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Health Services Management

Online Bachelor's Degree

Health Services Management

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Earn Your Health Services Management Degree Online

Train for a career in healthcare administration.

Medical and health service managers are the backbone of healthcare environments. They provide clear order and structure that allows hands-on medical workers to focus on patients rather than operations. Their leadership can make a difference in fast-paced medical settings.

If you are organized and skilled in leadership, a career in health service management could be right for you. At Virginia College, we offer an online bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management that is designed to help you advance your current career or start a new one. We can prepare you with a practical foundation that is relevant to real-world medical and health service manager jobs.

If you have previous college credit, up to 90 credit hours can be transferred toward completion of your bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management.

An Online Health Services Management Program for Your Busy Life

We offer a flexible healthcare administration program for people who want to complete a health-based, interdisciplinary bachelor’s program on a full-time or part-time basis — depending on their work load — in a convenient online learning format. This program is designed for those who want to make an initial entry into this exciting field or for those who seek advancement in an existing career field.

Virginia College’s Healthcare Management program focuses on enhancing your professional skills and strengthening your ability to interact with an increasingly diverse medical community. Our healthcare administration courses are designed to help you develop the ability to plan, direct or coordinate health services in a variety of medical facilities.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the evolution of our current healthcare system as well as gain skills in strategic planning, streamlining operations, basic accounting procedures and the fundamentals of financial management.

Topics covered in health service classes:

  • Medical terminology and structure and functions of the body
  • Accounting principles for healthcare environments
  • Functions and responsibilities of mid-level managers
  • Team building, conflict resolution and leadership
  • Statistics for healthcare professionals
  • Medical law and ethics, including HIPAA and OSHA
  • Strategic human resource management and planning
  • Ethical and cost-effective decision-making in healthcare
  • Assuring quality care with budget constraints

Preparing You for Healthcare Administration Careers

Working in health service administration takes leadership abilities, business knowledge and a basic understanding of medical processes. Good health service managers understand how to manage people, finances and day-to-day operations. Our program aims to prepare you for these aspects of health services management jobs.

Graduates of our online Health Services Management program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate eligibility for management positions in the health services industry
  • Write and speak effectively, read and listen critically, and handle learning resources effectively
  • Read, analyze and use financial statements and budgets for healthcare settings
  • Interpret and analyze healthcare and historical data
  • Identify the human values which govern responsible moral choice and apply fundamental human beliefs in a critical and reasoned manner
  • Expand practice capabilities
  • Enhance interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration
  • Coordinate a job search

Health Services Management Jobs

With a degree in healthcare administration, there are many opportunities you can pursue. We are here to help you find the right one. After graduating from our Health Services Management program, you may have the qualifications to pursue entry-level management positions in a number of healthcare organizations including the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private and group practices
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Home health agencies

Virginia College’s Career Development department specializes in helping new graduates prepare for the job market. If you need help with your resume, job interview techniques or even finding job leads, we can assist you. While it’s ultimately up to you to find a job, we are here to support you during the process.

What Is Health Services Management?

Health services management is the business aspect of operating healthcare facilities. It drives the behind-the-scenes administration, human resources and financial management of medical offices and is how productive and safe work environments are created and sustained. Organizations rely on health services management to run safely and effectively.

What do health services managers do?

  • Manage, organize and delegate administrative duties
  • Oversee billing and coding activities
  • Plan and coordinate healthcare services
  • Handle day-to-day operations
  • Streamline processes and set priorities
  • Ensure compliance with medical laws
  • Organize facility records
  • Represent the organization to customers
  • Act as a liaison between medical and administrative staff
  • Maintain budget
  • Handle customer relations and complaints

Health Services Management Salary Outlook

The demand for qualified health services managers is strong — and outpacing the supply. A recent estimate projects that this field is projected to grow by 17% through 2024. That growth rate is much higher than the average for all occupations.*

A career in health services administration can be rewarding both personally and professionally. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average health services manager salary is $94,500 per year.* Experience, certifications, job title, location and other variables help determine what professionals in this field actually earn.

Get started today.

You could train for the skills to pursue a career in health management. Complete the Request More Information form today to learn more about the online bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management at Virginia College.

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Why get an online degree from Virginia College?

Virginia College's flexible online associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs allow you to do school work when you have time — and wherever there is an Internet connection. Our programs meet the needs of people who are busy balancing work, family, military or other obligations. In addition to flexibility and convenience, we offer:

  • The most direct path to your new career
  • Career placement assistance
  • No hidden fees
  • Personalized service centered around you
  • Instructors with real-world experience

How to pay for your online degree

One of the first questions many of our prospective online students ask is, "How will I pay for college?" The Financial Planning department at Virginia College is prepared to discuss how a combination of scholarships, Pell grants and student loans are available to those who qualify. It can be a complicated process, but we are here, ready to help you make the best decisions.

To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with a financial planning associate.

Get started with your online degree

Want to get a degree through Virginia College Online Programs? Here are a few simple steps to help you get started:

  • Explore our list of available online degree programs.
  • Fill out our Request More Information form or give us a call at (888) 827-7770 to speak with an Admissions Representative.
  • Ready to enroll? Create a new student account online. The account is free, and it is the starting point for the application process.

Learn more about our application process on our Admissions page.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, (accessed August 2016). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual growth or any particular salary.

Note: The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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