Healthcare Management Degree Online | Associate Degree | Penn Foster College

Health Care Management Degree Online

Why Penn Foster College?

  • Nationally Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Earn your Associate Degree Online in Health Care Management with Penn Foster College, and you can gain the knowledge and skills relevant to this exciting field. Throughout this program, you'll learn the management side of the health care industry, as well as medical coding. You can also gain real-world experience by applying the health care management knowledge and skills you've learned during a 160-hour practicum at a medical facility in your local community.

Health care managers work with electronic medical records and coding, HIPAA regulations, and the law and ethics of medicine in the health care industry. As a Penn Foster College graduate, you will be eligible to sit for certification exams for the Certified Coding Associate and the Certified Professional Coder.

Associate Degrees from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Health Care Management Associate's Degree program prepares students for an entry-level career in health care management in which they'll plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

General Orientation:

  • Assess the current employment outlook for Health Care Management
  • Compare the allied health professions and understand their relation to Health Care Management
  • Describe reimbursement systems and the role health information management technicians' play in reimbursement
  • Describe how technology is used in health information management

Medical Law and Ethics:

  • Identify federal and state guidelines when documenting and releasing medical records or information
  • Follow established policies when initiating or terminating medical treatment
  • Perform risk management procedures
  • Comply with federal, state, and local health laws and regulations
  • Define living will, health care proxy, DNR orders, and durable power of attorney
  • Identify ways to stay informed regarding new laws and regulations so that the facility in which they work remains in compliance

Psychology of Human Relations:

  • Define abnormal behavior patterns
  • Identify appropriate therapeutic communication skills when working/caring for patients with special needs
  • Explain developmental stages of life
  • Analyze the effect of hereditary, cultural, and environmental influences

Basic Keyboarding/Computer Concepts:

  • Perform basic keyboarding skills including:
    • Locating the keys on a keyboard
    • Typing medical correspondence and basic reports
  • Demonstrate the proper use of office machines, computerized systems, and medical software such as:
    • Efficiently maintain and understand different types of medical correspondence and medical reports
  • Apply computer application skills using variety of different electronic programs including both practice management software and EMR software

Medical Office Business Procedures/Management:

  • Perform basic clerical functions
  • Prepare medical records
  • Schedule appointments
  • Apply concepts for office procedures
  • Locate resources and information for patients and employers
  • Schedule inpatient and outpatient admissions
  • Post entries on a day sheet
  • Perform billing and collection procedures
  • Perform accounts payable procedure
  • Perform accounts receivable procedures
  • Post adjustments
  • Process credit balance
  • Process refunds
  • Post non-sufficient funds
  • Post collection agency payments
  • Apply third-party guidelines
  • Obtain managed care referrals and pre-certifications
  • Perform diagnostic and procedural coding
  • Prepare and submit insurance claims
  • Use physician fee schedule
  • Use manual or computerized bookkeeping systems
  • Maintain medical facility
  • Perform routine maintenance of administrative and clinical equipment
  • Maintain inventory equipment and supplies
  • Recognize effective communication techniques
  • Communicate on the recipient's level of comprehension
  • Serve as a liaison between physician and others
  • Use proper telephone techniques
  • Interview effectively
  • Use pertinent medical terminology
  • Receive, organize, prioritize, and transmit information expediently
  • Recognize and respond to verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Perform fundamental writing skills including correct grammar, spelling, and formatting techniques when writing prescriptions, documenting medical records, etc

Career Development and Professional Communications:

  • Perform the essential requirements for employment such as resume writing, effective interviewing, dressing professionally, and following up appropriately
  • Demonstrate professionalism by
    • Exhibiting dependability, punctuality, and a positive work ethic
    • Exhibiting a positive attitude and a sense of responsibility
    • Maintaining confidentiality at all times
    • Being cognizant of ethical boundaries
    • Exhibiting initiative
    • Adapting to change
    • Expressing a responsible attitude
    • Being courteous and diplomatic
    • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to all the body systems
  • Discuss the organizational levels of the human body in order of increasing complexity and explain how those levels are related to each other
  • Explain how human anatomy and physiology are related
  • Identify major psychological theories
  • Apply HIPAA regulations
  • Compose essays, narratives, and thesis statements that utilize effective writing techniques

