Health Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)


Program Description

This program is a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Administration designed as a completion program for students currently holding an AAS degree in health science fields. This program is available in both traditional and online formats.  It allows students who have completed a health sciences-based Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Science (AS) degree to achieve a bachelor's degree within an additional two years that is meaningful, applicable to their field of choice, and may qualify them to move into supervisory roles, and/or progress to graduate programs if desired. This degree will include upper division courses in communication, population health, health psychology, health administration, biostatistics, epidemiology, leadership methods, and research methods, among others. Students will also complete undergraduate research in their field. Completing a bachelor's degree prepares these graduates to move into supervisory positions with the healthcare system and progress to graduate programs.


Admission Requirements

  • Completion of AAS or AS in Health Sciences program
  • Minimum College GPA of 2.7

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Recommended GE courses (available online)

ARTH 2720Renaissance to Contemporary Art History (FA)3
CHEM 1010Introduction to Chemistry (PS)3
HIST 1700American History (AI)3

BAS Required Courses

45 credits

COMM 3230Health Communication3
HLTH 3010Population & Community Health3
HLTH 3020U.S. & World Health Systems3
HLTH 3310Health Promotion3
HLTH 3385Healthcare Quality and Safety3
HLTH 3400Healthcare Project Management3
HLTH 3500Health Organization Financial Analysis3
HLTH 3750Health Determinants & Disparities (SS for BAS degree only)3
HLTH 4010Biostatistics & Epidemiology3
HLTH 4020Research Methodology in Population Health3
HLTH 4300Healthcare Marketing3
HLTH 4400Health Law & Ethics (HU for BAS degree only)3
HLTH 4600Health Economics3
HLTH 4790Management of Healthcare Organizations & Strategy3
HLTH 4800Health Policy3
Total Hours45

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Minimum C- grade in all required courses and required elective courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
HLTH 3010 Population & Community Health 3
HLTH 3310 Health Promotion 3
HLTH 4400 Health Law & Ethics 3
COMM 3230 Health Communication 3
 Hours12
Spring Semester
HLTH 3385 Healthcare Quality and Safety 3
HLTH 3500 Health Organization Financial Analysis 3
HLTH 3750 Health Determinants & Disparities 3
HLTH 4300 Healthcare Marketing 3
 Hours12
2nd Year
Fall Semester
HLTH 3020 U.S. & World Health Systems 3
HLTH 3400 Healthcare Project Management 3
HLTH 4790 Management of Healthcare Organizations & Strategy 3
General Education Course (if needed)  
 Hours9
Spring Semester
HLTH 4010 Biostatistics & Epidemiology 3
HLTH 4020 Research Methodology in Population Health 3
HLTH 4800 Health Policy 3
HLTH 4600 Health Economics 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours45

Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Administration Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of organizations, professionals, clinicians, and individuals within the health industry.
  2. Integrate information and knowledge to evaluate and analyze operational performance of health organizations and develop interventions for improvement.
  3. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills essential for the successful supervision and management of health professionals within the domains of transformation, execution, and people.
  4. Create initiatives to promote diversity and cultural competence that demonstrate effective and appropriate communication, interaction, and teamwork with people of different nationalities and cultures. 
  5. Construct comprehensive solutions to challenges faced within the health industry using a collaborative approach while demonstrating competency of effective leadership techniques.