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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management


The B.S. in Healthcare Management offers a rich science and healthcare-focused curriculum that allows you to realize your passion for caring for others and improving patient care quality and healthcare access for all. This program is also the starting point for students pursuing a B.S. in Nursing (BSN) at Biola and satisfies the lower-division coursework required to apply to the nursing major.

Whether you want to make a difference in acute care facilities, physician offices, skilled nursing facilities or public health organizations in the U.S., our program equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in this rapidly growing field. All courses in this program are taught from a Christian worldview.

  • Practice Christ-centered ethical and professional conduct that includes a responsibility to the patient and community.
  • Learn the fundamental healthcare management concepts of planning, organizing and leading healthcare services and programs.
  • Hone your critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities essential for developing and managing healthcare services and programs effectively.

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What will I study as a healthcare management major?

The first two years of the B.S. in Healthcare Management program are focused on the prerequisites that qualify you to apply to the clinical portion of the B.S. in Nursing degree. Admission to the clinical nursing program is competitive, requires a second application and is not guaranteed.

In your second two years as a healthcare management student, you’ll learn to integrate your Christian faith with professional healthcare management to embrace your calling to serve and minister to people in need.

Along with the core curriculum courses in behavioral science, mathematics and science, career-relevant topics include:

  • Principles of Management (a Crowell School of Business course)
  • Organizational Communication
  • Healthcare Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
  • Healthcare Law, Economics and Finance
  • A wide variety of electives like Human Resource Management, Global Health Leadership or Sociology of Disabilities


“The world needs strong Christian leaders to transform the healthcare industry to better serve and support patients. Whether you end up completing your B.S. in Nursing or the B.S. in Healthcare Management, you will be prepared to serve in both acute care and community settings. Biola graduates are equipped to be future leaders in the healthcare industry.”

Rachel Van Niekerk, Ph.D., MSN, CPNP.
Director of Nursing
Associate Professor of Nursing


Bible and Theology Coursework

As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.

Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management?

The B.S. in Healthcare Management meets the academic program content guidelines from both the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA). Additionally, our program sets you up for success by providing the necessary foundation to pursue professional certifications from reputable organizations like the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the Project Management Institute (PMI), contingent upon your eligibility and professional experience.

The healthcare management major is designed to prepare students to serve in entry-level leadership positions in a wide array of healthcare businesses and organizations, including:

  • Hospitals and health systems, clinics, medical group practices and long-term care
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations or foundations, social and community service agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies, medical sales and insurance companies

Additionally, the B.S. in Healthcare Management degree is intentionally designed to include coursework required by accelerated second-degree nursing programs (e.g. accelerated BSN or Entry-level MSN programs). Students completing this degree are well-positioned to pursue a nursing career or graduate education in business, health administration, public health, healthcare informatics and more.

Explore Biola's Health Science Careers website for specific information about various health professions.

28% job growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical and health services managers is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.


Admissions Process

Learn about Biola’s admissions requirements, steps to apply, application deadlines and more at our Undergraduate Admissions page.

Schedule a Visit

Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.


Learning Opportunities


In the final year, students will be placed at a local health services organization to develop and demonstrate competence in essential aspects of healthcare leadership and management. Students will be exposed to a variety of operational opportunities that will prepare them to work in the field of Healthcare Management.

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You'll study in person at Biola University's campus in Southern California.

Total Credits

Total program credits include major-specific courses and Biola's core curriculum.

Standard Completion Time

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.


Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.