Are you a big-picture kind of person? Do you excel at finding people’s strengths and delegating to accomplish goals successfully? If so, a career in Health Care Administration is for you!
Duties of a Health Care Administrator
Health Care Administrators work to oversee the day-to-day functions of various health care settings. Effective Health Care Administrators understand the importance of every individual’s contributions to a health care environment and may have worked as Dental Assistants, health information technicians, medical assistants, or other health care professionals.
Examples of commonly performed duties by Health Care Administrators may include:
- Budgeting and Financial Planning—A large part of running any organization is money management. Health Care Administrators work with a variety of people to manage facility budgets, determine marketing strategies, and complete basic Human Resource functions
- Policy Development and Evaluation—Since Health Care Administrators bridge the gap between health care providers and the governing bodies of the facilities in which providers operate, they act as advocates for patients and those providing direct patient care. HCAs represent the interests of multiple groups and have knowledge of the legalities of health care, so they are involved in the policy development and implementation process.
- Personnel Oversight—Health Care Administrators are often responsible for establishing work schedules, recruiting, training, and supervising personnel, in addition to communicating with department heads and other members of the medical staff.
Examples of important qualities of a Health Care Administrator include:
- Knowledge of Up-to-Date Health Care Legislation—Health Care Administrators are actively involved in the policy development and planning process. It is also the responsibility of the Health Care Administrator to ensure that the facility they manage is up-to-date and in compliance with new and existing laws and regulations.
- Effective Communication Skills—Health Care Administrators communicate both verbally and in writing on a daily basis, so it is important for those who choose this career to be able to communicate effectively.
- Time Management Skills—Health Care Administrators often work long hours. Most health care facilities operate continuously, so an administrator may be called in at all hours to resolve an urgent issue.
Examples of exciting Health Care Administrator work environments may include:
- General Practitioner / Specialty Doctor’s offices
- Government Agencies
- Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
- Health Insurance Agencies
If you are a detail-oriented person, who enjoys working behind the scenes, and is interested in the business of the medical field, then our Health Care Administration program may be for you! Whether you want to change careers or you just want more out of life, Arizona College offers a Health Care Administration degree program that will provide the education and experience needed to become a successful Health Care Administrator.
For more information on our Health Care Administration program, complete a request form and an Arizona College admissions representative will contact you. Don’t wait another day…take the first step toward this exciting career today!