Hospital employees who earned a bachelor's in healthcare administration

Allied Health Care Administration

Contact Person

Dr. Kristine N. Kraft
(330) 972-6516
knk@uakron.edu


Program Overview

Curriculum Guide (Degree Requirements)

What is Allied Health?

Allied Health is a comprehensive term for any health care profession distinct from physicians, pharmacy and nursing. Allied Health careers today make up 60% of the total U.S. health care workforce --- and that number is growing!  To help meet the increasing demand for these health care leaders, the University of Akron has a flexible baccalaureate degree program in Allied Health Care Administration. This degree is ideal for students new to health care as well as those who are already in the field wanting to move up and contribute more at work.  With most of the coursework offered online, you can earn this degree while still working!

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Career Options in Allied Health 

The Allied Healthcare Administration degree can be customized to match your specific career objectives.  There are alternate pathways for those just starting their career in health care, as well as specialized studies for individuals who are looking to advance their current healthcare careers.   Your path of study can be molded to help you achieve your educational and career goals!

The Allied Healthcare Administration degree can be customized to match your specific career objectives.  There are alternate pathways for those just starting their career in health care, as well as specialized studies for individuals who are looking to advance their current healthcare careers.   Your path of study can be molded to help you achieve your educational and career goals!

This degree is flexible enough to offer four different career pathways:

Coding

You can train to properly report medical conditions, using the HIPAA-mandated code sets, for purposes of payment, epidemiologic study, and public health purposes of payment and research.   This pathway offers the opportunity to prepare for one of the national coding certification exams.  Many coders work remotely for healthcare organizations and governmental agencies.  Certified coders are in high demand! 

Management

You can customize your degree to focus on your career as a health care manager. This degree can qualify you to work as a hospital department or unit manager or outpatient provider practice administrator.

Information Systems

Healthcare information technology has been a rapidly growing field since the implementation of electronic health record systems (EHR’s) in the past decade.  You can plan a course of study that combines health care classes with other IT electives to obtain certifications in information security and other related technical certificates.

Advanced Degrees

Your degree can serve as a launch pad to other advanced degree programs.  The most common advanced degree options related to this program would be studying to become a Physician Assistant, a Doctorate in Health Care Administration, or obtaining a Master’s in Business Administration.  

Graduate's Board Certification

In addition to focused classroom and clinical learning, after successfully completing the UA Bachelor of Allied Health Administration program, graduates will be eligible to take two (2) national board certifications:

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PROFESSIONAL CODERS (AAPC)

Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) national certification exam
2233 South Presidents Drive, Suite #F
Salt Lake City, UT  84120
(800) 622-2633


AMERICAN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (AHIMA)

Certified Coding Specialist - Physician-based (CCS-P®) national certification examination
233 North Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
(800) 335-5535

Strong hiring predicted

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in this field will increase 20 percent from 2016 to 2026—much faster than the average for all occupations.

About UA's School of Allied Health

The School of Allied Health at The University of Akron houses a distinct group of health care professionals with comprehensive knowledge of:

  • modern health care delivery systems,
  • the identification and treatment of diseases and
  • related health care management services.

The School of Allied Health offers baccalaureate degrees in Health Care Administration and Respiratory Therapy, both of which train professionals through clinical rotations and externships toward expertise complementing other members of the health care team.

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