The healthcare landscape is changing because of the aging U.S. population, government regulations and new technologies.
It’s the job of a healthcare administrator to stay on top of these changes, effectively coordinating medical services so that doctors and other practitioners can provide quality care.
A bachelor of science (BS) in healthcare administration prepares students for the healthcare field. Part of a healthcare administrator’s responsibility is to make sure medical facilities run smoothly and efficiently. However, significant trends – the aging population and so forth – call for these professionals to demonstrate strategic thinking and to make critical decisions as needed.
The path to a career in healthcare administration starts in a degree program. A bachelor’s degree is one option for people seeking a career in healthcare administration. New England College offers several options:
- Some people may start their careers with an associate’s degree (AS) in healthcare administration.
- Some healthcare administration students may choose a more specialized focus for their healthcare administration degree by opting for a concentration in healthcare informatics.
- Students interested in the business practices of the healthcare realm may pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare administration, which balances both organizational efficiency and quality of healthcare.
An advisor can help students determine which program is right for them.
What Courses to Expect
Healthcare administration courses cover a variety of topics.
- Issues in Ethics for Healthcare Administrators: Covers the basics of ethical decision-making, and applies these concepts to the field of healthcare.
- Health Informatics: Looks at how technology and data are changing the way people approach healthcare management.
- Organization and Management in Healthcare: Explains how to effectively manage a healthcare facility.
- Marketing for Healthcare: Presents the basics of marketing principles that will help healthcare administrators promote and sell medical services, as well as provide great care to their patients.
- Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Administrators: Helps students understand how to record and analyze financial performance so that projections can be made for the future.
- Healthcare Statistics: Introduces students to the statistical techniques and concepts that are used to manage healthcare services.
- Health Plans and Insurance: Looks how health plans and insurance issues relate to the delivery of healthcare services.
At a liberal arts college such as NEC, students should also expect to take some courses related to the humanities, economics, language or math. These courses are designed to make students well rounded, experienced decision-makers.
Career Possibilities for Healthcare Administration Graduates
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that careers for medical and health services managers will grow by 20% from 2016 to 2026. The average annual salary was $111,680 as of May 2017. Students are encouraged to perform independent research to determine earning potential, which can vary due to a variety of factors, such as education level and geographic area.
Healthcare administrators can work in a variety of settings, from small practitioners’ offices to large healthcare systems. There are opportunities with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.