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Health care administration is the ideal management career for those who also want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Health care administrators plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care services at organizations such as assisted living facilities, group homes, outpatient clinics and hospices. They must balance the unique health care needs of the people they serve with dynamic changes in their industry, such as evolving integrated health care delivery systems, technological innovations and complex legal and regulatory environments.

Graduates of the UW-Eau Claire program are prepared for a variety of managerial positions in the health care field, such as nursing home administrator, human resources director, marketing manager, pharmaceutical salesperson, HMO underwriter, and health care consultant. Our program also provides an excellent preparation for those going on to graduate school and positions in the acute care sector (hospitals).

Why Health Care Administration as a Career?

The U.S. health care system is faced with the challenge of expanding health care services to serve an aging population. As the Baby Boomers age, the senior population, our largest consumers of health care services, is growing in number. They are the health and aging services recipients of the future, but they are already influencing today’s changes.

Services once provided in the hospital setting are now being provided in alternative settings such as outpatient clinics, rehabilitate care facilities, home care and hospices. At the same time, care which was once provided exclusively in nursing homes is being delivered in new settings including assisted living facilities, group homes, adult day-care centers and home care.

This expansion of services from hospitals through a range of intermediate alternatives to home care provides new and expanding opportunities for qualified health care administrators with baccalaureate education, particularly in the post-acute care sector of the continuum. The demand for health care administrators is predicted to grow faster than other careers in coming decades.


(no minor required)

A hands-on program that prepares students for careers in a variety of administrative roles in health care. In addition to coursework in science, business, social sciences and health care administration, the major includes a 12-month practicum at a health care facility.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Wisconsin and Minnesota licensure examinations for Nursing Home Administrators (NHA). Most other states accept graduates from this program for licensure on an individual basis.

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Practicum Experience

The Health Care Administration practicum is an integral part of your education, allowing you to apply your skills and classroom knowledge as part of a leadership team. Upon completion of the practicum, you will be ready to begin performing as a leader and manager in health care.

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