Associate Degree in Health Services Management
MyCAA Approved Associate Degree in Health Services Management
Brighton College’s MyCAA Approved Associate in Health Services Management Degree is created to prepare students with the skills and knowledge that are needed to succeed in entry-level positions in the healthcare environment. Topics in the health services management program include:
- Medical workplace procedures
- Law and ethics in medicine
- Anatomy and physiology
- Coding procedures
- Medical transcription
- Principles of management
- Personnel management
Brighton’s MyCAA approved associate degree programs also work to build a foundation that is built of comprehensive general education curriculum to prepare students for career opportunities in the future.
General Program Competencies
- Build a working knowledge in the areas of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
- Utilize various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and also to maintain patients’ clinical and treatment histories, specifically billing, coding, and clinical transcription
- Manage and organize health information data by ensuring its accuracy, quality, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems
- Display a working knowledge of the legal and ethical environment the health care industry must adhere to in order to talk about client information with other professionals including physicians and insurance agents
- Develop a working knowledge and understanding of business functions essential to the success of the health services industry
What career opportunities exist for someone with an associate degree in health services management?
Most health services managers with an associate degree will work in a specific department of management, for example, patient records, coding or billing, alongside more experienced personnel with advanced degrees.
What is the demand for Health Services Managers?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , employment of medical records and health info technicians is predicted to increase by 21% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. The demand for health services is also anticipated to rise as the population ages. An aging population will be in need of more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean additional claims for compensation from private and public insurance.
Additional records, combined with extensive use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, ought to result in an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in every area of the health care industry. Health services staff with an associate degree in health services management can typically expect to earn somewhere in between $30,000 – $55,000 depending upon work experience and location of employment. Individuals who go on to obtain more education (a bachelor’s or master’s degree) can rise much faster in the field.