HCA/HSA: The Business of Helping of Others

Explore undergrad and graduate health care administration at Regis. .


Some of the most important unsung heroes in health care are the medical administrators, patient safety supervisors, care managers, patient navigators and insurance coordinators who ensure the day-to-day operations of hospitals and clinics run smoothly. While nurses and doctors are on the front lines of care, they are supported in their work by a legion of competent and compassionate administrative and support staff who are committed to improving patient outcomes.

The B.S. Health Care Administration and M.S. Health Services Administration at Regis can help prepare you for a fulfilling new career in health care. No matter what your background is, we’ll help you develop the necessary analytical, leadership, communication and technical skills you’ll need in a health care management position.

More than ever, health care is in dire need of individuals who can coordinate care, manage finances, maintain compliance and supervise staff. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 133,200 medical and health service manager positions are expected to be created by 2029. Put simply, a career in health care administration can provide decades of job security and meaningful work experience.

Yvette Chavez, ’18 is a recent graduate of the B.S. Health Care Administration program and now works as a Care Manager at Rocky Mountain Human Services. Her day-to-day work includes helping clients enroll in long-term Medicaid programs and ensuring they qualify for the medical assistance they need. While at Regis, Yvette served as president of the University’s chapter of Global Medical Brigades and completed service learning through Habitat for Humanity. According to Yvette, “The leadership roles I held and the classes I took absolutely prepared me to do what I’m doing now.”

For students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, the M.S. Health Services Administration offers a pathway to senior leadership in health care settings. Much like an MBA for health care, our master’s program helps you develop the legal, financial, management and administrative skills needed to effectively run clinics and hospitals. Through course work rooted in our Jesuit values, you’ll also gain a deeper appreciation of the social and ethical obligations and conflicts involved in providing health care.

Professor David Kaplan has taught health care finance and economics courses at Regis since graduating from the program himself several years ago. According to Professor Kaplan, the biggest strength of the Regis program lies in “experienced faculty who provide real world value through a practical lens, rather than just theory.” Faculty serve as mentors and coaches, providing an educational experience unique to Regis. Kaplan says, “Faculty are excited for students to build a career and help them grow along the way. Any way we can help them, we attempt to do so.”

Our health care systems are under tremendous stress and this strain can affect health care professionals just as much as their patients. This is one of the reasons why the Regis program also helps students develop strategies to cope with difficult situations and avoid empathy burnout. Yvette Chavez, ’18 makes an astute point: “Hands-on experience is very important. But learning how to practice mindfulness and self-care helps me be truly successful.”

If you’re ready to enter the world of health care administration and leadership, Regis University is ready to welcome you. Classes are held online in flexible 8-week formats with start dates throughout the year — meaning you can advance your career and complete your studies while still balancing other life responsibilities. Apply today using our no-fee application and get ready for an exciting and fulfilling new career direction.

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