Earn a Healthcare Administration Degree Online
- $330/credit (120 total credits)
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Aligned with the Association of University Programs
in Health Administration (AUPHA)
- Accredited by NECHE
- 24/7 online access to the classroom
- 2022 median annual salary of $104,830 for medical and health services managers1
Online Healthcare Administration Degree Program Overview
Healthcare administration professionals make decisions every day that help improve the lives of patients. Position yourself to become one of the decision-makers when you earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Healthcare Administration degree online at Southern New Hampshire University.
Healthcare leaders are responsible for planning, directing and coordinating health services and working closely with medical staff to positively impact patient care. Not only is working in healthcare rewarding, but it's one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the country.
Developed to align with the curriculum principles established by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), our online health administration degree equips you with the knowledge and skills to develop your career in leading healthcare organizations such as hospitals, physician offices, care facilities and other healthcare organizations.
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What You'll Learn
- Stakeholder communication tactics
- Data-based decision-making
- Operational strategies
- Ethical policies and regulations
- Company culture building
How You'll Learn
At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.
You can also choose from career-focused concentrations to tailor your program more closely to your goals. Concentrations include health information management and patient safety & quality.
Health Information Management
With an online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Health Information Management, you'll focus on the integration of technology in healthcare organizations. As a graduate of one of our specialized healthcare administration programs, you'll be equipped to identify and implement business rules to develop effective medical information management systems, especially in supervisory positions.
Our specialized healthcare administration bachelor’s in health information management is ideal for students seeking managerial roles. Healthcare organizations can benefit from the use of healthcare data and its application to decision-making.
The health information management concentration keys in on areas administrators may need to understand more deeply, such as computerized diagnostic and treatment equipment, health insurance changes, record management systems, data-processing technology and activity reports on a variety of programs and services.
The curriculum for this healthcare administration bachelor's in health information management combines technical knowledge with our healthcare administration program's core, which zeroes in on business, ethics and policy. You'll focus on long- and short-term planning, operations, maintenance and forecasting in healthcare organizations. Courses are taught by leading professionals in the healthcare administration and IT fields.
Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States, as well as the second-largest employer. That's why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth of 28% through 2031 for medical and health services managers. Median annual salary for this role, which varies by region and responsibility, was $104,830 in 2022.1
A healthcare administration bachelor's in health information management positions graduates for managerial roles such as first-line supervisors, business intelligence analysts, administrative services managers and quality control systems managers.
Courses may include:
- Communication and Technologies
- Healthcare Data Management
- Healthcare IT Infrastructure and Network Management
Students interested in focusing their career solely in the area of health information management are encouraged to consider an online health information management degree program.
Patient Safety & Quality
As more people require the services of the healthcare field over the next few decades, increased attention will be put on patient safety. In this fast-growing industry, there's a need to focus on compliance, analysis and development of quality healthcare. Interpreting information on how patients are treated helps create needed change in policies and assists in preventing errors in the future.
By earning a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Patient Safety and Quality, you'll learn basic management practices that focus on the patient experience, improving medical outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.
The quality of patient care is one of the most important initiatives currently facing the industry. In response, we worked with specialists in the field to develop this patient safety and quality healthcare program, one of only a few baccalaureate-level healthcare administration degrees of its kind.
Mary Shannon Brady '21 says, "I have not seen this program offered anywhere else and while still holding to structured deadlines, it allows for working adults and parents to have time for family, hobbies and extracurricular activities."
Coursework in the patient safety and quality concentration focuses on leadership, risk identification and analysis, data management and cultural change. Throughout your studies, you’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of healthcare administration while learning how to take on the patient advocacy role that a growing number of consumers require for their well-being.
An aging population has created a hiring boom in the healthcare industry. Employment of medical and health services managers could see growth of 28% through 2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median annual salaries for this type of role, which vary by region and responsibility, were $104,830 in 2022.1
With a degree in patient safety and quality, you'll possess the skills to be considered for positions such as compliance director, patient safety representative, patient safety manager, and quality and patient safety specialist, becoming the voice for patients across organizations.