Business and Finance:

  • Discuss an overview of investments and statistics
  • Describe the changing health care environment and its impact on managers
  • Discuss and analyze transactions that affect current assets
  • Explain the basic balance sheet and the impact of those issues on net income and cash flow
  • Describe auditing concepts and implement internal auditing
  • Differentiate between physician and hospital billing concepts
  • Apply basic statistical principles
  • Identify valid and reliable data
  • Calculate, analyze, and report routine institutional statistics and institutional health-care quality indicators
  • Collect, interpret, prepare, and present research data
  • Design reports using database information
  • Perform statistical analysis of patient information

Health Care Management and Department Management:

  • Explain the fundamentals of management
  • Describe the principles of an organization
  • Summarize the basic functions of management
  • Discuss human resources management
  • Describe the principles of supervision
  • Explain staff development
  • Discuss health information technology supervision functions
  • Describe the changing health-care environment and its impact on managers
  • Compare the various schools of thought on managerial skills
  • Discuss the process of planning and what role the manager plays
  • Explain the importance of delegation of authority and mentoring
  • Identify different decision-making approaches
  • Detail the skills needed to manage an entire department or organization
  • Discuss managerial functions
  • Discuss the manager's relationship with the labor union

Supervision and Leadership:

  • Identify and explain major approaches to leadership
  • Describe the prominent theories surrounding the process of leadership
  • Discuss the topic of women and leadership
  • Identify and address moral and ethical issues that arise in the workplace
  • Analyze the role of leadership as it relates to culture and globalization

Quality Management Performance Improvement:

  • Apply the fundamentals of quality management
  • Describe the characteristics of complex systems
  • Explain system behavior
  • Compare models for health-care managers
  • Contrast customer and stakeholder requirements
  • Describe the role of policies in promoting system change
  • Improve and measure process and performance

Human Resources Management:

  • Identify the responsibilities of human resources departments
  • Summarize the types of skills needed for effective HRM operations
  • Explain the role of supervisors and discuss ethical issues in HRM
  • Summarize the elements of work flow analysis
  • Discuss the ways technological developments affect HRM strategies
  • Explain ways employers can provide for worker safety and health and eliminate sexual harassment
  • Describe typical careers in HRM

Semester 1

Basic Skills Assessment

All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

HIT100 Introduction to Allied Health 1 credit

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and get an introduction to health care, the health information management industry, and the role that health information technicians play in that industry.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Describe reimbursement systems and the role health information management technicians play in reimbursement.
  • Describe how technology is used in health information management.
  • Discuss different professional organizations and certifications for health information management technicians.
  • Explain the different roles, opportunities, and settings for health information management technicians.
ENG103 Information Literacy 1 credit

Get better at finding and using information!

Objectives:

  • Search the Internet more effectively.
  • Get tips about search engines and reliable websites.
  • Learn how to search libraries and other information centers for important, useful information.
HIT105 Law and Ethics in Medicine 3 credits

In this course, you’ll learn how law affects medical offices, the origin of law that affects medical professionals, and some basics about the process of litigation and its alternatives. Learn about medical records and informed consent, as well as privacy law and the HIPAA. Throughout the course, you’ll apply the concepts you learn to hypothetical cases in “Medical Practice” exercises. Complete a research project at the end of the course.

