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Medical Administration Schools

Medical administrators are health care managers who are in charge of the business side of medicine. These professionals oversee clinical areas including nursing, surgery, and medical records. They may oversee groups ranging in size from 10 people to over 100.

Medical administrators work closely with physicians and must be familiar with management principles and practice. At the entry-level, individuals interested in medical administration careers may start out in medical billing, front-office work, or in a medical field such as nursing. Work experience and a master's degree are generally required to move into positions such as clinical manager, nursing home administrator, or health information manager.

Medical Administration Education

A master's degree is the standard credential for medical administrators. Medical administration schools can be in colleges and universities, and may be linked to schools of public health, business, or medicine.

Graduate courses for medical administration programs include:

  • Human resources administration
  • Strategic planning
  • Law and ethics
  • Biostatistics or epidemiology
  • Health information systems

The job outlook for medical administrators is expected to grow faster than the average, with 16 percent growth between 2008 and 2018 projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reports a median annual salary for medical administrator as $81,850 in 2009.

Medical Administration Schools