That's one of the many reasons Katwana Harris '21 chose this concentration. "[This degree] provides me a variety of directions I can take in obtaining a career or sustaining my career in the healthcare field."
Courses may include:
- Healthcare Regulatory Compliance and Accreditation
- Patient Safety Systems and Strategies
- Performance Improvement Measurement and Methodologies
The demand is high for educated and experienced healthcare administration professionals. As a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University's BS in Healthcare Administration program, you'll have the knowledge required to step into diverse professional or supervisory roles, including:
- Health Policy Analyst
- Health Promotion Specialist
- Community Health Manager
- Health Services Manager
- Medical Services Administrator
- Medical Office Director
Health administration professionals work in a variety of settings, including behavioral health organizations, consulting firms, governmental healthcare agencies, health insurance companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, national health associations, pharmaceutical companies and physician offices.
Job Growth and Salary
Prospects for medical and health services managers appear promising in the coming years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this increased demand is in part due to an aging population, opening new opportunities for the next generation of healthcare workers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is project to grown 28% through 2031 — which is much faster than the average for all occupations.¹
Although salaries can vary by region and responsibility, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that medical and health services managers earned a median annual salary of $104,830 in 2022.1
Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.
In Demand Job Opportunities
In order to support the professionals on the frontlines of patient care, BLS predicts that there will be "greater needs" in the healthcare industry for managers and administrators, as well as directors, executives and other leaders versed in the best practices of both healthcare and management.1 These are the professionals who will manage the people, resources, operations and policies that comprise dynamic healthcare organizations and systems.
While the need for more healthcare administration professionals inspired Mary Shannon Brady '21 to pursue a career in the field, she knew she needed a degree to achieve her goals.
"A focus in these areas and patient advocacy is needed now more than ever. The biggest roadblock I have hit applying for positions related to this field is the fact I don’t have my degree yet and the organizations require that coveted piece of paper" says Mary Shannon Brady.
Some roles in healthcare administration may require an advanced degree. As you finish your bachelor's degree program, you may want to consider earning an online master's in healthcare administration, an MBA in Healthcare Management or an online master's in management with a concentration in healthcare if it aligns with your career goals.
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Why SNHU for Your Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
As part of our mission to make higher education more accessible, we’re committed to keeping our tuition rates low. In fact, we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
Prior coursework could also help you save time and money. SNHU’s transfer policy allows you to transfer up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associate degree from your previous institutions—that means you could save up to 75% off the cost of tuition. You could also save time and money by getting college credit for previous work experience, or by taking advantage of military discounts and employer tuition assistance if available to you.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 160,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a regional accreditor, which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- U.S. News & World Report named SNHU the 2021 Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation's "Best Regional Universities"
- Awarded the 21st Century Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 300,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
93.6% of online students would recommend SNHU (according to a 2022 survey with 17,000+ respondents). Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Expanding access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials:
- Completed free undergraduate application
- Prior transcripts, which we can retrieve at no cost to you
- Test scores are not required as part of your application
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
If you’re ready to apply, follow these simple steps to get the process going:
- Complete a free undergraduate application
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Courses and Curriculum
By aligning with the curriculum principles set forth by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), we position you to earn a bachelor's in healthcare administration that meets a standard of excellence in both the healthcare field and in higher education.
No Set Class Times
The healthcare administration classes within this program were created to meet AUPHA's four competencies:
- Computational skills
- Critical thinking
- Societal and cultural context
The BS in Healthcare Administration program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, support and tools you'll need to earn your degree and pursue a career in the field.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.
