Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Health Care Administration

The bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in health care administration helps prepare you for a career in the health care industry. Graduates of the program find employment as health service managers with various organizations, including hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and nursing homes. In addition, the program provides excellent preparation for graduate study in business or health administration.

Students electing to follow the extended care track are eligible to take the State and Federal Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Exam upon graduation.

Extended care track students are required to complete a total of 800 on-site hours in a nursing home using either BUHE 3890 or 4685. All on-site hours must be approved by the department chair.


The Health Care Administration program has two career paths: Acute Care (hospital administration) and Long Term (nursing home administration).  The degree program earned accreditation status through the NAB (The National Accreditation Board for Nursing Home Administrators.) This enables Shawnee students to graduate from a nationally accredited program. Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Health Management (Long Term) can sit for the state and national nursing home administration exams. NAB approves programs whose curriculum provides the content and practical experience necessary for a student to gain the competencies to be a successful licensed nursing home administrator. The program at Shawnee State University is the only business degree program in Ohio with this accreditation.

Career Opportunities

Students choosing the long-term care track in the health care administration program at Shawnee State are entering a challenging and growing career field. As the population grows older, the needs of the elderly are becoming greater.

Graduates with this degree are competent to manage and work in home health, assisted living, and other health facilities designed to care for the elderly.

For students interested in primary care, the health care administration program offers an acute care track which focuses on management and administrative careers in hospitals, clinics, and managed care. There is also a growing need for individuals to work in these types of facilities.

The health care administration program offers a solid business base with courses specific in health care management and provides the graduate a variety of employment opportunities in the rapidly changing health care environment. This program also provides the necessary courses in preparation for graduate school.

Class Scheduling

Health care administration courses are offered late in the afternoon and in the evening to accommodate the working professional.

Future plans for this program include offering courses for distant learners through out the tri-state area using the latest in electronic media. For further information contact:

Sarah Boehle, Ph.D., LNHA
Assistant Professor
Health Care Administration
Department of Business Administration
ATC 142
Phone: (740) 351-3605

Degree Requirements

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