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Health Care Administration, B.A.

School of Business

When healthcare gains administrative leadership,
the possibilities are endless.

Healthcare Administration is where healthcare meets business. At Fresno Pacific, you’ll not only broaden your academic foundation, you’ll gain specialized skill, like how to effectively communicate across the complex healthcare landscape.

Whether you’re seeking to work in a private doctor’s office or a corporate medical setting, courses will prepare you to develop, plan, and manage operations and services within the healthcare industry.

Instruction from faculty with decades of experience within the healthcare field includes management, resource allocation, policy-making, and healthcare laws and regulations.

Through the study of healthcare management, you’ll be prepared to successfully enter this growing field equipped with the skills to effectively enhance organizational leadership within the healthcare field.

Program Highlights

  • Choose between face-to-face or fully online program options
  • Meet for class one night per week
  • Progress through the entire program with a cohort of 12-22 adult students
  • Engage diverse classmates from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Study under experienced faculty and who assign relevant coursework

Catalog

Program Director: Barbara Maselli, Ph.D.

Overview

A program that prepares individuals to develop, plan and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. Includes instruction in planning, leadership, resource development, operation and management, resource allocation and policy, ethics, law, regulations and applications to specific types of health care services.

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration degree prepares students to serve as independent mid-level managers within the health care industry. It develops students’ cross-cultural competencies, increases their investigative and problem-solving skills, improves their ability to discern appropriate and ethics-based decision-making, and enhances their personal effectiveness with diverse constituents across a variety of ancillary health care professions. The degree prepares students, through engaging courses and applied project experiences, to serve as professional administrators in health care-industry settings.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions criteria follow FPU’s degree completion standards, with special attention to prerequisite preparation.

  • Application form and fee
  • A minimum 2.4 GPA, below 2.4 can submit a petition
  • Two years’ postsecondary work experience.
    • Need a minimum of 6 transferable units, below 6 units can submit a petition
    • Note: need 60 units before starting the major

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate healthcare systems’ leadership skills and apply them in a clinical setting.
  2. Describe health care related professional values and demonstrate their application in a clinical setting.
  3. Apply information literacy skills to critically analyze and investigate contemporary health care issues, including their legal and ethical implications.
  4. Explain effective practices related to cultural diversity in health care settings.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for health care settings.
  6. Develop and articulate an effective research project related to a contemporary issue in health care delivery.
  7. Articulate and apply the Christian concept of service in the health care field.

Locations Offered

North Fresno, Visalia Campuses and Online

Program Length/Semester Starts

This is a scheduled, 18-month cohort program.

Credit-Bearing Grades

Students must earn a C- or higher to receive credit for their health care administration program courses. Exceptions: Students may receive credit for BIB 314 and BIB 446, as well as any other general education or elective course with a D-.

2 Year

BA Health Care Administration (DC)  

General Education Requirements

For more information on General Education requirements, please see: General Education: Degree Completion Students  

  • Required for Healthcare Administration majors:

  • BIB 314 - Jesus and the Christian Community Credits 3
  • BIB 446 - Biblical Perspectives for Health Care Credits 3

Required Courses (35 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University:

  • HC 310 - Health Care in the United States Credits 3
  • HC 320 - Health Care Law, Regulations and Ethics Credits 3
  • HC 341 - Population Health and Cultural Intelligence Credits 3
  • HC 400 - Conflict Resolution in Health Care Credits 3
  • HC 415 - Introduction to Financial Management in Healthcare Credits 3
  • HC 425 - Strategic Management in Healthcare Credits 3
  • HC 433 - Human Resources and Organizational Behavior Credits 3
  • HC 435 - Quality Management in Healthcare Credits 3
  • HC 440 - Health Care Leadership Credits 3
  • HC 441 - Emerging Leadership in Healthcare Credits 2
  • HC 450 - Health Care Systems Administration and Information Technology Credits 3
  • HC 455 - Healthcare Administration Project I Credits 1
  • HC 460 - Healthcare Administration Project II Credits 1
  • HC 465 - Healthcare Administration Project III Credits 1

Electives

Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimum. This requirement may also be met through allowable college coursework, advanced placement exams, the College Level Examination Program, international baccalaureate exams, and military or ACE credit.

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

You already have a lot going on in your life, which is why our degree completion programs are designed to meet you where you are. You'll be surrounded by other students who will support and encourage you, by faculty mentors who are invested in your success, by opportunities to connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world, and by connections to the employers who will help you move forward in your career.

