Online Health Care Administration and Management Bachelor's Degree
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.
|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.
|Office manager, medical office||$46,000|
|Health care administrator||$52,000|
*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.