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Bachelor of Science - HCA

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA)

Health Care Administration is a profession that provides management leadership in one of the nation's largest service industries. Components of the health care delivery system include hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, personal care homes, retirement centers, health maintenance organizations, medical sales, insurance, companies, etc. The graduate in healthcare administration has a business foundation in accounting, finance, management, economics, personnel management, as well as, a specialized foundation in health care administration and related health areas. The environment of health care changes every day. Change, whether it be advances in technology, clinical practice, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic equipment, personnel requirements, information management, or many other areas of health care, is affecting the entire industry. The health care system in the United States is uniquely structured. This is where you, as a health care administration major, fit into the picture. The industry needs well-educated, energetic, competent, and creative managers and administrators that can not only prepare for the future of health care, but can also create that future.

Beginning June 2014, students can obtain a NAB Accedited degree by completing the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration with Long Term Care Certificate Program and the NAB Accredited HCA with LTCA Internship Guidelines.

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Program Objectives :

The Department of Public Health offers a bachelors of science program in Health Care Administration (major with no minor requirements). This program prepares the student for management and administrative positions in various types of health care facilities, organizations, and agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies and clinics. This program will also prepare individuals to work in medical sales companies, health planning agencies, insurance sector and other related health organizations. Individuals completing this program are academically prepared to enter graduate programs in health care administration provided that the student meets the entrance requirements of the particular graduate program to which (s)he applies.

Who Should Apply ?

Students who have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours including the courses required for seeking admission status and admitted status of a specific program, with an overall GPA of 2.5, qualify for admission into the program. Students whose GPA falls below 2.5 for two successive semesters will be dropped from the program. Students who receive a grade below a "C" in two or more courses required in the major will be dropped from the program. A student may be reinstated in the program when the overall GPA is elevated to at least 2.5 and all courses in which a grade less than "C" was earned have been repeated and a grade of "C" or better is earned. Students must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 before enrolling in the internship. Grades below "C" in major or minor courses will not be counted toward meeting graduation requirements.

Requirements for Seeking Admission (Ref # 559P): 24 hours including MATH 116 (or higher) and PH 100 with overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

Requirements for Admission (Ref # 559): 30 hours including above courses plus BIOL 131 or PH 100 with PH 381 or PH 384 and ECON 202 or ECON 203 with overall GPA of 2.5 or better.


The Health Care Administration program requires students to complete a twelve (12) week full-time, internship experience in an approved health care facility. The NAB Accredited Health Care Administration program with Long Term Care Administration Certificate requires students to complete a twenty-five (25) week full-time, internship in an approved health care facility with majority of hours in a licensed nursing facility.

In order to be eligible for internship, the student MUST meet the following requirements:

Note: all program course work must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.

1. Possess a MINIMUM OVERALL GPA of 2.5.

2. Comply with internship placement policies and procedures.

3. Submit a site affiliation agreement form and request for internship approval from Advisor.

The HCA faculty has created a guide to the internship experience. Students should print this off and review prior to beginning their search for an internship. Click below.


For More Information, Contact :

 Dr. Gregory Ellis- Griffith

 Director, Health Care Administration Program

 Phone: (270) 745-3076

 Office: Academic Complex 137

 Email :gregory.ellis-griffith@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 6/11/18