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Community Colleges That Offer Health Care Management

by Dr. Kelly S. Meier

Management positions in the health care industry are in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates 22 percent job growth through 2020. Community colleges are responding with programs that prepare students to understand how to balance business needs with patient service requirements. Educational options include associate degrees, degree completion and certificate programs. Graduates can work in medical clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and as consultants.

East

Catawba Valley Community College offers a health care management Associate in Applied Science degree. As a full-time student, you can complete this degree in five semesters. Evening and distance learning options are available but will stretch the time needed to complete the program. This degree covers effective communication strategies, management principles and working with managed care organizations. Upon completion, you can take certification exams offered by professional organizations, such as Medical Group Managers Association and Western Piedmont Medical Professionals.

South

A variety of health care management program options are offered at Nashville State Community College. A Health care/IT Medical Management Technical certificate requires seven courses and is offered during the day, evening and online. The Associate of Arts and Science degree in health care management requires 60 credits and can be completed in two years if you are a full-time student. If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, work with your adviser in advance to ensure your courses will apply. Coursework covers fiscal management, human resources and health care rules and regulations.

Midwest

Northeast Community College provides a joint degree with Central Community College. Faculty members from both campuses use distance technology to teach classes between campuses. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. You must have a 2.0 or more in high school and interview with program faculty to be eligible for this academic program. A practicum is required to provide hands-on experience and allow you to practice your skills. Before registering, you will have to submit to a criminal background check.

West

Located in Hayward, California, Chabot College offers a certificate program in health care management. Courses from this program are delivered exclusively online to allow flexibility for students who are working full time. Course curriculum provides a general overview of health care management and is used as continuing education for professionals in the health care field who are seeking advancement. Expect to spend three semesters taking six courses to complete this certificate. Course topics include health care law, fiscal management, leadership and communication theory.

About the Author

Dr. Kelly S. Meier is a professor and college administrator for a large public institution in Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University and her master's degree and doctorate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has published more than 15 books on education, group development and diversity.

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