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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management (BS)

A Career in Healthcare Management Degree Program Leadership Begins Here

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Nebraska Methodist College prepares individuals to make a difference from an administrative perspective.

Healthcare continues to evolve, and today’s students require an advanced set of business skills in order to effectively manage clinical and non-clinical settings. The healthcare field provides a wide array of career paths for those who appreciate the fast-paced nature of the industry but who feel that they could make a larger impact within an organizational leadership role with a bachelor's degree.

This degree is tailor-made for those aspiring to lead, with a curriculum that’s laser-focused on health administration, healthcare management degree, and leadership.

The BS in Healthcare Management provides a traditional curriculum that enables you to fully understand and excel within the inner workings of clinics, private practices, hospitals, allied health systems and insurance companies. The program also covers the healthcare environment and the management techniques necessary for thriving healthcare organizations.

Through online coursework, you’ll earn the skills needed to combine compassion and approachability with successful managerial techniques in health care administration, preparing you to become effective healthcare managers.

Healthcare manager/administrator salary ranges will vary by experience, education, level of responsibilities, location and many other variables. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the U.S. median salary in May 2022 for Medical and Health Services Managers was $104,830 per year, with a much faster than average job growth rate of 28 percent between 2022 and 2032. The field of health care management also emphasizes strategic planning to develop leadership and analytical skills.

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Program Perks for Healthcare Organizations

  • Program can be completed in four years (eight semesters) of full-time study

  • Program can be completed online

  • Option to complete Arts & Sciences coursework in-person

  • Option to complete online coursework at a partner institution when unavailable at NMC

  • This healthcare management program prepares students for leadership roles in the healthcare industry

  • All courses are taught by experienced faculty

  • The healthcare management major equips students to assess healthcare organizations in areas such as finance, human resources, and health information technology

  • Opportunity to transition immediately into the MBA in Healthcare program upon graduation

  • The program is part of the health sciences field, reinforcing knowledge and skills in the healthcare industry

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Accreditation & Licensure

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Information


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • High school record and/or college academic record
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Non-Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization


To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:


Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by postal mail, email or phone.

Starting Term - Summer 2024

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Starting Term - Spring 2024

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Starting Term - Fall 2024

Standard Deadline - Deadlines for Fall 2024 have been extended. Please contact admissions for more details.

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Cost Per Credit Hour


NMC Scholarships

NMC Scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students.

Student Grants or Loans

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Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

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The program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework for the healthcare management bachelor of science degree.

  • 45 credits - Arts & Sciences (Educated Citizen Core) - online (in-person options at NMC or online options at partner institutions may also be available)
  • 39 credits - Business Core - online
  • 18 credits - Concentration - online, but scheduled throughout the curriculum plan to ensure completion
  • 18 credits - Support Courses (9 credits) and Electives (9 credits)

This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.


COM 101
This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

COM 102
This course invites students to explore the underlying principles of effective speech communication, with special applications to workplace environments. Students study and discuss the broad-based oral and nonverbal dimensions of effective speech interactions and effective public speaking and then apply the principles in public speeches.

COM 255/262

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language. Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement. Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own. This course lasts over the entire semester.

COM 320
This course applies leadership concepts, conflict management, and assertive communication skills to the healthcare environment. Students will explore the concept of intercultural responsiveness by examining the role of race and gender in leadership. Students will also explore the role of civic engagement for future leaders in healthcare. This course will help students evaluate their leadership and communication capabilities in the context of their careers as future healthcare practitioners and Educated Citizens. The NMC portfolio is integrated throughout this course.

Prerequisites: COM 101 and HUM 150 or HUM 152

HUM ---
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM ---
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM 150
There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking. Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas. Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

HUM 210/213
Students must choose to take either: HUM 210 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS: Introduction to Ethics introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis. HUM 213 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ETHICS: This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

HUM 250-259
Students critically analyze the impact of history on contemporary society. Historical methods of inquiry inform students' perspectives on societal and institutional development. Most undergraduate students must take one course from this group. HUM 255 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES HUM 256 THE HISTORY OF WESTERN MEDICINE HUM 257 U.S. HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT, AND PROMISE: A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH BY CHALLENGING THE PRESENT & DEMANDING A NEW FUTURE HUM 258 WORLD HISTORY TO 1800 HUM 259 HISTORY OF SCIENCE: THE CREATION OF A BIOMEDICAL WORLD

MAT 110/120
Intermediate Algebra (required) or College Algebra (suggested)

MAT 110 - This survey level course is designed to build basic algebra skills. It covers topics including positive and negative real numbers, solving linear equations and their applications, integer exponents, operations with polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, logarithms, graphing and equations of lines.

