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Health Care Administration

5 and 10
WEEK
Block classes
Online
ON-DEMAND & ON-CAMPUS
Choose your format
18-24
MONTHS
Earn your degree faster

Business with a concentration in health services

Earn your health care administration degree and advance your career

If you have ever been curious about the engine behind health care services, now is your chance to sit in the driver’s seat. Health Care Administration combines business skills and health care knowledge to produce leaders ready to make a difference in the health care field. 

The broad base of knowledge necessary to be a successful health care administrator covers concepts like finance, law, patient care, managerial organization, compliance, and more. As an inherently interdisciplinary degree, the liberal arts foundation at Mount Mercy supports students in developing critical thinking skills as they learn in real time about health care services from every angle.

Based in business, focused on care

Preparing for a variety of skills needed in health organizations.

As a health care administration student, you will study the same business core courses as the business degrees at Mount Mercy. This approach prepares you for all of the managerial responsibilities required in the health care administration workforce.

The health care administration curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary critical thinking, as well as helping students develop the most ethical approach to questions of law, management, finance, and more that they will face in their career.

In addition to the core curriculum, students can choose to pursue an additional accreditation in Long Term Care. This specialized area of health care administration meets leadership needs in the constantly growing long term health care field.

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Why Mount Mercy?

Working professionals can complete their degree in as little as 18-24 months!

Choose the format that works best for you—online, in-person, or accelerated. Whatever you decide, our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.

Working professionals can take classes in 5- to 10-week block classes that meet once a week. This pathway allows you to effectively balance work, school, and life. Better build your schedule with options like:

Internships ensure you enter the field with experience.

Our flexible block schedule for working adults allows you to gain a well-rounded background in business with a concentration in health services issues, including: regulation, law, compliance, informatics, and financial issues.

As a health care administration student, you will complete an internship or practicum experience to bring your knowledge into real world situations. In addition to gaining valuable experience, internships allow students to make connections with potential future employers while exploring career options.

Practice skills in billing, scheduling, project management, and more in workplaces like: 

  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • Mercy Iowa City
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Waypoint
  • VA Health System
  • Jones Regional Medical Center

Accelerated plan of study

 Traditional plan of study 

A degree from Mount Mercy provided me with an education designed to promote problem-solving and risk management—both key elements in any health care provider’s operations.

Michael Proudfit ’15
Internal Auditor | Mercy Medical Center

What are the next steps?

Build off previous experiences by transferring up to 75 credits form an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits form a regionally accredited 4-year university. Veterans may also earn credit for military training via the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in health care administration

Mount Mercy graduates are in demand at many of Iowa’s top healthcare employers.

As a partner to regional health care employers, Mount Mercy stays up-to-date on the latest needs of the ever-growing health care community. The broad foundation of interdisciplinary study in the health care administration program at Mount Mercy sets students up for success to be active participants in their future health care careers. Most students are able to enter the high-demand health care field immediately after graduation.

You’ll find Mount Mercy health care administration graduates in a variety of leadership positions at employers like:

  • UnityPoint Health, St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mercy Iowa City
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Physician’s Clinic of Iowa