Health Care Administration
Health Care Administration, an AUPHA Certified undergraduate program at WKU, 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.
Now offering the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) accredited Health Care Administration (HCA) degree program! Students must complete the Bachelor
of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA) in combination with the Long Term Care Administration certificate and required internship. For more information, click here.
Students may obtain both an undergraduate degree and a Master of Health Administration (MHA) concurrently through our ground-breaking Joint Undergraduate-Master's Program. The standard plan for this is designed to be accomplished in 5-years. Transfer students should note that specialized plans may be available that suit their needs to transition from an Associate of Science degree through both the undergraduate and MHA degrees in as little as three years. For more information about JUMP-MHA, please contact your HCA Advisor.
The Department of Public Health offers a Master's program in Health Administration. 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, the health insurance sector and other related health organizations.
Health Care Administration is an ever-changing field of study that requires well-rounded leaders and innovators to manage the challenges in the health care world. Administrators are responsible for coordinating and organizing the delivery of care while staying in touch with consumers’ needs. The Executive Master of Health Care Administration Program at WKU allows health care professionals the opportunity to strengthen their education with a unique and flexible schedule.