Health Care Administration

Health care organizations fill a variety of roles that extend far beyond providing direct care to patients. Health care administrators lead, manage and work in many areas of health care organizations, ensuring that business operates smoothly so patients can receive the care they need. It’s a growing field that allows you to combine a passion for helping others while giving you the flexibility to work in a diversity of fields, from finance to marketing to human resources and more.

Our program teaches you about the health care industry and provides you with the business and management skills needed to effectively lead or work in any type of health care organization. The course-load you’ll take will allow you plenty of room to add on a minor, explore other areas of study or consider a double major.

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About the Health Care Administration Program

Health care is a unique and rapidly changing industry requiring compassionate and effective leaders and decision makers. The courses you’ll take in Carroll University’s health care administration major will expose you to the topics, trends and challenges that are impacting health care today. When you enter the workforce as a recent graduate, you’ll bring a comprehensive understanding of these complicated policies and practices that will give you a competitive edge.

Your experiences in class will be interactive and based on real-world, problem-solving practices, providing an exceptional backdrop to engage in case-study based discussions with your peers. Many classes focus on student-led learning where you’ll work in groups to study health care terminology, policy and ethics, even working your way toward creating a strategic plan for a hospital and writing some of your own test questions.

Although internships are not required to earn this degree, students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in areas that fit your interests and career goals. Many of our students participating in internships have received job offers prior to graduation.

Programs that complement the major include public health, communication, marketing, management and leadership, accounting, finance and Spanish.

Our graduates work for hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare insurance companies, medical equipment sales and other organizations in all areas including leadership, billing, quality management, patient advocacy, marketing and information technology among others.

Pre-Physical Therapy Students Benefit from a Health Care Administration Degree

Students that are considering applying to graduate school to earn their Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree will benefit from a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration. You can choose from a wide variety of pre-selected undergraduate majors, health care administration included, and in most sequences, complete your DPT at Carroll in just six years. Carroll’s DPT program has a three-year board exam pass rate (2012-2014) of 99.3 percent and job placement rate of 97.7 percent within six months of graduation (2013-2015).

The undergraduate major introduces you to healthcare terminology and communication, as well as the business side of how health care organizations operate. These areas provide a comprehensive perspective of how health care systems work and how decisions are made. Chances are, you may be asked questions about health insurance or be involved in making decisions about your specialty once you are providing direct patient care. You may also be thinking about owning your own practice someday. The health care administration major will give you the tools you’ll need to be knowledgeable and successful in any of these situations.

Yersin Business Scholarship

The Yersin Business Scholarship is a prestigious award providing $2,500–$5,000 in scholarship funds to qualified students.

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Carroll also offers a health care administration minor that complements many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Central DuPage Hospital
  • Tudar Oaks Senior Living Community
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • QuadMed


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Dennis Debrecht

MBA Program Director and Associate Professor of Business and Economics
Sarah Esveldt

Sarah Esveldt

Senior Lecturer in Business Administration
Dr. Gregory Kuhlemeyer

Dr. Gregory Kuhlemeyer

Professor of Business
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Jeffrey Kunz

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Director of Accounting Internships
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Michael Levas

Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Dr. Chanchu Lin

Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera

Professor/Interim Dean for the School of Business
Dr. Carol Tallarico

Dr. Carol Tallarico

Professor of Business Administration
Wayne Wendling

Wayne Wendling

Senior Lecturer in Analytics
Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski

Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski

Professor of Business Administration
Lisa Zajc

Lisa Zajc

Lecturer in Accounting
Dr. Shaoqiong Zhao

Dr. Shaoqiong Zhao

Assistant Professor of Business Administration
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