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What is Health Care Administration?

Health care administration is the area of study and practice that prepares individuals for the management and operation of health care facilities and professionals, including the development and maintaining of budgets, hiring and firing, scheduling and other administrative tasks in a hospital or clinical setting combined with an understanding of medical procedure, cost and terminology that allows for proper review, oversight and decision making in light how it may affect business overall. Individuals in this field may or may not be medical professionals, though many in charge of specific departments have backgrounds as physicians or long term health care professionals.

Educational Requirements

Obtaining a degree in health care administration prepares individuals to work in the health care industry as managers. Health care administration is the process by which the health care is planned out, coordinated, supervised and implemented. Degrees in health care administration are available from the bachelor's level on, though most individuals will seek at least a master's degree. It is important to note that similar degrees can also be obtained to work as a health care administrator, such as a business administration degree or public health. A master's program can take between 2-3 years to complete and will often include a year of supervised administrative work.

Health care administration programs emphasize the development of certain skills deemed important for a working professional in such an environment. Such skills provide individuals with the ability to manage groups and operate the business. Some of these skills include problem solving, communication, analytical ability, technical skill, and an attention to detail. Additionally an emphasis on medical terminology and an understanding of medical procedures is also developed in order to ensure that the administrator is able to function in a health care environment.

Courses offered in a health care administration program may include:

  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Care Operations
  • Health Care Human Relations Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Communication
  • Organization Development

Employment Opportunities and Specialization

Though a bachelor's degree may be sufficient for some entry level positions, a master's degree is typically required for advancement. A health care manager will have varying responsibilities based on where he or she will work. In a smaller setting a health care manager may be responsible for policy, financing and hiring, whereas in a larger setting such a hospital he or she may only be responsible for a specific department and physicians will outline policy. Health care administration is expected to grow faster than average in the coming years as the need for effective healthcare management increases. This is a competitive field, beginning at the post-secondary level where space is limited.

Healthcare administrators work in a variety of medical facilities with varying levels of responsibility. Larger locations will have more administrators with specializations and a hierarchy. Some will oversee departments, setting schedules and running day to day tasks. Smaller locations will have fewer administrators with a larger set of responsibilities. Locations for employment include hospitals, physician's offices, nursing homes, clinics, outpatient care centers and other.

Individuals may seek to specialize in healthcare administration. This is accomplished by focusing on a particular form of administration, and the type of healthcare provided. Specialization is normally obtained through work experience, though additional classes may be taken to augment one's education in regards to their desired field. Often individuals may become specialized through availability of positions and longevity, though no specialization should preclude an individual from lateral movement or promotion.

Salary, Related Fields and Additional Information

The average salary of a health care administrator is $80,000. The average wage increases in settings that serve more physicians, usually in large hospitals located in populated urban centers. Experience and education also play a factor in increasing one's wages, with individuals holding degrees and having a work history in administration earning more than individuals who have entered the field through alternative means.

Those interested in health care administration may also be interested in medical administration, business administration and medical insurance specialist.

Top Colleges that Offer Healthcare Administration by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have healthcare administration programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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Ashford University

Clinton, IA

Located in Clinton, Iowa, Ashford University's campus is near the Mississippi river and in between Chicago and Des Moines.  Ashford University is a coeducational liberal arts university that offers both on-campus and online degree programs.  There are more...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,938
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (563) 242-4023

Programs Offered

  • Health and Wellness, General (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B,M)

ECPI College of Technology

Virginia Beach, VA

ECPI College of Technology is a four year career college that offers career oriented education for its students in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. Students may pick from many areas of study, including:Health and Clinical ProfessionsComputer and Information...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,980
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (757) 671-7171

Programs Offered

  • Dental Assistant (C,A)
  • Healthcare Administration (C,A)
  • Medical Assistant (C,A)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (C,A)

University of St Francis

Joliet, IL

The University of St. Francis, located in St. Joliet, Illinois, was founded 1920 by the congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate to educated women in the congregation,. The school as originally known as Assisi Junior College, and by 1925 had opened...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $26,924
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (815) 740-3360

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (B,M)
  • Radiology Technician (B,M)
  • Radiologic Technology (B,M)

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

The University of Central Florida is located in Orlando. It is a metropolitan research university of the State University System of Florida. History The University of Central Florida was...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,247
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (407) 823-2000

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (B)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B)
  • Healthcare Administration (B)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B)

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It is situated on a park-like campus of more than 400 acres.  CMU offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. CMU...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,950
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (989) 774-4000

