HCA Career Outlook
Starting Salary & Placement
$55,130 | average entry-level salary in Idaho for medical managers in 2018 *Idaho Dept. of Labor
HCA Career Paths
As a result of the transformation taking place in the healthcare system, career options for healthcare executives are becoming more diverse. Increasingly, positions for healthcare executives may be found in a wide variety of settings, such as:
- Ambulatory care facilities
- Consulting firms
- Healthcare associations
- Health insurance organizations
- Home health agencies
- Hospitals and hospital systems
- Integrated delivery systems
- Long-term care facilities
- Managed care organizations (such as HMOs and PPOs)
- Medical group practices
- Mental health organizations
- Nursing homes
- Physician practices
- Public health departments
- Rehabilitation centers
- Skilled nursing facilities
- University or research institutions
If you choose a career in healthcare management, your first job might be an entry-level to mid-level management position in a specialized area, such as:
- Government relations
- Human resources
- Information systems
- Marketing and public affairs
- Materials management (purchasing of equipment and supplies)
- Medical staff relations
- Nursing administration
- Patient care services
- Planning and development
Acute Care Careers:
"Acute care" involves assessing and treating sudden or unexpected injuries and illnesses. Acute care facilities, typically general or specialty hospitals, provide care for patients who have sustained life-threatening injuries or who have conditions that may lead to deteriorating health status.
Managed Care Careers:
The term "managed care" describes healthcare systems assembled specifically to deliver services in ways that improve quality and control costs. Executives in the managed care field often describe themselves as working in "the insurance business" even though the field encompasses more than insurance operations.
Learn more about managed care careers
What Our Graduates Say...
"Idaho State's Health Care Administration program showed through its courses that I can make a difference in my community and organization without having direct patient contact. I originally started as a Nursing major but changed my major after speaking with Dr. Tracy Farnsworth about ISU's HCA Program shortly after starting my journey at ISU. I learned that my decisions as an Administrator could not only make a difference in a single patients' life but numerous patients' lives at one time."
-Callie Jo Robbins
"The Idaho State University Healthcare Administration program set the foundation for my career - not only for my future positions as an administrator, but also the foundation to obtain certification as a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through the American College of Medical Practice Executives. The program offers a well-rounded educational foundation for success!"
-Tiffany B. Mecham, CMPE, Clinic Administrator, Primary Health Medical Group
"The health care administration program at ISU gave me a comprehensive educational foundation to grow from as an early careerist. I am grateful for the opportunities (beyond required classes) that were available to me in the HCA program including: campus involvement activities, guest speakers, and networking events. "
"My experience in Idaho State University's Health Care Administration program can be described in one word, opportunity. I had the amazing opportunity to learn from world-class faculty and apply my education through a capstone internship. ISU's HCA program has opened countless doors that lead to a brighter future."
The College of Business is home to the unique Professional Development program designed to prepare students for the career search beginning as early as their freshman year. Our Professional Development team will help students get setup with internships, networking opportunities and resume preparation. Learn more about the program.