healthcare administration

A Day in the Life of a Health Care Administrator

Health care administrators — also known as health services managers or health administrators — are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the effective delivery of health care for an entire facility or within a specific department in an organization.

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Career Outlook

As the health care field continues to explode with opportunity, health care administrators will be a reliable source for both public and private sector organizations that require a dedicated role for their day-to-day operational decisions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health services managers is projected to grow 23% from 2012 to 2022 — much faster than the average for other occupations. And the majority of those jobs will go to candidates with a master’s degree in health administration.

In 2012, Forbes Magazine ranked an MBA in Health Care Administration as one of the “Best Master's Degree For Jobs.”

A Day in the Life of a Health Care Administrator

Most Health Care Administration professionals work in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, home health care, and outpatient care centers. However, there are new roles now developing in public policy, accountable care organizations, and medical homes programs.

Some specific jobs you could obtain with the MBA in Health Care Administration include:

• Health Care Facility Manager/Director
• Hospital Administrator
• Clinic Supervisor
• Health Care Consultant or Services Director
• Quality Improvement Program Manager/Director
• Clinical Practice Manager/Director
• Physician in an Administrative Position
• Chief Nursing Officer
• Accountable Care Organization Director

As a health care administrator you can expect your first position to be focused in a particular area, such as finance, human resources, marketing, public relations, information systems, government relations, or in a specific medical division.

Instead of working directly with patients, you would be in charge of handling the long-term business policies that can improve the healthcare system for your community, as well as the overall efficiency of your organization.

On any given day you could find yourself reviewing financial reports, managing contracts, administering policies, speaking on behalf of your organization, tracking government regulations, or training a new member of your staff.

You would be required to wear “multiple hats” and tap into a wide set of skills and knowledge about your field.

The Next Step: CCU’s MBA in Health Care Administration

CCU’s Health Care Administration courses will prepare you to blend a focused business experience with the technical aspects of Health Care Administration.

You’ll integrate academics with moral principles from Scripture so you can grow as a servant leader, strengthen your ethical framework, and responsibly influence your profession.

Our MBA in Health Care Administration online allows you to address health care issues with expertise in bio-ethics; accreditation and legal requirements; complex payer systems; and operational strategies that address mission, cost, and revenue streams.


Colorado Christian University does not guarantee any job placement as a result of earning this or any other degrees offered by the university.

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