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Online Colleges for Health Care Management

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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2015-16

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2015-16 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  5. Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Health care management is a field full of learning opportunities, whether an individual is enrolled in school or already working in the field. Earning an online degree in health care management can help students to learn career-oriented skills in areas such as administration, leadership, management and professionalism. Positions for graduates may be available in hospitals, clinics, care facilities and similar settings.

Online associate, bachelor's and even master's degree programs can be pursued in health care management, with coursework in accounting, business, health care, records and technology. Some online colleges for health care management even offer opportunities to focus on a specialization, earn transfer credits, pursue electives or access an online library. Furthermore, many of these programs involve completion of a capstone project or an internship, both hands-on experiences that can help online students to build practical connections within their learning.

Best Online Colleges for Health Care Management

Rankings can help prospective students to determine what online school or college might be the best for them. This list of the top 10 online colleges for health care management was put together using information from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). More details on our methodology are provided at the bottom of this page.

1

National American University-Colorado Springs (North)

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,755
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
93%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32
School Type
4-year

Students looking for online degree programs for healthcare management can find a distance-learning option through National American University-Colorado Springs (North). This university has campuses throughout several U.S. states, but also offers online degree programs from the undergraduate to graduate level, far beyond its campus boundaries.

Through its College of Health & Sciences, the university offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management degree completion program. Designed with nontraditional students in mind, the program may allow students to transfer a previously earned associate degree or credits toward its completion. The Desire2Learn learning hub is used by students to access online coursework. Other online resources are available through NAU-Colorado Springs' online library and student portal.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

1915 Jamboree Drive, Suite 185
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
 
2

Herzing University-Madison

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,390
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
96%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
33
School Type
4-year

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management degree program available through Herzing University focuses on leadership, academic learning and the opportunity for specialization. In fact, students in this online program can choose up to two concentrations: leadership, managed care, a combination of both, or even a self-determined concentration, such as medical assisting or billing.

Up to 12 credits of Herzing's health care management bachelor's program can also be counted towards the university's MBA in Health Care Management degree program, helping qualifying students to earn a head start on their graduate education. Students of the bachelor's program can also earn credits by completing specific industry certifications.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

5218 E. Terrace Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53718
 
3

Pitt Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$1,929
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25
School Type
2-year

Both clinical- and administrative-oriented people may be interested in the online associate in health care management technology degree and certificate programs available through Pitt Community College. The college, which is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, was founded in 1961 as an industrial education center. It uses the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver curriculum coursework to its students, as well as the Ed2Go course catalog.

PCC's associate in health care management technology program, which includes coursework in accounting and business, can be completed in as little as five semesters, including a summer semester between the first and second year of school. A two-credit work experience included in the final semester may offer an opportunity to build hands-on skills.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Location:

1986 Pitt Tech Road
Winterville, North Carolina 28590
 
4

Guilford Technical Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,328
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
2-year

Among available online colleges for health care management is Guilford Technical Community College, which includes an online associate in health care management technology program among its options for study. This Associate of Applied Science degree program can be completed in five semesters and includes health care management technology coursework, as well as classes in accounting, communication and marketing. Several electives can also be pursued.

Students interested in the online program are asked to complete a required "Online Success Seminar" to help them understand the expectations for distance-based learning. The school's Titan email service and Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) help students connect to learning in their program, and technical assistance is available five days of the week.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

601 High Point Road
Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
 
5

University of Phoenix-Georgia

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,840
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
49%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
31
School Type
4-year

The College of Health Sciences at the University of Phoenix-Georgia (UOPX) offers an online Bachelor's of Science in health administration degree program with a concentration in health management, featuring leadership theory and planning as major components. Student information can be accessed through the university's ePortal, while other resources such as the university library, a mobile app and even a private social network can help online students to connect with others.

UOPX goes out of its way to assist its students with their distance education. Students can earn credit by testing and/or credit for military training, and resources such as career services, math and writing assistance and even transfer opportunities can contribute to student success.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

8200 Roberts Drive
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350
 
6

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,540
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
97%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41
School Type
4-year

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs makes its online Bachelor of Science in health care management degree program accessible to interested students by virtue of its open admissions policy. Such a policy means that CTU-Colorado Springs accepts any applicants so long as they have earned a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

The program's coursework is meant to help students to learn more about business-related skills such as community relations, finance and human resource management. Furthermore, this online program has multiple start dates throughout the year, and students may be able to transfer prior credit, military training or work experience in towards their completion. A concentration in health informatics is also available as part of this program, for students who are interested.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

4435 N. Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907-3812
 
7

Davenport University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$16,726
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
69%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52
School Type
4-year

An online MBA degree program with a health care management concentration is available to students at Davenport University. This private, nonprofit university celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016.

Davenport's MBA program in health care management comprises 39 credits, with a curriculum spanning accounting, business, finance and, of course, health care management. Students interested in this program are expected to take six courses in the core area of the concentration, then complete a final capstone project as a way to synthesize all their learning. Students can access their online coursework and lectures through the school's Global Campus, which uses the Blackboard learning platform.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Comission

Location:

6191 Kraft Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512-9396
 
8

University of Minnesota-Crookston

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

The online Bachelor of Science in health management degree program available through the University of Minnesota-Crookston emphasizes managerial skills and knowledge of administration, computers and health care systems. In fact, graduates of the program are generally eligible to sit for the state's licensing exam in nursing home administration.

