Health Care Management, M.S.
Nursing and Health Professions

Immaculata’s Master of Science in Health Care Management prepares you for the dynamic health care industry through flexible, fully online classes that you can complete in five semesters—less than two years.

The booming health care industry has significant needs for managers nationwide, and most positions require a master’s degree. This 30-credit Master of Science program provides talented health care professionals with the vital leadership skills, business acumen and advanced credential required to improve the quality and efficiency of care across healthcare organizations. Through online delivery and accelerated pathways, this program is well-suited for those who are working in the allied-health or healthcare management professions who aspire to elevate their career through graduate education.

Where Can I Work?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for medical and health care managers is increasing dramatically. These professionals can earn a median wage of $99,700, although salaries vary by region. You can become a practice manager or health care administrator in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, or group medical practices.

You may also choose to pursue a career in health care supply companies, health care management companies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, or health care policy organizations. 

Degree Requirements

  • Aging and Long Term Care Management (3)
  • Resources, Recruitment and Retention in Health Care (3)
  • Fiscal Management in Health Care (3)
  • Health Economics (3)
  • Risk Management and Patient Affairs (3)
  • Health Care Politics and Policy (3)
  • Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing (3)
  • Medical Practice Management (3)
  • Health Care Management Capstone (3)
  • Methods of Research (3)

Total Credits Required: 30

Admissions Requirements

No GRE or GMAT required!

  • Submit your application to Immaculata University
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GPA of at least 3.0. If your GPA is between 2.5 and 3.0, you will be brought in as a non-matriculated student. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the program and earn a minimum of a B grade in your graduate course work.
  • Goals statement

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the complexities of health care to provide and manage safe delivery of care and services.
  • Improve the management of internal and external customers to maintain a multifaceted and diverse organizational environment.
  • Incorporate general health care principles and policies to create well-functioning fiscal and budgetary operations within the health care organization.
  • Examine current health care management literature and recommend and develop areas for improved strategies for directing a medical organization.
  • Prepare to distinguish yourself and inspire others using management skills and leadership qualities.


Methods of Research (3)

Examines comprehensive methodological approaches to qualitative and quantitative research. Rudiments of the basic research process, skills in evaluating research as valid, reliable and useful, and practical application of APA standards will be addressed.

Resources, Recruitment and Retention in Health Care (3)

Identify resources needed to recruit and retain competent health care professionals in the health care industry to provide care for patients while protecting the medical professional.

Health Economics (3)

Focus on economic issues in producing, delivering and financing health care. Impact of economics on the delivery of medical care influenced by the role of insurance companies, physicians and the medical care markets.

Health Care Politics and Policy (3)

Introduction to health policy and how governmental influence affects the outcomes in the delivery of health care. Accessibility of care, quality of care, safety, and the environment will be discussed.

Medical Practice Management (3)

Explores the foundational aspects of practice management. The focus of this course will explore the operational management of a health care practice. Customer service and attention to patient needs as well as direction of the health care staff will be discussed.

Aging and Long Term Care Management (3)

Discussion of the effect of the increasing numbers in the aging population due to improved technology and medicine. The course focuses on the management of retirement and skilled nursing facilities and their efforts to keep up with the demands of a consumer driven influence on the new nursing home environment.

Fiscal Management in Health Care (3)

The course includes didactic learning in utilizing the previously learned methods in accounting to make budgetary, price and service decisions, cost allocation, and time value of money determinations in making financial managerial decisions in healthcare.

Risk Management and Patient Affairs (3)

Focus on managing patient health care risks. Instruction will include a review of the importance of the health care record as well as the role of the risk management team in the health care facility. Mitigating loss throughout the health care industry will be discussed.

Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing (3)

Business planning and marketing as it applies to health care organizations. Focus on the needs of the health consumer, customer groups, clinical staff needs, forecasting and marketing. Advertising and public relations are also discussed.

Health Care Management Capstone (3)

The capstone will allow the student to review recent and relevant information, using critical analysis, on a topic in the health care management field. A sound understanding of the literature will be displayed in the writing of a clear and concise literature review in an academic manner. (Pre-requisite: GEN 502)

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