Healthcare Administration Job Requirements
Many professional Healthcare Administration organizations offer certifications examinations, as well as study preparation assistance. Most certification programs can be completed online. Registration requirements, deadlines and fees vary.
The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) oversees educational programs designed to help people prepare for Healthcare Administration jobs. CAHME was incorporated in 2004, following extensive research by the former accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA). The change was deemed necessary in order to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare industry.
The American Association of Healthcare Administration Management (AAHAM) offers five certification exams for Healthcare Administration professionals:
- Certified Patient Account Manager (CPAM)
- Certified Clinical Account Manager (CCAM)
- Certified Patient Account Technician (CPAT)
- Certified Clinical Account Technician (CCAT)
- Certified Compliance Technician (CCT)
Eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of certification. Some certifications require either four years of healthcare experience or two years of healthcare experience and an associate’s degree, along with AAHAM membership, while others have no mandatory prerequisites. Fees for the certification exams range from $100 to $175. Either retesting every three years or continuing education units are required to maintain certification. Both the application and the exams are completed online.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers a variety of certifications in the areas of Health Information Management, Medical Coding, Healthcare Privacy and Security, and Health Data Analytics. AHIMA certifications meet credentialing requirements for specific Healthcare Administration careers, demonstrate a high level of professional development, and enhance employability and income potential. Discounts on certification exams are available for AHIMA members.
Healthcare Administration jobs in nursing care facilities and, in some states, assisted living facilities have the strictest certification requirements. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, applicants must complete a state-approved training program, pursue continuing education , and sit for a licensing examination.