We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
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Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog
|BS in Healthcare Administration
|Courses May Include
|BS in Healthcare Administration Online
|Learn about the standard economic principles and tools that healthcare administrators need to utilize for effective decision making within the healthcare industry. Explores a framework for understanding government policies, legislation, pricing, profitability, market supply and demand, and risk issues within the healthcare economic system.
|This course explores key marketing concepts that the healthcare leader needs to understand to plan and implement an effective marketing strategy. The concepts explored include the marketing process, needs assessment, developing marketing campaigns and evaluating efficacy of marketing efforts.
|Healthcare Delivery Systems
|This course provides an overview of the nature, organization, and function of the continuum of health services found in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the interrelation of cultural, economic, political and social aspects of health care delivery at the federal, state and local level. Topics include health care costs, accessibility of services, governmental influence on health care delivery, private industry role in health care, services for the medically indigent and elderly, ethical issues regarding transplants, reproductive technology, end of life decisions and funding.
|This course explores some of the major issues facing the healthcare industry and the effect that public policy and business environment has on a healthcare organization. Emphasis is on supply and demand theory, reimbursement systems, managed care, charge-master management, Case-mix management, DRG prospective payment, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, governmental regulations, accessibility, eligibility, budgeting, and planning. Students learn to use informational and research tools to make effective management decisions.
|This course provides an overview of the two main areas of Healthcare Finance, accounting and financial management. Topics explore include the healthcare financial environment, financial accounting principles, managerial accounting principles, financial management, long-term financing and capital investments.
|Healthcare Strategic Management and Policy
|This course examines the complex and intricate nature of the U.S. healthcare system and its implication for healthcare organizations and the populations served. Topics include the organization of healthcare, access to care and disparities, quality of care, funding, healthcare reform and impact for strategic planning for healthcare organizations.
|Healthcare Research and Evaluation Methodologies
|Students in this course will develop the knowledge and skills to apply assessment instruments, data collection, research designs, and statistical analysis for needs assessment and program planning. Additionally students will explore contextual issues surrounding evaluation, evaluation designs and methodological issues pertinent to programmatic evaluation.
|Healthcare Administration Capstone
|The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired throughout their course work in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated program outcomes of their degree program in Healthcare Administration.
|Principles of Epidemiology
|Learn basic principles of epidemiology with emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Examine specific epidemiology tools used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. Consider methods for managing the health of populations, understanding the factors that influence population health, and strategies that healthcare organizations and systems can use to control these factors.
|Population Health and Cultural Competence
|This course explores a population-based approach to understanding disease management, chronic care management, and health policy making. It explores how behavioral factors, social circumstances and environmental exposures affects a population and how to mitigate these factors using culturally relevant approaches to create a culture of wellness.
|Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare
|Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.
|Healthcare Quality Management
|The goal of this course is to introduce students to the management of operations and explore how healthcare organizations can use advance methods to improve healthcare processes, delivery, and outcomes. Specific focus will be on analyzing cycle times (e.g., patient wait times), measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and generally improving health management processes and health outcomes. The process improvement will be measured by how it can improve quality of care and safety of healthcare delivery, reduce waste, and reduce costs. The role of technology and innovative approaches in improving continuing quality improvement in healthcare delivery will be presented.
|Human Relations in Administration
|The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.
|Human Resource Management
|This course examines the fundamentals of policies and administration. Major tasks of procedures and developing, maintaining and utilizing an effective team are studied. Students are introduced to international human resource management.
|This course focuses on the primary factors that influence behavior in organizations. Emphasis is placed on leadership, group dynamics, inter- group dynamics, organizational structure and design, change, culture, power and politics, environment and technology and organizational behavior in an international context. Offered every year. Writing and team intensive course. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
|Total Credits: 120
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Apple (Mac OS)
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100GB or higher
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Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
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Tuition & Fees
As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration?
A bachelor's in healthcare administration, whether online or on campus, can help you develop your managerial skills, helping lead processes and staff for various units, floors, departments or an entire facility within a healthcare setting, explained Dr. Toni Clayton, executive director of healthcare professions at Southern New Hampshire University.
The BS in Healthcare Administration ultimately may help you improve patient care and the patient experience at your organization.
“Healthcare administrators support policies and processes for the delivery of care and services that impact our patient populations,” Clayton said. “It requires leaders to apply healthcare principles and methodologies as they manage people and processes.”
What can I do with a healthcare administration degree?
