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Health Care Administration

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Business with a concentration in health services

Addressing the unique skill set required by administration positions in all areas of health care and health care services.

We provide you with the best possible education in a diverse, in-demand, and ever-growing field of study in our health care administration program.

Combining core leadership principles with our established business curriculum gives you the leadership skills needed for a variety of professional health care settings. This approach reflects the hybrid world found in many of the positions our graduates fill.


Learn from the best in the business.

As mentors, teachers, and advisers, Mount Mercy’s faculty play a key role in how students develop crucial leadership skills. Many of our faculty members work in the field they teach, bringing up-to-date lessons and experiences to students in the classroom.

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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:

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

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.

When you graduate, you’ll be better able to:

  • Execute a variety of administrative functions
  • Apply crucial leadership and relationship-management skills
  • Foster a holistic mindset

Health care administration majors in this plan of study are required to complete an internship or practicum experience. 

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

Experience is essential.

Future health care leaders are prepared through courses and hands-on learning focused on the many facets of health care. Mount Mercy’s proximity to two well-respected hospitals and a growing medical district provides students with easy access to job shadowing and internships.

Our students have gained essential health care billing, scheduling, project management, and research experience through internships with:

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

Graduates from our health care administration program will be well suited to enter the workforce with one of eastern Iowa’s top healthcare employers, including:

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