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How Do I Obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management?

by Maria Magher

A Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare management or healthcare administration can lead to careers such as insurance specialist, medical records manager, senior center director and health educator. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a four-year college degree is the minimum education required for most of these jobs. To get a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare management, you need to be admitted into an accredited program and complete four years of coursework.

Admissions

Winston-Salem State University admits students to the university before admitting them to the Healthcare Management degree program. Students take the general education courses, such as English composition, sociology, psychology and physical education. These courses typically take the first two years to complete and if students earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, they can be admitted to the Healthcare Management program. Georgetown University and others admit students into the program as freshmen. Online programs often have open admissions, meaning that if students meet minimum requirements, such as having completed a high school diploma, they are admitted.

Completing Coursework

Coursework in a healthcare management programs cover the sciences and management theory and practice. Courses may include biology, anatomy, psychology, conflict resolution, management and organizational behavior. Courses at Colorado Technical University, for example, include Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems, Medical Terminology, Technological Applications in Healthcare Organizations and Healthcare Statistics and Research. Courses at Southern Vermont College include Human Biology, Psychology of Health and Healthcare Law. Most programs require 120 hours, and the courses in the major typically take the last two years to complete, or about 60 hours.

Internships

Some healthcare management programs, like the one at Georgetown University, require students to complete a practical internship in the spring semester of their senior year. Interns in that program are assigned to senior executives of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and they work for a minimum of 16 hours per week for the full semester. Students at Winston-Salem State University must also participate in a semester-long internship in the spring semester of their summer year and may work in a variety of healthcare settings in the local community.

Career Prospects

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in healthcare management may have very good job prospects. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical and health service managers are expected to grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020. The BLS indicates that it is common for healthcare managers to have master's degrees, so graduates with a bachelor's degree may want to continue their education to be competitive in the field. Average wages for medical and health service managers was about $84,000 in 2010.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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