Health Care Systems Administration
- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Health Care Systems Administration?
As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for skilled health care managers also increases. Employment is expected to grow faster than average with the fastest growth in home health agencies, residential care facilities and practitioners' offices and clinics. This program has been designed in two formats, one for students who enter the program either as freshmen or who transfer into the program after having completed an associate degree and the second for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree while enrolled in a clinical associate degree program.
The course work, which includes courses in management, marketing, accounting, quality assurance, health care finance, health care planning and long-term care management prepares you to work in many areas in health-care. Graduates are able to apply for an entry level administration position or enter graduate school to earn a master's degree.
In addition, the Health Care Systems Administration program also offers the option of a Long Term Care concentration which prepares students for leadership and administrative roles within the Long Term Care area of healthcare. As the healthcare system adjusts to providing care and services to a large aging population, this field affords many opportunities for graduates. See the program page for course informtion.
General education requirements may be taken at a local college or university and transferred to fulfill Ferris graduation requirements. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be earned at Ferris in order for the degree to be granted.
The term 'health services manager' encompasses individuals in many different positions who plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. Health services managers include both generalists (administrators who manage or help to manage an entire facility or system), and health specialists (managers in charge of specific departments or services found only in the health care industry).
Earnings of health services managers vary by type and size of facility, level of responsibility and geographic region. The May 2017 Occupational Employment and Wages Report distributed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the following:
Medical and Health Services Managers 2017 median pay is $93,360 per year.
Job outlook: 20% (much faster than average)
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