Objectives:

  • Describe civil and criminal law, sources of law, and the steps of litigation.
  • Distinguish between liability, negligence, and malpractice and explain how they relate to medical assistants.
  • Explain defenses against medical malpractice and against criminal charges.
  • Identify the various ethical issues that health-care professionals face.
  • Explain the uses and content of medical records.
  • Describe the legal significance of confidentiality obligations.
  • Explain the core concepts of HIPAA’s final Privacy Rule.
  • Summarize the role of peer review in confidentiality issues.
  • Describe confidentiality and security issues related to electronic medical records.
  • Describe the public duties of health-care professionals and workplace legalities.
  • Define and differentiate living will, health-care proxy, DNR orders, and durable power of attorney.
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues at the beginning of life and childhood and those related to death and dying.
  • Describe health-care trends and the future of health-care delivery.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Law & Ethics for Medical Careers
ENG100 English Composition 3 credits

This course will allow you to polish and enhance your writing skills.

Objectives:

  • Effectively use free writing and brainstorming.
  • Perfect your ability to edit and revise your writing.
  • Apply techniques for getting the reader’s attention.
  • Write descriptive essays, first-person narratives, reflective essays, persuasive essays, and effective thesis statements.

Additional Course Materials:

  • Textbook: Successful College Writing
  • Supplement: The Little, Brown Essential Handbook
MAT106 Mathematics for Business and Finance 3 credits

This course will hone your math skills so you are able to successfully use them in business and finance industries.

Objectives:

  • Use percentages, discounts, and interest formulas.
  • Analyze present worth and sinking funds.
  • Understand how to buy in installments and price merchandise.
  • Explain depreciation, insurance, equations, and formulas.
  • Discuss an overview of investments and statistics.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Practical Business Math Procedures
HIT107 Medical Terminology 3 credits

This course covers the medical terms that you will encounter in your field. You will complete a research project at the end of the course.

Objectives:

  • Define word elements, roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining vowels, and combining forms.
  • Describe the basic rules for building a medical word.
  • Describe the uses and effects of drugs on the body.
  • Distinguish among generic drug names, official drug names, trade names, and chemical names.
  • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems; cardiovascular system; the blood and lymph system; the respiratory system; the digestive and urinary systems; the reproductive system; the endocrine system; and the nervous system.
  • Define terms related to the psychology and psychiatry fields.
  • Identify and define terms associated with conditions of the eyes and ears.
  • Identify and define terms commonly used on operative reports.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Medical Terminology, A Living Language
CSC104 Computer Applications 3 credits

This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice.  You will navigate popular software tools such as Windows® and Microsoft® Office.

Objectives:

  • Create, edit, and illustrate Microsoft® Word™ documents.
  • Apply formulas and functions to large data sets in Microsoft® Excel.®
  • Incorporate useful charts and graphs to summarize data.
  • Add, delete, sort, and lay out table data.
  • Create presentations in Microsoft® PowerPoint® using advanced tools, tables, and charts.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 2

ALH215 HIPAA Compliance 3 credits

In this course, you’ll learn about the history, implementation, and enforcement of HIPAA transaction standards and code sets.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the scope of the law for health-care providers as well as the insurance industry.
  • Understand the reasons for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  • Discuss the importance of protected health information.
  • Differentiate between privacy, confidentiality, and security.
  • Describe the Security Rule and its impact, safeguards, and challenges.
  • Review HIPAA transactions and code sets.
  • Define the role of the Office of HIPAA Standards (OHS) and Office of the E-Health Standards and Services (OESS).

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: HIPAA for Health Care Professionals
ALH225 Health Care Management 3 credits

Learn how to be a good manager and what it takes to be an effective leader.

Objectives:

  • Describe the changing health-care environment and its impact on managers.
  • Compare the various schools of thought on managerial skills.
  • Discuss the process of planning and what role the manager plays.
  • Explain the importance of delegation of authority and mentoring.
  • Identify different decision-making approaches.
  • Detail the skills needed to manage an entire department or organization.
  • Discuss managerial functions.
  • Discuss the manager’s relationship with the labor union.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Healthcare Management
SCI135 Anatomy and Physiology 1 3 credits

In this course, you’ll begin your study of anatomy and physiology. You’ll learn about general body terms, structures, functions, and processes as well as the skeletal and muscular system. Continue your studies with the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, the senses, and the endocrine system.

