Why Choose Health Care Systems Administration?
As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for skilled health care managers also increases. Employment is expected to grow faster than average with the fastest growth in home health agencies, residential care facilities and practitioners' offices and clinics. This program has been designed in two formats, one for students who enter the program either as freshmen or who transfer into the program after having completed an associate degree and the second for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree while waiting to enter an associate degree program.
The Health Care Systems Administration program also is offered in Grand Rapids. In the Grand Rapids program, the professional courses are offered in the evenings. General education requirements may be taken at a local college or university and transferred to fulfill Ferris graduation requirements. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be earned at Ferris in order for the degree to be granted
Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Systems Administration prior to, at the same time as, or after earning a degree in one of the clinical programs (Respiratory Care, Radiography, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Clinical Lab Sciences, and Dental Hygiene).
Health Care administrators plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. These workers are either specialists in charge of a specific clinical department or generalists who manage a non-clinical department. These managers establish and implement policies, objectives, and procedures for their departments; evaluate personnel and work quality; develop reports and budgets; and coordinate activities with other managers .The structure and financing of health care are changing rapidly. Future medical and health services managers must be prepared to deal with the integration of health care delivery systems, technological innovations, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, restructuring of work, and an increased focus on preventive care. They will be called on to improve efficiency in health care facilities and the quality of the care provided.Health Care Systems Administration graduates work in hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. Opportunities for employment can be found in any organization that uses patient data or health information such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.
Program courses are taught online, on the Big Rapids campus, and evenings in Grand Rapids. Two internships are required – a six week internship in a hospital setting and a ten week internship during their last semester.