In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Directing strategy and implementation of healthcare services for an entire medical facility, a specific department, or a private practice.
- Staying informed of changes in healthcare regulations and technology, and adapting services and policies accordingly.
- Supervising staff.
- Managing the finances of the facility or department.
- Coordinating and collaborating with senior medical staff and department heads.
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Typically requires a bachelor’s degree, although some employers may prefer a master’s degree. Obtaining a higher degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this career pathway, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a higher degree.
Certification is not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for Certified Medical Manager (CMM), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), or Certified Nursing Home Administrator (CNHA)/Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) credentials.
Licensure is required in all states to work as a nursing home administrator. Some states also require licensure for administrators of assisted living facilities. Other than these two types of facilities, most do not require licensure.