Bachelor's Degrees in Hospital Administration and Management

In order to study hospital administration, you can enroll in an on-campus or online program to earn a bachelor's degree in health care administration. Read about what you'd learn in this program, and find out what jobs you'd be qualified for upon graduation. Find out how online degree programs in health care administration work. Schools offering Finance and Health Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in a Bachelor's Degree Program in Hospital Administration and Management?

Aspiring hospital administrators or managers may major in health care administration. Bachelor's degree programs offer specialized internships, clinical rotations or independent research projects based on your experience level. In a mentored practicum, you'll gain firsthand knowledge in health care management responsibilities, including hospital administration procedures, accounting methods and decision-making processes. If you have a sufficient background in the health care industry or management, you may opt to investigate and present a research paper outlining hospital or patient care improvements in lieu of a clinical internship.

Core courses in a bachelor's degree program cover insurance and financial management, staff supervision, patient care and regulatory compliance. You may choose to focus your studies in areas such as informatics or health services management, among other areas.

Common Courses Regulatory compliance, insurance and financial management, patient care, staff supervision; internships or practica are often included
Specializations Informatics, health services management
Online Availability Online programs are available, though in-person field experiences may be required
Career Settings Doctor's offices, hospice and home care services, medical equipment and supply centers, pharmaceutical companies
Job Outlook 17% increase between 2014-2024 (for medical and health services managers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Are Programs Offered Online?

Some schools offer online programs for health care administration majors. Instead of reporting to a classroom, you'll log into the school's website and take the same courses as students in a traditional program. Your assignments are submitted through the website, and you can communicate with your instructors via e-mail, live chat or message boards. An up-to-date computer and high speed Internet connection is required, especially for programs offering streaming video lectures. Some on-site attendance may be required for internships and research project presentations.

What Types of Jobs Will I Qualify For?

Although holding a master's degree is standard in the field, as a graduate of a bachelor's program, your education typically qualifies you for entry-level management positions in the health care industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported health care manager positions are expected to increase 17% between 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). In addition to hospital administration positions, you may also qualify for management positions in health care facilities such as:

  • Outpatient care centers
  • Doctor's offices
  • Assisted living and nursing homes
  • Hospice and home care services
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical equipment and supply centers

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