Health Care Administration

The Bachelor degree (BGS) in Health Care Administration prepares you to direct health services and manage medical facilities. You will study ethics, grant writing, billing, medical record maintenance, writing and communications, and other skills that will equip you for a career in this lucrative, in-demand field.

At UC, You Can

Whether you've just graduated high school or have been working in the medical field for several years, a bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration will prepare you for a career in a booming field. Employment in this area is expected to grow 18% in the next eight years. Adding a bachelors degree to your experience as a nurse, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, or other health care professional will give you the edge for success. 

image of RWU 2018 UC grad Allison RaineIt's not just about earning the credits. Prior Learning Assessment has allowed Allison Raine to pursue the topics and courses she needed to focus on, not spend time relearning what she already knows.

Allison Raine ’18, healthcare industry
At UC: Healthy Communities, Gerontology
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How You'll Get There

At UC, we support you on your individual path. Whether you are just starting out or picking up where you left off, we work with you to accomplish your goals. As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

You'll receive one-on-one guidance from your advisor each step of the way. You may take advantage of our prior learning assessment, applying transfer credit, trainings and assessments, military experience, work experience, and self-taught skills toward your degree. 

You NeedYou Don't Need
  • An interest in helping people and communities
  • Official transcripts from high school, college
  • Entrance exam
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Pre-requisites
  • Admission essay
  • Application fee

Sample Courses

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Introduction to Public Health
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Moral & Ethical Issues in Health Care
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Healthcare Administration

Bachelor & Associate Degree Options

This program is designed for current health care administration or public health professionals seeking advancement or those seeking to start a career in these fields.

      10 core courses
        8 concentration courses
+ 22 electives                  
      40 courses (120 credits)

Associate of Arts degrees are eligible to students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within the University College.

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Any student may choose to pursue an associate's degree, focusing in a specific program area. You may earn an Associate of Science degree by selecting your courses from the Health Care Administration Bachelor's degree options and fulfilling the requirements below. 

      4 skills courses
      2 core courses
      6 social science/professional studies courses

+  8 electives            
    20 courses (60 credits)

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Common Add-On Certificates

Designed for adults working - or seeking to work - in health services, public health, health education, or health care administration fields, in either the private sector or the public sector (federal, state, or local government or non-profit organizations) who need to upgrade skills or attain additional credentials. A baccalaureate degree is not required and prospective students may pursue the certificate alone or both the certificate and the Bachelor's of General Studies degree in Health Care Administration. 

5 required courses = 15 credits 

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This program provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to the provision of case management services in a variety of health care settings. The program is designed for individuals who are employed in the field of case management or who want to begin a career in this field.

The required courses prepare you to sit for certification examinations. In this program you may matriculate into the Health Care Administration program if you wish to apply these courses toward the Bachelor's of General Studies.

5 required courses = 15 credits 

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Gerontology is the study of changes in adults who are aging, and the way society can address needs of an aging population. With the current large aging population, this is an in-demand career path with high earning potential. 

This program is practice-orientated, preparing students for work in the field or credentialing students who are already working within the field.

Students draw from a wide range of public and private agencies involved in the programming and care of elder individuals. Many students are able to complete this certificate as part of their elective courses within the degree program allowing you to graduate with a concentrated degree as well as a certificate.

5 required courses = 15 credits 

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Students draw from a wide range of public and private agencies involved in the programming and care of elder individuals. Many students are able to complete this certificate as part of their elective courses within the degree program allowing them to graduate with a concentrated degree as well as a certificate.

8 required courses = 24 credits

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Flexible Options to Suit Your Schedule

You may complete this entire program online, from anywhere, on your own schedule. Depending on the needs and interests of our students, we also offer in-person courses to bring your learning to life through face-to-face discussion. Our hybrid on-line and in-person courses give you the best of both worlds. Your advisor will help you determine which path is best for you. 

Your Career

Health care administrators are in high demand and employment in this field is expected to rise 18% in the next eight years, which can be compared to the 6% growth rate for other management occupations and 5% growth rate for all occupations. With a large aging population, longer life expectancy, and quickly advancing technology, the need for nursing home administrators, clinical managers and health information managers is growing. 

While career outlooks depend on candidate experience and specific employer requirements, the table below reflects average salaries for health care administrators in the following potential positions*

ProfessionWhat You'll DoWhat You NeedAverage Salary

Medical and Health Services Manager


Plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers. Bachelors Degree$113,730
Office Supervisors Supervise and coordinate activities of administrative support workers.Bachelors Degree$59,340
Medical Records and Health Information TechnicianOrganize and manage health information data.Certificate and/or Associate's Degree $44,010
Medical and Clinical Laboratory TechnicianCollect samples and perform tests. Bachelors Degree$41,700

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job outlook: 2018-2028. Median salary: 2018

Individualized Support, More Affordable

At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Tuition Costs & Fees: A valuable education you can afford
  • Financing Your Education: Filling out the FAFSA
  • Do You Live in Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Foster, Glocester or Pawtucket? Ask about RWU's lower-cost tuition agreements for residents of these communities.
  • Military: We can help you navigate the application process for tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits, and other tuition benefits, which include waived application fee and discounted tuition rates for service members and spouses, as well as financial aid.
  • Employers & Municipalities: Many employers, including municipalities, will reimburse tuition costs. Ask your HR team for details about your benefits.

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Questions? Meet Josselyn

Everyone has questions.

Our Pathway Specialist, Josselyn Velasquez-Florian, is here to help. Call her at (401) 254-4807 or email