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Utica University – Online Master of Health Care Administration (MHA)

The School of Health Professions and Education at Utica University offers an online Master of Health Care Administration degree. The program has a general track with mixed electives. Learned skills include evaluation, design, and implementation of administrative strategies; how to manage and lead a health care staff; how to manage health care organizational finances; and how to apply critical thinking and innovation to research in health care organizations.

In some states the MHA may meet the requirements for Nursing Home Administrator (NHA or LNHA) licensure, therefore students should check with their state of residence to see if they qualify.

The MHA program begins in January, May, or August. The program consists of 36 credits and can be completed in as little as two years on a part-time basis. The program is 100% online and does not require any campus visits.

Utica University uses the Engage Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver courses asynchronously. To promote collaboration and relationship building, online interactions include discussion boards, email, and chat. Students also complete four synchronous virtual residencies which consist of a Saturday spent online with faculty and classmates. These take place at the beginning of the following courses: Health Care Systems, Organizational Leadership, Leadership in Marketing and Strategic Planning, and The Health Care Administrator Leader.

Required courses for the online MHA include Health Care Systems: A Continuum of Care; Health Care Ethical and Legal Issues; Leadership in Marketing and Strategic Planning; Health Care Accounting Processes; Advanced Seminar; Quality Management and Performance: Improvement in Evidence-Based Healthcare; and Human Resources Management. Students then choose 12 credits of electives from any category. Elective courses include: The Economics of Health and Health Care Policy; Nursing Home Administration; Health Care Financial Management; Perspectives in Gerontology; Health Informatics; and Health Care Administrator Leader. Finally, students take a capstone course in which they complete a cumulative project in order to apply course learning to real-world situations.

Utica University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Utica University

Programs: Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Program Highlights
  • Students complete a cumulative project in order to apply course learning to real world situations
  • Learned skills include evaluation, design, and implementation of administrative strategies; how to manage and lead a health care staff; how to manage health care organizational finances; and how to apply critical thinking and innovation to research in health care organizations
  • In some states the MHA may meet the requirements for Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) licensure Students should check with their state of residence
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required; four online synchronous residencies are required
Example Courses: Health Care Systems: A Continuum of Care; Health Care Ethical and Legal Issues; Leadership in Marketing and Strategic Planning; Health Care Accounting Processes; Quality management and Performance: Improvement in Evidence Based Healthcare
Instruction Methods: Utica uses the Engage LMS to deliver courses asynchronously, and MHA students also complete four online virtual residencies
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 36 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Three starts per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer terms
Curriculum Options: Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 2 years
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0
Testing Requirements: No GRE required
Work Experience: Recommended, but not required
Tuition Costs: ~$24,840 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $690.00

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