MAT 120 - This course provides an advanced study of algebraic methods and prepares students for further studies in mathematics and physics. Content of the course starts with a review of basic concepts of algebra, and then it intensifies the study of the following topics: equations, inequalities, polynomials, exponents, logarithms, and the concept of functions and their graphs.

Prerequisite: MAT 110

MAT 260
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

PSY 101/215
PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory. PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

Students must take two science courses, at least one of which must include a lab.

SSC 235
This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

SSC 465
This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community. Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.


ACC 220
Financial accounting examines accounting concepts, the accounting model, measurement processes, financial statements, financial analysis, the accounting cycle, monetary and fixed assets, inventory, current and long-term liabilities and equity structures of partnerships, proprietorships and corporations.

ACC 225
Course presents accounting information used for internal business management.  Focus is on planning, controlling and evaluating company performance.  Content includes budgeting, job costing, product pricing, breakeven analysis, standard costing, and decision models.

BSH 200
This course will explore the basic foundation in which healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Topics include the delivery, financing, and regulation within healthcare systems. Healthcare professionals need to have an understanding of the interaction of U.S. healthcare policies and public health science to be able to act as change agents in their professions.

BSH 280
This course will introduce students to laws and ethical standards that leaders must abide by in the course of conducting business. Business law includes state and federal laws, as well as administrative regulations. Laws and ethics contribute to shaping an organization's decision-making process. Upon the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of the legal and ethical environment in which businesses operate.

BSH 310
This course explores the function of human resources within the healthcare organization. The focus of the course is on the development of skills that the department leader needs for effective management of personnel. Subjects include strategies to attract, hire, and retain high quality employees, compensation and benefit packages, productivity, and employee development, evaluation and training, as well as existing laws and policies surrounding employee relations.

BSH 320
This course involves analysis, evaluation, and implementation of marketing strategies within healthcare and managed-care environments. Designed to develop skills in segmenting customer and medical markets, brand products and services, enhance a communication strategy to the consumer, and develop pricing approaches. Methods and models of marketing fundamentals will be introduced.

BSH 340
A study of the history of health records, professional ethics, the functions of a health information department, retention of records, medical forms, health information practices, and responsibilities to healthcare administration, medical staff, and other medical professionals.

BSH 350
This course focuses on the area of modern healthcare management through the analysis of important areas of emphasis for a healthcare manager.  Students will focus on planning processes, job design, supporting and implementing decisions, division of work and overall organization while building and maintaining quality services within an organization.

BSH 360
Students will analyze individual, group and organizations influence on behavior within the workplace. When leading within an organization it is critical to understand how an organization can influence performance, motivations, and turnover. Students will examine behaviors on different levels within an organization's structure along with influences of an individual's behavior within organizations, and how leaders within organizations accomplish change. Exploration of organizational behaviors will be studied by applying organizational theory to a variety settings and challenges.

BSH 370

BSH 370 is a 3 credit hour course that provides students with the basics of Lean process improvement methodology.  Students will examine the Lean management philosophy that enables change and continuous professional development.  The students will be introduced to Lean terms, tool, methods, and approaches to continuous improvement.

BSH 400
This course explores the foundation of ethics in relation to managing and decision making in the healthcare system, and investigates the healthcare manager as decision-maker, leader and moral agent. Topics covered include: Applying a foundation in the theories of moral philosophy to make and support ethical decisions as a healthcare manager and apply ethical decision-making processes to contemporary and critical healthcare issues. Corporate social responsibility is also discussed.

BSH 403
This course provides a foundational investigation of personal and organizational leadership with an emphasis on developing leadership talent. The following topics in leadership are included: overview of key leadership theories; differences between management and leadership; followership, implementing change, and emerging trends. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders, including interpersonal skills, attitudes, and behaviors, which can facilitate effective leadership within organizations.

BSH 404
This course provides an overview of healthcare finance and reimbursement practices and methods. Students will learn payment systems, basic coding, revenue cycle management, and what fraud and abuse is along with the negative impact on an organization. Understanding the ways in which insurance companies pay claims will provide a basis to manage contracts and reimbursement levels. Different types of insurance will be studied that includes managed care, HMOs, Medicaid and Medicare. The shift from a process-oriented focus to a revenue cycle management focus, has driven the need to effectively manage revenue streams effectively in order to survive in today's healthcare world.

