Health Care Administration Leadership BS in Health Care Administration

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Explore the possibilities in Health Care Leadership

Ready to grow as a leader in health care? You can gain leadership skills to understand the big picture and influence change in this field with an online health care leadership program from Capella University.

Our BS in Health Care Administration, Health Care Administration Leadership can help you gain insights to lead high-performance teams in a variety of complex, dynamic health care environments.

You can also enroll with an Accelerated Master’s Pathway (AMP) option, which can allow you to start taking master’s-level courses during your bachelor’s degree program.

87% of Health Administration alumni agree that their degree has positioned them to achieve their professional ambitions.
Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 8–14 General education courses
  • 9 Core courses
  • 6 Specialization courses
  • 9–17 Elective courses
  • 1 Capstone
  • 180 Total quarter credits
  • 135 Maximum transfer credits

Classes Start October 11th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL21).

FlexPath lets you finish the degree you started, with a bachelor’s in health care administration in 15 months for $15,000.*

*Based on fastest 25% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by your degree program, transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

BS in Health Care Administration program highlights

Flexible learning

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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95% of Health Administration alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.*

Reduce your tuition by $8,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

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Healthcare executives network

Capella is a participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network.

Interprofessional education

Share courses with nursing and public health practitioners to learn about, from, and with others in the industry.

Practical experience with Vila Health™

Practice communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in Vila Health™, our simulated health care environment.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated faculty and support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Cost & learning formats

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $375 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two core courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 67 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Gen ed courses included

Our affiliate, Sophia Learning, is a self-paced, online option for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements, included in tuition for Capella students.*

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

$8K toward your bachelor's

Apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

*All transfer and PLA credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Health Care Administration Leadership sample courses

The curriculum for our online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration provides a foundational knowledge of change leadership, planning and marketing, patient safety and quality improvement, health care economics, and wellness promotion, among many other topics.

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Present and Future State Developments within the United States Health Care System

In this course, learners review developments in health policy and management to better understand the present and future state of the U.S. health care system. Learners also analyze trends and effects on health care services to determine their impact on the health care industry and to predict potential future reforms. Learners also gain knowledge of health policy; health reform; access, cost, and regulatory issues; and stakeholder influence.

3 quarter credits
Leadership and Communication in Health Care Organizations

Learners in this course gain awareness of their personal leadership style and develop communication approaches appropriate for a diverse set of stakeholders. Learners also build their knowledge and skills in cultural competence, effective teamwork, coaching, cross-functionality, and collaboration through the use of authentic, real-world scenarios.

6 quarter credits
Strategic Leadership and Workforce Planning in Health Care

In this course, learners develop innovative solutions to strategic, tactical, and operational issues in managing health care systems through the combined use of information technology, organizational knowledge, talent management, and critical thinking. Learners enhance leadership qualities that facilitate diverse high-performance teams and create comprehensive and useable data-driven action plans. Learners also gain an understanding of organizational development, productivity management, and health care planning and marketing.

6 quarter credits
Managing Population Health

In this course, learners investigate epidemiology and its patterns, causes, and effects relative to health and disease conditions across identified populations. Learners identify evidencebased approaches to promote wellness, disease management, and evolving financial reimbursement strategies. In addition, learners gain an understanding of critical factors associated with accountable care organizations and formulate applied research strategies focused on patient engagement.

6 quarter credits
Health Care Systems and Operations

In this course, learners analyze managerial concepts and their application to the support infrastructure of health care organizations. Learners also investigate issues, trends, and best practices in supply chain management; process improvement; facility layout; quality improvement; resource planning; and facilities management.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to gaining real-world skills in dynamic health care environments.

  • Apply organizational skills and cultural competence to effectively develop and lead high-performance health care teams.
  • Address legal, regulatory, and ethical issues to protect your patients and organization.
  • Analyze data to make improvements based on established benchmarks as well as organizational goals and performance.
  • Learn new ways to solve operational and health care issues through technology, leadership, risk management, and more.
  • Develop quality management and continuous improvement processes to improve outcomes.
  • Interpret organizational elements, performance, terminology, and delivery modalities within the health care field.

Health Care Administration Leadership career insights

What is Health Administration?

Interested in a career in health administration? Here are three options at different levels of experience.  

The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

Learn how changes in health care regulations affect the industry, and how to stay ahead of the curve.

Health Care Administration Leadership professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a BS in Health Care Administration Leadership.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Practice manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Program director
  • Health director
  • Business analyst
  • Health administrator

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Nursing care facility
  • Ambulatory care service
  • Health insurance company

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with a BS in health care administration

While the health care field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:

Oversee patient billing including collections, payment plans, and charity care, as well as submitting claims to insurance companies and invoicing patients.

Prepare for roles in hospitals, hospital networks, or clinics that work to ensure patients receive the best possible care.

Work with clinical staff to ensure high-quality patient care and to meet compliance and regulatory requirements are met.

Prepare for roles that are responsible for the day-to-day operations of a hospital, clinic, or public health facility. 

Register patients, explain paperwork, obtain health history and insurance information all while maintaining patient confidentiality.

Prepare for roles in clinics, hospitals, or in other health care facilities.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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