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Healthcare Administration – Associate of Applied Science

A successful medical operation relies on the organization and leadership of healthcare administrators. Also known as healthcare managers, these professionals are responsible for carefully planning and coordinating healthcare delivery.

Healthcare administrators work in a range of fields and healthcare settings. Some are specialists and supervise a specific practice area or department. Others are generalists and are responsible for an entire healthcare facility.

Healthcare administrators must possess solid communication skills as they interact with a variety of people in a professional office environment. One of the biggest satisfactions of working in the healthcare field is the knowledge that one is truly helping to make a difference in the lives of others.

Teresa Kappler“Treat it as you're working a job and be professional. Make sure you organize your time so you have time to study and time to have fun.“Teresa Kappler, Healthcare Administration Student

Program Details

Vocational Objective

The Healthcare Administration program combines a foundation in medical administration with a thorough understanding of computer applications, solid ground­work in accounting and courses in human resource and organization management. This combination is designed to prepare the student for administration careers in the healthcare industry. Students learn through a combination of lecture, labs and simulation. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the application of management principles to the healthcare environment and be prepared for entry level administrative positions.

Students may be required to pass criminal background checks, drug screens and complete certain vaccines in order to be employed in the healthcare industry. Individuals with criminal backgrounds may have difficulty securing employment in the field. Prior to enrolling in this program, students should research what future employers require in order to determine how this may affect their chances of becoming employed.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration at Pioneer Pacific College, the graduate will be expected to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare/medical environment and how technology relates to the day-to-day workflow of a hospital or physician’s office.
    • Apply the principles of healthcare administration (i.e. coding, billing, and practice management systems) to various healthcare settings.
    • Describe and apply principles of the revenue cycle to healthcare settings.
    • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic principles of organizational and human resource management in the healthcare setting.

How long will it take me to complete this program?

The program is designed to take 60 academic weeks to complete. 73% of graduates from this program finished in this time.

What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2014-2015 is 73%.

Locations offering Healthcare Administration

Possible completion

  • 60 academic weeks

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Typical Jobs

Administrative Assistant
Patient Access Specialist
Front Office
Healthcare Administration
Medical Claims and Billing

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