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Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management | Clinical Degree in Health Care  | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management | Clinical Degree in Health Care

About OU’s Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management (Clinical)

Are you interested in earning a degree in health care administration? The clinical track of Ottawa University’s accelerated, online Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management will help current health care professionals learn what it takes to keep their institutions operating efficiently and fiscally, so they can continue helping people live better, healthier lives. Healthcare is a growing field, in every way. While there continues to be great demand for doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners, there is also a rising need for the office professionals and administrators that maintain health care operations. These are roles you could fill by earning OU’s health care management degree.

This accelerated, online Health Care Management program promotes an understanding of complex, evolving and integrated health care and reimbursement systems. Students analyze perspectives, methods, and values associated with the delivery and financing of health services. They learn to evaluate client needs, fiscal constraints, management practices, ethical principles, public policies, and promotional strategies of the health care institution. System designs to discover ways to meet the growing demands for affordable, efficient, responsible, and effective health care are considered. This major promotes organizational insight and managerial ability for those who desire leadership positions in health-related organizations. It is especially suitable for health care professionals with technical/clinical training. 

Clinical Track

The clinical track enables those who currently have a registry or license (for example, a radiologist, occupational therapist or registered nurse) to transfer in a minimum of 30 hours of clinical/laboratory coursework and then complete the necessary core courses to earn the degree.

This concentration specifically caters to professionals with an associate degree in a clinical field or 30 credit hours in professional clinical training. Take a closer look at the primary credentials for this degree. If you hold a post-primary credential, you may be able to apply additional upper division credit. If you followed an alternative educational pathway for your primary credential or hold a post-primary credential, OU’s enrollment advisors can help with credit evaluation.

Perspective on the Health Care Management Degree

“Medical and health services managers plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. These works are either specialists in charge of a specific clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or system.”

View a compelling testimonial from one of OU’s Health Care Management graduates.

If you’re ready to learn more about the Health Care Management undergraduate degree programcontact us today!

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Education and Qualifications

Medical and health services managers must be familiar with management principles and practices. For supervisory positions, a bachelor’s degree is normally required. Some careers in health care administration require an advanced degree. As our students pursue their bachelor degrees in Health Care Management, they often consider earning a Master of Arts in Leadership or a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Population Health/Health Care Management.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.

Careers in Health Care Management (Clinical)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of people employed as managers in the health service industry will increase by 32% through 2029. The median annual wage in health care management positions was $100,980 in May 2019. The lowest 10% earned less than $58,820, and the highest 10% earned more than $189,000.

The need for people with skills and expertise will increase as careers in health care management systems become more in-demand and more complex. Graduates can pursue health care management and administration career options in settings such as hospitals, residential care facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies, ambulatory services, and group medical practices. Medical and health services managers typically have training or experience in both health and management. Other occupations requiring knowledge of both fields are insurance underwriters and social and community service managers.

Health Care Management careers may include:

  • Assisted Living Administrator
  • Clinical Director
  • Clinical Manager
  • Consulting Health Care Administrator
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Health Care Clinic Manager
  • Health Care Finance Manager
  • Health Care Human Resources Manager
  • Health Care Risk Manager
  • Health Information Manager
  • Health Care Manager
  • Home Health Care Administrator
  • Hospice Administrator
  • Hospital Health Care Manager
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Mental Health Facility Administrator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Pharmaceutical Administrator
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Manager
  • Physician Practice Manager
  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Quality and Improvement Manager
  • Rehabilitation Manager

Health Care Management Major Courses (Clinical Track)

Planning and Budgeting in Health Care | OAD 36020 (4 credit hours)
Addresses basic budgeting and management systems applicable to various health care industries. Examines development of business budgets using tools and models such as balance sheets, income statements, cash flow analysis, time value of money concepts and project planning techniques specific to health care organizations.

Human Resources in Health Care Organizations | OAD 38663 (4 credit hours)
Examines relationships between employer and employee. Topics Includes development of appropriate and legally prescribed standards for measuring work performance, compensation, labor-employee relations, and recruitment, selection, training, development, and appraisal of employees.

Health Care Law and Ethics | OAD 40654 (4 credit hours)
Explores case law affecting health care administration. Includes subjects such as health care reimbursement, patient access to health care, organization and operation of the health care business and medical staff relations. Examines ethical issues such as defining death and harvesting organs, withholding or withdrawing medical care, surrogate motherhood and maternal-fetal conflict and patient confidentiality and AIDS.

Health Care Policy and Regulation |  OAD 46000 (4 credit hours)
Examines the development of health care policy in the U.S. and the influences of societal, political, and economic environments on the health care industry. Explores the interaction of government and other regulatory agencies within the health care industries.

Quality in Health Care |  OAD 48400 (4 credit hours)
Examines the various aspects of quality: measurement, management, and improvement and how these are conducted in health care organizations.  Describes the relationship between quality and reimbursement, particularly in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, as well as the growing linkage to commercial payers.  Focuses on the theory of quality as well as the process, including studying examples of quality initiativs and organizations that promote quality efforts in health care organizations.

Management of Health Care Organizations |  OAD 48563 (4 credit hours)
Provides overview of management in health organizations with attention to management functions of planning, controlling and organizing. Emphasis on budgeting as application of planning and controlling. Covers setting of objectives, formulation of strategies, decision-making techniques of control, and different approaches to establishing authority and responsibility in organizations.

Seminar in Applied Health Care Management | OAD 49500 (4 credit hours)
Capstone course that guides students in integration of functional content areas in the field of health care management. Addresses health care management Issues and applies health care management theories and techniques to problems and cases through a process of decision-making.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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