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Become A Practice Administrator

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Working As A Practice Administrator

  • 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

  • $60,878

    Average Salary

What Does A Practice Administrator Do

A Practice Administrator is responsible for the daily activities of a medical facility. They prepare prescriptions for patients, provide leadership in developing and implementing business plans, and oversee the billing and collection processes of departments.

How To Become A Practice Administrator

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.


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.


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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Practice Administrator Career Paths

Practice Administrator
Healthcare Consultant Senior Consultant Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Director President Of Operations
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Managing Director President/Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Faculty
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Regional Manager Program Manager Clinical Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Clinic Administrator Operations Manager Service Director
Director Of Food And Nutrition Services
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Manager Property Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Regional Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
Executive Director Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Program Manager General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Senior Project Manager Program Director
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Physician Medic Registered Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Chief Executive Officer Managing Partner
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Administrative Coordinator Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinic Administrator Office Administrator Practice Manager
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Board Of Directors Member Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Managing Partner Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Manager Director Of Sales
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
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Practice Administrator Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Czech

  • Yoruba

  • Hebrew

  • Russian

  • Cherokee

  • Greek

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Urdu

  • Korean

  • Arabic

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Real Practice Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Practice Administrator House Call Medical Services of Ny, PLLC New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $120,000
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA Aug 07, 2015 $114,000
Practice Administrator Gastroenterology & Nutrition Specialists Kissimmee, FL Sep 11, 2015 $113,277
Practice Administrator San Juan Oncology Associates Farmington, NM Dec 01, 2016 $102,419
Practice Administrator Mya Dental Arts Pc North Babylon, NY Mar 22, 2016 $101,254
Practice Administrator MYA Dental Arts PC North Babylon, NY Sep 03, 2015 $101,254
Practice Administrator Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $100,000
Practice Administrator Konstantin Ronkin DMD and Evetta Shwartzman DMD PC Canton, MA Jul 02, 2012 $98,946
Practice Administrator Konstantin Ronkin, DMD and Evetta Shwartzman, DMD Canton, MA Oct 01, 2012 $98,946
Practice Administrator Texas General Hospital Grand Prairie, TX Oct 08, 2014 $98,426
Practice Administrator Nycplasticsurg PLLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $93,915
Medical Practice Administrator Malik A Rehman, Md, Pa Baltimore, MD Jan 29, 2016 $90,584
Practice Administrator House Call Medical Services of New York, PLLC New York, NY Jun 15, 2013 $90,000
Clinical Assist. Prof./Pharmacy Practice and Admin Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Jul 01, 2012 $90,000
Practice Administrator Cora Investments LLC Miramar, FL Aug 12, 2014 $77,000
Practice Administrator University Physical Therapy Associates Inc. Largo, MD Sep 19, 2016 $76,606
Practice Administrator Dynamic Home Health Care, Inc. Annandale, VA Sep 18, 2016 $76,606
Medical Practice Administrator Nj Best Obgyn LLC Clifton, NJ Sep 21, 2013 $76,489
Practice Administrator Nycplasticsurg PLLC New York, NY Nov 28, 2011 $75,132
Practice Administrator Nycplasticsurgpllc New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $75,132
Practice Administrator North East Houston Dental Implants & Periodontolog Humble, TX Sep 17, 2012 $75,000
Post Doctoral Associate/Pharmacy Practice & Administration Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Sep 10, 2015 $75,000
Practice Administrator Mogbolahan M KUYE, Md, Pa DBA Cano Medical Center Harlingen, TX Dec 18, 2015 $67,267
Practice Administrator Medwin Family Medicine & Rehab. P.C. Brownsville, TX Apr 27, 2016 $67,122
Dental Practice Administrator DR. Afar NOHO Dental Group Inc. CA Sep 16, 2014 $67,076
Medical Practice Administrator Palmetto Gastroenterology & Hepatology Pa Barnwell, SC Aug 01, 2012 $66,394
Practice Administrator Care One Rehab Solutions LLC Brownstown, MI Aug 22, 2015 $65,603
Practice Administrator at Home Network, Inc. Livonia, MI Sep 05, 2015 $65,603
Practice Administrator Professional Medical Evaluation, PC Troy, MI Sep 09, 2015 $65,603
Practice Administrator Supreme Home Healthcare & Rehab, Inc. Livonia, MI Apr 20, 2015 $65,603

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Top Skills for A Practice Administrator


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Top Practice Administrator Skills

  1. Financial Management
  2. Payroll
  3. Regulatory Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrated abilities in financial management and business strategies as well as internal and external marketing.
  • Pay bills, produce payroll prepared monthly budget reports, make deposits.
  • Drafted all employment and service contracts and ensured regulatory compliance.
  • Coached, recruited, hired, terminated and disciplined personnel.
  • Managed a large clinic that employ's 30 specialty physicians with a total of 70 support and clinical staff.

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