Accredited Online Graduate Certificates in Health Administration

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As a result of an active and aging population, increases in the number and length of chronic conditions, expanding regulatory demand, and rising need for evidence-based accountability, the healthcare system is expanding and becoming more complex. As the system grows, more healthcare administrators will be needed to keep the healthcare system running, to keep care accessible to patients, and to ensure high quality of care at the most reasonable price point possible.

This systemic need is going to be so great that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) predicts that there will be an 18 percent growth in jobs in medical and health services management between 2018 and 2028. This will produce 71,600 new positions nationally, for a total of 477,700 jobs in the field. With a growth rate that is nearly four times higher than the average growth rate, medical professionals who are looking to grow with the medical industry have huge opportunities ahead of them.

Medical administrators are non-clinical professionals that may find themselves responsible for everything outside of patient care that keeps a healthcare organization running. Some medical administrators run entire hospitals, while others may be responsible for small clinics or departments within a larger institution. At any scale, medical administrators may find themselves responsible for tasks like budgeting, hiring, scheduling, compliance, development, managing insurance contracts, operations streamlining, and more.

For professionals who are currently working in the healthcare field, online graduate certificates can be a quick, affordable, and flexible way to shift into a healthcare leadership. Online graduate certificates in healthcare management allow students to learn at their own pace, and generally require 18 months of commitment or less.

Graduate certificates are ideal for professionals who want to test out a school’s program before committing to a full master’s degree. Most graduate certificate programs allow for any courses completed toward the certificate to be used toward completion of a master’s in health administration (MHA).

Keep reading to learn more about graduate certificate programs in healthcare administration.

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