Health Care Administration

The Health Care Administration program offers students a Bachelor of Science (BS) - Comprehensive Major in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Technical Studies (BTS) - Applied Health Care Administration (2 + 2 Program, as well as a Minor in Health Care Administration.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) Comprehensive Major in Health Care Administration provides students with the skills, competencies, and experience necessary for the successful acquisition of leadership positions in the health care industry.

Learning Outcomes With This Program

Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Identify and explain the components of the health care delivery system in the United States and its internal and external factors.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and effective decision making through the utilization of data analysis.
  • Demonstrate managerial practices that are ethical, professional, and legal.
  • Use information technology to collect and analyze organizational data.
  • Analyze departmental or organizational challenges and develop a project or strategy in response to the analysis.

Bachelor of Technical Studies (BTS)
- Applied Health Care Administration (2 + 2 Program)

The Applied Health Care Administration (BTS) degree program is designed to provide health care professionals with an associate degree from an accredited institution, an opportunity to complete a bachelor degree in Health Care Administration by completing 45 credit hours of specified courses and 18 general education credit hours (please refer to the listed degree requirements).  The majority of the courses in the HCA BTS Program are offered online allowing convenient degree completion for the working professional.

The Applied Health Care Administration BTS degree consists of: 

  • A minimum of forty-eight (48) credit hours in core courses.
  • A minimum of eighteen (18) hours of general education hours for completion of the required General Education Program.
  • A minimum of thirty-three (33) credit hours at the 300/400 level.
  • A minimum of 127 total credit hours necessary to graduate with a BTS degree in HCA (based on an associate degree with a minimum of 64 hours).

Job Opportunities With This Program

Graduates of this program might find themselves managing an entire facility, specialize in managing a specific clinical area of department, or managing a medical practice for a group of physicians.  Employment of medical and health service managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.  According to the U.S.. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of medical and health services managers was $84,270 in May 2010.

Please view our Health Care Administration FACT Sheets for more information on these programs, or contact the Health Care Administration Director.

General Contact Information
  • Stephanie Saunders, MHA, RDCS, RVT
    Health Care Administration Director & Associate Professor
    740-245-7139 Email:  ssaunders@rio.edu
  • Admissions 1-800-282-7201, ext. 7208