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Explore the health care administration bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Make a positive impact in the health care field and on the lives of others with a bachelor's degree in health care administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Accredited by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, the health care administration program is an excellent path for those interested in long-term senior care. Learn what it takes to plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care services at a variety of organizations through immersion programs, community service, research with faculty and study abroad opportunities. 

A 12-month paid practicum in a long-term care facility will provide further insight into your field and connect what you learned in the classroom to what's happening in the real world. In addition to gaining new skills and professional experience, you'll also learn how to balance the unique health care needs of those you serve with dynamic changes in the health care industry.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Nursing Home Administrators licensure exam in Wisconsin, Minnesota and other states. 

Because health care professionals are needed in many different organizations and fields, you will find a wide range of career paths available to you. Graduates go on to pursue leadership and managerial positions at hospitals, assisted living facilities, group homes, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, hospices and more. 

A heart for caring and a head for business

If you are looking to pair your business skills with an opportunity to help others, health care administration is a fantastic career option. Nationally recognized, the growing program is known for providing students with a top-notch education and meaningful professional experience. 

But don't just take our word for it. Hear from students and faculty on what makes UW-Eau Claire's health care administration bachelor's degree program so special.

Health care administration degree scholarships

Thanks to the program's strong reputation, supportive partners and devoted alumni, numerous health care administration scholarships are available to current and future Blugolds. For example, the Villa Healthcare Scholarship offers $1,500 to a health care administration major. This student must have a high academic standing and be involved with the ACHCA student chapter and a local senior living center.

Additionally, there are currently five $1,000 Wisconsin Health Care Association Scholarships available to students who demonstrate exceptional dedication to service in the health care field.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your health care administration degree.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Brendan Riordan at practicum facility site

Finding your future as a Blugold

Brendan Riordan started his UW-Eau Claire experience as a 21-year-old, undecided about his major. He knew that he wanted something different and didn’t want to work in a traditional office setting. After a job-shadowing opportunity, Brendan found all that he was looking for in health care administration.

“I had come to school to play hockey and have fun,” he said. “However, I developed a new passion at UW-Eau Claire that I'm excited to now begin a career in.”

Brendan had the opportunity to complete his practicum at a long-term care facility. The practicum, which is a paid experience, is an integral part of the health care administration program and allows you to apply skills and classroom knowledge while part of a leadership team.

After completing his degree in a field he is passionate about, Brendan began his career with a year of paid experience already under his belt at the same facility where he completed his practicum, ready and able to make a difference.

Quick facts

Health care administration program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary (BGS)
  • Beta Upsilon Sigma (BUS)
  • Collegiate DECA

Accreditation information

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UW-Eau Claire's health care administration degree is accredited by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Nursing Home Administrators licensure exam in Wisconsin, Minnesota and other states.

Health care administration bachelor’s degree program highlights

Exceptional career preparation. UW-Eau Claire's health care administration program includes a 50-week practicum giving you professional experience in a real health care setting. Through practica, students have had the opportunity to do things like implement programming to reduce staff turnover, develop emergency operations plans and create services that better engage dementia patients. Many graduates credit this experience with giving them the skills needed to succeed in their profession.

On-campus resources. The UW-Eau Claire Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) is an on-campus center dedicated to supporting students pursuing a degree in health care administration. Immerse yourself in experiential activities and work side-by-side with health and aging services providers and professional associations across the country. In addition to providing over $20,000 in student scholarships, CHAASE also provides opportunities for students to conduct research, present projects and learn from alumni.

Robust student organizations. Many health care administration students are active in the UW-Eau Claire American Collegiate of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) student chapter. This student organization is a great way to further explore your field, as the chapter frequently hosts social events for senior care residents, raises money for Alzheimer’s research, and sponsors tours to long-term care facilities — in addition to planning fun events for its members. Members also have the opportunity to attend national ACHCA conferences where they attend workshops and keynote presentations, present research and network with other professionals.

Connection to local employers. Meeting potential employers and gaining a better understanding of the different types of care facilities is a critical component of the health care administration program. To help you explore career paths, we host an annual Nursing & Health Care Professional Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the health care field. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

What jobs can you get with a health care administration degree from UWEC?

