Undergraduate Degrees

Online BS in Business Administration in Healthcare Business

Program Overview

Learn to Speak the Language of Healthcare With Our Affordable BS in Business Administration in Healthcare Business

American healthcare is a unique business. To master the strategies of the business of healthcare, you need to be just as well versed in business tactics as you are in medical terminology and practices. In Peru State College's online BS in Business Administration in Healthcare Business, you'll be introduced to the ins and outs of the healthcare industry through a business context.

Healthcare Meets Business

Our degree immediately familiarizes you with medical terminology, financial systems and idiosyncrasies to give you the right industry knowledge to thrive in healthcare and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals. The core business courses will then equip you with the latest skills and strategies — from data mining and information management to business ethics and general accounting — so you can apply your newfound medical knowledge most effectively as a healthcare-focused business leader.

All the Support You Need

Throughout your studies, you'll experience unparalleled academic and career support from our dedicated faculty. We even offer dedicated mental wellness resources to make sure you're getting the holistic support you need to perform at your best. Our flexible, affordable and transfer-friendly online healthcare business degree will prepare you to launch a steady, well-paying career in healthcare with tremendous growth potential. Are you ready to seize your opportunity? Then it's time for you to join us.

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Generous Transfer Policy
(Up To 90 Credit Hours)

Choose Peru State College to Advance Your Healthcare Business Career

Peru State College is fiercely committed to your success and provides unyielding support to ensure you can earn your healthcare business degree and launch a career you're proud of.

We know how demanding earning your degree can be, which is why we offer extensive mental wellness services to help you cope with the stresses of school. Our dedicated faculty members are also happy to provide personalized, one-on-one support throughout your studies and will even connect you with industry professionals to help you succeed after graduation.

And you'll be poised for incredible success thanks to our interdisciplinary curriculum that blends healthcare and business to transform you into a true healthcare business professional.


Through this program, you can anticipate the following learning goals and outcomes:

  • How to speak the language of healthcare providers and organizations
  • How to harness information technologies to increase efficiencies
  • Foundations in core areas of business, such as management, accounting, finance and communication
  • How business ethics and healthcare law will impact you in your career as a healthcare business leader

Transfer Credits


Credit for Experience You Already Have

We make it easy to transfer to Peru State College Online. With nearly 80% of our students transferring in, we're glad to evaluate all possibilities to make the most of knowledge you've gained elsewhere.

  • Prior college Coursework
  • Corporate and military training
  • Even life and work experience

It all adds up to maximum transfer credit, and minimal time and tuition to graduation and the new life waiting, for you.

Up to 90* credit hours are accepted from an accredited college or up to 66 from a community, vocational or tech college. You could start at Peru State College Online already 75% finished with your program!


Low Tuition, Top-Value Education

Per credit hour

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For any state

Free Application
No other per-credit hour fees

At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously – including your education investment. Our students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible. Peru State's approach of hiqh quality at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value.

What's our secret? No surprises here …

  • At a lean $299 per credit hour, our low, “one-rate, any-state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about.
  • Other cost-friendly options are available, too, like transfer credit, financial aid, and corporate or military tuition assistance, if applicable to you.
  • Finally, it's free to apply.

Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State College Online, you'll find transformative education offered affordably, for you.

Academic Support

An Engaged Online Community

With no physical boundaries, Peru State College's rich tradition of community on campus easily extends to our family online. You will immediately feel welcome among our circle of faculty, staff and distance learners like you.

  • Our knowledgeable instructors are experts in teaching online. Easily accessible, they include 1:1 faculty interaction, discussion boards and video conferencing as part of your experience.
  • You'll advance alongside others with similar aspirations, and benefit from knowledge sharing and motivating mutual support.
  • Free online tutoring and career services are just a few bonus features that help keep your eye on the prize.
  • And to help ensure a top-notch educational journey, your student advisor will be by your side, offering encouragement and keeping you right on track to graduation.
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Simple, Clear Application Process

Whether you'd like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, your journey at Peru State College Online begins with a smooth — and FREE — application process.

