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Working As A Clinical Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Director Do

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Duties

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

Medical and health services managers work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Others may interact with patients or insurance agents.

Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the facility or area of expertise in which they work. The following are examples of types of medical and health services managers:

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 licensure for nursing home administrators; 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 and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

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. They also handle administrative tasks, such as ensuring that their department has the necessary supplies and that equipment is operational and up to date.

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How To Become A Clinical Director

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Clinical Director Career Paths

Clinical Director
Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
President
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Services Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Rehabilitation
Rehab Director
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Rehabilitation
7 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Client Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Division Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Division Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Area Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Case Management
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Planning Committee Member
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Site Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Regional Director Of Operations
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Branch Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Program Development
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Health Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Practice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Administrative Services Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales
Area Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
State Director
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Acting Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Health Director 3.4 years
Clinical Manager 3.3 years
Clinical Director 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Director
Therapist 10.6%
Internship 6.8%
Counselor 5.8%
Clinician 5.4%
Director 4.6%
Consultant 3.0%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Clinical Director
Therapist 10.0%
Director 6.0%
Clinician 5.8%
Consultant 5.3%
Owner 3.4%
Counselor 3.2%

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Clinical Director Demographics

Gender

Female

58.1%

Male

31.4%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.7%

French

9.3%

German

3.2%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Italian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Hindi

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

Swedish

1.4%

Japanese

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Mandarin

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Marathi

0.4%

Gujarati

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%
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Clinical Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

Capella University

9.2%

Walden University

8.9%

New York University

6.0%

Nova Southeastern University

5.7%

Boston University

5.0%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Fordham University

4.0%

Webster University

4.0%

University of Utah

3.8%

Grand Canyon University

3.7%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

3.6%

Temple University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Life University

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.2%

Liberty University

3.1%

Barry University

3.1%

Florida State University

3.1%
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Majors

Nursing

21.1%

Social Work

14.2%

Counseling Psychology

7.5%

Clinical Psychology

7.2%

Psychology

7.0%

Business

6.4%

School Counseling

6.2%

Mental Health Counseling

5.6%

Physical Therapy

5.2%

Chiropractic

3.0%

Family Therapy

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Education

2.4%

Medicine

2.1%

Management

1.6%

Public Health

1.3%

Human Services

1.0%

Rehabilitation Science

1.0%

Biology

1.0%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

46.5%

Doctorate

17.0%

Bachelors

15.5%

Other

11.3%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$50,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mallinckrodt
Highest Paying City
Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Clinical Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Director in the United States is $78,703 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Clinical Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Director of Orthodontics N & W Ortho, LLC Edinburg, TX Feb 06, 2012 $313,050
Clinical Director Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 21, 2012 $252,000
Clinical Director Western Dental Services, Inc. Orange, CA Apr 03, 2016 $220,000
Managing Clinical Director Peach Street Dental & Dentures, Inc. Erie, PA Oct 01, 2014 $200,000
Managing Clinical Director Peach Street Dental & Dentures, PC. Erie, PA Jan 01, 2012 $200,000
Clinical Director Western Dental Services, Inc. Orange, CA May 29, 2015 $190,000
Assistant Ambulatory Clinic Director The Hurley Clinics Flint, MI Jul 01, 2014 $165,562
Managing Clinical Director HB Dental, PC Sioux City, IA Nov 09, 2012 $163,200
Managing Clinical Director HB Dental, PC Council Bluffs, IA Nov 14, 2012 $163,200
Managing Clinical Director Ia Dental, P.C. Council Bluffs, IA May 01, 2013 $163,200
Clinical Director Familia Development LLC Schaumburg, IL Jul 05, 2011 $160,000
Managing Clinical Director Wi Dental S.C. Fond du Lac, WI Sep 10, 2013 $156,000
Dental Clinical Director Jeong-Ho Roh DDS, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 22, 2016 $147,389
Clinical Director, Graduate Orthodontic Program Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Feb 01, 2015 $109,463
Clinic Director Arash Aftabi, DMD, Inc. Seal Beach, CA Oct 15, 2012 $103,280 -
$103,300
Optometry Clinic Director The Center for Vision Development Franklin, TN Mar 02, 2015 $101,650
Clinical Director Trumpet Behavioral Health Burlingame, CA Oct 01, 2015 $100,000
Optometrist/Clinical Director Pro Optix Eye Care, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 01, 2012 $100,000
Clinical Director Central Care, Pa Bolivar, MO Oct 01, 2011 $100,000
Clinical Director John D. Mudrock, Md Melrose, MA Mar 21, 2012 $98,946
Clinical Director Enrique Gallo Doral, FL Dec 24, 2014 $97,000
Clinical Director Wild Acre Inns Arlington, MA Oct 01, 2011 $85,000
Juvenile Justice Clinical Director Northwestern University Chicago, IL Mar 15, 2011 $85,000
Clinical Director Sundberg and Sundberg LLC Fishers, IN Dec 01, 2013 $85,000
Director, Clinical Trials/Optometric Retail DIV & Strat Plan University of Pittsburgh Physicians Pittsburgh, PA Jan 05, 2016 $85,000
Clinical Director Virginia Healthcare Services of Fredericksburg LLC Fredericksburg, VA Sep 21, 2015 $85,000 -
$100,942
Director of Clinical Integration Integrated Medical Services, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Aug 26, 2012 $84,427

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Top Skills for A Clinical Director

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  2. Group Therapy Sessions
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  • Maintain statistics for clinical staff to measure efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
  • Facilitated group therapy sessions and workshops for adult residents.
  • Formulated and implemented policies & procedures resulting in enhanced profitability, productivity, and reduced attrition.
  • Collaborate with Medical Practitioners, Clinical Supervisor and Nurse Supervisor in addressing issues impacting medical and behavior treatment plans.
  • Provided presentations to various community organizations on identification of mental health disorders.

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