Healthcare Administration Overview

Method of Instruction:
Online

Class Times:
Morning or Night Class Lectures

Program Length & Type:
14 month (61 weeks) Associates Degree Program

AAS Degree Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Healthcare Administration program prepares graduates for entry-level employment in a healthcare administration setting. This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire to work in the allied health industry. Students learn the skills needed to work in the front and/or back office of health care institutions, hospitals, clinics, medical offices or health maintenance organizations.

Students learn computer skills and applications, medical terminology, medical billing, medical insurance and coding, medical records and clinical skills. In addition, the management skills topics covered within the Associate of Applied Science degree in Healthcare Administration provides students the skills needed to interact and or manage other employees in an office setting.

What Does a Healthcare Administrator Do?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Healthcare Administrators plan, direct, and coordinate the healthcare management services for an entire facility, department, or medical practice. Healthcare Administrators may perform some or all of the following duties1:

  • Improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff members
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient care fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within funding limits
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

National Career College’s curriculum of Healthcare Administration courses are modeled with these in-demand healthcare system responsibilities in mind. Enrolling in Healthcare Administration courses at National Career College could allow students to hone their skills toward finding gainful employment in Medical Administration.

 

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How Long is the Healthcare Administration Degree Program?

National Career College’s Healthcare Administration program is offered as a 61-week online program with an externship. During enrollment, students can choose whether to attend the online lectures in the morning or in the evening. Monday through Thursday, students are required to participate in a 1-hour lecture online as part of their course work. As for the rest of the course work, it is left to the student to complete at his or her own pace.

What Will You Learn in the Healthcare Administration Program?

Medical office procedures provide students the skills needed to interact with doctors, nurses and other specialists. Medical Anatomy and physiology are covered to provide students a broader understanding of the human body as it relates to the clinical procedure. Additionally, the program will provide students with expanded knowledge and understanding of general education courses. These courses will better prepare them to interact within their communities and beyond, and to accept positions and/or promotions at higher levels.

The Healthcare Administration Degree Program includes the following courses:

  • Operating Systems
  • Word Processing
  • Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology III
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Coding
  • Electronic Medical Billing
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Medical Assistant I
  • Medical Assistant II
  • Management Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Communication Skills
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • American History
  • Employment Preparation
  • Externship

Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the following exams:
Certified Revenue Cycle Specialist, CRCS (AAHAM) examination
Certified Coding Associate, CCA (AHIMA) examination

We understand that students enrolled in Healthcare Administration schools are looking for support in reaching their career goals after graduation. National Career College healthcare administration schools are designed to help students gain employment following completion of their studies. Through National Career College’s Healthcare Administration programs, graduates become thoroughly knowledgeable about current medical management practices and technology.

Where do Healthcare Administrators Work?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook Healthcare Administrators typically work full time and may work days, nights, or weekends depending on the hours of the medical facility2. The top five employers of Healthcare Administrators are:

  • 33% – State Local and Private Hospitals
  • 12% – Physician’s Offices
  • 10% – Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • 9% – Government
  • 7% – Outpatient Care Centers

Following graduation, students could seek entry-level employment within the front or back office of Health care institutions, Hospitals, Clinics, Medical offices, or Health maintenance organizations.

What Is The Job Outlook For Healthcare Administrators?

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for Healthcare Administrators to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 20303.

More about Careers in Healthcare Administration

For more information about a career in Healthcare Administration, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

Local Wages for California (ONET):
11-9111.00 – Medical and Health Services Managers Local Wages

Standard Occupational Code (SOC):
11-9111.00 – Medical and Health Services Managers

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP):
51.0701 – Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Healthcare Administration Training Near Me

If you live in or around the Panorama City area in California, National Career College offers Healthcare Administration training at the following location:

National Career College Campus 14355 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402

Financial Aid

At National Career College, we don’t want finances to limit your career opportunities. Your education is one of the most important investments you can make. If you are unable to afford the education costs on your own, you may qualify for financial aid. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify! Please visit our Financial Aid Page to find out more!


Sources:

  1. BLS: What Medical and Health Services Managers Do
  2. BLS: Medical and Health Services Managers Work Environment
  3. BLS: Medical and Health Services Managers Job Outlook