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Healthcare Leadership & Administration (HLA) Online Completion Degree

Become a leader in your field.

If you have earned and associate's degree and possess experience working in a healthcare environment, the fully online Healthcare Leadership & Administration completion degree at Winona State University (WSU) could be the right bachelor program for you.

If you are considering joining the next cohort of HLA students, please review the HLA admission requirements and complete the HLA pre-application form. Completing this pre-application is required to be considered for the HLA program. Doing so, however will not commit you to enrolling at WSU. The purpose of this form is to provide an HLA advisor with your academic and professional information to best advise you as you consider this program.

Within two business days of completing the pre-application form, you will be contacted by an HLA advisor to discuss your eligibility and future educational and professional plans. If after speaking with an advisor you decide this is the right program for you, follow the process of becoming an HLA student.

Please Note: if you plan to start in the HLA program this coming fall, you should submit your application materials as soon as possible. The fall semester application deadline is July 11, 2014.

Fully online: Students can complete their degrees from home or anywhere with an internet connection.

Cohort model: Student cohorts and virtual classrooms encourage students to work together, share ideas, tap the experience of others and develop professional relationships and networks.

Flexible scheduling: Students can select from course scheduling options to effectively balance academic goals with commitments to career and family.

Personalized support: HLA advisors specialize in working with adult returning students and customize services to meet the needs of each individual. Advisors assist students with understanding program requirements and how long it will take to complete a bachelor's degree based on each individual's transfer coursework. 

Academic pathway: Adult completion degree format allows students to complete a bachelor's from Winona State in as little as 2 years or spread out coursework over a longer duration as needed.

Completion format: Students have the opportunity to bring in up to 30 technical credits in transfer through articulation or formal approval.

Builds on students' experience:
Inverted curriculum builds on existing clinical skills and lets students get started with major coursework in leadership and administration from the start of the program.

Affordable: Winona State has been recognized as one of America's 100 Best College Buys for 17 consecutive years by Institutional Research and Evaluation (IRE) of Rome, GA. 

Relevant: The HLA degree is specifically designed for allied health professionals who wish to develop and strengthen their leadership skills, enhance their upward career mobility and differentiate themselves in a competitive job market.

Interdisciplinary: The interdisciplinary program design provides students the tools to lead effectively in today's collaborative healthcare team environments.

Essential learning outcomes:
Students graduating from the program benefit from knowledge acquired in five key areas: communication and relationship management, leadership, knowledge of healthcare environment, business skills and knowledge, and professionalism.

Co-designed with industry: Collaborative program development by Winona State University, Bemidji State University, HealthForce MN and leading healthcare providers across Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin ensures the curriculum delivers the education required by the healthcare leaders of today and tomorrow.