Healthcare Leadership & Administration Major

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Healthcare Leadership and Administration (HLA) was developed in collaboration with leading healthcare providers, Bemidji State University, Minnesota two-year colleges and HealthForce Minnesota. The program enables students to develop a comprehensive set of competencies that build on the technical skills gained through an associate degree program and relevant work experience.


What students can expect to learn in the HLA program:

  • Enhance communication skills and the ability to positively influence others through understanding human behavior
  • Enable individuals at the various occupational levels to build rapport and relationships among colleagues, stakeholders and customers
  • Develop skills in the areas of workplace communications, negotiation, conflict resolution and facilitating effective teamwork
  • Seek awareness of the conduct, aims and qualities defining a given profession, familiarity with professional codes of ethics, and understanding of ethical schools of thought, patient professional interaction models and patient rights
  • Understand how the legal system in the U.S. operates and how the fundamental principles of law are applied to either the public health or health services sectors
  • Gain an appreciation for legal, ethical and policy issues pertaining to ones professional career

Understand and be able to analyze effectively the management and policy implications of the major issues related to the organization of the healthcare system (of the U.S. and other nations):

  • social values
  • assessment and regulation of healthcare system
  • analysis of need
  • access and use of services
  • current supply and distribution of health resources
  • current healthcare costs and expenditures and reasons for their rapid increase
  • private and public financing of health services
  • quality of care assessment
  • control of quality and costs of care through market-oriented strategies, professional self-regulation, managerial approaches and government regulations
  • health system reform issues
  • Gain a deeper and practical understanding of the organizational, political, social, economic, technological and ethical issues affecting healthcare organizations
  • Enhance core competencies to lead in times of significant change
  • Learn effective ways of communicating with others in management and leadership roles both inside and outside the healthcare system
  • Refine and sharpen a number of management-related skills, including performance of managerial and financial accounting practices
  • Identify and analyze appropriate management frameworks for solving specific organizational problems and strategically analyze the organizational environment

HLA Required Coursework (48 credits)

All required courses for HLA majors are offered online with your choice of a two-year (PDF) or three-year (PDF) plan of study. Select the option that best fits your needs. Review the WSU Undergraduate Catalog for the WSU required core curriculum course descriptions and the BSU Catalog for the required elective course descriptions.

Interdisciplinary Core (36 credits)

Business Administration & Management
BUSA  441 Healthcare Law and Ethics (2)
MGMT  317 Human Resource Management (3) (GEP Writing Intensive)
MGMT  435 Managing for Quality (3)
MGMT  464 Project Management (3)

Communication Studies
CMST  266 Professional Communication Skills (3)
CMST  385 Health Communication (3) (GEP Oral Intensive)
Educational Leadership
EL 414  Introduction to Change and Leadership (3)
EL 449  Appreciative Coaching Theory & Practice (1)

Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Sciences
HERS 270  Foundation of HLA & Online Learning (1)
HERS 403  Epidemiology (3) Contact HLA Program Director for appropriate substitution

NURS 325  Transcultural Issues in Health Care (3)
NURS 414  Health Care Policy & Finance (3)
NURS 445  Evidence Based Leadership & Management (2) (GEP Writing Intensive)
STAT 301  Statistical Thinking for Healthcare (3) (GEP Critical Analysis/Math Stats Intensive)

Required Upper Division HLA Electives (12 credits)

Students must complete 12 semester hours of 300-400 level courses. These courses should complement the student's career goals and be approved by the HLA Program Director.

  • Students may select pre-approved courses in Marketing, Health, Sociology or Psychology through Bemidji State University. The Program Director will provide course availability on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Students may also select courses from a growing list of upper-division online courses at WSU. The Program Director will provide course availability on a semester-by-semester basis.

Any upper-division elective course must be pre-approved by the Program Director.