How to Become a Health Services Administrator

How to Become a Health Services Administrator

1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration (4 Years)

The first step to becoming a health services administrator is to complete a 4-year bachelor's degree program.

These may be offered on-campus or online, and primarily cover the following areas of expertise:

  • Healthcare management
  • Health outcomes
  • Quality assurance
  • Finance and legal issues
  • Disaster planning
  • Information systems

The preparation timeline below provides an example healthcare administration curriculum:

Grade Level Example Courses
  • Introduction to Health Services Systems
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Microcomputers
  • Accounting
  • Statistics Communications
  • Humanities Requirements
  • Electives
  • Leadership & Management for Healthcare
  • Ethics & Conflict Resolution
  • Quality & Evidence-Based Healthcare
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • Technical Writing
  • Cultural Competency
  • Humanities Requirements
  • Electives
  • Program Planning & Evaluation
  • Information Technology for Healthcare
  • Financial Management
  • Global Healthcare Systems
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Resource Management
  • EHR Application & Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Humanities Requirements
  • Electives
  • Health Management Systems Engineering
  • Global Healthcare Policy
  • Global Issues in Healthcare
  • Internship
  • Remaining Requirements
  • Electives

 CEPH Accredited Degree Programs

2. Take the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE)

Most graduate programs revolving around forensic science require the GRE for admittance. It's a 3 hour and 45 minute, standardized, multiple choice exam that covers analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning.

The GRE is broken down into six primary sections:

Section Section Breakdown
1 Analytical Writing Section
  • 2 writing assignments
  • 60 minutes
  • Tests student's abilities to assess arguments and communicate ideas.
2 Quantitative Reasoning Sections
  • 20 multiple-choice questions
  • 35 minutes per section
  • Tests student's abilities to solve mathematical problems and interpret data.
2 Verbal Reasoning Sections
  • 20 questions per section
  • 30 minutes per section
  • Tests the ability to understand and analyze written material
1 Unscored  Section
  • A duplicate of one of the above sections

You can find study materials, GRE registration, and test scores on the GRE website.

3. Earn a Master's Degree in Healthcare Services Administration (2 Years)

While a bachelor's degree may be sufficient for entry into the field, those that want to advance further into the field will want to complete a master's degree.

Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) programs are modeled around business administration programs and focus primarily on the following areas of study:

  • Organizational management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Policy
  • Accounting
  • Health services delivery

The following preparation timeline provides an example health services administration curriculum:

Year Courses
  • Health Services Systems
  • Healthcare Management Economics I
  • Professional Development
  • Healthcare Accounting
  • Health Policy
  • Organizational Management
  • Electives
  • Healthcare Management Economics II
  • Biostatistics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Capstone Electives

Accredited Degree Programs

ASPPH Public Health Programs