Norwalk-Area Colleges with Health Administration Programs
Students who are interested in managing or administering services in health care organizations have a few academic options in the Norwalk area. This article examines three schools that are no more than 50 minutes from downtown Norwalk and looks at the programs they offer. It also features a table of facts about these schools that a prospective student should know, such as school size, tuition and the acceptance rate.
- Sacred Heart University, about 15 miles from downtown Norwalk in Fairfield, offers a bachelor's degree program in health science that is designed to train aspiring health care administrators.
- Western Connecticut State University has a master's program in health administration. This school is about 24 miles from the Norwalk city center.
- About 35 miles from Norwalk in West Haven, the University of New Haven offers students a master's degree program in health care administration with a number of specialization options.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Health Care Administration
- Health Information and Records Admin
- Health Information Technology
- Health Management and Clinical Administration
- Health Unit Coordinator
- Health Ward Supervisor
- Medical Administrative Assistant or Secretary
- Medical Claims Examiner
- Medical Facilities Management
- Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
- Medical Insurance Services
- Medical Office Computer Technologies
- Medical Office Management
- Medical Office Specialist
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Staff Services
- Medical Transcriptionist
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents important information about each of these schools. It could be useful to an individual who is considering which to attend.
|Sacred Heart University||Western Connecticut State University||University of New Haven|
|School Type||4-year, private, not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2013-2014)||7,781*||5,952*||6,811*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Small city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$37,170 (undergraduate)*||$10,736 in-state; $21,788 out-of-state (graduate)*||$15,432 (graduate)*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||100%*||81%*||95%*|
|Acceptance Rate||57% (Fall 2014)*||40% (Fall 2014)*||81% (Fall 2014)*|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||82% for full-time students*||79% for full-time students; 31% for part-time students*||80% for full-time students; 56% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began studies in Fall 2008)||67%*||43% (35% transfer-out rate)*||50%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in several academic and professional areas of study. Students who are interested in the health sciences and working as health care administrators might want to look into the school's bachelor's degree program in health science.
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
This program offers two curriculum tracks that can help students prepare for health administration careers. The leadership track includes courses in health policy, legal aspects of health care and health care quality improvement. Students also can check out the pre-professional track, which offers courses in areas like health information management systems, professional interactions in health care settings and health care leadership. Both programs offer students the opportunity to complete a health research capstone course.
Western Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University features 39 programs of study, including a master's degree in health administration. This program offers advanced training to experienced health care students and provides them with the training they'll need to manage and lead health care facilities and services.
Master of Health Administration
This program includes evening and Saturday courses so professionals can attend school part-time. The curriculum of advanced classes includes health delivery systems, health services law, leadership and employee negotiations. Students craft their own independent study topics to complete their degree.
University of New Haven
Students can study at this university to prepare for a career in the health care system. In addition to the master's program, students can find a shorter certificate program that offers studies in health administration.
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
This 42-credit master's degree program offers a variety of specialization options, including medical group management, health care marketing and human resource management in health care. Advanced study is offered through course topics like health care organization, long-term facility management and financial management. Classes are offered in the evenings as well as on weekends. Students who pursue the long-term care concentration will complete a 900-hour internship experience that prepares them to pursue certification as a long-term care administrator in Connecticut.