Objectives:

  • Define terms referring to location, position, direction, body planes, and sections.
  • Identify and describe the basic anatomical structures and major cavities of the human body.
  • Discuss the process and mechanics of homeostasis.
  • Explain how human anatomy and physiology are related.
  • List and discuss the organizational levels of the human body in order of increasing complexity and explain how these levels are related to each other.
  • Explain the structures, functions, and diseases of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems in humans.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Body Structures and Functions (with accompanying CD-ROM)
SCI136 Anatomy and Physiology 2 3 credits

This course will cover the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, immunity, infection control, respiration, digestion, nutrition, the urinary system, the reproductive system, and genetics.

Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of blood, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the reproductive system, and genetics.
  • Describe the processes of inflammation and coagulation.
  • Explain the disease mechanisms involved in the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
  • Describe different types of microorganisms.
  • Discuss the body’s defense mechanisms against infection.
  • Identify and describe the functions of water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, trace elements, and vitamins.
  • Explain the principles of healthy nutrition and describe nutritional disorders.
  • Identify and explain the functions of the reproductive system.
  • Describe the disorders of both male and female reproductive systems.
  • Define genetics, mutation, and lethal genes.
  • Describe selected genetic disorders.
  • Explain the potential of genetic engineering.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Body Structures and Functions (with accompanying CD-ROM)
HUM106 Interpersonal Communication 1 credit

This course is designed to help you develop professional relationships in the workplace.

Objectives:

  • Understand and explain the components of communication, both verbal and nonverbal.
  • Develop effective listening and observation skills.
  • Recognize prejudice in interpersonal relations.
  • Describe personal traits essential for successful interpersonal relations.
ACC113 Basic Accounting 3 credits

This course meets the needs of students who need to understand accounting language but are not planning to become accountants. Learn what accounting information is, what it means, and how it's used.

Objectives:

  • Define accounting and identify and describe its different classifications.
  • Discuss and analyze transactions that affect current assets.
  • Discuss the significance of inventories and cost-flow assumptions.
  • Explain, integrate, and interpret the basic balance sheet and the impact of those issues of net income and cash flow.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Accounting:What the Numbers Mean
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 3

HRM201 Human Resources Management 3 credits

Learn the basics of human resources (HR) management and practices. Discover techniques for selecting, placing, assessing, developing, and compensating employees. Examine other HR goals and processes, such as labor relations, employee rights and disciplinary procedures, and high-performance work systems.

Objectives:

  • Understand how human resource management (HRM) contributes to organizational performance.
  • Identify the responsibilities of human resources departments.
  • Summarize the types of skills needed for effective HRM operations.
  • Explain the role of supervisors and discuss ethical issues in HRM.
  • Summarize the elements of work flow analysis.
  • Discuss the ways technological developments affect HRM strategies.
  • Explain ways employers can provide for worker safety and health and eliminate sexual harassment.
  • Describe typical careers in HRM.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
HIT201 Quality Management Performance Improvement 2 credits

Learn the principles of clinical quality management and performance improvement in the health-care industry. The course also covers additional areas such as utilization management and risk management.

Objectives:

  • Apply the fundamentals of quality management.
  • Describe the characteristics of complex systems.
  • Explain system behavior.
  • Compare models for health-care managers.
  • Contrast customer and stakeholder requirements.
  • Describe the role of policies in promoting system change.
  • Improve and measure process and performance.
  • Foster teamwork.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Applying Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach
SSC130 Essentials of Psychology 3 credits

This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior.  You will learn about human development throughout the life span.

