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The insurance and health care delivery system reforms passed as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 have added to an already high demand for skilled managers in acute care hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, long-term care organizations, community-based service providers and other ancillary enterprises. Today’s professionals must be prepared to direct person-centered integrated care delivery systems, navigate increasingly complex private and public regulatory environments, manage creative workplace environments and foster the efficient and effective adoption of new technologies by health care practitioners.

RMU's Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Services Administration program is designed to prepare individuals to gain entry and advance as leaders in a wide variety of health care organizations. The B.S. in Health Services Administration equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead organizations in providing better health care for individuals, fostering better health for the population and lowering per-capita costs through improvement. The program integrates theory with timely and relevant case study examples to support individuals in developing a comprehensive and practical understanding of the health care industry.

The program consists of 120 credits of coursework including a customized internship of 120 hours. The program director and faculty advisors will help students customize this field experience to their career focus and interests. This internship will allow students to put learned theory into practice and obtain network connections helpful to obtaining future employment opportunities.

RMU's program was ranked #5 in The Best Colleges' Top 10 Bachelor of Health Management and Health Administration Degree Programs of 2011-12.

Program objectives:

The BS in HSA program prepares students to: 

  • Provide leadership in health care organizations with a focus on patient safety, quality, healthcare analytics and performance improvement.
  • Develop an understanding of healthcare law and ethical principles in the context of the healthcare environment.
  • Employ advocacy strategies to influence healthcare policy.
  • Understand basic health care finance and efficient use of resources.
  • Integrate theory into practice.
  • Develop the ability to motivate and lead individuals and teams in the healthcare setting.
  • Communicate clearly and succinctly in speech and writing.
  • Apply a working knowledge of healthcare administration in order to obtain an entry level position.

Health Services Administration Career Options

The Health Services Administration degree program offers a wide range of career options. Graduates may find jobs in the administration of hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, long-term care or managed care facilities, rehabilitation services, pharmaceutical sales, or even a government setting.

Nationally, health care is a $1.7 trillion industry, or nearly 16 percent of the U.S. gross national product. As the "Baby Boomer" generation approaches retirement, a new generation of managers will be needed to lead the largest-ever expansion of the health care industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than the average in the coming years.

The demand for qualified health care managers in western Pennsylvania is strong and will continue to grow, as approximately 18 percent of the region's population is over the age of 65. As a result, health care is one of the region's major industries. The region is home to one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and one of the nation's most prominent teaching hospitals, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). There are 73 hospitals in western Pennsylvania plus a substantial number of long-term care facilities and home-health agencies.

Below is a typical four-year course of study for health services administration students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Health Services Admin I Health Services Admin II
Communication Skills I or II Survey of Economics
General Psychology Communication Skills III or IV
Environ of Healthcare College Math or higher level
Intro Decision Support System Principles of Sociology
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Intro to Managed Care Human Resources Admin
Literature History/Political Science
Art and Music Healthcare Informatics
Statistics Business Professional Communication
Comm Skills IV or V Elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Fund of Health Policy Healthcare Financial Admin
Health Economics Strategic Planning for Healthcare
Intro to Quality Mgmt Healthcare Data Analytics
Elective Science Elective
Elective Elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Marketing for Healthcare Health Care Law and Ethics
Budgeting/Financial Accounting  Undergraduate Thesis Health Care
Research for Health Professionals Internship
Professional Career Development Elective
Elective Elective

Robert Morris University signed a memorandum of understanding with Suzhou Health College formalizing a collaboration with the organizations in May 2009. Through the memorandum of understanding, the organizations agreed to develop joint academic exchanges of mutual interest, including the promotion and coordination of cooperative actions.

In 2009 the first group of RMU students and faculty traveled to China and visited schools and health care centers in Suzhou and Nanjing and had the opportunity to explore the rich culture of several Chinese regions. This travel was part of a 3-credit elective course offered in the spring. The second group of students and faculty traveled to China in May 2010 and the trip included cultural and educational opportunities in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing.

Students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences have had the opportunity to travel to and study in other global destinations, such as Scotland and Nicaragua.  RMU looks to continue and expand our global engagement to further the study of health systems across the world.

The delivery of online programs supports the overall strategic plan of Robert Morris University by demonstrating our commitment to the continuous improvement of Academic Programs. Through the use of an electronic Learning Management System (LMS), RMU enhances its ability to analyze student learning assessment and program outcomes, and uses a Teacher-Scholar model that supports faculty development in teaching. These initiatives  provide the foundation of knowledge and practical skill sets designed to help our graduates succeed in the real world.

Starting in the Fall of 2017, the BS in Health Service Administration will also be offered not only online, but also on campus in a traditional face to face classroom format. 

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty and staff are committed to offering RMU students academic excellence with a professional focus. They are professionals who emphasize engaged learning and promote a global prospective. Above all, we believe that individuals matter, and because of this, we are changing the lives of our students.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

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At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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