MHA in Health Care Administration: Acute Care Specialization

Program Overview

Empower life-saving treatments as a skilled administrator.

Acute care practitioners assess sudden or unexpected injuries that threaten patients' lives and require time-sensitive treatment. Utica College's online Master of Health Administration (MHA) in Health Care Administration with an Acute Care specialization prepares you to take charge of urgent care facilities and ensure they run smoothly and provide first-rate care.

Acute care practitioners assess sudden or unexpected injuries that threaten patients' lives and require time-sensitive treatment. Utica College's online Master of Health Administration (MHA) in Health Care Administration with an Acute Care specialization prepares you to take charge of urgent care facilities and ensure they run smoothly and provide first-rate care.

Create Efficiencies to Save Lives

A 2013 RAND Corporation study found that for every hour an ICU transfer is delayed, a patient's risk of mortality increases by 7 percent.1 As an acute care administrator, you'll direct your management and leadership skills toward this crucial work. You'll work in a fast-paced environment to refine processes, fix inefficiencies, and break down barriers between your medical staff, so they can do what they do best: save lives.

Offered completely online, this program gives you the skills to become a health care administrator without sacrificing your career or family responsibilities.

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          Career Outlook

          The median annual salary for Medical and Health Services Managers was $98,350 in 2017, with the top 10 percent of administrators earning more than $176,130.2 Those with specialized training are among the highest earners, especially in acute care settings where demand is high and competition fierce.

          According to the World Health Organization, "As populations continue to grow and age, there will be increasing demand for acute curative services responsive to life-threatening emergencies."3 The baby boomer population that's spurring a 20 percent projected growth in health care between 2016 and 2026 will require acute care as they stay active later in life.4

          Career Spotlight: Hospital Administrator


          As a hospital administrator, you ensure your hospital's operations run smoothly—from overseeing finances to supervising a staff of a few hundred to a few thousand people. You also provide employee training, schedule performance reviews, and ensure your hospital is meeting its budget without sacrificing quality.5

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Acute Care Case Manager
          • Medical Care Manager
          • Direct Care Coordinator
          • Ancillary Services Director
          • Information Technology Leader


          Curriculum: Succeed With Administrative Skills

          "Building upon the lessons from the first class through graduation, the takeaway from the [MHA] program has been practical, far-reaching, quality preparation for building upon my health care experience. Within weeks of graduating, I was offered a position that I would not have previously qualified for." – Shannon Lee Cazinha, '12 MHA graduate

          Utica College's Acute Care specialization addresses primary concepts required for the administration of hospitals and other acute care facilities. Through 12 specialization credits, you'll explore technology planning and implementation; financial management, accounting and analysis; health care staffing and personnel development; and management and leadership in healthcare.

          Course Spotlight: HCA 613 – The Health Care Administrator Leader

          Examine the key criteria of health care administration leadership, including evaluation and accountability, and define the competencies of effective leadership in a variety of health care organizations. Learn how to stand out and make change in acute care settings.


          Course Spotlight: HCA 627 – Health Informatics

          Learn how you can apply information technology in health care organizations to more effectively manage operations and make decisions. You'll explore assessing, planning, and implementing data-driven projects to improve processes and provide the best care.

          More Options for Your Degree

          You can also select any four electives from the online MHA curriculum to form your own specialization and focus your studies on topics you choose.

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

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          This master's degree is designed to be completed in two years. You can complete it more or less quickly depending on how many credits you take each term!

          Job opportunities in the field of health care administration are projected to grow 20 percent by 2026. To learn more about specific titles, salaries, and job descriptions, visit the MHA in Health Care Administration career outlook page.

          No. While work experience is recommended, it is not required for admission to the program. See the full list of MHA admissions requirements.

          The MHA consists of 36 credit hours at a cost of $690 per credit hour, for a total estimated tuition of $24,840. This estimate doesn't include fees and other costs.

          For a detailed list of all related expenses and fees, see the MHA Tuition and Fees page.

          We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          Yes. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and for which you received a grade of "C" or better. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you've attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

          Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar's Office. If you want to ensure your credits will be accepted ahead of time, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).


          1The Acute-Care Continuum: The Future of Hospital-Based Care. (2013, June 20). Retrieved November 29, 2018, from
          2Medical and Health Services Managers – Pay. (2018, April 13). Retrieved November 29, 2018, from
          3Health systems and services: The role of acute care. (2013, April 30). Retrieved November 29, 2018, from
          4Medical and Health Services Managers – Summary. (2018, April 13). Retrieved November 29, 2018, from
          5Average Hospital Administrator Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved November 29, 2018, from