OVERVIEW OF THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ALLIED HEALTH ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM
This program is for individuals with an associate degree in a health care program. It is a comprehensive program designed to provide health professionals with the education to become health care managers and assistant administrators. The curriculum is directed toward developing the management, problem solving, finance, and interpersonal skills that are common to a variety of health care organizations.
Healthcare is a business and, like every other business, it needs good management to keep it running smoothly. A master’s degree in health services administration, long-term care administration, health sciences, public health, public administration, or business administration is the standard credential for most top level administrator positions in health care. Graduates with a bachelor's degree are prepared to work in entry level management positions or as assistant administrators.
Large facilities usually have several assistant administrators to aid the top administrator and to handle daily decisions. Assistant administrators may direct activities in clinical areas such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. In smaller facilities, administrators handle more of the details of daily operations. For example, many nursing home administrators manage personnel, finance, facility operations, and admissions, and have a larger role in resident care.
Medical and health services managers held about 250,000 jobs in 2008. About 37 percent worked in hospitals, and another 17 percent worked in offices of physicians or nursing care facilities. The remainder worked mostly in home healthcare services, Federal government healthcare facilities, ambulatory facilities run by State and local governments, outpatient care centers, insurance carriers, and community care facilities for the elderly.