Programs Offered

  • Communication Disorders (B,M,D)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (B,M,D)
  • Speech and Language Pathology (B,M,D)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M,D)

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University (BU) is a top-ranked, private institution of higher education located in Boston, Massachusetts.  BU offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in more than 250 fields of study and is particularly known for its interdisciplinary...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $42,994
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (617) 353-2000

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (M,D)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (M,D)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (M,D)
  • Dentistry (M,D)

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Ohio University (OHIO) is a national, public research university located in Athens, Ohio. U.S. News and World Report ranks Ohio University in the top 60 public national universities. It is ranked fourth in the nation by the Forbes ranking for its return on investment in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,282
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (740) 593-1000

Programs Offered

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Athletic Training (B,M)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill or "Carolina") is just one of 16 public universities in North Carolina.  It is located in the charming college town of Chapel Hill.  One of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,693
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (919) 962-2211

Programs Offered

  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (B,M,D)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B,M,D)
  • Dentistry (B,M,D)
  • Dental Clinical Sciences (B,M,D)

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC

Pfeiffer University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Misenheimer, NC, the campus offers a rural setting for students to study in. The school maintains a United Methodist...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $22,900
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (704) 463-1360

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University, which is named for Henry Thoreau's "Walden Pond," was established nearly 40 years ago as an institution of distance learning for scholar-practitioners dedicated to making positive social change.  It has more than 50 online degree programs with 225...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,010
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (800) 925-3368

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (M)
  • Healthcare Administration (M)

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University is an accredited institution of higher learning that offers online education at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels including bachelor's, MBA / master's, and doctoral degrees.  Capella University also offers the Education Specialist (EdS)...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,952
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (888) 227-3552

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (B,M,D)

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Saint Louis, MO, the campus resides in a suburban setting for students to study in. Approximately 19,000 students are enrolled yearly at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $23,070
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (314) 961-2660

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (M)
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services (M)

LA College International

Los Angeles, CA

LA College International is a private career college that offers career oriented education for its students. Based on recent program completion data gathered, over 170 students graduated with a graduation rate of more than 44%. LA College International offers several programs to choose from....

School Details

  • Program Cost (Tuition & Fees): $21,963
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (213) 381-3333 x1701

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (A,B)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is public research university. It is located in Carbondale, Illinois on a large, picturesque campus. SIUC ranks among the top universities in the U.S. It offers undergraduate degrees in a comprehensive range of academic subjects...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,528
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (618) 453-2121

Programs Offered

  • Communication Disorders (B)
  • Dental Hygienist (B)
  • Dental Laboratory Technology (B)
  • Healthcare Administration (B)

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University is located in University Park. It is a state-related, space grant, land grant public research facility. Also known as Penn State, the school has twenty-four campuses in Pennsylvania. University Park is the main and largest...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,444
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (814) 865-4700

Programs Offered

  • Communication Disorders (B,M,D)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M,D)
  • Athletic Training (B,M,D)

Mount Olive College

Mount Olive, NC

MOC provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Mount Olive, NC and operated as a private institution. Approximately 3,900 students are enrolled per year at Mount Olive College.Here is a list of some of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,800
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (919) 658-2502 x1400

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (B)
  • Healthcare Administration (B)

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a public research university located in Boca Raton, Florida on an 850 campus near the Atlantic Ocean. FAU has seven campuses and sites in all. FAU offers more than 170 academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $4,789
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (561) 297-3000

Programs Offered

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI

Davenport University, located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was founded in 1866 by Conrad G. Swensburg, a union veteran of the civil war. The school was known as the Grand Rapids Business College, but went through a number of name and located changes over the next five...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,192
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (616) 698-7111

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B,M)
  • Medical Records Technician (B,M)

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Starting with less than 200 students in 1949 under the name Los Angeles-Orange County State College, CSU Long Beach now sprawls over 300 acres with more than 80 buildings throughout its entire campus. It is officially the second largest among all CSU campuses, offering...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,052
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (562) 985-4111

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (B,M)
  • Communication Disorders (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Athletic Training (B,M)

Baker College Center for Graduate Studies

Flint, MI

Baker College is a system of twelve schools located throughout the state of Michigan. The system was formed through the merger of two preexisting institutions in 1965. Since that time Baker College System has seen growth and expansion, opening new locations as well as expanding programs to meet...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,320
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (810) 766-4021

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (A,B,M)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.