Healthcare Leadership & Administration, Online

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

About this program

Build on your healthcare-related associate degree or U.S. credential with a bachelor’s in Healthcare Leadership & Administration. Our curriculum will help you gain the leadership skills needed to expand your opportunities within or beyond your clinical role. Designed for working adults, this 100% online program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. You get the flexibility you need to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

The best part is that we’ll maximize your prior college credits. Many students with an associate’s degree need 55 or fewer credits to earn their bachelor’s degree.

The Healthcare Leadership & Administration major has replaced the Applied Health Studies major. Students seeking re-entry into the Applied Health Studies major should select Healthcare Leadership & Administration on the admission application. Contact the School of Nursing & Health Sciences with any questions.

Still working on your associate’s degree?

Those who are currently enrolled in a qualified healthcare-related associate’s degree can opt for concurrent enrollment in Healthcare Leadership & Administration. This is a great way to get a head-start on your bachelor’s degree, which will expand your job opportunities and salary potential. To learn more about this pathway, contact Dr. Tina Evans or Dr. Michael Covone.

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.


Make Your Move

If you're considering leadership positions in healthcare, this flexible online program may be the perfect match. Online and designed around your schedule, the Healthcare Leadership & Administration bachelor's program will prepare you for advanced roles in the field you love.

Designed for Working Professionals


Overall Placement


Access to Course Materials


  • Expand clinical roles with positions in:
    • Management
    • Administration
    • Education
    • Public health
    • Research
    • Medical equipment sales
  • Preparation for master's or pre-medical studies

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Proven Credential or Degree (BAH)
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems (HTH325)
  • Medical Practice Administration (HTH311)
  • Ethical & Legal Issues Related to Medicine (HTH382)
  • Healthcare for Aging Populations (HTH313)
  • Quality Assurance in Healthcare (HTH338)
  • Leadership of Healthcare Delivery Systems (HTH442)
  • Directed Healthcare Leadership & Administration Electives (HLA)
  • Leading Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams (HTH378)
  • Application of Teaching & Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions (HTH321)
  • Senior Capstone (HTH497)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Math Elective (MTH123 or Higher) (MNA)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences (MTH159)

Online-Friendly Minors

Customize your path by pairing an online-friendly minor with your bachelor's degree.

Already have professional credentials or current licensure in a healthcare field?

Check out the credential/licensure chart to see if your credential or licensure qualifies for college credit.

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Learning that fits your lifestyle


  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take as many or as few classes you want each semester
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Summer courses available for those who wish to complete their degree faster


  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement - check with yours to see if you qualify
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree


  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • 100% online - no required campus visits
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Military Tuition Assistance

Thanks to the Military Tuition Assistance Program, more tomorrow makers can find their futures at Penn College. Through this special offering, qualified active military personnel are eligible to pursue college credits tuition free.

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Penn College News

College adds degree in healthcare leadership & administration

As the health care industry increasingly seeks to elevate clinical professionals to administrative positions, Pennsylvania College of Technology is launching a bachelor’s degree in healthcare leadership & administration. Designed for individuals who seek advanced roles in their health care fields, the degree is available to those who hold associate degrees in health care disciplines and many who are or will soon be U.S. certified, licensed or registered in a health care profession.


Online health care degree 'great steppingstone' to leadership posts

Considering leadership positions in health care? Penn College's flexible – and 100% online – program may be the perfect match. Designed around a student's schedule and featured in a new YouTube video, the Healthcare Leadership & Administration bachelor's program will prepare you for advanced roles in the field you love.


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Pennsylvania College of Technology's Medical Imaging Club recently selected Tiffany Shaffer, a radiographic technologist for Evangelical Community Hospital, as its Preceptor of the Year.

More Information

Admission into this major requires a current U.S. healthcare credential or a completed associate's degree in a healthcare-related discipline. Alternatively, students currently enrolled in the second year of a healthcare-related associate's degree at another accredited U.S. institution may be eligible for concurrent enrollment with Healthcare Leadership & Administration and will be based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Questions about this option may be directed to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Current Penn College students enrolled in healthcare-related associate-degree majors may be eligible to declare a dual degree with Healthcare Leadership & Administration; please see the appropriate associate-degree program director for information.

Credentialed students must provide a copy of their current U.S. healthcare credential prior to enrollment in this major (an extension may be given for those awaiting formal notice of credential status until the beginning of their second semester of this major); students entering on the basis of their associate's degree must provide proof of the associate's degree via an official transcript prior to enrollment. U.S. healthcare credentials must be current and in good standing. For more information on the credentials that are accepted as well as their exact value (30-47 credits), please contact the department head of Healthcare Leadership & Administration. Please note that credits given for a healthcare credential are separate from any general education coursework the student may have completed previously. Please see the Transfer Procedures section below for more information about the additional credits that may be available.

No minimum GPA requirements beyond those established within the College's academic probation policy. The School of Nursing & Health Sciences grading scale is used for all HTH courses. There is no rounding of grades.

A = 90.00-100.00
B = 80.00-89.99
C = 75.00-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

Student transcripts and healthcare credentials will be evaluated for professional credit by the Registrar's Office. A maximum of 47 credits will be applied to program-specific courses through this evaluation. Students who receive fewer than 47 program specific credits will take additional healthcare-related coursework to meet the proven credential/degree requirement of this major; individualized advising will be provided to determine which courses will best meet the student's goals. Additionally, all general education courses that meet College requirements will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. A minimum of 36 bachelor degree credits must be Penn College credits and 24 of those must be at or above the 300-level. In most cases, international health credentials/licensure, science courses, and math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Those with international credentials who are actively practicing as U.S. healthcare professionals should contact the program about the possibility of enrollment with appropriate documentation from the U.S. employer. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

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Students must have ready access to a computer with consistent internet access.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

International students who are studying in the United States on an F-1 visa must be enrolled in a full course of study in-person. Students are not permitted to enroll in an entirely online degree. Online degrees are available to international students pursuing the degree from their home country. Students must still meet all admissions criteria for admission to the college and any special admissions requirements that govern pursuit of their chosen major.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Pennsylvania College of Technology’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on June 23, 2022 was to reaffirm accreditation.

MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).

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