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Healthcare Administration (BS)

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration is designed to develop skills in health management including health policy, finance, ethics and human resources. Program objectives include: (1) developing human-relations skills that enable graduates to work effectively as group members and to organize and delegate tasks, (2) utilizing practices that ensure health information is accurate and safeguarded, (3) developing practices and policies required to meet short- and long-range needs and opportunities, (4) developing leadership strategies and skills, and (5) recognizing the importance of medical and business ethics and social responsibility in healthcare operations.

Graduates receive training for entry-level jobs such as:

  • Community Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Program Manager
  • Practice Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Health Information Manager
  • Social Services Assistant

Graduates may find entry-level employment in:

  • Hospitals
  • Urgent-care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Insurance Companies
  • Home healthcare agencies

If you are driven by making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and the wellness of communities, you may already have a start on some of the skills needed for a successful career working in settings such as:

  • Non-profit organization
  • Foundation or civic group
  • Federal, state or local health agency
  • Public health department
  • Behavioral health facility

In our 48 month program, you will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Understand laws, including privacy, and how they impact the work of those in HHS
  • Interview, evaluate needs and help assist with client cases
  • Locate programs for citizens in the community
  • Understand social services funding and welfare programs
  • Work with clients of all ages from children to the elderly
  • Perform basic computer tasks and utilize Microsoft Office software
  • Employ critical thinking skills
  • Practice problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Communicate
  • Manage your time including goal setting techniques and effective study skills
  • Interact in a group dynamic
  • Prepare for an interview
  • Search for a job
  • Perform best behavior practices for the workplace

Note: Completion times vary by individual.

Employers Look for the Following Skills and Abilities:

  • Attention to Detail — requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity — requires being honest and ethical.
  • Business and Management Principles – requires being involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Services – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administrative and Clerical Procedures and Systems – Knowledge of word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Personnel Management – Knowledge of procedures for recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Speaking — talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Problem Solving — using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the career field for Healthcare Administration is a high employment growth field. Graduates from Vista College’s Healthcare Administration program will have the opportunity to learn employer work activities including:

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — providing information by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Interacting with Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Processing Information — compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2018) $16.22 hourly, $33,750 annual..

There is a wide range of earning potential for qualified people in this career field. Vista is here to help you receive the training you need to be qualified to join this healthcare group.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data.

Employment is projected to grow from 2016 to 2026 much faster than the average rate for all occupations (Much faster than average = 15% or higher).

Note: Salaries provided are the median for all hires. New graduates should expect entry level wages and pay may vary according to location and other factors.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 employment projections.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211093.htm

Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-and-human-service-assistants.htm

Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9111.00