How to Become a Healthcare Manager

New from our “What Should I Do With My Life” series we learn how a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management teaches you about the business practices used within the healthcare industry.

We sat down with Arif Altaf, the School of Business Program Coordinator at the Rasmussen College campus in Blaine, Minnesota to discussed how to become a healthcare manager.  Arif explains how continuing your education and earning a bachelor’s degree may be the next step in advancing your career in healthcare


I'm Allie Gray Freeland, and I am the hose of the Rasmussen College video blog series, What Should I Do With My Life. I'm here today with Arif Altaf, who is the business coordinator at the Blaine campus. He's here today to dispel some myths about health care management, talk about degree paths in health care management, and then go on to speak about career pathing in health care management.

If you have a degree in let's say medical assistance or in nursing and you want to be a health care manager, I think you have to have a business background. So a bachelor's degree health care management, it can be a transitioning for you not to be stuck with medical assistance or nursing. But you can get a bachelor's degree in health care management, and the opportunity that you'll have is tremendous.

You're talking about working with IT people, you're working with nursing staff, you're working with hospital administrators. And as you get into health care management, you'll find that there's a lot of opportunities in terms of the new regulations of HIPAA, which is the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act, and a lot of other information.

So also, I was very fortunate to work with physicians, because physicians really run the clinic. But as a manager, you manage the resources. So as a health care manager, you'll be involved in making some really critical decisions, in improving the health of the patients that you see, and also the business as you run.

And so health care management profession is an area that is involving. And in the United States, health care is going to be looked at as one of the areas that will be continuing to grow, because that's an area there a lot of emphasis is being put on, because it costs a lot of money. And if you are a good business person and you can manage cost in health care, I think you'll be a successful health manager.

Thank you so much for speaking with us today. We learned a lot about health care management degrees and also their respective career pathing opportunities. So for more information about health care management degrees, you can visit

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