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Healthcare administrators manage medical and healthcare facilities or specific departments and units within such facilities. Before pursuing a degree program for this career, it is wise to thoroughly explore your options for study. You can find all of the Master's in Healthcare Administration degree programs available in D.C., conveniently listed on our site. Take some time to explore your options and request detailed program materials from the schools listed below to compare key characteristics like tuition and curriculum.
It is also helpful to know the healthcare administrator requirements in Washington, DC, where healthcare administrators in hospitals and nursing care facilities must be licensed by the DC Department of Health Nursing Home Administration. Licensure requires passing scores on national and district exams and a master's degree with practical training in a nursing home.
Salary and job outlooks for healthcare administrators are good. The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and O*net report that the DC metropolitan area is among regions of the highest employment rates for health care administrators. Average annual earnings were $113,000, higher than the national average of about $90,900. The BLS also reports that DC healthcare administrators are likely to enjoy a job growth rate higher than average nationally through the year 2020.
With such encouraging career prospects, graduate study in health care administration could be a good investment of time and money. Several academic campuses in Washington, DC offer programs of graduate study in the field.
The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services awards a master's degree in health services administration. The program requires four semesters of study, tuition in 2013 was $1,248 per credit hour, and prerequisites are a bachelor's degree from an accredited college plus completion of undergraduate courses in introductory statistics and accounting. Applicants must submit acceptable standardized test scores, three letters of recommendation, undergraduate course grade transcripts, and an essay. Students complete courses in health law and services, financial management, community health, and epidemiology. Graduation requires completion of a nine-credit residency or a three-credit internship.
The Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies offers a two-year program for the graduate degree of Master of Science in Health Systems Administration. In 2013 tuition was $42,916 for each academic year. Program prerequisites are a bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and completion of an undergraduate accounting course. Admission requires a resume, an essay, a letter of recommendation, an interview, satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, and undergraduate course grade transcripts. The program emphasizes hospital operations, maintenance of high quality of care, and leadership skills. Students acquire practical experience and both clinical and nonclinical training through the program's one-year administrative residency.
Nearby Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia offers a two-year program for the degree of Master of Science in Health Care Management. Tuition in 2013 was $1,008 per credit hour. A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite, and applicants must submit resumes and GMAT or GRE scores. This program offers courses in healthcare planning, marketing, and finance, epidemiology, and global healthcare and requires either an internship, a fellowship, or a research paper. Students may combine studies in healthcare management with business or information technology by pursuing either a dual healthcare management/business administration or a dual healthcare management/information technology master's program.
The Washington Adventist University School of Graduate and Professional Studies in Takoma Park, Maryland on the DC line offers a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration program for working students who can complete it in one year by attending classes twice per week or in two years once a week. Annual tuition and fees in 2013 were $20,435. A bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 2.75 is a prerequisite. Applicants must submit resumes, GRE scores if requested, recommendation letters, and essays. Interviews are sometimes necessary. Students take courses in healthcare systems analysis, policy, economics, and leadership.
To learn more about options for getting your Master's in Healthcare Administration in D.C., including online options, request more information from the schools that interest you.