Program Overview

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. Graduates will be able to provide leadership and policy making in many diverse health care settings. Healthcare administration is the field relating to leadership, management, and administration of public health systems, health care systems, hospitals, and hospital networks.

Students will complete 122 credit hours of course work that will prepare them to plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care. Graduates will be prepared to either be a specialist in charge of a specific clinical department or a generalist who manages an entire facility or system. Students have the option to spread their coursework of six years and most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening. Students will also be given the opportunity to shadow in different areas of their choice in Central Iowa.

Graduates will be employable nation-wide throughout many health care settings. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than average. For more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for all applicable college transfer work.
    • Achieve a grade of “C” or higher (not “C-”) in all transferred health care administration core courses.
    • Interview with Health Care Administration Program Chair.

    School Overview

    Mercy College of Health Sciences is a four-year private school located in Des Moines, Iowa. Mercy is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives. Mercy College of Health Sciences was formed in July 1995 and originates from the Mercy Hospital Training School, which was established in 1899.

    Mercy College of Health Sciences offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.


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