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Health Care Administration

of surveyed alumni within 9 months of graduation
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With transfer credits

Business with a concentration in health services

Earn your health care administration degree and advance your career.

If you've 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'll study the same business core courses as the business degrees at Mount Mercy. This approach prepares you for managerial responsibilities required in the health care administration workforce.

The health care administration curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary critical thinking, as well as helping you develop the most ethical approach to questions of law, management, finance, etc. that you'll face in your career.

As a health care administration student, you'll complete an internship or practicum experience to bring your knowledge into real-world situations. Internships help you gain valuable experience and allow you to make connections with potential future employers while exploring career options.

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 field.

Choose your format

Learn from anywhere with our online (on-demand) classes, where you'll complete coursework each week at a time/place that works best for you. 

This pathway allows you to effectively balance work, school, and life. Build your schedule with 9 start dates year-round and 5- and 10-week block classes.

Accelerated plan of study 

The on-campus modality offers courses in-person at the semester pace.

This is a great option for students wanting a residential, on-campus experience, or who are comfortable commuting to classes during the day.

Five of the required major classes are only offered online.

 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?

Transfer up to 75 credits from an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits from 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.

Learn more about:

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

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 health care 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