Online Health Care Administration and Management Bachelor's Degree

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New health care regulations, technology advances and an aging population have created a booming market for health care administrators, making it one of the most popular online bachelor’s degree programs, according to a report by Learning House, an online education company.

Responsible for the oversight of medical facilities ranging from large hospitals to rehabilitation centers and nursing homes, health care administrators coordinate care, create schedules, manage finances and work with medical staff.

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Course Work

Example courses
Critical issues in health care
Standards for health care staff
Health unit coordination
Long-term care management
Health law and regulations
Policy issues in health care

While earning an online bachelor’s degree in health care administration, students will learn the business side of the industry through courses such as leadership and ethics, human resources, finance and economics - all tailored specifically to address the unique challenges of the health care field.

Students will also delve into the legal side of an industry that is strictly regulated by federal privacy laws and other health care mandates. Those who wish to narrow the focus of their health care administration degree may be able to do so through specializations such as public administration, long-term care management or health care informatics systems.

Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Office manager, medical office $46,000
Practice manager $47,000
Health care administrator $52,000
Practice administrator $62,300
Hospital administrator $98,600

*per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

The health care administration field is projected to grow 22 percent by 2020, adding nearly 70,000 new positions for administrators and managers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor’s in health care administration is $39,600, and the midcareer median salary is $57,800, according to PayScale, an online salary database. Earning a master’s in business or health care management can help graduates boost their earning potential.

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