written by: R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 8/9/2010
Are you interested in earning a master's degree in hospital management online? This article will discuss how to obtain a hospital management distance education as well as what is involved and the career outlook.
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By obtaining a master's degree through a hospital management distance education program, students make themselves eligible to manage a hospital. Managing a hospital means overseeing the hospital departments, formulating and assessing plans for the hospital, information systems work, financial systems work, developing and overseeing marketing campaigns for the hospital, creating and enforcing hospital policies, and playing an active role in the hospital's human resources department.
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Students pursuing a hospital management distance education will have to complete certain required courses to obtain their master's degree in hospital management online. These courses include fundamentals of financial management for healthcare, ethics in health care, quantitatve analysis for health care administration, human resource management and organizational behavior, epidemiology in health planning, health information systems, and strategic marketing in health care.
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Average Completion Time
Most students pursuing a master's of hospital management distance education will complete their education in fifteen to eighteen months depending on the school they choose and whether they decide to go part-time or full-time. Many schools will require students to go full-time, but the students will actually be taking only one class at a time.
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Top Online Schools
Several online schools offer a hospital management distance education. All of these colleges and universities are fully accredited. These schools include Regis University, Argosy University, and Bellevue University. Students wishing to pursue this degree at any of these schools must already possess a bachelor's degree, preferably in health care management/administration, that is from a regionally accredited school. Students should have satisfactory scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). All of these schools offer financial aid to all eligible students.
Regis University's online master's degree program in hospital management is $481.00 per credit hour. Students will also have to pay a $75.00 application fee. To be admitted into this program, prior management experience (particularly in a health care setting) and two to three years of experience working in health care (particularly administration) are strongly recommended. Applicants should have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Argosy University's master's of science in health services management is $625.00 per credit hour. Students will also have to pay a $50.00 application fee and a $150.00 graduation fee. To be considered for admission into this online program, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and a professional/personal statement.
Bellevue University's master's degree in health care management/administration is $430.00 per credit hour. Students will also have to pay a $75.00 application fee and a $100.00 graduation fee. Students must have a minimum of three years health care management/administration work experience. Those with extensive experience in any health care field will also be considered. Students must have maintained a 2.5 grade point average or higher for the last sixty credits of their bachelor's degree. Students must present an essay and letters of recommendation with their application.
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Students can choose a variety of career paths once they complete their hospital management distance education. The most common career paths in hospital management include management analysts, emergency management specialists, management occupations, and home and farm management advisors.
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A hospital management distance education to obtain a master's degree in hospital management makes it possible for students to earn an annual median salary of $71,000. The field of hospital management is experiencing an employment boom, and those with the right education and experience will have no problem finding a job in this field right now and for years to come.
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Why Is It Better to Obtain this Degree Online?
Students pursuing a hospital management distance education have the option to study when they want. This makes it possible for them to maintain their current job and family obligations. Most schools do have assignments deadlines, but they are far less strict than they would be on a traditional campus.