Working in the healthcare industry is a fun and potentially rewarding career. Though some people start out at the bottom and slowly work their way to the top, you can work your way through the ranks even faster when you have a graduate degree. Though Delaware is the smallest state in the country, it has two colleges that offer Master's in Healthcare Administration and similar fields. When you opt for an online program, you can continue working the job that you have now without worrying about missing work for school. These programs are open to students with an undergraduate healthcare or business degree.
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Strayer University, Christiana Campus
Health Services Administration Department
Named for its founder, Dr. Siebert Irving Strayer, Strayer Business College opened in 1892. After opening a second campus, it became Strayer College and offered courses outside of the business world. Strayer later opened campuses in a variety of different states. Many of those campuses offer classes inside business parks and existing structures without offering a separate campus for students. The Christiana campus is open six days a week and offers classes during the day and at night to better accommodate the schedules of its students. Certain undergraduate and graduate programs from the school are available online and on campus.
Master of Health Services Administration
The Master of Health Services Administration is a program offered by the school for students interested in working in the healthcare field. Administrators often handle scheduling of employees, ordering of new supplies, and other tasks often relating to the human resources field. Successful completion of the program requires taking 18 semester hours of core or required courses and 22.5 semester hours of courses relating to the major. Required courses include leadership and organizational behavior, managerial economics and globalization, health services organization, and quantitative methods. After taking those required classes, students take five courses: health services strategic marketing, health financial management, managerial epidemiology, health services human resource management, and a capstone course. The capstone course requires analysis of a specific case or topic relating to healthcare administration and determination of next steps. The project tests your knowledge and what you learned in the program.
Master of Business Administration: Health Services Administration Concentration
Healthcare administration refers to an extremely narrow topic, and some students find that they would prefer a more general degree. Strayer University now offers a Master of Business Administration with a healthcare administration concentration. This program lets you earn your MBA while still gaining some experience in the healthcare field. After graduation, you qualify to work in both the business and healthcare fields. The program requires that you take nine courses worth 40.5 semester hours in business topics and three courses on healthcare administration that are worth 13.5 semester hours. You must take at least 54 semester hours of classes before graduating, but some students take additional courses to concentrate in more than one area. Healthcare administration courses include health services organization, health financial management, and health care policy, law, and ethics. You'll learn the legal implications of working in the healthcare industry, the ethical issues that administrators face, and how to effectively manage your office.
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (CHE MSA)
- MBA is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
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University of Delaware
College of Health Sciences/School of Nursing
The University of Delaware was founded in 1743 when the Free School opened in the state. That school went through a number of name changes and moved around the state multiple times before reopening as Delaware College in 1843. Now known as the University of Delaware, it ranks as one of the top undergraduate colleges in the country. The large campus gives students plenty of spaces to unwind between classes, and it offers a large number of activities for graduate students. Students enjoy the working professionals leading the graduate school classes and the opportunities for advancement available through the school.
Master of Science in Nursing: Health Services Administration Concentration
The University of Delaware started its Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in services administration for students interested in working as nursing supervisors and in similar fields. Prior to enrolling in the program, you must posses an undergraduate degree in nursing or show proof that you are near the end of your program. Nursing supervisors, healthcare administrators and case managers are just a few positions open to you after graduation. Full-time students finish the program in two years, and part-time students spend an additional year in the program. All students must complete a clinical rotation, which lets you spend 126 hours working in a hospital or another clinical setting and gaining experience working around patients and with medical professionals. Students can also take the course application of research in nursing or a scholarly research project, and all students will complete a thesis project and defend their thesis before leaving the program.
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (CHE MSA)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nurses, managers, and business owners can move forward with their careers with a degree in healthcare administration. The University of Delaware and Strayer University both offer accredited healthcare degree programs in Delaware, and you can take classes through those schools online, in person, or use a combination of traditional and online classes to complete your degree.