Objectives:

  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Psychology and Your Life
HIT130 Electronic Medical Records 3 credits

In this course, you’ll be introduced to billing cycles and how health information technology is used in medical offices. You’ll also learn about basic accounting transaction terminology and apply this information to enter patient charges and payments.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the history of electronic health records
  • Perform administrative health information management functions
  • Build an electronic health record
  • Enter information into an electronic health record
  • Utilize templates to increase productivity

Textbook: The Electronic Health Record for the Physician's Office with SimChart for the Medical Office

Simulation: SimChart for the Medical Office

Learning Aid: Certification Test Prep

HIT203 Medical Coding 1 3 credits

This course begins with an overview of coding concepts, terms, and procedures. Explore the system that will replace the ICD-9 in late 2013, the ICD-10, and why it’s important to understand the ICD-9 before learning the new system.  You’ll learn how to use the CPT manual and Level II National Codes (HCPCS) in general. Learn the codes for anesthesia, general surgery, the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, pathology, laboratory, and internal medicine.

Objectives:

  • Work directly with the ICD-9-CM manual; look up codes; and use them to create medical reports.
  • Discuss the components of government and private health-care payer systems.
  • Apply HIPAA regulations.
  • Describe the major components of the ICD-10 system, CPT manual, and Level II HCPCS manual.
  • Analyze key components for and apply Evaluation and Management coding.
  • Use CPT codes to describe procedures involving anesthesia and general surgical treatments.
  • Identify major diagnoses, procedures, and codes for the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, cardiology, maternal care and delivery, female genitals, and radiology.
  • Differentiate between types of pathology codes.
  • Differentiate between inpatient and outpatient reporting guidelines.

Additional Course Materials:

  • Textbook: Step-by-Step Medical Coding
  • Textbook: ICD-9-CM manual
  • Textbook: CPT manual
  • Supplement: Transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS
HIT115 Reimbursement Methodologies 3 credits

In this course, you’ll learn about the different insurance types, what rules govern the submission of claims to each type of insurance, and how to manage outgoing claims and incoming reimbursements.

Objectives:

  • Discuss managed care organizations, government insurance, and workers’ compensation plans.
  • Practice correct ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, and place of service coding techniques.
  • Describe auditing concepts and implement internal auditing.
  • Differentiate between physician and hospital billing concepts.
  • Explain electronic claims submission, payment adjudication, refunds, and appeals.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Comprehensive Health Insurance
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 4

BUS350 Supervision and Leadership 3 credits

This course provides perspective on the challenges of leading a workforce in today’s complex society.

Objectives:

  • Identify and explain major approaches to leadership.
  • Describe the prominent theories surrounding the process of leadership.
  • Discuss the topic of women and leadership.
  • Identify and address moral and ethical issues that arise in the workplace.
  • Analyze the role of leadership as it relates to culture and globalization.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Leadership: Theory and Practice
HIT209 Department Management 2 credits

This course provides you with an understanding of basic management principles in health information management—useful information no matter which career you choose within the health information management field.

Objectives:

  • Explain the fundamentals of management.
  • Describe the principles of an organization.
  • Summarize the basic functions of management.
  • Discuss human resources management.
  • Describe the principles of supervision.
  • Explain staff development.
  • Discuss health information technology supervision functions.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach
HIT210 Healthcare Statistics 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce you to the calculation, compilation, analysis, and presentation of health-care statistics.

Objectives:

  • Distinguish between descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.
  • Apply basic statistical principles.
  • Identify valid and reliable data.
  • Calculate, analyze, and report routine institutional statistics and institutional health-care quality indicators.
  • Collect, interpret, prepare, and present research data.
  • Design reports using database information.
  • Perform statistical analysis of patient information.
  • Participate in committees utilizing health record information.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Calculating and Reporting Healthcare Statistics
General Education Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

HUM102-Art Appreciation  
This course will provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to critique a variety of artwork

Objectives:

  • Understand artistic media.
  • Identify historical periods and artistic movements.
  • Explain the roles of the artist and the viewer.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: The Power of Art

HUM104-Music Appreciation  
This course will help you understand and appreciate the art of music.