As a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, you will have the knowledge, tools and professional experience to best support the health care needs of aging populations. Health care administrators plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care services at organizations such as assisted living facilities, group homes, outpatient clinics and hospices. They must balance the unique health care needs of the people they serve with dynamic changes in their industry, such as evolving integrated health care delivery systems, technological innovations and complex legal and regulatory environments.

Graduates of the program are prepared for a variety of managerial positions in the health care field, such as nursing home administrator, human resources director, marketing manager, pharmaceutical salesperson, HMO underwriter and health care consultant. Our program also provides excellent preparation for those who wish to pursue graduate school and positions in the acute care sector (hospitals).

Where are health care administration alumni now?

Health care administration careers

The hands-on experience I gained from my practicum was the best learning experience I could have had. And it turned into a full time job for me as well!

Julia Health Care Administration
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Empowering students through immersion experiences

At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to provide impactful opportunities that empower students to ask questions, learn and grow — both personally and professionally. Immersion programs are just one of the many ways we do this.

Recently, a group of health care administration students traveled to Milwaukee and Chicago to visit senior care facilities, a post-acute-care center, a low-income assisted living facility and a senior living equipment supplier.

Students were able to learn about new and emerging technologies, test out therapeutic and care equipment, network with employers, learn about leadership and operations and get an inside look at what it takes to open a new care center. 

Health care administration bachelor’s degree curriculum

The health care administration bachelor's degree prepares you for success through a strong liberal education partnered with major-specific coursework in administration, health care and business. Rooted in experiential learning, the renowned program will help you to build communication, teamwork, leadership, troubleshooting, relationship-building, good judgment and problem-solving skills — all of which are highly valued by employers.

Classes for health care administration majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive health care administration major in the UWEC course catalog.

Application Information

All students interested in majoring in health care administration must apply for admission to the program. The health care administration program accepts applications for a limited period of time each semester. Transfer students may apply for admission to the HCAD program when they apply to UW-Eau Claire.

The HCAD program accepts applications for admission to the program twice each year. Watch your email and the College of Business website for application deadlines.

Priority Admissions (October) 

Standard Admissions (March)

*The spring admission process 15 months before the student hopes to begin practicum is the LAST HCAD ADMISSION process for the student to be accepted to the following year’s cohort.

**Conditional Admission may be considered for those below the minimum GPA on a space-available basis. 

Rolling Admissions

Between March and September, if space allows, we can consider, on an individual basis, any student, transfer student or second degree student who demonstrates they are a good candidate and can complete all required coursework in the upcoming year, prior to going out on practicum the following June. 

HCAD Application and Submission Information (.pdf)

Important Dates

Priority Applications for the HCAD program are due Friday, October 9, 2020.

Standard Applications for the HCAD program are due Friday, March 5, 2021.

Please see your ARCC advisor for assistance in completing your application and to have it reviewed and approved by them prior to submitting. If you have general questions about the HCAD program or major, please speak with your HCAD faculty mentor.

Practicum Experience

The Health Care Administration practicum is an integral part of your education, allowing you to apply your skills and classroom knowledge as part of a leadership team. It consists of 50 weeks at an affiliated health care facility. Upon completion of the practicum, you will be ready to begin performing as a leader and manager in health care.

The practicum consists of three components:

1. Fundamental skills development. You will gain a basic understanding of the day-to-day activities occurring in a health and aging services organization by observing and/or assisting employees in each department or functional equivalent.

2. Broader knowledge development. You will complete core units in resident service management, quality management systems, human resources management, information use and systems, financial management, and marketing and public relations.

3. Capstone leadership projects. You will gain management and leadership experience by taking a lead role on significant projects and/or tasks which you will develop and complete during your practicum. 

While in the practicum, you will receive UW-Eau Claire credit for the courses taken at the affiliated institution and pay full tuition and fees to the university. Practicum students receive a stipend to help defray living costs. 

Practicum Placement

You will apply for admission to a practicum cohort the year before beginning the experience. Cohorts begin each June.

Positions for practicum experience are highly competitive and the HCAD program doesn't guarantee placement in a practicum. Since academic achievement plays a part in selection of students for a practicum, minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.75 are required. Students unable to secure placement in a practicum should meet with their adviser as soon as possible to discuss future options.

See where current students are placed

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