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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Bachelor of Science
in Health Care Administration

Program Information (Code HCA_BS01) (120 units)

The Department of Health Care Administration is housed in the College of Health and Human Services. The undergraduate Health Care Administration program is a certified member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Such certification demonstrates program excellence through a processes of external peer review in which programs are examined to determine quality of the curriculum, infrastructure, and outcomes. California State University, Long Beach is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The BS program admits freshmen and transfer students with a significant number of community college credits. Interested students must first apply to the CSULB for admission and are encouraged to contact the HCA department for advising before enrolling in courses. (Please see our undergraduate brochure for more information.)

Requirements for Admission


All students must meet the following requirements before starting the HCA Program:

  1. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better: ACCT 201; ECON 101 or 300; SOC 250 or PSY 210 or STAT 108; IS 233; and BIOL 205 (or equivalent).

  2. Complete a minimum of fourteen semester units or the equivalent in the prerequisite preparatory courses for the major.

  3. Possess a minimum, overall grade point average of 2.6 or higher for entrance into the Program.

  4. Earn a minimum grade of "C" in each prerequisite course.

  5. Be proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. (MATH 115 is recommended.)

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the University requirements for General Education. For information on GE requirements, please consult the Academic Advising Resource Center (AARC) or call 562-985-2691.

  2. Complete the prerequisite courses.

  3. Complete the following major core course requirements: HCA 300, 312, 340, 341, 353, 410, 416, 428, 450, 465, 468, *480 and *481; IS 233; HSC 150. (*Internship FAQs)

  4. Complete a minimum of nine additional units from the following upper-division elective courses: HCA 320, 417, 422, 439, 451 (same as ECON 445), 452, 457, 470 (same as CHLS 470), and 471 (same as GEOG 471).

  5. Complete electives as needed to total 120 semester units.

  6. Successfully complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). (Note: a fee fequired for the GWAR.)  Please register for the GWAR through the Testing Office (562-985-4006).

  7. Each major course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A course in which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite.  A student receiving a grade lower than "C" may proceed with other courses with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.

Core Courses (Required)

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Elective Courses for the HCA Major

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Select three of the following classes for a total of nine elective units:

Lower-Division Courses in Health Care Administration

Click here for course descriptions; otherwise, for an individual course syllabus, click below on the course's name. There are no prerequisites for these courses, and they are open to students of all majors.

For admission or advising information please contact the HCA Program Office at 562-985-5694 or