Associate of Science in Healthcare Management

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Interested in healthcare management?

Healthcare Management DegreeWhen you think “healthcare,” doctors may be the first things that come to mind. But equally important to the operation of any physician practice or medical facility are healthcare managers. What is healthcare management? It’s a job that uses management software for medical practices, communication and other skills to ensure that healthcare facilities run smoothly and operate in compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Why should I earn a healthcare management degree?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the healthcare industry is expected to grow 33% from 2010–2020.* Because many support positions require only a certification or diploma, it’s possible that an associate of science degree could give you the skills – and edge – to grow into greater responsibilities, like office management roles.

How will I find the time for healthcare management courses?

Many UMA students balance life responsibilities with earning a healthcare management degree. Along with help from family and friends, we support you every step of the way, through access to advisors, instructors and SOAR, a free resource that helps with family issues, childcare sources, staying focused and motivated, legal matters and more.

What will I learn?

Compliance, software decision-making, communication, planning and organizing, a background in accounting from the viewpoint of management, financial principles and more. UMA’s healthcare management courses teach the skills needed to pursue an entry-level position – with the potential for growth into a healthcare management role. 

Course List and Program Information

Required Courses:
Core Courses (51 Credits)
Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
Medical Terminology and the Healthcare Claim Cycle I 5 Credits
Medical Terminology and the Healthcare Claim Cycle II 5 Credits
Medical Practice Management Systems 4.5 Credits
Accounting, Payroll, Banking and Accounting Systems 5 Credits
Business Office Operations for the Manager 5 Credits
Healthcare Law, Compliance, Ethics & Medical Record Management 6 Credits
Human Resource Management 6 Credits
Practice Structure and Enhancement 5.5 Credits
Introduction to Leadership and Management 3 Credits
General Education Courses (15 Credits / Arkansas Residents 18 Credits)
English Composition 3 Credits
English Composition II 3 Credits
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
College Math 3 Credits
General Biology 3 Credits
Total 66 Credits

*These programs include a clinical rotation. UMA students get 615 hours of clinical and simulation learning.
Associate Degree:
Online
Associate Degree:
74 weeks / 79 weeks for Arkansas residents*

*These program lengths are based upon average completion times. Your individual completion time may vary. Click to read more about student success.
Average Annual Salary for entry level Medical and Health Services Managers:*
$37,000
*Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes119111.htm.

How long will it take me to earn a healthcare management degree?

Most UMA students finish their healthcare management degree in as few as 17 months. That means you could be only a year and a half away from exciting new career possibilities.

What is online learning like?

Despite never having a commute or sitting in a classroom, you’re never far from other healthcare management degree students and staff support.

What about the cost?

Not sure how to pay for your healthcare management courses and education? Talk to UMA’s Financial Aid Advisors. Federal financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Jobs for health services managers will grow faster than the national average from 2010–2020!

Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm

 

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, click here.

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What about financial aid?

Have questions? Need help figuring out how to pay for your education? Financial aid is available for those who qualify – and our financial aid advisors can help you figure out if you’re one of them.

What happens after I graduate?

Finishing your general education and healthcare management courses means you graduate with a healthcare management degree. With your degree in hand, you can move into an entry-level career and start working toward management roles in doctor offices, home health facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and more.

How will I find a job?

With our support! UMA students are never alone in their job search. When you graduate with your healthcare management degree, our Career Services department  helps you with your employment search. We also support you with interview practice and tips, resume writing and more!

Interested? Let’s talk.

Don’t just wonder a career in healthcare management – start preparing! Give us a call at 888-205-2510. We’d love to answer all your questions – and help you get on your way to a rewarding career.