Objectives:

  • Explain the roles of the composer and the listener.
  • Describe music theory, instrumentation, and historical periods.
  • Distinguish various styles of music.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Listen to This

ENG115-Introduction to Literature  
Read and analyze the main genres of literature—poetry, fiction, and drama. Study the themes and forms of literature.

Objectives:

  • Read more effectively for both knowledge and enjoyment.
  • Use your new vocabulary to discuss, write about, and understand literature.
  • Explain the characteristics of several genres, including the short story, poetry, drama, and the essay.
  • Identify and understand literary technique.
  • Discuss the relationship between literature and life.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Literature
ALH280 Practicum in Health Care Management 4 credits

Practice your health-care management knowledge and skills in a variety of workplace settings.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate health-care management knowledge and skills.
  • Work on projects and research.
  • Gain workplace experience under the supervision of an externship site supervisor.
  • Complete 160 hours.

It is the responsibility of the student to secure a site for the field placement(s).

Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all 4 semesters.
  • Pass all courses.
  • Achieve a cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of 2.0 or higher.

You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 7 or later, Microsoft® Office 2013, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

NOTE: Advanced standing student shipments may vary from the above schedule.
Although this outline covers all four semesters of your program, you receive lesson materials for each semester as you enroll.
This program requires fieldwork in Semester 4. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 160 hours proctored experience in varied health care settings. It is the responsibility of the student to secure a site for the field placement(s).
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft, Windows, Excel, and PowerPoint are registered trademarks and Word is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.

Sample Lesson

To view a Health Care Management sample lesson, click here.

Health Care Management Program Details

Health care managers work for the clinical or administrative departments of a health care facility or hospital. In the Penn Foster Health Care Management Associate degree program you’ll cover topics such as:

Health Care Management Certification

Graduates of the Health Care Management degree online program are eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate or the CCS Certified Coding Specialist credential exams offered by the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). In addition, you’re eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder examination offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Healthcare Management Degree Online

Health care managers work with electronic medical records and coding, HIPAA regulations, and the law and ethics of medicine in the health care industry. Here are a few qualities that effective medical professionals have in common:

  • Organized: Keep confidential health forms and patient information in the right places.
  • Honest: Insurance companies, doctors, and patients trust you.
  • Dependable: Patients and doctors rely on you to be organized and on time.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

After earning my degree I received a pay increase and a promotion to a supervisor position. The instructors are superb, helpful, and are there with you every step of the way. Also, the student services representatives are courteous and understanding; they are there to answer any questions you may have. After each assignment I completed, the staff of Penn Foster always had encouraging statements that helped me to stay on course. Congrats to Penn Foster College on being the best and bringing the best out of me.

- Shawn C., Penn Foster College Graduate

Having a degree will increase my chances of being put at the top of the promotion list. I suggest Penn Foster programs all of the time to my coworkers. I am in the military, and Penn Foster is a very military-friendly school. I got all of my materials shipped to me while I was overseas for deployment.

- Amy G., Penn Foster College Graduate

I enjoyed very much the ability to become part of the Penn Foster group. The instructors were extremely helpful and kind. They were always there when I needed help or just plain needed advice.

- Ashley L., Penn Foster College Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Health Care Management academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What certifications are available for Penn Foster College's Health Care Management Associate Degree Program?

Upon graduation you’ll be eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate credential exam offered by the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). In addition, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder examination offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Will my Penn Foster College credits transfer to other schools?

Penn Foster College credits have been accepted for transfer into many colleges across the country.¹ Students should check with a specific college to see if they accept our credits, as credit transfer can vary depending on the school. Also, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits. For more information on transferring credits, click here.

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¹ Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. If you are planning to continue your education with another school after you earn your degree from Penn Foster College, you should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.

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