  • STEP ONE. Complete the Application for Admission (FREE)
  • STEP TWO. Request your official high school and, if applicable, college transcripts (not required if you are transferring from Chadron State College or Wayne State College)

We promise a speedy response to your application, averaging about 24 hours to process. From there, we'll work together to enroll and get you moving toward your graduation goal ahead.

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"The education, support and experiences provided by Peru State have forever changed my life for the better."
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Flexible, Quality Learning

Our online curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and robust specialization opportunities. You'll graduate with the skills to move straight from the classroom to your career with confidence.

  • Eight- and 16-week courses
  • Multiple starts throughout the year
  • Easy Canvas navigation
  • No set daily login times
General Studies Requirements

All Business majors must complete these courses as part of their General Studies Requirements.

BUS 201 Organizational Communications (3 Credit Hours)

Students study communication foundations, the writing process, and communicating through letters, memoranda, and e-mail messages. The culminating activity permits students to understand the report process and research methods, manage data and use graphics, and organize and prepare reports and proposals for the design and delivery of business presentations.

CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 Credit Hours)

This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.

ECON 221 Principles Of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)

Consideration is given to the microeconomic concepts of wages, interest, rent and profits, personal distribution of income, consumption, monopolies, agriculture, government taxation and expenditures, international trade and comparative economic structures.

ECON 222 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents elementary concepts of macroeconomics with an emphasis on equilibrium analysis, monetary and fiscal policy, banking, developmental economics, and comparative economic systems.

MATH 112 College Algebra (3 Credit Hours)

This course is for students who specifically need algebra in certain pre- professional programs. It covers algebraic principles and processes and is not to be taken for credit by students who have completed Math 113 or Math 120.

ACT Math 17 or greater, SAT 530 or greater or Math 100

STAT 210 Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

A study of the methods of summarizing and interpreting data, elementary probability, and its relation to distributions. The meanings, importance, and application of the normal and binomial distributions and the methods of random sampling, testing of hypotheses, analysis of paired data, and interpretation of standardized test scores are covered. Students work on independent research projects to gain first- hand experience with the issues of the course.

Business Core Requirements

You must complete the following requirements in addition to the General Studies Requirements. No grade lower than “C-” will satisfy major requirements.

BUS 214 Introduction to Business Quantitative Methods (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces basic business quantitative concepts to students. Basic business math, banking practices, trade discounts, markups and markdowns, breakeven analysis, payroll, credit installment purchases, mortgage finance vs. refinance, simple and compound interest calculations, annuities and sinking funds, interpretation of financial reports, depreciation, inventory, taxation, insurance, and an understanding of the elements of the stock market are included in the course. Students are introduced to basic business statistics and the used of advanced Excel in the course.

BUS 231 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students are introduced to accounting as an information system that provides reports to stakeholders about the economic activities and condition of a business. Students learn about the complete accounting cycle, accounting systems and internal controls, and balance sheet accounts cash, receivables, inventories, fixed and intangible assets, and current liabilities.

BUS 232 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students continue their preparation in accounting by studying the accounting process for a corporation – organization, capital stock transactions, and dividends; income and taxes, stockholders' equity, and investments in stocks; and bonds payable and investments in bonds. Other topics studied are: statement of cash flows, financial statements and analysis, managerial accounting and job order cost systems, process cost systems, cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis, and budgeting and performance evaluation using variances from standard costs.

Prerequisites: Principles of Financial Accounting

BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the sources and origins of law and the legal system, legal processes, and fundamental legal principles, with an emphasis on the obligations of parties to a contract.

BUS 328 Principles of Marketing (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn the buying, selling, transporting, and storing functions involved in marketing, with an introduction to retailing, wholesaling, and marketing management.

BUS 335 Production/Operations Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course explores a wide variety of production and operations management topics. Topics include: operations strategy and competitiveness, product design, process selection, quality management, capacity management, Just-in-Time (JIT) production systems, facility location and layout, supply chain management, operations scheduling, and the production planning process.

Prerequisites Required: BUS 232 and STAT 210 (or MATH 240 or 340)

BUS 339 Business Finance (3 Credit Hours)

Students examine the sources and management of funds used to finance assets. Strategies and tools are presented in the areas of financial analysis and planning, working capital management, capital budgeting, and long- term financing.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting

BUS 373 Organizational Behavior (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents the foundations of the history, theory, and applications of organizational behavior in the areas of personality, stress, motivation, job design, goal setting, learning theory, behavior modification, group behavior, power, leadership, organizational structure, decision-making, and control.

