The healthcare field is an ever-growing market that can provide opportunities for individuals who want to move forward toward management and administrative positions. As one generation prepares for retirement, opportunities open up for the next. Both health service manager roles and healthcare administrator positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in a healthcare or a business related field and some experience working in a medical facility. Any position in healthcare usually lists the specific educational requirements in their job listings, but along with an appropriate bachelor’s or master’s degree and work experience, a certificate can be the right initial move toward securing a new position as a medical manager or administrator.
If you’re already working in the medical field and you’re looking for a way to explore more options without going back to school for a whole new degree, a certificate in Health Care Administration or Health Service Management could show a hiring team that you’re motivated to work toward a new position.
What’s the difference between health service management and health care administration? That’s a pretty good question since they’re very similar and require some of the same characteristics for the individuals filling those roles. Both require applicants to be organized, have experience working with budgets and spending, and stay in the know and compliant with any changes to healthcare laws and regulations. Other areas where these two roles overlap are in training and supervising new staff members, keeping investors and governing boards up-to-date, and staying in communication with nurses and physicians.
Without a doubt, both provide vital leadership and oversight to any healthcare organization, whether it’s a nursing home, physical therapist’s office, hospital, or other healthcare facility. However, health service managers help to develop and meet departmental goals and objectives while healthcare administrators have added responsibilities related to planning out work schedules for staff.
Washington Technical Institute provides certificates in both Health Service Management and Healthcare Administration for individuals who already have a background in either healthcare or business administration along with work experience within a medical facility. Either certificate is 15 credit hours, is self-paced and online, and can be completed in 8 months or fewer.
The Health Service Management certificate helps prepare you for the specialized aspects of that role by providing training in Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Health Insurance & Reimbursement, and Medical Billing and Coding. WTI’s Healthcare Administration Certificate provides a focus on terminology, delivery systems, and administration & management. Courses include training in Health Information Management, Ethics of Health Care, Medical Coding, Anatomy & Physiology, and Medical Terminology.
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Washington Technical Institute’s courses are perfect for today’s busy adults. They can be completed in a matter of months, with daily or bi-weekly start dates. Such flexible start dates make these programs unique and much more accessible for our students. Most of our certificates can be earned as a self-paced program, meaning that you can work at your own pace to complete your work, even finishing early if you have the time and motivation to do so. An additional benefit of WTI’s programs is that we offer affordable pricing and monthly payments to help our students leave school without debt.
Although our goal is to help our students graduate their programs with little to no debt, we also recognize that some students might need to utilize a loan for their educational investment. We are excited to announce our partnerships with Climb Credit or Ascent, student lending companies focused on financing career-building programs.
If you’re ready to enroll and start working on a plan for the personal and professional benefit of professional development, you can register for your program online through our website. Still have questions about our programs? Feel free to call us at 800-371-5581 or text us at 952-465-3702. Our admissions specialists will be happy to answer whatever questions you have.