Healthcare Administration

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Overview

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 administrative positions in healthcare facilities. Field-based courses will enable you to apply your knowledge in real-life settings.

Sample Course Offerings

  • HEA 401 – Contemporary Issues in Health and Medicine
  • HEA 430 – Medical Practice Management
  • HEA 440 – Principles of Financial Management for Healthcare
  • HEA 240 – Medical Terminology
  • HEA 350 – Healthcare Informatics
  • HEA 370 – Healthcare Policy
  • NUR 346 – Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

Career Opportunities

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, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Contact Us

Dr. Claudia Duncan, Dean
School of Allied Health and Sport Studies
Wilson Gymnasium

cduncan@barton.edu
800-345-4973 x6521
252-399-6521
252-399-6516 (fax)