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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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University of Phoenix29.9%
Southern New Hampshire University5.1%
American InterContinental University3.9%
Indiana Wesleyan University3.6%
George Washington University3.2%
George Mason University3.2%
University of Maryland - University College3.2%
Pennsylvania State University3.2%
University of Maryland - College Park3.1%
New York University3.1%
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|Global Arbitration Practice Manager||White & Case LLP||New York, NY||Nov 14, 2016||$215,405|
|Global Arbitration Practice Manager||White & Case LLP||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$190,000 -
|Practice Manager||APPS Associates, LLC||Acton, MA||Oct 26, 2016||$180,000|
|Dental Practice Manager||Mint Orthodontics PLLC||Irving, TX||Feb 09, 2016||$175,386|
|Manager, Americas Energy Practice||Arthur D. Little, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 02, 2015||$172,203|
|Practice Manager, Center of Excellence||Enernoc Inc.||Boston, MA||Nov 21, 2016||$169,832 -
|Practice Manager, Center of Excellence||Enernoc, Inc.||Boston, MA||Oct 01, 2015||$169,832|
|Practice Manager||Systime Computer Corporation||Iselin, NJ||Feb 24, 2015||$168,875|
|B2B Practice Manager||Informatica Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$165,350|
|Orthotist&Prosthetist/Area Practice Manager||Hanger, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Mar 15, 2015||$165,000|
|Practice Manager||Sap America, Inc.||Reston, VA||Mar 11, 2015||$160,900|
|Practice Manager||Ciber, Inc.||Norwalk, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$160,000|
|Practice Manager||APPS Associates, LLC||Nashua, NH||Dec 28, 2016||$143,000|
|Manager, Priviledged User Manager (PUM) Practice||Edgile, Inc.||Lubbock, TX||Oct 19, 2015||$140,000|
|Manager, Priviledged User Manager (PUM) Practice||Edgile, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 19, 2015||$140,000|
|Practice Manager||Teksystems Global Services LLC||San Mateo, CA||Oct 04, 2015||$138,320|
|Practice Manager||Bi-Sam Inc.||Boston, MA||Aug 07, 2015||$138,133 -
|Manager, Specialized Services, EPM Practice||Peloton Group LLC||Chicago, IL||Nov 16, 2015||$137,500|
|Manager, Specialized Services, EPM Practice||Peloton Group LLC||San Francisco, CA||Dec 15, 2015||$137,500|
|Practice Manager||Kronos Incorporated||Chelmsford, MA||Aug 09, 2016||$136,691|
|Practice Manager||Blackbaud, Inc.||Charleston, SC||May 31, 2015||$119,140 -
|Manager, Oracle Practice||Infovity Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$118,082 -
|B2B Practice Manager||Informatica Corporation||Redwood City, CA||May 05, 2015||$115,378 -
|CPQ Practice Manager||EDL Consulting Ltd.||Deerfield, IL||Mar 18, 2016||$115,000 -
|Manager/Enterprise Applications Services Practice||Blink Consulting, Inc.||McKinney, TX||Feb 06, 2015||$115,000|
|ERP Practice Manager||Blink Consulting, Inc.||McKinney, TX||Apr 25, 2015||$115,000|
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