The health care degree program is available completely online, as well as on-campus, but it does require one course to be taken during the summer between the second and third year. Electives are incorporated into the degree, generally in the last three semesters, while an internship in the last semester helps both online and on-campus students to participate in hands-on experiences.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

2900 University Avenue
Crookston, Minnesota 56716-5001
 
9

Miller-Motte College-Wilmington

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
N/A

Individuals looking for online degree programs for health care management may be interested in Miller-Motte College-Wilmington. Miller-Motte offers a variety of career-oriented programs online; in fact, the school's Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Management degree program is offered exclusively online. This health management degree program is comprised of three general focuses: general education; theory; and applied learning with the intent of developing practical working knowledge. Coursework touches on allied health, accounting, business, math and other related subjects.

Miller-Motte strives to supply helpful resources to its online students, such as career assessment tools, advising and tutoring. Students may also be pleased to learn that the college has an open admissions policy, accepting any applicants who have earned at least a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Location:

5000 Market Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
 
10

Lenoir Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,551
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
70%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
20
School Type
2-year

The online Associate of Applied Science in health care management technology degree program at Lenoir Community College can be completed over five semesters, including a summer session between the first and second year. Students enrolled in this online program are expected to learn about directing, organizing and planning in a health care environment, as well as legal and ethical issues related to the subject.

Online students can build their academic network at Lenoir in various ways, including through LancerMAIL, the LancerLogin and the Moodle Learning Platform. Online tutoring and advising is also available to the community college's distance students. With so many other positives, the open admissions policy used by the school is really the icing on the cake.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

231 Highway 58 South
Kinston, North Carolina 28502-0188
 

Degree Overview: Health Care Management

Health care management degree programs can provide career preparation to those who aspire to utilize their business expertise in a health care environment. In this section, we'll discuss the online courses that students may take during their programs, as well as the skills they might acquire during the course of their studies.

Online Health Care Management Courses

Online colleges for health care management typically use coursework to introduce students to the unique challenges that leaders in the field face. The following are examples of the classes students may be required to take in order to complete their degree programs.

  • Medical office management:Managing a medical office requires specific knowledge and skills, so students may be expected to take this course to learn the procedures, terminology and issues related to these types of workplaces. Course topics may include insurance coding and processing, diagnostic equipment, patient interaction, and safety protocols.
  • Organizational behavior: This course can help students develop their leadership skills by exposing them to managerial strategies and theories. The curriculum may cover employee motivation, cooperative decision making, power, and participative management.
  • Health care informatics: A successful health care manager must be highly literate in the industry technology, and health care informatics courses can help them gain this expertise. Coursework may cover database development, record storage and retrieval, and the ethical and legal issues associated with health care informatics.
  • Health law and policy: The regulations that govern the health care industry can change at any moment, so it's imperative for health care management professionals to keep abreast of new developments. Health law and policy courses can provide information on legal principles students should know, as well as the cultural, political and socioeconomic factors that influence these regulations.

Career-Related Skills to Develop

Many skills can prove useful for handling the fast-paced environment of the health care industry. Students enrolled in health care management degree programs should be on the lookout for opportunities to develop skills such as:

  • Legal knowledge: The rules and regulations of the health care industry are complicated and constantly evolving. People in the health care management field must be able to keep abreast of new developments in the law, and understand what these changes mean for their facility.
  • Staff development: Health care managers need a good team in order to keep their facility running smoothly, so they must be able to evaluate and choose the right people to work for them. After they have hired staff members, these professionals also must be able to train, supervise and, if needed, reprimand them.
  • Communication skills: Communication is a crucial part of keeping a health care facility in compliance with the law. Health care managers must be able to convey complicated regulatory information to others in a way they will understand. This requires strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Process improvement: Every health care business has a series of processes that help the facility run efficiently and effectively. Not only do health care managers need to implement these processes, they must also be able to update them based on changes in the industry.

Health Care Management Career Outlook

Students who enroll in online colleges for health care management often receive a rigorous education that is designed to prepare them for a rewarding, yet challenging, career path. This section provides some examples of the careers graduates can pursue using the business acumen that can be acquired in these programs, including information on job duties and the education expectations employers may have.

Health Services Manager
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$109,370
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
36,400
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
19.8
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
When it comes to the operations of any health care facility, the buck stops with medical and health services managers. From recruiting staff to drafting annual budgets to meeting with boards and investors, these professionals are tasked with ensuring that hospitals, outpatient care centers, private medical practices and government-run health care facilities are meeting patients' needs while operating in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This is a tremendous responsibility, so people who enter this job are frequently held to high standards. In order to earn a position as a health services manager, also called a health care administrator or health care executive, candidates must complete at least a health-related bachelor's degree program -- although in many cases, employers give preference to those with an advanced degree.
Administrative Services Manager
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$98,930
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
26,200
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
10.1
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
Administrative services managers keep the operations of health care facilities running smoothly by performing duties such as ensuring the equipment of an office gets repairs when needed, managing office records, and keeping the facility safe and secure. In addition, these professionals manage the administrative and clerical workers in an organization. Generally, in order to land these jobs, employers look for graduates who have completed a bachelor's degree. Knowledge of facility management, information management and business can all be useful in this position. In addition, some administrative services managers distinguish themselves by earning a credential from the International Facility Management Association, the Institute of Certified Records Managers or ARMA International.
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