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Opportunities in Healthcare Administration

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The increasingly complex field of healthcare has been growing at a rapid rate. For this reason, Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers healthcare degrees to advance students’ ability to creatively respond to changes in nursing, direct care and health administration fields.

In particular, the field of healthcare administration is growing faster than average. Therefore, careers in this field are in extremely high demand. Healthcare administrators are responsible for managing and organizing medical services in a variety of different settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes and health agencies.

If you are passionate about healthcare, now is the perfect time to pursue your education. At GCU, a variety of different degree programs are available to students who are interested in the field of healthcare administration.

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration prepares students for entry-level supervisory and mid-level management roles in healthcare organizations. The program is designed for students wanting to enter the field and advance from clinical roles to supervisory roles. In addition, it is a great starting point for students who want to pursue a master’s degree and acquire management and executive positions.

In this healthcare administration degree program, students have opportunities to gain experience in project management, teamwork and leadership. They learn to implement management strategies and managerial skills to successfully work in teams, lead teams, build cross-functional teams and facilitate collaborative decision-making. With a combination of business and healthcare knowledge, graduates of this program will be equipped for administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health organizations, government health departments and other health organizations.

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

With a master’s in Health Care Administration, students learn the skills to create and enforce solutions to address healthcare challenges of today. Graduates are prepared to work in middle to upper management positions in both for-profit or nonprofit organizations, such as health and wellness organizations, clinics, ambulatory care and health services companies. In addition, graduates can work for other kinds of healthcare organizations such as insurance companies, governmental health agencies and medical equipment manufacturers.

While in the program, students study a variety of topics, such as contemporary care delivery models, healthcare policies and economics, legal and ethical principles in healthcare and marketing communication strategies. In addition, a capstone course concluding the program gives students a chance to develop a comprehensive research project, plan or proposal that addresses an issue in the field of healthcare. This valuable experience will prepare students to pursue employment in the field or further their education.

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Care Administration

GCU’s EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Care Administration is designed for those wanting to advance their leadership skills in healthcare administration. The courses within the program help learners grow in their leadership and research skills, which can be applied to organizational settings. In addition, the this healthcare administration degree covers modern topics and issues in the healthcare industry as well as the many levels of regulations of which healthcare administrators must be informed.

Graduates of the doctor of health administration program can become effective leaders in their field, understanding how to create and maintain a collaborative community and encourage employees to reach their potential. Throughout the doctoral journey, learners promote organizational excellence by creating a culture of shared values, and understand the importance of assessing the current culture of an organization and learn innovative approaches to promote continuous improvement. As a result, graduates are able to create positive organizational work environments wherever they go.

The growing field of healthcare administration is full of opportunity. Whether you are new to the field or you want to further your education, a healthcare degree from Grand Canyon University can prepare you to become an effective leader of healthcare organizations. Request more information to explore the wide variety of degree programs offered by GCU.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a junior majoring in communications at GCU.