First Steps to Admission

  • Submit an application for admission (online or visit campus for a paper application)
    * There is a $40 application fee, which may be waived if you meet with a representative.
  • Request official transcripts from previously attended colleges, universities and high schools and send electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu
    • GED Transcripts OR any AA, AS, AS-T, AA-T from an accredited College or University as proof of High School graduation
    • This includes any military transcripts you may have, along with your military release forms (DD214).​​
  • Complete the FAFSA as early as October 1. (FAFSA Code: 001253)
    Enroll in the minimum number of units per semester to qualify for loans.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Student Financial Services Advisor 559-453-2041 sfs@fresno.edu

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • 6 transferable baccalaureate-level units (60 transferable baccalaureate-level units are required to begin major cohort)
  • Two years post-secondary experience
  • Check your specific program's requirements

*Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be considered for admission by the Admission Selection Committee. Additional documents may be required. Please ask your Admission Representative for details.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Two years post-secondary experience

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Public Health Services (AS-T) to Health Care Administration, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • All BA major courses are upper-division and are completed at FPU.
  • This program is offered as evening accelerated or online accelerated

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Transfer Agreements

The following guidelines are used when considering transfer credit:

  • Courses completed at a regionally or ABHE, ATS, TRACS, or AARTS accredited institution
  • Baccalaureate-level courses
  • Grade of C- or better
  • Courses are not duplicate to credit already received
  • All GE and major courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail
  • No lab is required for Area 5 Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Some majors have lower division prerequisites. Select an institution below to see the school's general education and lower division major requirements

View full transfer policy  Find agreements for your school

*Transfer Agreements are only a tool. Transfer work is not considered official until it has been evaluated by the FPU Registrar’s Office.

Non-traditional Admission

Steps for Re-admission

To reenter into the Degree Completion program within 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to complete the Degree Completion Re-admission Form. An academic advisor will determine if the student may reenter and if any conditions apply for readmission. The student will be charged at the current tuition rate for any course repeated.

*Note: If student is readmitting after 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to refer to “First Steps to Admission".

Steps for Non-matriculated Admission

The non-matriculated application is for people who are interested in taking baccalaureate classes through the Degree Completion program, but are not seeking to be admitted into that program. Students must complete this Non-matriculated Application Form only once in order to be qualified to take courses. Applicants must also meet the two-year post-secondary experience requirement to take these courses. Financial Aid is not available, and the course limit is six units per semester with a limit of two semesters total.

For more information, or for help filling out this application, please contact Graduate and Degree Completion Admissions at (559) 453-3690.

Two-year Graduation Guarantee

FPU Degree Completion program guarantees you can complete your degree in just two years. If you meet the qualification requirements, fulfill your responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete your major in a 2-yr. period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete your undergraduate degree.

Incoming requirements
  • Have at least 60 transferable units 
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Have most of your general education courses complete
  • Enroll in an average of 15 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15 units per semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major/minor requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester timeframe.
    • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
* If you are transferring to FPU from the California Community College system with an AA-T or AS-T, your FPU lower-division general education [GE] requirements may be fulfilled. 

Two-Year Transfer Guarantee for ADT Pathways

FPU guarantees a student with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from the California Community College system, can complete their degree in just two years. If a student meets the qualification requirements, fulfills the responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete their major in a 2-year period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete their undergraduate degree at FPU.

Incoming requirements
  • 60 transferable units [grades of C- or better] from the California Community College system with a completed ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • Selected an ADT matched (similar) pathway from FPU’s undergraduate degree programs
  • Have completed the necessary pre-requisites in the discipline specific to intended major
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Enroll in an average of 15- 18 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed or withdrawn courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15-18 units per semester
    • For TUG you may have to enroll in a summer semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester time frame.
  • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
  • Any courses from a Community College with “D+” or lower are non-transferable and require additional courses and semesters to graduate.
  • This guarantee may not apply to students starting in a spring or summer semester start (TUG only).
  • This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements: 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major.

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the possible opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL $530
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $505
General Ed and Electives $530
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL $520
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $495
General Ed and Electives $520
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary. 

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Alexandra Green

Mathematics

The grants, the academic awards, the transfer scholarship – all of it makes it so much more affordable to attend FPU. I know that school isn’t cheap for anyone, but FPU helped me realize that I could actually come to this school because they were going to help me so much financially.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work as independent, mid-level managers within the healthcare industry, including hospitals, private groups and doctors’ offices.

Career Possibilities

  • Operations manager
  • Medical billing manager
  • Human resources specialist

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center