With your bachelor's in healthcare administration, you position yourself for leadership roles in facilities, clinical departments and medical practices.
"Since enrolling at SNHU, my career aspirations have significantly increased, because I’ve come to understand my own potential," said Suejaan Alicia Torres '21.
Dr. Toni Clayton, executive director of healthcare professions at Southern New Hampshire University, said that those with a healthcare administration degree could work in places like:
- Ambulatory care and nursing homes
- Centers for Disease Control
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Department of Health
- Federally qualified health centers
- Hospice services
- Mental health organizations
- Physician practices
- Rehabilitation centers
- State and local agencies
- Universities and research institutions
Dig deeper into these organizations to realize just what that entails: the oversight of admission, emergency services, surgical services, patient financial services, laboratory services, rehabilitation services, pharmacy and wellness, Clayton said.
Today, professionals in healthcare management often combine their credentials with work experience in a healthcare facility, according to BLS.1 Yet there are myriad healthcare settings – government, independent, nonprofit and commercial – that could benefit from the expertise of an employee with a degree in healthcare management. For that reason, healthcare manager, administrator, director and executive jobs and positions are regularly found at:
- Healthcare entities and providers: These include aforementioned settings such as hospitals, physicians' groups or practitioners' offices, nursing and residential care facilities, hospices, outpatient care centers, clinics and similar organizations, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).2 Recently, however, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase and Apple entered this space and are disrupting traditional healthcare provider models by forming independent healthcare companies for their employees.
- Healthcare suppliers and vendors: The people, agencies or companies – other than providers – that furnish goods, supplies, equipment and services used in patient care and treatment, also as defined by NPDB.2
- Pharmaceutical, biotech, biomedical and related industries: These are the companies that research, develop, design and manufacture new treatments, medicines and cures, as well as the medical and surgical devices, equipment, software and applications used in healthcare.
- Health insurance companies: Commercial or private market health insurance coverage can be confusing "both to policymakers and to employers and enrollees," noted the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).3 Some of the complexity stems from the multiple health plans and systems involved, including health maintenance organizations (HMO), preferred provider organizations (PPO), exclusive provider organizations (EPOs) and point-of-service (POS).
- Education: College and universities, some of which are affiliated with teaching hospitals and other health facilities, are educating and training the next generation of healthcare managers. Working for post-secondary education programs usually requires an advanced degree.
- Government agencies: Numerous health and human services, social services and public health services are administered and managed at the local, state and federal level. Agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also help create laws and regulations governing healthcare and public policy.4
In most of the above-mentioned settings, a professional with a healthcare management degree can expect to work with some or all of the key stakeholders, defined as the 4 Ps by the Joint Learning Network: patients, providers, payers and policy-makers.5
Additionally, some students use the degree to further a previously established career. Take Shareen Buffett ’22, for example.
"I am actually already in the industry, so I will continue my degree working as a healthcare worker in cell and gene therapy," Buffet said.
Read more about why healthcare administration may make sense for you.
Are healthcare administrators in demand?
Yes. As baby boomers – the largest generation – continue to reach retirement age and require more services, the need for more qualified health professionals will continue to grow.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for medical and health services managers could grow 28% through 2031 – much faster than the increase in jobs across all industries.1 That's an additional 54,700 positions that could be created in that time.1
In 2021, about one-third of medical and health services managers worked in hospitals. Other large employers include physicians' offices, nursing and residential care facilities, government and outpatient care centers.1
What is the best online school for healthcare administration?
What's right for your goals and your life may not be what works for other students. The "best" online school is the one that meets your needs.
What are you looking for in a college that offers its healthcare administration degrees online? You'll want to initiate a discussion with your admission counselor about whether we offer everything you want in an online college. Some things that are specific to our health administration degree include:
- Curriculum. Review the courses in your major to determine if they can help you take your career in the direction you want to go.
- Experiential learning opportunities. Hands-on experience can not only help prepare you and give you confidence for your career, but it can also help add depth to your resume. Take advantage of opportunities that come your way, like the HEaRT Challenge.
