Healthcare Administration is an exciting and rewarding career path that allows individuals to lead the “business side” of healthcare. This includes improving the operational, strategic, financial, and clinical performance of healthcare provider organizations.
Purpose, Worthwhile Work, Making a Difference
Healthcare administrators lead those who deliver clinical care (physicians, nurses, therapists, etc.) in collaborative efforts to improve patient care. When asked “why did you pursue a career in healthcare administration?”, most healthcare administrators respond, “because it was a way for me to apply my interests and skills in leading organizations to an industry that gave me purpose and meaning.” If this sounds interesting to you, read on.
A course of study in healthcare administration prepares graduates to work for a variety of healthcare providers. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Highlighted Career Paths
Acute care healthcare organizations include hospitals, physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers and urgent care clinics. These healthcare providers are characterized by a focus on healing or curing a patient’s illness or injury. Acute care providers can be characterized as fast-paced, results focused, and striving for operational efficiency.
Post-acute healthcare organizations include skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. These healthcare providers are characterized by focused work with patients who are rehabilitating after surgery, illness, or injury. Leading post-acute care organizations can be particularly rewarding as staff and leadership are involved with a patient’s improvement over longer periods of time.
Long Term Care
Long-term care organizations include assisted living facilities and some forms of home health. Long-term care is a rapidly growing segment of the healthcare provider industry. As more senior adults transition to living arrangements that fit their level of independence and needed support with activities of daily living, qualified and skilled healthcare administrators are in high demand to run these organizations.
Explore Related Career Paths
All degree related careers can be found in I-plan, along with related salary information.
Getting started in this degree
Students will complete 55 credits of major-specific courses that can be found in the course catalog for this degree. Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration build a strong foundation in the core disciplines of healthcare administration, including knowledge and skills in the areas of healthcare industry dynamics, operations, finance, leadership, marketing, and strategy.
To continue exploring the healthcare administration degree, take the following introductory course first:
- HCA285 - Introduction to Healthcare Administration
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Declare As Your Major
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