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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 Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators, 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 trips, 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 14 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, many 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 who has a high academic standing and is 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
  • Availability: campus
  • 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

UW-Eau Claire's health care administration degree is accredited by the National Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators. 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 is an on-campus center dedicated to supporting students pursuing a degree in health care administration. In addition to providing over $20,000 in student scholarships, the Center 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. Graduates go on to make a positive difference in the lives of others through leadership positions at a variety of health care organizations. 

Where are health care administration alumni now?

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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 trips 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.

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