Healthcare Management

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A degree in Healthcare Management enables graduates to secure employment in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Students learn about health laws and regulations, budgeting, staffing, healthcare ethics and issues, security, privacy, and insurance reimbursement. The Medical Management concentration focuses on the specialized business functions of a healthcare organization such as office operations, financial management, personnel supervision, and healthcare regulations. The Medical Coding concentration centers on medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, treatment procedures, classifications, and insurance regulations. As a healthcare manager or coder, program graduates can be employed by physicians' offices, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, hospitals, insurance companies, and rehabilitation facilities.

Need to enter the job market quickly?
The Medical Coding Technical Certificate program offers excellent preparation for students wanting to begin a career in coding medical records. The Healthcare/IT Medical Management Technical Certificate program prepares students for careers as medical records and health information technicans.

Planning to earn a Bachelor's degree?
Students can choose to earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Healthcare Management (PDF) or in Health Information Management (PDF) at Nashville State, then transfer to a four-year university to complete their baccalaureate degree. AA/AS degree areas of emphasis courses do not represent requirements for any specific university. In planning the courses to be taken at Nashville State, students first choose the four-year university that they plan to attend, consult the catalog of the transfer university for specific degree requirements, and meet with their Nashville State advisor to match up the courses offered at Nashville State with the courses required at their future four-year university.

Advising Sheet Archives

 

2014–2015 Advising Sheets

AAS Advising Sheets
Medical Management
Medical Coding

Technical Certificates
Medical Coding Technical Certificate
Healthcare/IT Medical Management

AA-AS Advising Sheets
Healthcare Management
Health Information Management

 

2013–2014 Advising Sheets

AAS Advising Sheets
Medical Management
Medical Coding

Technical Certificates
Medical Coding Technical Certificate
Healthcare/IT Medical Management

AA-AS Advising Sheets
Healthcare Management
Health Information Management

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I work full time from 8:00–5:00, Monday through Friday. Are there any classes offered for someone with this work schedule?
Yes. The Healthcare Management program at Nashville State Community College offers day and evening classes, and most courses are offered either online or as a hybrid online class (an online class with fewer on-campus class meetings).

How long do I have to complete the Medical Coding Technical Certificate?
All students have different schedules and commitments. There is no set rule as to the length of time it will take to complete the Technical Coding Certificate; however, most students complete it in three semesters.

I have already been in the workplace for several years and am looking for a career change. Am I too old to return to school?
Our student population is very diverse. You will find that there are students of all ages and all walks-of-life who are interested in progressing with higher education. You will find that life experience may even enhance your learning ability.

How much will my A.A.S. Healthcare Management degree cost?
For information regarding tuition, please visit Tuition and Fees. There is also a $20 application fee—check out Apply to NSCC for more information. The price of books will vary from year to year and course to course. Click on the textbook information link found in each course's course description in the NSCC Catalog for current textbook requirements and costs.

What salary should I expect with my new career as a medical coder?
According to the American Association for Professional Coders Salary Survey 2012, the average salary nationwide is $47,870 per year.

I have heard that I can work from home as a medical coder, is this true?
It is true that many medical coders do work from their home; however, most employers will require a minimum of two years coding experience in the office setting before allowing the coder to work from home.

What happens after I graduate with my A.A.S. Healthcare Management – Coding concentration?
It is strongly recommended that the graduate sit for the Certified Professional Coder examination (CPC). Upon passing the examination, the graduate is credentialed as a CPC. The CPC is nationally recognized by employers seeking ethical, accurate, and professional medical coders. (more)

Program Faculty

Eli Alvarado, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, 615-353-3705
R.N., Nursing, Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing, 1976
B.A., Political Science, Wright State University, 1982
M.H.A., Health Administration, Medical College of Virginia, 1986
Certified Professional Coder, 2005


Susan Anne Hawkins, Instructor, 615-353-3491
M.H.A., University of Maryland College, 2004
M.B.A., University of Maryland College, 2005
M.S., Information Technology, University of Maryland College, 2010

Career Services and Cooperative Education

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers. For more information about cooperative work experience opportunities, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail careerservices@nscc.edu.
 

Program Accreditation - Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

The Healthcare Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)The following business degree at Nashville State Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs: A.A.S. in Healthcare Management.

The Healthcare Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Healthcare Management students are eligible for membership in Kappa Beta Delta which is an international honor society established by the ACBSP to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

Program Performance

Contact Information

Eli Alvarado, Program Coordinator
Phone: 615-353-3705

Susan Anne Hawkins, Instructor
Phone: 615-353-3491

Campus Directory

Advising Sheets

Please see Advising Sheet Archives on the left for previous year advising sheets.

AAS Advising Sheets
Medical Management
Medical Coding

Technical Certificates
Medical Coding Technical Certificate
Healthcare/IT Medical Management

AA-AS Advising Sheets
Healthcare Management
Health Information Management

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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