Written by Meghan Hope, Program Director, BS in Healthcare Administration
The healthcare field is changing faster than almost any other sector of society, and its rapid transformation has become a hot topic in today’s conversations and media. There’s no better time to consider a career in healthcare administration.
What is the Job Outlook for Healthcare Managers?
The breadth of roles available to healthcare managers is extensive, and the need for talented individuals in the industry continues to grow. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 32% growth for Medical and Health Services Managers through 2029 with an estimated 422,300 jobs, including an increase in 133,200 positions. ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration serves as a great stepping stone for healthcare professionals seeking to expand their opportunities and those pursuing a career change into the healthcare industry.
What do Healthcare Managers do?
Healthcare managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, and similar organizations. They may oversee a specific function, such as revenue cycle management, human resources, or information technology, or supervise a service line, such as primary care, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, or pediatrics. Managers in healthcare administration collaborate with physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, health insurance payers, information technology directors, compliance officers, and countless other professionals to ensure that accessible and quality patient care is delivered cost-effectively. In addition to hospitals, medical and health service managers work in physician offices, outpatient care centers, health insurance companies, community health organizations, long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
Today’s Shifting Landscape
Although healthcare issues are often viewed from a national policy-making framework, the delivery of care is a local matter, and local healthcare organizations are often the number one employer in a community. As communities grow and our population ages, society will need innovative and compassionate leaders to help steer healthcare services delivery. If you are looking for a career that can be performed in any area, profoundly impacts others, and is continually changing and evolving, then a career as a healthcare manager might be an excellent fit for you.
“Healthcare delivery is not just about treating a patient’s illness or disease. It is about seeking ways to help patients lead healthier lives and to address the population health needs of the community,” said Meghan Hope, program director, BS in Healthcare Administration. “Forward-thinking, compassionate healthcare managers are needed to guide healthcare operations in their communities. Through real-world assignments and an emphasis on current issues, ACU’s healthcare administration program provides students with practical skills and tools that they can begin to use immediately in their professional journeys.”
Start Your Career in Healthcare Administration
ACU’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program is designed to provide you with the academic and professional skills vital for meaningful healthcare careers. Throughout our program, you will focus on leadership, ethics, and general knowledge of healthcare environments and operations. You can choose your degree’s focus by selecting a track in Public and Community Health or Change Management. Upon completing this degree, you will be prepared for entry-level healthcare administration careers. You may also choose to pursue a Master’s in Healthcare Administration, Public Health, or even an MBA.
ACU supports your passion and calling. With our fully online program and leading curriculum, we can empower your future. Learn more about our BS in Healthcare Administration.