Becoming a Healthcare Manager


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“Becoming a Healthcare Manager” provides concise information about the role of healthcare managers and shares useful tips for those who envision becoming a healthcare manager. The article also discusses about pertinent education which equip you with the competencies to work as a healthcare manger.

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Becoming a Healthcare Manager

  1. 1. Becoming a Healthcare ManagerIf you thought that the field of healthcare involves only direct patient care and requires extensiveschooling to break into, think again! The healthcare profession depends upon the people whowork behind the scenes to make sure that the business of healthcare runs efficiently. Theseprofessionals, called healthcare managers or healthcare administrators, occupy key managementpositions in a variety of medical facilities.Healthcare managers perform duties ranging from budgeting and personnel management tomaintaining patient records and developing organization-wide policies. These health servicesmanagers work long and hard to ensure the smooth delivery of healthcare to their patients.Interested in becoming a healthcare manager? Read on.Start EarlyIf you decide that healthcare services is your calling in life, then it can help to start preparing whileyou’re still in high school. Taking more intellectually rigorous courses such as science, math,English, psychology, and business will lay the educational foundation for becoming a healthcaremanager.The next step is to get a college degree, and there are a number of healthcare degree options ifyou want to enter the healthcare services field. You simply need to choose the academic programthat meets your educational and career objectives.While graduates can often enter the profession once they’ve completed their bachelor’s degree,and then work their way up the corporate ladder. Some entry-level positions, especially in smallerhealthcare facilities, are often open to those who have an undergraduate healthcareadministration degree.Since the job of a healthcare manager involves making a lot of independent and strategicdecisions, the minimum required credential for a senior position is a Master’s in healthcareadministration or a related degree. Obviously, this degree can be acquired only after completingan undergraduate degree in a related field. Some graduate programs may also demand a year ormore of work experience in clinical or administrative positions before graduation.Get ExperienceBecause of increasing competition in the field, just getting a relevant college degree may notsuffice when you’re hunting for a job. Hands-on industry experience while in college may give youan edge when competing for opportunities. Some academic programs may include a mandatoryexternship, but if the program you choose doesn’t require one, get out there and look for paid orunpaid internships at healthcare facilities near you. Find out if your college offers cooperativeeducation employment—such programs allow students to work in their fields of study while theypursue their degrees. Even consider volunteering at a healthcare center. Working in closeproximity with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals is extremely valuable not onlyprofessionally but personally, as you work your way towards entering the healthcare field.Skill DevelopmentLike any other manager, a health services manager is expected to demonstrate above-averagecommunication, interpersonal, leadership, and problem-solving skills. The nature of this job alsodemands that healthcare administrators display an ability to work under pressure. While someskills required for becoming a healthcare manager can be acquired, others are inherent.
  2. 2. Do you have the personality traits necessary to succeed? Are you willing to work toward the rightcombination of education, experience, and skills? Then you have what it takes to become ahealth services manager.