Health Care Management Associate Degree -Gettysburg/Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York
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Health Care Management program is ideal for students who are not actively credentialed and working in health care and are seeking a career in health care administration.
Students who are actively credentialed health care professionals currently working in their fields may be qualified for the Health Science degree (with options in management/marketing, medical administration, gerontology or social service), where they can receive 15-30 credits toward graduation for that credential and receive a similar degree (yet require fewer courses).
Description of Occupation - Health care managers plan and supervise the delivery of health care. Clinical managers often have previous training or experience in their specific area. Small group practices usually employ one health service manager to handle all of the duties while larger medical groups often employ a chief administrator and several assistants. Managers in HMOs and other managed care settings perform more community outreach and preventative care work than those in a group practice. Because facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals operate around the clock, most health services managers work long hours and may be called at all hours to deal with problems.
Program Entry Requirements – Health care management has no program entry requirements. If you have no active health care credential, contact a Health Care Management advisor.
If you have a health care credential, contact Vicki Gentzel (717-780-1992) to determine if your credential is approved for Health Science. You can receive 15-30 credits for your credential and current employment in the field. Health science requires students to be actively credentialed health care professionals currently working in their fields.
Length of Program and College Degree Conferred – The health care management degree is 63 credits which can be completed in two years or at the student's own pace.
Employment Outlook – A master's degree is preferred for most manager positions, but a bachelor's degree and/or work experience may be accepted at smaller facilities. Opportunities will be best in home health care agencies, residential facilities, and physicians' offices. Long work hours are common at hospitals and nursing homes.
Salary Range - Will vary according to level and type of employment.
Educational Advancement - Franklin University offers a BS in Allied Healthcare Management; Shippensburg University offers a BS in Healthcare Administration; Lebanon Valley College offers a part-time evening BS in Health Care Management; Immaculata University offers a BA in Health Care Management part-time evenings at HACC's Lancaster campus, Fort Indiantown Gap and on-line.
Health Careers for information about how to get started
If you are a current HACC student and need to talk to an advisor:
Harrisburg: Michelle Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org 717-780-2494 or Maureen Osborne, email@example.com For appointment: 717-780-2327
Lebanon: Ann Burris, firstname.lastname@example.org For appointment: 717-270-4222
Lancaster: Susan Herr, email@example.com For appointment: 717-358-2988
Gettysburg: Mary Bottorf For appointment: 717-337-3855
York: Janet Rich, firstname.lastname@example.org For appointment: 717-718-0328, ext. 513513.