Your first job title might be:
- Administrative Assistant
- Patient Services Representative
- Medical Records Clerk
- Human Resources Assistant
- Intake Coordinator
- Business Development Specialist
- Operations Auditor
With more education and experience, your job title might be:
- Medical Office Administrator
- Human Resources Director
- Database Administrator
- Provider Network Director
- Nursing Home Administrator
If you have the education and credentials in nursing, medicine, or another profession,
you may also have career options that include:
- Ambulatory Services Director
- Discharge Coordinator
- Medical Director
Online Courses + An Externship = AAS
All courses in this associate of applied science are available online. Many are “asynchronous,”
meaning you go to class when it fits your schedule. You also complete an externship,
which is likely on-site. Work with the program coordinator to choose an externship
site that makes sense for your life and your goals.
Your courses include introductions to the core responsibilities in healthcare administration:
staffing, law and policy, patients, and business and financial administration. Your
externship gives you a structured look inside healthcare administration.
You also study the skills that can be applied more broadly. Your general education
includes communication, psychology, and sociology courses. This broader education
gives you the needed background to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree.
Focus Solely on Health Care Administration
Earn a certificate if you’re already focused on healthcare administration and you
don’t plan to transfer. The certificate includes all the online Health Care Administration
courses of the AAS plus the externship. The certificate program of study doesn’t include
all of the general education courses.
OCC Helps You Finish
Whichever program you choose, your key moment is finishing it. Sometimes, the many
responsibilities you juggle may throw you off course. Or finding the right externship
may be a challenge.
Your HCA Program Coordinator—a full-time faculty member at OCC—is committed to helping
you find a way to finish your OCC certificate or degree. Please email, call, or reply
when we reach out to you. “Done” is the start of everything else you hope for. OCC
will also help you plan your transfer if your goals pull you toward a bachelor’s or
Choose from an associate in applied science degree or a certificate in Health Care
Administration. Generally, the associate degree can be finished by full-time students
in about two years, using summer terms to complete your general education courses.
Completion times for the certificates vary. Speak with a faculty member to plan your
course of study and the schedule that works for you.
We offer an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Care Administration (63-64 credits).
Earn just the credential you need to move your career forward with a certificate in
Health Care Administration (38-39 credits)
Take any of our HCA courses as needed for your career.
- OCC is accredited by Higher Learning Commission making the Health Care Administration
Program also accredited.
- Our associate degree and certificate options offer perfect preparation for first-time
college students or career changers.
- All of the Health Care Administration students do externships to have real-world experience.
- Special courses are taught by experienced Healthcare administration faculty members
to provide in-depth insight into areas like nursing home operations, health labor
practices, facility and personal management, and more.
- OCC’s focus on support and success connects students with academic and personal counseling,
personalized transfer planning, and more.
Take the Next Steps
Begin your studies with these steps:
- Apply to OCC. If you’re not already an OCC student, create a profile and complete our online application.
- On the application, select your Health Care Administration option.
- Existing OCC students can update their academic program using the Student Update Information Request form.
Returning to OCC
If it’s been three years or more since your last OCC class: