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Looking to Advance in Healthcare?

Our healthcare industry is growing in size and complexity. It takes skilled administrators to manage staffing, systems, projects, regulatory requirements—the challenges facing healthcare today. If you’re working in the field and looking for additional opportunities, or interested in entering healthcare administration altogether, our ACCSC-accredited online college program offers career-focused training.

The online campus at Vista College built its Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program around real jobs that are hiring today. Our knowledgeable instructors cover the planning, accounting & budgeting, personnel management, and IT systems, everything you need to get you Day 1 Ready for entry-level healthcare administration positions. Take your courses through virtually any device, on your time, making it possible to continue working while you complete your degree.

Because career preparation goes beyond classes, Vista College’s personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

What You’ll Learn

In our online healthcare administration bachelor’s degree program, you’ll develop the human-relations skills needed to collaborate with complex teams, keep healthcare information accurate and safeguarded, and the strategic-thinking skills to identify and meet goals.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
November 18

Course Length: 48 Months *
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Campus: Online
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Career Opportunities for Healthcare Administration Graduates

Graduates of our online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program emerge ready to seek entry-level employment in healthcare office environments. More experienced graduates may be ready to leverage this training to advance in their current jobs.

Potential Job Titles: Community Coordinator, Program Manager, Practice Manager, Office Manager.

Why Online at Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

The online campus at Vista College designs its healthcare programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course # Course Title Credits
HITT1450-O Medical Terminology 4.5
HITT1451-O Medical Billing and Insurance * 4.5
HITT3451-O Health Information Systems 4.5
HPRS2450-O Electronic Health Records 4.5
HPRS3452-O Health Policy 4.5
HPRS3453-O Fundamentals of Healthcare Finance 4.5
HPRS3454-O Careers in Healthcare Management 4.5
HPRS3455-O Public and Community Health Services 4.5
HPRS3456-O Delivery of Healthcare in the US 4.5
HPRS3457-O Health and Wellness 4.5
HPRS4450-O Healthcare Management 4.5
HPRS4451-O Quality Management in Healthcare 4.5
HPRS4452-O Healthcare Human Resources Management 4.5
HPRS4453-O Healthcare Marketing 4.5
HRPO4450-O Law and Ethics in Healthcare 4.5
HRPO4452-O Organizational Behavior for Healthcare Professionals 4.5
MDCA1450-O Anatomy and Physiology – Structural 4.5
MDCA1451-O Anatomy and Physiology – Internal 4.5
MDCA4450-O Psychology of Illness and Disability 4.5
MDCA4451-O Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Settings 4.5
POFM1450-O ICD Guidelines and Applications * 4.5
POFM1451-O ICD Coding * 4.5
POFM1453-O CPT Coding * 4.5
POFM1455-O CPT Surgical Coding * 4.5
POFM2452-O ICD Coding Applications * 4.5
POFM2454-O CPT Coding Applications * 4.5
POFM2458-O Comprehensive Coding * 4.5
POFM2459-O Capstone Review * 4.5
POFT1450-O Professional Strategies 4.5
POFT4451-O Career Strategies 4.5
COMM3451-O Communications 4.5
COSC1451-O Computer Science 4.5
ENGL1451-O English Composition I 4.5
ENGL3451-O English Composition II * 4.5
GOVT3451-O Political Science 4.5
HIST4452-O US History 4.5
MATH2451-O Contemporary Mathematics 4.5
PSYC2451-O General Psychology 4.5
SOCI4451-O Sociology 4.5
SPCH2451-O Speech Communications 4.5

Medical Terminology

HITT1450-O

This course focuses on learning basic medical terminology through the study of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation, correct spelling, and the correct use of medical terms.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Medical Billing and Insurance

HITT1451-O

This course focuses on the tasks and the responsibilities of the medical biller and includes types of insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, worker’s compensation, and private insurance. Emphasis is placed on HIPAA, coding ethics, abuse, and fraud as they relate to medical billers.

4.5 credits
40 theory hours
15 lab hours

Health Information Systems

HITT3451-O

This course focuses on various health information systems, health-related data structures, software applications, and enterprise architecture in healthcare and public health.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Electronic Health Records

HPRS2450-O

This course focuses on the systems and processes for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating health-related information. Emphasis is on accurate maintaining of health records, documentation requirements, registries, indices, licensing, and regulatory agencies.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Health Policy

HPRS3452-O

This course focuses on the medical model of healthcare in the U.S.; the role of various healthcare professionals, their education, and certification/licensure requirements; Medicare and Medicaid; HMOs, PPOs, and IPAs; medical malpractice and tort reform; and the role of the federal, state, and local governments.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Fundamentals of Healthcare Finance

HPRS3453-O

This course focuses on the fundamentals of healthcare finance. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of financial intermediaries in the health field and related markets.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Careers in Healthcare Management

HPRS3454-O

This course focuses on the career opportunities within the healthcare management field. Emphasis is on the traditional and non-traditional steps available for a healthcare professional to move into management.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Public and Community Health Services

HPRS3455-O

This course focuses on the role healthcare professionals play in the public and community health services delivery system. Emphasis is placed on the role of healthcare professionals, their education, certification/licensure requirements, insurance plans, the organizations, and the key issues driving healthcare reform in the U.S.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Delivery of Healthcare in the US

HPRS3456-O

This course focuses on the development of delivery systems in the healthcare field in the U.S. Emphasis is on the organization, financing, accreditation, licensure, and regulatory agencies.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Health and Wellness

HPRS3457-O

This course focuses on an overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the life span. Emphasis is placed on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Healthcare Management

HPRS4450-O

This course focuses on the concepts, terminology, principles, theories, and issues relevant to the field of healthcare management. Emphasis is placed on various theories, processes, and functions of management as well as on the integration of behavioral and system approaches into the traditional analysis of healthcare. Additional topics include decision making, planning strategies, and leadership skills.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Quality Management in Healthcare

