Healthcare Management Courses That Help Develop Skills Employers Actually Want

As you become more comfortable in your current position in the healthcare industry and begin to consider a career in management, it’s important that you have everything you need prior to making this move.

Typically, to become a healthcare manager, you will need a few years of experience under your belt. More than 90 percent of job listings in the past six months preferred candidates to have between one and seven years of experience according to Burning Glass, a comprehensive online database providing statistics and insights about the labor market.

In addition to gaining experience, you should also complete your Bachelor’s degree. In fact, 78.5 percent of the more than 52,000 job listings for healthcare manager positions in the past 6 months required a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

And while employers are always looking for individuals that fit the experience and educational requirements, it’s also important to have the necessary skill set that the job requires. Do you know what the most sought after skills they’re seeking? If not, keep reading.

Skills Employers Seek in Healthcare Managers

As you go after that promotion, it’s important to know which skills employers are looking for in order to stand out amongst the other candidates. The graph below shows the most common skills included in job descriptions for over 37,000 medical and health services manager positions over the past year, according to Burning Glass.

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Source: Analysis of Medical and Health Services Manager Job Posting, 12/21/11-12/19/12.

For employers looking for candidates with 1-7 years of experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree, the above skills were most commonly included in job descriptions over the past year.

As you can see, healthcare employers are looking to hire managers that have a variety of different skills and experience. With you current job experience you already have some knowledge and skills in these areas, but as you look to move into management it’s important to be developing these skills in order to increase your promotion potential.

And while you may have already started, you typically cannot develop all of these skills in your current position. That is why it is equally important and usually required for you to complete your healthcare management coursework.

The opportunity to advance is now. Did you know that the demand for medical and health services managers is growing faster than the average career? It’s expected to grow by 22 percent through 2020 and you are in a prime position for taking advantage of this growth in order to advance your career.

Key Courses that Help You Develop These Skills

Now that you know the skills employers are looking for in a healthcare manger, how do you go about developing all of them?

Below is a list of some of the healthcare management courses you can expect to take in a healthcare management degree program. Courses like these help you further develop the knowledge and skills you need for advancing in the field.

These course descriptions highlight what courses you could expect to take when you go back to school and how they help you develop the in demand skills from the above chart. The skills are bolded.

Introduction to Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Planning, Managing a Diverse Workforce

What you’ll learn:

In courses like this you will begin exploring the different administrative principles and management best practices used within the healthcare industry. By developing your abilities to work on staff development and scheduling tasks within the different healthcare facilities – such as nursing homes or clinics – you will become one step closer to being ready for management.

Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Operations Management, Foundations of Managed Care

What you’ll learn:

Courses in this area are designed to teach you the methods for providing quality care and how to measure outcomes in order to determine improvements within healthcare organizations. Here you will be able to further develop and refine your skills in patient care and operations management like nursing and case management.

Healthcare Compliance and Regulations, Law and Ethics in Healthcare, Healthcare Statistics

What you’ll learn:

As you may already know, the healthcare industry is highly regulated. Courses in this area will help you learn about the specific laws and regulations within different healthcare facilities and help you develop the necessary knowledge of legal compliance.

Healthcare Management Capstone

What you’ll learn:

By working in the field you may already have clinical experience working within acute care, therapy, cardiac life support or other areas of healthcare. In this course you will take your professional experience and your newly acquired classroom knowledge to demonstrate your overall understanding and readiness for becoming a healthcare manager.

So, here is the deal.

In order to receive that promotion that will allow you to take on new challenges at work and provide a better life for you and your family, you should get started on your coursework right away. Before you know it, you will have the experience, qualifications and skills employers actually want as you embark on your new journey as a healthcare manager.

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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