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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Healthcare Administration Major (BS)

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Healthcare Administration Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Students in the undergraduate Healthcare Administration program gain a broad view of the healthcare delivery system and healthcare management practices. They develop skills through the curriculum and internships to prepare them primarily for entry-level management positions in the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare services.

Please see the UNLV College of Sciences, Healthcare Administration and Policy department web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.  Degree worksheets and 4 year Plans of Study for the major are available at


Please seek advising information at the UNLV College of Science Advising at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Program -  Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to describe the nature of healthcare services, including the demographic, social, political, economic, technological, legal, ethical, professional and historic factors that influence the present and future direction of healthcare.
  • Students are able to describe the nature and function of healthcare organizations, including multi-institutional systems and managed care arrangements.
  • Students are able to describe the distribution and determinants of health and disease, including the influences of individual behavior, the environment, and healthcare technology in the prevention and progression of disease, as well as the restoration of health.
  • Students are able to apply managerial knowledge and skills of healthcare organization change, design, performance, strategic planning, marketing, problem-solving, decision making and leadership.
  • Students are able to apply basic quantitative abilities in healthcare financial management, computer literacy, operations analysis, management information systems, statistics and research methods.
  • Students are able to demonstrate the ability to integrate theories and practices of healthcare administration in the practice setting through a faculty-supervised practicum.

Admissions Information

Students are admitted as HCA pre-majors and must have attained a GPA of 2.75 and complete HCA 175 in order to be considered as an HCA major.

To be admitted as an HCA major, student must meet the following requirements.

  • Attain and maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA
  • Complete Math 124 equivalence or higher with a grade of C or higher.
  • Complete HCA 175 with a grade of C or higher.
  • Complete PSY 101, or SOC 101 or ECON 102 with a grade of C or higher.

University Graduation Requirements

Healthcare Administration Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 35-46 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3 (see note 1 below)

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10 Credits
    • Two courses from life and physical sciences category; at least one course must have a lab.
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-6

(see note 1 below)

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements or second year or third year milestone courses simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:

Major Requirements - BS in Healthcare Administration - Subtotal: 72-78 Credits

Includes Foundation Courses (18-24 credits); HCA courses (39-42 credits); and approved guided electives (12 credits).

General Electives - Credits: 2-9

Total Credits: 120


  1. Specific restrictions on courses fulfilling this requirement exist. See the UNLV General Education Core Requirement Section of this catalog for additional information.
  2. Students must have taken HCA 175 and have earned a minimum 2. 75 cumulative GPA to be admitted in the program.
  3. Students must graduate with a minimum 2. 75 cumulative GPA.-To take HCA 493, students must have at least a 2. 75 cumulative GPA.
  4. HCA 299  is milestone course for Healthcare Administration B.S.
  5. Please consult with an advisor.

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