Within the past decade, the job of the health care administrator has changed from one which required limited professional education to one which, as an absolute minimum, requires a basic competency in several aspects of the field.
The goal of this degree program is to provide a comprehensive academic foundation to those seeking a health care administration career. It is expected that employment in this field will grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Factors that will contribute to the increasing demand for health professionals are population growth, the increasingly significant segment of the population that is 55 years of age or older, and the general public’s increasing consciousness of its health. Among the variety of jobs that graduates of the program will be prepared to assume include: hospital administrator, assistant to the comptroller, interviewer/human resources director, administrator, admitting officer, unit administrator, and claims auditor. Among the potential work sites for the holder of the accelerated degree in health care administration are positions in large federal, state and local complex health agencies, ambulatory services programs, regulatory agencies and insurance programs, management positions in nursing homes, group medical practices, and unit management within hospitals. In the largest hospitals, positions would include assignments in the emergency department, central services, materials management, purchasing, security, admissions, discharge and the business office.