HPRS4451-O

This course focuses on quality standards and methodologies in healthcare management. Emphasis is placed on various approaches to assessing patient safety issues and reporting through electronic systems are included.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Healthcare Human Resources Management

HPRS4452-O

This course focuses on the basic principles of human resources in a healthcare facility. Emphasis is placed on work analysis, workforce planning, recruiting, staffing, training, and performance of employees. This foundation is used to examine how the human resources professionals manage compensation, labor relations, safety issues and health issues of employees, and discipline and procedural justice in a healthcare environment.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Healthcare Marketing

HPRS4453-O

This course focuses on introduction to the marketing mix of functions and process in the healthcare field. Emphasis is placed on identifying the marketing mix components in relation to market segmentation, explaining the environmental factors which influence the healthcare consumer, and outlining a marketing plan.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Law and Ethics in Healthcare

HRPO4450-O

This course focuses on the regulations governing the legal relationships among physicians, patients, and healthcare professionals and the ethics that apply. Emphasis is on the Patient’s Bill of Rights and identifying local, state, and federal standards and regulations for the control and use of health information in a legal and ethical manner.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Organizational Behavior for Healthcare Professionals

HRPO4452-O

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations within today’s healthcare environment. Specific topics include the determinants of individual behavior and task performance, motivation theories, and performance management. Aspects of working with teams are covered, including conflict negotiation and organizational politics, culture, structure, and design. Additional topics include changing management and leadership.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Anatomy and Physiology – Structural

MDCA1450-O

This course focuses on the study of anatomy and the function of systems that support the structure of the human body. Emphasis is on the skeletal and integumentary systems.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Anatomy and Physiology – Internal

MDCA1451-O

This course focuses on the internal anatomy and the functions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Psychology of Illness and Disability

MDCA4450-O

This course is designed to explore behavioral medicine and the interdependence of mind and body. Emphasis is on the basic functions of human body systems and the correlation with corresponding diseases and disability, and the psycho-social aspects of health-related impairments.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Settings

MDCA4451-O

This course is designed to help students examine their own attitudes, behaviors, perceptions, and biases in order to develop culturally aware approaches to administration in healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on the role culture plays in healthcare perceptions.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

ICD Guidelines and Applications

POFM1450-O

This course focuses on the current ICD coding system with emphasis on the use of the ICD Coding Manual, coding conventions, and guidelines. Emphasis is placed on abbreviations, symbols, and the various types of instructional notes used in coding.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

ICD Coding

POFM1451-O

This course focuses on expanded coding guidelines and the practice and application of coding protocols. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of diagnosis coding.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

CPT Coding

POFM1453-O

This course focuses on using the CPT and the HCPCS manuals for billing outpatient services. Emphasis is placed on procedural coding.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

CPT Surgical Coding

POFM1455-O

This course focuses on outpatient coding for surgical procedures specific to each body system. Emphasis is placed on coding guidelines and extensive coding practice.

4.5 credits
35 theory hours
20 lab hours

ICD Coding Applications

POFM2452-O

This course focuses on completing applications that provide coding practice. Emphasis is placed on applying coding rules accurately.

4.5 credits
35 theory hours
25 lab hours

CPT Coding Applications

POFM2454-O

This course focuses on the application of procedural coding for outpatient billing services. Emphasis is placed on accuracy and ethical coding.

4.5 credits
35 theory hours
25 lab hours

Comprehensive Coding

POFM2458-O

This course focuses on utilizing all coding manuals. Emphasis is placed on coding practice and a review of coding ethics, fraud and abuse, and HIPAA regulations.

4.5 credits
25 theory hours
40 lab hours

Capstone Review

POFM2459-O

This course contains a comprehensive review of the roles and the responsibilities of a medical insurance billing and coding professional in order to prepare students for their certification exam. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating competency related to ICD, CPT/HCPCS, and surgical coding.

4.5 credits
25 theory hours
40 lab hours

Professional Strategies

POFT1450-O

This course focuses on the skills required to be successful in college and in your career. Emphasis is on time management, goal setting, and research techniques.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Career Strategies

POFT4451-O

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job seeking portfolio including resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. Emphasis is on writing effective resumes, sources of job leads, techniques for successful interviewing, and the follow-up process in the career search.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Communications

COMM3451-O

This course focuses on the history, the principles, and the techniques of interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication. Emphasis is placed on written, verbal, and visual formats.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Computer Science

COSC1451-O

This course focuses on various information and communication technologies. Emphasis is placed on how information systems are used to solve problems.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I

ENGL1451-O

This course focuses on developing written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II

ENGL3451-O

This course builds on the writing skills learned in English Composition I. In addition to reviewing the writing process, students are introduced to research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analysis of written topics.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Political Science

GOVT3451-O

This course covers the discipline of political science focusing on the scope and methods of the field, and the substantive topics in the discipline including the theoretical foundations of politics, political interaction, political institutions and how political systems function.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

US History

HIST4452-O

This course covers the history of the United States from first discovery and settlement through the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. It examines the social, the political, the religious, and the economic events and influences that shaped the nation and its people.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Contemporary Mathematics

MATH2451-O

This course focuses on the treatments of sets, logic, number systems, number theory, relations, functions, probability and statistics.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

General Psychology

PSYC2451-O

This course focuses on human behavior. Emphasis is placed on biological foundations, the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Sociology

SOCI4451-O

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, deviance, inequality, social change, and social structure. Students also explore the influence of social class and social institutions such as religion, education, healthcare, government, economy, and environment. The family as a social structure is also examined.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Speech Communications

SPCH2451-O

This course focuses on human communication principles and theories embedded in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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