Healthcare Administration Major
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Through a blend of coursework from Barton’s Schools of Allied Health and Sport Studies, Nursing, and Business, you will gain the knowledge to be successful in a variety of careers in the healthcare spectrum. Field-based courses will enable you to apply your knowledge in real-life settings and jumpstart your career in the healthcare field.
Students in the Healthcare Administration program are provided with unique opportunities that set them on a pathway to success. Including unique internship opportunities and real world experience in the field of healthcare management.
B.S. + M.B.A. (3/2 Track)
Healthcare Administration majors can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration plus a Business Administration minor during three years of undergraduate study and continue on to complete a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership in two years of graduate study while at Barton College.
Sample Course Offerings
- HEA 430 – Medical Practice Management
- HEA 440 – Principles of Financial Management for Healthcare
- HEA 240 – Medical Terminology
- HEA 350 – Healthcare Informatics
- HEA 450 – Healthcare Policy
- MKT 301 – Marketing Management
- MGT 330 – Human Resource Management
As a healthcare administrator or healthcare executive, you will plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. You might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department; manage a medical practice for a group of physicians; or venture off into other areas of non-clinical healthcare, including informatics, billing, finance, and any number of other opportunities.
The duties of healthcare administrators typically include the following:
- Working to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
- Keeping up to date on new laws and regulations so that your facility is in compliance
- Supervising assistant administrators in larger facilities
- Managing the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
- Creating work schedules
- Representing the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
- Keeping and organizing records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
- Communicating with members of the medical staff and department heads.
In group medical practices, healthcare administrators work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Some healthcare administrators oversee the activities of a number of facilities. Most healthcare administrators work in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and group medical practices.
The following are some examples of the types of healthcare administrators:
- Non-clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy and have responsibilities based on that specialty.
- Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.
- Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology and current or proposed laws about health information systems. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel.
- Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information.
- Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances, and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require them to be licensed; licensing requirements vary by state.
R. Greg Bauer
School of Allied Health and Sport Studies