Medical and health services managers are in high demand, and that demand is growing faster than the average for all other occupations. It’s not just managers that the industry is looking for — it’s LEADERS. Leaders who have proven skills and expertise.
To succeed in a healthcare administration leadership position, students must have strong analytical, decision making and leadership skills. As you rise to the top of your field, you’ll find yourself leading and managing more, making superior written and verbal communication skills critical.
Results From Real Graduates: Graduates from The University of Scranton’s CAHME-Accredited MHA program reported a 90 percent job placement rate and an average salary increase of $10,536 after graduation1.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a health services manager is $88,5801. This category could include a wide range of healthcare administration positions including Training and Development Specialist, Benefits Manager, Hospital Administrator, Health Services Manager, or Chief Executive Officer. Many of these high-level healthcare administration positions involve managing day-to-day operational activities and delegating responsibilities to the appropriate departments. Those who hold these advanced positions also supervise and manage employees within the organization, as well as establish or enforce company policies.
While many entry-level healthcare administration positions are available to those without a master’s degree, a leadership role in healthcare administration often requires an advanced level of education.
Healthcare Needs Leaders Who Are Flexible and Adaptive
The healthcare industry is facing physician shortages, an aging baby boom population, ever-changing legislation, expanding coverage, and exponential growth. There is a serious need for leaders who have the knowledge and flexibility to be fluent in the business of healthcare, the language of insurance companies, the requirements of government agencies, and the needs of patients.
Services traditionally provided by hospitals are shifting to the offices of health practitioners. As a result, medical group practice management is expected to grow as practices become larger and more complex2.
According to research conducted by ACHE in 2015, 84.4% of Health Leaders surveyed hold at least one master’s degree and 22.5% hold two masters degrees and/or a doctorate degree.2
Managing these changes will require well-educated, exceptional leaders who are prepared to balance the business needs with the needs of patients, while promoting just solutions.
Healthcare administration professionals work closely with physicians, surgeons, nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technicians and technologists. They work to improve the efficiency and quality of the healthcare organization and often manage finances, patient billing and accounting. A few career paths in the healthcare administration field include clinical managers, health information managers, or nursing home administrators.
An MHA That Positions You For Success
The University of Scranton's online, CAHME-accredited MHA pairs a flexible online learning environment with our nationally recognized education, at an extraordinary value. As a graduate of our program instilled with Jesuit values, you will have the expertise necessary to lead with confidence and integrity.
In order to prepare you for success, we also offer a wide variety of supplements exclusively to our students including:
- The Vault: an online resource library for industry research, rankings, internships, and job postings. Most popular - their guide books! Students (and faculty) can download the books for free!
- Big Interview: an online mock interview tool. We are seeing a trend of online/virtual interviews and this can help students practice questions (of varying level and topic) and feel more comfortable in the virtual interview environment.
- Resume and cover lettering writing
- Job search assistance
- Job postings from employers that want Scranton Alumni
12012 On-Ground MHA Alumni Survey.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, Web. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited April 9, 2015).
3American College of Healthcare Executives 2015 Members & Fellows Profile. ACHE 2015 Members and Fellows Profile. Web.http://www.ache.org/pubs/research/demographics.cfm (visited April 9, 2015).