Program of Study
The Health Care Administration program provides a solid values-driven foundation of knowledge regarding the healthcare industry combined with the discipline to apply that knowledge in a professionally competent manner to advance the health of the local community. Emphasis is placed on building strong communication skills and organizational competence that highlight the effective health care manager. This program is designed to prepare students to continue their education into a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration while meeting the industry’s desire for professionally educated individuals prepared in a career-oriented associate degree program.
The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:
- Practice workplace aptitude through demonstration of resource management (fiscal, human and physical), planning and leadership skills, and legal and ethical decision-making.
- Display interpersonal communication skills required for successful performance in the health care environment.
- Apply computer technology to systems in health care operations, presentation technology, and other communication, planning, analysis and quality applications.
Professional Association: American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), www.aaham.org
The field of Health Care Administration encompasses many aspects and roles in the management of the health care system. These professionals represent many different disciplines and are employed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings. Specific settings may include hospitals, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, insurance and managed care companies, non-profit agencies, physician group practices, hospice, extended care facilities and ambulatory care centers.
Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. They must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology. They may manage an entire facility, specific clinical area or department or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Their titile will depend on the facility or their area of expertise.
Nursing home administrators
Health information managers
Please note that this career path requires at least a bachelor’s degree to enter this occupation.