BUS 480 International Business (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn contemporary business and management practices in multi-national market environments with emphasis on cultural, financial, and marketing differences.

BUS 495 Business Policy (3 Credit Hours)

This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to analyze a firm's internal and external environments and to apply concepts, theories and analytical models related to the formulation and implementation of business-level and corporate-level strategies through critical thinking and problem solving. The student communicates solutions to case scenarios both in writing and through oral presentations. The influence of other functional areas on strategic thinking emphasizes teaching students the linkage between strategic problems, management interpretations, solutions, and firm performance. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Management students and should be taken in the last year of study.

For Seniors Only

CMIS 300 Information Systems Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces concepts of systems management from a business viewpoint and an information systems viewpoint. Students utilize graphical tools including flowcharts to examine business and information systems processes. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including algorithms, data types, control structures and Boolean logic. An overview of project management including critical path and dependencies is introduced.

Healthcare Business Option

You must complete the following requirements in addition to the General Studies requirements. No grade lower than “C-” will satisfy major requirements.

BUS 233 – Medical Terminology for Healthcare Business (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to medical terminology, using the building blocks of word methodologies. This includes the root words, prefixes, suffixes and connectors to enable students to communicate, document and analyze terminology used in billing, reimbursement and documentation of patient records.

BUS 253 – Integrated Human Body Systems for Reimbursement (3 Credits)

Students get a basic overview of the human body systems and their functions. Building on terminology taught in BUS 233, this course serves as a foundation for the healthcare manager to recognize the integration of proper documentation, coding and billing of patient records to ensure appropriate reimbursement to the organization.

Prerequisite: BUS 233

BUS 330 – Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 Credits)

This course provides an overview of American healthcare delivery systems and some foreign healthcare systems for comparison. It includes the study of the current state of healthcare services and their evolution. Included in the overview of systems are insurance, healthcare organizations, health professionals, health policies and healthcare financing topics. Current socioeconomic issues impacting healthcare delivery and services will be discussed.

BUS 333 – Healthcare Management (3 Credits)

Students develop an understanding of how to manage healthcare departments. Topics such as leadership skills, human resources for healthcare professionals, budgets, decision making, change management, communication and cultural diversity will be discussed.

BUS 343 – Medical Sociology and Ethics (3 Credits)

In this course, students analyze medical organizations and explore the social and cultural factors that impact health, disease, illness and healthcare delivery in the United States, specifically focusing on sociocultural factors that may increase patients' vulnerability to diseases.

BUS 423 – Healthcare Law, Policy and Compliance (3 Credits)

Students need to understand the legal aspects of healthcare and regulatory requirements, and this course covers both those things. The security of data and patient information will be reviewed including risks and privacy. External trends and regulations that affect healthcare systems will be discussed.

Prerequisite: BUS 251

BUS 433 – Healthcare Classification and Reimbursement (3 Credits)

This course provides information regarding the different classification systems and their relationship with the healthcare reimbursement process. Components of the revenue cycle process will be explored and evaluated, along with how organizations manage and comply with reimbursement methodologies and regulatory requirements.

Prerequisite: BUS 339

Career Paths for Business Administration With a Healthcare Focus

With your online BS in Business Administration in Healthcare Business under your belt, you can accelerate your career down the path that interests you most.

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The healthcare business field presents rapidly growing, lucrative career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a staggering 32% increase in jobs for medical and health service managers from 2020 to 2030 — four times larger than the average growth for all other industries.

Earning a BS in Business Administration in Healthcare Business at Peru State College can prepare you for careers such as*:

Hospital Administrator

Median Annual Salary: $88,200

Practice Manager

Median Annual Salary: $61,800

Healthcare Consultant

Median Annual Salary: $79,600

Health Information Manager

Median Annual Salary: $58,100

Health Services Manager

Median Annual Salary: $70,700

*all salaries according to Payscale.com

Accredited and Respected

Firmly established since 1867, Peru State College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915.

HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities.

Peru State received notice in July 2022 of its continued accreditation by HLC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2031-32.

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