BSH 410
This course focuses on healthcare operations management from the perspective of a healthcare professional. It provides a quantitative approach to analyzing business and logistics concepts and how they impact the healthcare equation. The course explores the foundations of operations management in healthcare, healthcare as a business, fundamentals of financial performance in healthcare, and the supply chain in support of healthcare and pharmaceutical operations management.

BSH 490

Students will synthesize concepts, ideas, knowledge, skills, and experiences from the courses throughout the program into a comprehensive capstone project. This course will include the creation of a written proposal to solve a problem in healthcare management, and an oral presentation. All projects will be designed collaboratively between the student and faculty to round out the student’s integrative experience in the program.

ECO 210
This course will provide an introduction to basic economic concepts important for the study of healthcare economics. Topics covered in this course include: How healthcare differs from other goods and services, historical trends in healthcare expenditures, economic analysis of the Affordable Care Act, determinants of supply and demand for healthcare, health insurance and health insurance markets, basic economic evaluation methods. Alternative healthcare systems and reforms are also explored.

SSC 370
This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

Prerequisites: Determined by major


BSH 401
This course provides an introduction to knowledge and skills needed to lead quality improvement initiatives. Focusing on the evolution of quality from management to assurance and final to improvement students will explore the history of quality improvement. Students will examine principles, concepts and methods related to the application of quality initiatives and strategies to quality improvement in a healthcare setting. Thematic topics for specific initiatives may include Lean Methodology concepts, Six Sigma, and Plan-Do-Check Act (PDCA) Cycle related to performance improvement in healthcare.

BSH 405
This course analyzes key contemporary issues in healthcare policy. This course includes design and structure of the U.S. healthcare system, policy initiatives and the roles of government, the private sector, consumers, and advocacy groups in setting policy agenda.

BSH 414
Students will evaluate basic principles and elements of the growing organizational leadership discipline. Topics that are covered include organizational culture, structure, group behavior, motivation, power, politics, organizational change, and workplace conflict within a healthcare setting.

BSH 416
Students will explore effective skills that are essential to being a successful coach. It is imperative for leaders in today's business environments to be effective team leaders who are able to coach individuals to initiate, embrace, and sustain change. Leaders must understand that an employee's expertise is not the only area to consider when coaching. When a leader coaches individuals, they must consider an individual's values, personal characteristics, and attitude, which makeup a person's personality, which could challenge the process. Students will identify criteria for developing high-performing teams through coaching, talent development, and team leadership.

BSH 425
This course is designed to provide a foundation for students to develop a clear understanding of how society, politics, and world issues influence healthcare in the United States. Topics included in this course are bioethical issues, and contemporary issues such as bioterrorism, human genome project, rising prescription drug costs, and urbanization, social stress, and mental illness.

BSH 426
Negotiation in today's world is an intentional skill one should strive to master. This course will introduce skills associated with successful negotiation and conflict resolution. Students will apply concepts, theories, and related research to situations with a focus on developing a deeper understanding of roles, and approaches to negotiation. This course is designed for an individual to apply negotiation skills in a variety of environments that can be emotionally and conceptually complex.

Meet the Faculty

Our healthcare management faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty

Additional information

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the BS in Healthcare Management program will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. healthcare systems to guide decision making and promote quality within healthcare environments.
  2. Effectively communicate to establish collaborative relationships with members of the leadership team and other stakeholders.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to manage a culturally diverse workforce.
  4. Apply evidence based practice to guide financial management, human resourcing, operational improvement, and strategic planning practices.
  5. Develop effective change management practices to stimulate organizational sustainability using a legal and ethical framework.

Online Technology Requirements

To be successful with your online healthcare management courses, you should have a basic understanding of computers and the internet. Read more about the minimum knowledge and hardware requisites on our Online Technology Requirements page.

Masters Degree Option

If you already possess a Bachelor's degree, we also offer an online Master of Business Administration in Healthcare that builds upon the knowledge developed in the BS in Healthcare Management program.

Professional Organizations

Written Statement

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. Your response should be approximately two paragraphs for each question. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself. You may attach the responses to an email sent to the Admissions office at

When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable. Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.

If you send your responses through the mail, please type your responses and send them to:
NMC Admissions
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

  1. Please share what or who has influenced your decision to pursue a degree in healthcare.
  2. Describe any special skills or traits you possess that will help ensure your success in a challenging healthcare program curriculum.
  3. Please address any grades of D's or F's listed on your transcripts. Also, please address withdrawals or other discrepancies on your transcripts. If you do not have any D's, F's or W's please respond: Not Applicable.