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Top Health Care Administration Schools (HCA)

Top Health Care Administration SchoolsHealth care administrators are the behind-the-scenes workers of any hospital or clinic. They manage the flow of health care services and health information to ensure the medical unit runs smoothly and patients receive the appropriate care. In some cases, the administrators ensure the facilities are up to state and federal code.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov, 2012) expects employment of health services managers to grow by up to 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the national average for all other professions. Intense growth is expected in the nursing care facility profession and managers of small practitioner offices.

Best health care management schools

Every year, U.S. News and World Report publish a ranking of colleges and universities on various subjects such as alumni size and student enrollment test scores. The following were 2011’s top five best graduate schools to attend for a degree in healthcare management

1.  University of Michigan

2.  University of Minnesota

3.  University of North Carolina

4.  The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

5.  University of Alabama

Health Care Administration Careers

The three primary healthcare administration career options are nursing home administration, hospital administration, and health information management. According to the BLS, medical and health services managers earned a national annual wage of $86,400 median in 2011, with the bottom ten percent earning $52,730 nationally and the top ten percent earning $147,890 nationally in 2011 (BLS.gov, 2012).

For additional in-depth job descriptions, salary information, and employment outlook information all from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, please visit our online health administration schools’ page.

Sources and further reading

Distance Education and Training Council

The U.S. Department of Education

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The American Health Information Management Association

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

The American Hospital Association

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

US News’ 2011 Top schools for healthcare management