Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Build on your existing healthcare experience or make a career change with ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. This program focuses on three areas: leadership and ethics; the healthcare system; and technical and foundational competency. With this degree, you’ll have the knowledge and skillset to stand out to future employers.

This program will give you an overview of healthcare systems, but also inform you of patient care and community health. In addition, you’ll gain an understanding of how to manage conflict within healthcare organizations. Finally, with tracks in Public and Community Health or Change Management, you’ll have an opportunity to focus your Healthcare Administration degree.

Many students who complete this degree, also pursue a master’s in Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or even an MBA.

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Meet the Dean

Dr. Joey Cope is Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Abilene Christian University. He oversees all of the online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. He also serves as Associate Vice President for Academics and as the Associate General Counsel for the ACU Dallas Campus.

Joey received his Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Texas Tech University and his Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

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Degree Details



Public and Community Health

Change Management

Required Hours

Major Requirements: 64 credit hours (up to 13 credit hours in electives)

Total Required: 120 credit hours

University Requirements/General Ed: 56 credit hours

Example Coursework

HCAD 241 Survey of Community and Public Health Issues

HCAD 327 Innovation & Trends in Healthcare

APCO 465 Healthcare Leadership and Relationship Management

HCAD 411 Healthcare Quality & Safety


School of Undergraduate Studies

Upcoming Start Dates

October 20, 2020

January 12, 2021

What can you do after graduation?

  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Director of Practice Administrator
  • Compliance Director
  • Risk Manager
  • Community Services Director

Admission Requirements

ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete an “Online Undergraduate Program” application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Provide official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.