Health Services Administration

There is a need for qualified managers within the health care field.  Regulatory issues, policy, technology, and financial issues are constantly changing within healthcare. Students pursuing the baccalaureate degree in Health Services Administration take advanced coursework in healthcare management and related healthcare issues which increases their marketability for administrative positions at graduation.  

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $84,000online

Health Services Administration at Washburn

Washburn University’s Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Health Services Administration is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to play a key leadership role in a wide range of environments, including hospitals, doctor’s offices and outpatient clinics, nursing and residential care facilities, public health agencies and health insurance companies. 

Students will learn and develop competencies in legal and regulatory compliance, quality improvement, health care policy, health information systems, supervision, finance and reimbursement, current issues, research, and population health. 

The program is completely online, allowing you to complete the coursework when it fits into your schedule from the comfort of your home. Be a full-time student or take as few as three credit hours per semester. 

Direct-from-high school

Direct-from-high school students can complete an associate degree in radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapy assistant, or health information technology, and a BHS-Health Services Administration in four years as a full-time student.* You will come out of college highly marketable with great earning potential. 

*Associate degree programs require separate admissions applications and formal acceptance.

Adult learner

The bachelor’s in health science courses can be completed online and around work and personal schedules. For professionals working in the health care field, they can improve their earning potential and position themselves for leadership or management opportunities. Students who complete the BHS-HA may choose to further their education in a graduate program. 

4-Year Plans

Washburn offers 5 degree plans that show you how to combine an associate degree and Washburn credits to earn the BHS-Health Services Administration degree. See the plans under the Health Services Administration Degree Plans dropdown on the BHS page.


Caralea Manthe

Meet Caralea: Flexible program a perfect fit

To say Caralea Manthe was a busy college student would be an understatement. In addition to taking courses at Washburn, she was a member of the Dancing Blues for four years and worked. 

With a hectic schedule, Manthe found a perfect fit in the Bachelor of Health Sciences-Health Services Administration (BHS-HA) program. 

“I chose to take online courses starting my sophomore year for more flexibility with scheduling work and other activities,” said Manthe, who earned a BHS-HA at age 21 in May 2020. “Online courses allowed me to continue dancing on the dance team, work a job and enjoy time with my friends and family. I would highly recommend it.” 

Manthe also took advantage of Washburn’s Concurrent Enrollment Program, earning college credit from her high school classroom. Those credits helped her graduate with an Associate of Science in Health Information Technology in 2019. 

The Topekan current works at the University of Kansas Health System-St. Francis and plans to continue building a career in the healthcare industry. 

“Washburn has prepared me in so many ways,” she said. “I gained an internship at the local hospital, which turned into a job in my field. The University provided me with multiple opportunities to meet people not only through professors and advisors, but also through the community.” 

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
While salaries are dependent on responsibilities, the type of organization, location and years of experience, a bachelor’s degree in health services administration is a great investment in your future and will prepare you to make a difference in people’s lives while building a career in health care leadership. If students work in direct patient care, the salaries vary based on specialty, location, and years of experience.

Median Salary

$84,000
(Kansas non-metropolitan areas)

Career Opportunities

Supervision, Management
Patient Advocacy
Human Resources

Job Growth

71,600 jobs
(Additional U.S jobs by 2028)

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