Schools for Managed Care Coordinators: How to Choose

Dec 06, 2019

Degree programs that train aspiring managed care coordinators teach students to act as liaisons between the company, healthcare providers and patients. Find out considerations to think about when choosing a school or program, and get some info on schools that offer programs in managed care coordination.

The requirements for managed care coordinators vary depending on the company, but they typically need administrative skills and healthcare experience, which can be achieved by earning a degree in healthcare administration or health services. Associate's programs are often available at community college and vocational schools, while bachelor's programs are commonly offered through 4-year colleges and universities.

Schools with Managed Care Coordinator Programs

These schools provide training in health care administration/management.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private Master's $53,540
Berkeley College - New York New York, NY 4-year, Private Associate's, Bachelor's $25,900
University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA 4-year, Public Master's $11,442 in-state, $26,544 out-of-state
Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO 4-year, Private Bachelor's $11,960
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,788
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's Undergrad: $53,244
Grad: $34,155
Barry University Miami, FL 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's Undergrad: $30,014
Grad: $17,820
Keiser University Multiple locations in FL 4-year, Private Associate's, Bachelor's $20,208 (for Fort Lauderdale location)

*Source: NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Some things to consider when choosing a managed care coordinator program:

  • The length of an associate degree program can get you in the job market quicker, though bachelor's degree programs typically offer education on advanced topics.
  • The amount of hands-on practice and practical experience through internships could also give students a head start by establishing professional leads and relationships and giving practical skills to include on a resume.
  • Students should also consider their educational goals, since some programs prepare specifically for professional certification, while others prepare for advanced or graduate study.

Associate's Degree in Health Services

Associate's degrees in health services include an Associate of Applied Science in Health Services or Health Services Management. Associate's degree programs prepare students for entry-level positions working with health records, medical billing and coding in physician's offices or insurance companies. Some programs are designed to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. The curriculum delves into topics such as ethics, computer applications, medical terminology, accounting, and transcription.

Bachelor's Degree in Health Services

A Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in health services management and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration both include training in business administration, team management, marketing, quality assurance and healthcare administration. The programs explore healthcare relationships and communication skills, which may be helpful for students pursuing managerial positions. In addition to coursework, students complete practical experience through real-world simulations, labs and internships. Typical courses include information systems, public policy, management, marketing, and finance.

Managed care coordinators typically hold a bachelor's degree in health administration or a related field. Aspiring coordinators may wish to earn an associate's degree and gain work experience before pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree.

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