What Education Do I Need to Become a Health Care Administrator?

To become a healthcare administrator, you usually need a bachelor's or master's degree. Read on for more information about the education required for different types of health care administrator positions. Schools offering Health Care Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Overview

Graduate-level education is becoming increasingly important for employment as a healthcare administrator, especially so with large healthcare organizations. In smaller medical offices, a bachelor's degree will usually suffice. Some education options for those who want to become healthcare administrators are discussed below.

Important Facts About This Degree

Online Availability Bachelor's and master's degrees in healthcare administration available fully online
Common Courses Accounting and finance, healthcare law and policy, health insurance, human resources, ethics, information systems, operations management
Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent; bachelor's degree required for master's program
Specializations Criminal forensics, finance, emergency management, sales and marketing, information technology, communications

Bachelor's Degree

For entry-level positions in small health care facilities, a bachelor's degree may be sufficient enough. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration often begin their careers as assistant health care administrators of a department in a large hospital. Some physicians' offices and smaller medical facilities may overlook the educational requirement and hire those with extensive on-the-job experience instead.

Master's Degree

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov), a master's degree is usually required for a generalist position as a healthcare administrator. The master's degree may be in a variety of fields, including business administration, public administration, public health, or health sciences. Those with a master's degree in health administration or a related field may begin their career at the department manager level.

Degrees in Health Information Management

A health information administrator is a special kind of healthcare administrator who manages the electronically stored information for healthcare organizations. Those entering this field should have at least a bachelor's degree in health information management or health informatics. For larger employers, a master's degree in the field may be required. Those with a degree from an approved program may take a certification exam from the American Health Information Management Association to become Registered Health Information Administrators.

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  • Capella University

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