Education requirements for medical administrators vary according to the employer and can range from a community college certificate to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a healthcare emphasis.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Administrative Assistant or Secretary
- Clerical and General Office
- Customer Service and Call Center Support
- Executive Assistant or Secretary
- Office Technology and Data Entry
- Warehousing and Inventory Management
MBA programs can be found at Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and Northwestern University, all of which were nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Tidewater Community College offers an undergraduate certificate program and was highly ranked by Community College Week in 2016.
Duke University in Durham, NC
|School Highlight: The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has one of the largest healthcare MBA programs in the country.|
Duke University is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked 8th among national universities for 2017, as well as 12th for its Fuqua School of Business. Fuqua's Health Sector Management MBA program is available in daytime, weekend executive, cross-continent and global, executive formats. Once enrolled, students learn about health policy and law, payers and providers, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, as well as diagnostics and global health. Relatively new programs include a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics program that combines studies in information technology, business, and medical topics.
Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN
|School Highlight: Facilities at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management include the Financial Markets Research Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies.|
Vanderbilt University was ranked 15th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Through the Owen Graduate School of Management, students can pursue a Master of Management in Healthcare. This 1-year program includes courses in finance and accounting, healthcare industry economics, marketing, operations, and leadership. Students enrolled in the MBA program can also choose a specialization in healthcare.
Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA
|School Highlight: Tidewater Community College was ranked 30th on Community College Week's list of top associate degree-producing schools for 2016.|
Tidewater Community College (TCC) is a 2-year public school that offers a Health Information Management program. Required coursework includes topics in record management, computer proficiency, systems analysis, data processing and management, quality assurance, medical terminology, budgeting, and personnel management. The program requires 240 internship hours as a graduation prerequisite.
Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
|School Highlight: The school's annual Business of Healthcare Conference brings together professors, professionals and students to discuss healthcare industry topics.|
Northwestern was tied for #12 in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of national universities. Through the Feinberg School of Medicine, students can enroll in a Master of Science, Ph.D. or graduate certificate program in health services and outcomes research, which trains students to conduct advanced research in medical organizational management and healthcare delivery, with the goal of influencing policymaking in the future. Through the Kellogg School of Management, students can enroll in the health enterprise management program, which is an interdisciplinary program that gives students the freedom to tailor their curriculum based on their educational and career goals.
Top Schools for Medical Administrative Services
Here are some more schools that give students the opportunity to study medical administrative services:
- Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL, has a self-paced, individualized medical administrative specialist program.
- The business department at San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena, TX, offers several related programs, including cancer data or health information management, long-term care or medical administration and medical billing.
- At the University of Colorado in Denver, CO, students in the executive MBA in Health Administration program are mentored by health administration alumni.
- MBA students at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Minneapolis can work in the Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory, where they join multidisciplinary teams that analyze success factors for new medical technologies and services.
- At Yale University in New Haven, CT, students in the MBA for Executives program can choose healthcare as a focus area.
Students who are interested in medical administrative services can find relevant undergraduate and graduate offerings at top private institutions as well as state universities and small community colleges.