This page will help guide you through the process of choosing a healthcare administration school to attend. Finding a school that will fit your needs is half the battle when it comes to getting into a Master level program.
You can begin your search by clicking on your state (or states) of interest on the map below. You will then be taken to a page that will show you which schools are located within that state. You can also find information about the schools that should help you narrow down your choices.
I have added a few tips below the map in regards to things that you should think about before taking the plunge into healthcare administration schooling. I would advise that you take a couple of minutes to read through my tips. I have already been through this process of choosing and attending a healthcare administration program in the past. Happy hunting!
Healthcare Administration Schools By State
The map will be updated regularly.
Some Things To Think About
Before deciding on a school, it’s important that you take some time to sit down and think about what you want to get out of your health admin program. If you rush into a decision you might regret it later on.
In the next few paragraphs I will cover a few things that you should keep in mind. Feel free to use the contact page or leave a comment at the end of this post if you have questions.
How Much Will It Cost?
This is one of the biggest questions that will come to mind when looking for a school to attend. The cost of attending school is not cheap, and it’s very important that you do some preliminary budgeting prior to signing on the dotted line for your acceptance.
Make sure that you have a list of any debts or loans that you might already have. If you’re lucky, your parents were nice enough to pay off your undergraduate education. If not, you’ll have to take into account those extra student loans.
You also need to think about general living expenses and housing costs. Living in large cities and near large universities tends to be more expensive than smaller, less populated areas.
Another expense piece deals with in- and out-of-state tuition. If you move to another state to go to school you will likely end up paying much higher tuition. The same goes for private institutions versus public. Public school tuition tends to be much cheaper than private.
You can find a simple budget sheet here that can help you lay out your expenses.
This is more of a personal preference than anything else. Do you want to be close to family? Do you have friends or family who leave near the school and can support you? These are questions to keep in mind as you’re looking.
You’ll also want to figure out transportation options. If you know that you’re not going to have access to a car, try to figure out where the bus routes are. You can then begin searching for apartments that are near bus stops. This will make things a whole lot cheaper if you can use school/public transport as opposed to paying for your own car.
Again, living in a big city such as San Francisco or New York tends to be very expensive. However, you’re likelihood of having access to public transport and school bus routes is much higher. Check out the cost of living to get a better of idea of how much it’s going to cost you to live in a certain area.
Do You Need Work Experience?
Many people who attend healthcare administration schools at the graduate level have already had quite a bit of work experience in the past. If you are in a position where you need to build your resume, you’re going to have to keep that in mind as you choose a school.
Let’s give an example:
Student A: Already has an MD and just wants to venture into the administrative world at some point in the future. Has lots of healthcare experience due to work as a physician.
Student B: Came straight from undergrad and is lacking in terms of healthcare related job experience.
Student A will have the luxury of being able to go anywhere since he or she will be able to stack a resume with relevant healthcare experience. That person might also have lots of connections in the healthcare field.
On the other hand, Student B will need to go to school where healthcare internships and job opportunities are more plentiful. This usually means going to school in a large city. For example, this student might decide to go to Emory in Atlanta since the Centers for Disease Control and numerous other health institutions are nearby.
In the end, the school that you go to is totally up to you. However, I highly recommend that you keep all of these things in mind as you’re making your decision. It’s better to take your time and make sure that you’re going to the right place as opposed to finding out that you hate (or can’t afford) the school you chose.
Again, feel free to leave a comment if you have questions.