain the safety of its employees and patients. Among a variety of responsibilities, these professionals play a major role in establishing the hospital budget and work to ensure the hospital is following the law.$87,845 Median Annual Salary
Healthcare Program Manager
Healthcare program managers ensure their health facility is well-stocked on supplies and resources to ensure medical procedures are being conducted properly and that patients are getting the effective care they require. They manage projects within a health facility to address any necessary changes or improvements.$77,168 Median Annual Salary
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Frequently Asked Questions
Students who excel in online programs have similar traits and habits that contribute to their success. They possess self-motivation and self-discipline and are willing to commit time and effort to their studies. Additionally, they choose to meet deadlines, follow through on assignments and communicate regularly with their academic support network.
Online degrees provide flexibility to earn a degree at your own pace. Completion times will vary depending on previous college credit and how much time per week you are able to dedicate to academics. Average completion time for our online degrees is 18 months.
We’re glad you’re ready to take the next step in your career! Our application is free and offered fully online for your convenience. In addition to submitting your completed application form, you will need to request and supply your official transcripts from all previously attended institutions and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. If you are applying for the RN to BSN program, you will need to supply a valid RN license.
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