School and Ranking Information
The majority of schools within a 20-mile radius of Los Angeles that have programs in health care administration are private. According to rankings, tuition and institution type, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for an education in health care administration:
- Winner: California State University at Long Beach is the only 4-year public school in the area that has a nationally ranked program offered in the field. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in health care administration.
School Info Chart
|Category||California State University|
|Rankings||Tied at #33 for Universities in the West (2015)*|
|Location||Long Beach, CA|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$6,240 (in-state), $17,400 (out-of-state)**|
|Health Care Administration Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's|
|Health Care Administration Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||215**|
|Most Popular Health Care Administration Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's (164 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||60%**|
|Noteworthy||CSULB is one of the few schools in the nation to have accredited bachelor's and master's degrees in the field***; The school's graduate health care administration program has been ranked at #57 nationwide (2011)*|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***CSULB website
California State University at Long Beach
- The health care administration department's bachelor's offering is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
- Students can join the Health Care Administration Student Forum to interact with professionals in the field and find internships
- The school's master's program in health care administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME)
California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) has an enrollment of more than 35,000 students. The campus covers over 300 acres, and part of it offers a view of the Pacific. Students have access to about 200 different clubs and organizations. CSULB contains 63 different departments and programs, including the Department of Health Care Administration.
The Department of Health Care Administration offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Care Administration, a certificate in health care administration, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Administration and an accelerated M.S. option. The B.S. requires a total of 120 credits. In addition to general education classes, the program includes coursework in health management and organizations, health personnel management, marketing for health services organizations and improvement in the field. Students take 9 credits of electives, and must also complete internships in health care settings prior to graduation.
The certificate in health care administration consists of 18-24 units and must be completed concurrently with a bachelor's degree from CSULB in one of numerous disciplines. Some courses include personnel administration, marketing and legal issues in health care administration.
The M.S. program calls for completion of 45 credits. Some core coursework involves strategic planning, organization, human resources, economics and two project courses. The M.S. classes are held weekday evenings. The accelerated M.S. uses a 10-week quarter design with coursework completed both online and on-campus on weekends. The minimum length of the accelerated program is two years, and it has the same 45-credit requirement as the M.S.