BS in Health Services Management from Virginia College Online
Degree Description: A bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management prepares healthcare professionals for work as mid-level employees in healthcare organizations, like hospitals, insurance companies, home health agencies, private practices, and many more. With a focus on management and communication skills, this program prepares students to immediately enter the healthcare industry workforce. This degree plan also provides students with education in areas of human resources, financial management, accounting, strategy and other issues currently faced by the healthcare profession. In order to satisfy this degree plan, students can transfer no more than 90 credits from outside institutions. In order to apply, students should visit the Virginia College website, create a new student online account, and complete the personal profile and the online application form. There is a nonrefundable $100 application fee that must also be paid. Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to present certificates, diplomas, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees to students that successfully fulfill the necessary education requirements.
Degree Outlook: Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare administrators, oversee the activities and personnel of healthcare facilities, like hospitals, private practices, and home health agencies. They essentially plan, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of all services provided by these organizations. And because the healthcare industry is always changing, with the introduction of new legislation and the changing economy, these executives have to be prepared to adapt their procedures and focus quickly. Clinical managers are more advanced practitioners than generalists, and have many additional responsibilities that include establishing policies, managing human resource issues, and developing and maintaining departmental budgets. Health information managers are responsible for the privacy and safety of all patient records. They also manage and coordinate medical record technology and procedures, and ensure all information is valid and up-to-date. The employment outlook for the entire medical profession is very positive, because as baby boomers continue to age, they require more medical attention, which essentially required medical facilities to hire more providers.