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Health Care Administration 

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Are you a leader? Today is a time of change and challenge in health care and new leaders are needed to guide development of innovative methods that provide the highest quality health services at affordable costs. You can make a positive difference in the lives of others by joining efficient management practices with a dedication to service.

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The Health Care Administration (HCAD) program is focused on long-term senior care (management of nursing homes, senior assisted living, etc.) as opposed to hospital or clinic administration. The faculty in this program are dedicated to helping you become a leader in the health care field.

Outstanding outlook

The demand for health administrators is predicted to grow faster than other careers in coming decades. The salary and benefits for a baccalaureate education are excellent. The opportunity for leadership within the profession and in public policy circles is excellent, and it provides a firm foundation for lifelong career development.


An extensive practicum provides hands-on experience which enhances capability and

employability. This unique aspect of the program includes a 50 week practicum working in a health care setting while completing coursework online. The HCAD program also prepares graduates to take a professional licensing exam.

Encouraging empathy

HCAD majors take courses where they live as residents for a day at a senior health care facility. The goal is to gain understanding and empathy for the life transition.

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The UW-Eau Claire health care administration program has over 30 years of success in preparing health care administrators and is the premier program in the Midwest. The program is one of only eleven NAB-accredited colleges and universities in the country.

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Health Care Administration (comprehensive major; requires no minor)

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Coursework is in four areas:


Including accounting, finance, management principles and personnel management.

Health care

Including an introduction to health care administration, overview of U.S. health care, health economics, medical terminology, and advanced coursework focusing on leadership and management, delivery systems and programs in health and aging services.

A health care practicum component

Explores all practical aspects of health care administration designed for a 12-month practicum.

The UW-Eau Claire Health Care Administration program is part of the department of management and marketing in the College of Business. Students must meet College of Business admission. Beyond that, a 2.75 minimum GPA is required for admission to the HCAD major. The HCAD program has limited enrollment, and admission is competitive.

General requirements

and other additional course work, including English, biology and chemistry, human nutrition, ethics, statistics and other foundation courses.

Our graduates

Typical positions held by health care administration graduates include administrators at hospitals or skilled care nursing facility, sub-acute care facility, rehabilitation center, assisted living center or senior housing program, Alzheimer's care facility hospice program, and home health care program. Other positions include departmental supervisor at a hospital nursing home, clinic human resources director or business office manager of a health care organization, consultant to health care facilities, and manager/director of an adult day care or senior center.
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Places you'll find recent graduates:

- Clinical Trainer, American
  Data, Sauk City, WI
- Nursing Home Administrator,
  Park Health & Rehab,
  St. Louis Park, MN
- Business Office Manager,
  Beverly Healthcare,
  St. Francis, WI
- Residence Director, Alterra,
  Eden Prairie, MN

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