Associate of Science in Healthcare Management
Build the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for healthcare management professionals in today's modern healthcare environments.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry will continue to expand and diversify, requiring healthcare managers to help ensure smooth business operations. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent from 2008 to 2018*.
Ultimate Medical Academy's (UMA) Associate of Science in Healthcare Management degree program has been designed to prepare you with relevant knowledge and skills to pursue entry-level positions, with potential for growth into a management role, in healthcare facilities, physician practices or positions within other healthcare organizations such as home health care services or nursing care facilities.
Upon graduation, students may apply to take the Certified Medical Manager-Academic (CMM-A) examination given by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM).
What You Can Learn
The UMA Associate of Science in Healthcare Management program offers a career-focused curriculum that combines general education courses with specialized training that can teach you how to:
- Demonstrate specific knowledge and skills in the areas of management, decision-making, communication, planning and organizing.
- Receive training to use practice management software utilized in the field.
- Ensure the right information and procedures are selected so physician office practices are in compliance with federal regulations.
- Apply basic accounting and financial principles within healthcare organizations.
- Apply life and career skills for success.
This UMA Associate degree program can be completed in approximately 18 months depending upon selected concentration. Coursework focuses on preparing you with industry-relevant skills necessary to pursue job opportunities in the area of healthcare management. For example:
- In Medical Practice Management Systems, students are introduced to medical billing systems and their use of office transactions including patient registration, charge entry, payment posting, billing routines and report generation.
- In Introduction to Leadership and Management, students explore various leadership and management styles and how they can affect a medical office. Topics covered include decision-making, communication, planning and organizing.
Courses at UMA are taught by instructors with industry-relevant experience sought by today's healthcare employers. They are committed to helping you prepare for a rewarding career in healthcare management.
How You Can Prepare
Successful completion of your AS in Healthcare Management will include UMA's Think, Build, Live Success™ (TBLS) training, life skills and self-empowerment curriculum built into all of our programs of study, because today's employers are seeking well-rounded individuals with interpersonal and organization skills to match their technical knowledge and expertise. TBLS also focuses on the job search process and includes techniques for conducting a targeted job search, including contacting prospective employers and tracking job leads.
Associate Yourself with Success.
According to the Medical Group Management Association, those with Associate degrees who have some experience may qualify for positions which include Office Manager, Assistant Administrator, Billing Supervisor or other positions in hospitals, clinics, private practices and other healthcare facilities.
Advancing your education can be an excellent way to achieve personal, professional and academic satisfaction. It's also a great way for motivated individuals to keep their knowledge and skills current with the tools, technologies, theories and practices of today's ever-evolving healthcare industry.
To learn more about UMA, our career-focused programs or how to apply for admission, please contact us today.
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