Interprofessional Health Professions Collaboration

Health Services Administrator

Required Education & Licensure

A bachelor’s degree is required to be a health services administrator.  However, the licensure requirement is dependent upon the work setting.
Health care administrators who work as nursing home administrators must also pass the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) exam and obtain state licensure. Health care administrators in other sectors are not required to be licensed; however, voluntary certification is available through the American College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHA).

What do they do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healh services administrators work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services, keep up to date on new laws and regulations so that the facility in which they work complies with them, supervise assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to need them, manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing, create work schedules, represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards, keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used, and communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads.  See program descriptions at Armstrong Health Sciences

Where do they work?

The administration and management of health care programs in a variety of settings, including hospitals, group practices, the private sector, the health and fitness industry, sales, gerontology, and public health.

Professional associations

Salary

Data from the BLS shows that medical and health services managers earned a mean annual wage worth $98,460 in May 2012.