- Value. You'll see a return on your investment when you enroll in our online health administration degree program, which has some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. In addition, you can lower your costs further by transferring up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree.
- Specializations. What's best for you also might mean earning a more focused health administration degree. We offer 2 concentrations for our program: health information management and patient safety and quality. A specialized degree could help you stand out in the job market.
We know online schooling may not be comfortable for everyone. That's why we do everything we can to support you every step of the way.
“I've had a lot of support throughout my time at SNHU, from the very beginning with my advisor, who has just been phenomenal,” said Ali Lamoureux '22. “She's helped me pick classes, figure out the best career path and has helped answered all my questions.”
Mary Shannon Brady '21 had a similarly positive experience. "The way the program is set up allows for constant interaction with classmates through discussion board activities, so students are never without classroom interaction, even if it is virtual," she said.
In the end, only you can make the decision on which factors can help you make your decision.
What classes are required for a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration?
The classes you'll take in your healthcare administration degree program help you develop the skills you need to be successful in a variety of healthcare settings.
At SNHU, you can have confidence that what you're learning in your classes is what the healthcare industry wants today: The entire program's curriculum was designed to align with the curriculum principles developed by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
It's important to note our program's alignment with the AUPHA competencies – which the organization has deemed as crucial to have for a healthcare administrator – because these outcomes also line up as critical to have by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA). The HLA is made up of 6 leading professional organizations:
- American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
- American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)
- American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
- Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
- Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
This online health administration degree program can position you for the training and expertise needed to become a leader in the industry. Topics that you'll cover throughout your BS in Healthcare Administration program may include:
- Ethical and legal issues
- Human resources
- Organizational behavior
You'll also have the ability to choose 3 free elective courses so that you can focus on areas of healthcare administration that you're most interested in. Or you could choose to add one of 2 concentrations offered with this major:
- Health Information Management, which gives you insight into better integration of technology in healthcare organizations
- Patient Safety and Quality, which helps you develop more awareness about the relationships between the two and creating techniques to improve them
This online health administration degree well prepares you to become a decision-maker regarding the planning, directing and coordination of health services.
How long does it take to get a degree in healthcare administration?
How long it takes to earn your bachelor's in health administration depends on a number of factors.
If you've attended other colleges in the past, you'll want to transfer in your previously earned credits. SNHU offers students a generous transfer policy, accepting up to 90 credits toward your program here. Our admission team requests all your past transcripts and provides you with a free transfer credit evaluation, so you can see just how many classes you'd need to take at SNHU to finish your program.
You'll also need to think about whether you want to enroll in your program part time or full time. At Southern New Hampshire University, your enrollment status is defined as:
- Part time: 1 class per 8-week term
- Full time: 2 classes per 8-week term
With 6 undergraduate terms a year, you decide exactly when you can earn your degree – because it's on your schedule. Your academic advisor can help you map out your courses so you have a plan in place to reach your goals.
How much do you make in healthcare administration?
According to the BLS, the 2022 median annual wage for medical and health services manager roles was $104,830. The highest 10% of workers earned more than $209,990.1
Within popular industries, the BLS reports median annual salaries as:1
- Government: $119,100
- Hospitals: $125,280
- Outpatient care centers: $101,890
- Physicians' offices: $99,440
- Nursing and residential care facilities: $93,610
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Sources & Citations (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
1 Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-1 (viewed Nov. 15, 2023). Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 National Practitioner Data Bank, Definitions, on the internet, at https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/guidebook/CDefinitions.jsp (viewed May 19, 2021).
3 National Conference of State Legislatures, Health Insurance Plan Types and Definitions, on the internet, at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/health-insurance-plan-types-and-definitions.aspx (viewed May 19, 2021).
4 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Laws and Regulations, on the internet, at https://www.hhs.gov/regulations/index.html (viewed May 19, 2021).
5 Joint Learning Network, Connecting Health Information Systems for Better Health, on the internet, at https://jln1.pressbooks.com/ (viewed May 19, 2021).