Program Description

The Healthcare Administration Bachelor of Science (BSHA) program prepares students to serve in entry-level and mid-level healthcare administration positions. The BSHA program is taught online, allowing students to complete coursework on their own schedules. This format is great for students wanting to balance employment, family life, and higher education. Likewise, students employed in the healthcare industry may more easily earn a degree and pursue career advancement, because they may be able to apply previously-completed clinical units towards degree requirements.

Healthcare administration is a broad-based discipline that serves individuals, communities, and entire populations in a variety of healthcare environments. Healthcare administration is an excellent career choice for the person who would like to have a profession in healthcare in one or more of the following areas: healthcare policy and strategy, marketing, communication, business continuity and sustainability, law and ethics, business and project management, human resources, health information systems, and organizational behavior. Healthcare professionals have the opportunity to plan marketing and communication initiatives, develop institutional strategies, policies and procedures, manage staff and resources, and develop sustainability and continuity plans, among other responsibilities.

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Program Length

Students may enroll full-time, and complete the program in 6 quarters (2 years), or part-time, and complete the program in 9 or 12 quarters (3 or 4 years).

Possible Careers

Administrative positions in various healthcare settings. Examples of positions include:

Clinical Support Services Manager; Healthcare Initiative Project Manager; Healthcare Human Resources Manager; Social & Community Services Coordinator; Medical or Dental Office Manager; Long-term Care Coordinator; Marketing Program Coordinator; Manager of Business Operations; Coordinator, Healthcare Administration; Nursing Home Administrator


Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Nov 1, 2022 Aug 1, 2023

Admissions Requirements

  • A minimum of 90-quarter units (or 60-semester units), including program prerequisites (students who transfer from a community college may transfer a maximum of 105-quarter units, all other credits must come from a senior college)
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA of all freshman and sophomore course work from an accredited educational institution; students with a 2.0 – 2.49 GPA may be considered for provisional acceptance
  • High school diploma or its equivalent, the GED is required
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate work sent by each previous institution to LLU


Domain 1: Religion (8 quarter units)
(completed during enrollment at LLU)

Domain 2: Arts and humanities (minimum 16 quarter units)
Units must be selected from at least three of the following content areas: civilization/history, art, literature, language, philosophy, religion, or general humanities electives. A minimum of 3 quarter units in an area are required to meet a "content area."

Domain 3: Scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning (minimum 12 quarter units)

  • College algebra or statistics. 
  • Additional units must be selected from any of the following content areas: biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or physics, and one course must include a lab.  

Domain 4: Social sciences (minimum 12 quarter units)

  • One course (or components integrated into several courses) dealing specifically with issues of human diversity is required.
  • Select additional units, as needed, from: anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology

Domain 5: Written and oral communication (minimum 9 quarter units)

  • English composition, complete sequence that meets the baccalaureate degree requirements of a four-year college or university.
  • Additional courses may include information systems, critical thinking, and public speaking

Domain 6: Health and wellness (minimum 2 quarter units)

  • A didactic course in health or nutrition (e.g., personal health, personal nutrition, population health, global health, and community nutrition) minimum of 2 units
  • Physical education. Must include at least two separate physical activity courses totaling a minimum of one quarter units.

For total unit requirements for graduation, see LLU General Education Requirements.

Some students may need to complete additional elective coursework to bring their overall course unit total to a minimum of 180 quarter units while enrolled at Loma Linda University in order to meet graduation requirements.

Required general education courses

Medical terminology

For total unit requirements for graduation, see LLU General Education Requirements 

Professional core
Health-care professional units may apply. Details will be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the program director.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.


State Accrediting Agency

State laws across the nation require universities to be authorized to legally deliver online education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. To view the list of states authorizing Loma Linda University online students, go to this website.

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $24,500 $19,600
Books & Supplies $3,000 $3,000
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $27,500 $22,600


Expected costs for the 2023-2024 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 9
Room & Board $15,885 $15,885
Transportation $3,150 $3,150
Personal Expenses $2,250 $2,250


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.