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Healthcare Management

The Healthcare Management Associate degree program is a business degree that prepares you for a career in health services management.

Healthcare record technician putting away patient recordsHealthcare is a constantly changing field, especially when dealing with insurance reimbursement, managed care, fee schedules, patient expectations, and governmental changes. There is a tremendous need for people trained in this specialty. Most graduates are eligible for supervisory or management positions within a few years after gaining experience. Healthcare Management Technology (HMT) prepares you to work in or manage these dynamic business office responsibilities and new reimbursement methods. Healthcare Management is a career choice with exciting challenges, teaching graduates how to increase profitability, code and process insurance, and provide excellent customer (patient) service.

Positions for Graduates:

  • Patient Check-in and Check-out personnel
  • Financial Eligibility Specialists
  • Admissions/Registration Coordinators
  • Managed Care Tracking Specialists
  • Insurance Technicians/Claims Processing
  • Collections and Insurance Follow-up
  • Business Office Manager or Supervisor
  • Practice Administrator

Places of Employment:

  • Physician offices
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Healthcare computer companies
  • Management Service Organizations (MSO's)
  • Insurance companies
  • Laboratory
  • Independent consultant

Healthcare Management Core and Elective Courses

  • MED 114 - Professional Interaction in Health Care
  • MED 121 - Medical Terminology I
  • MED 122 - Medical Terminology II
  • HMT 110 - Introduction to Healthcare Management
  • HMT 210 - Medical Insurance
  • HMT 211 - Long-Term Care Administration
  • HMT 212 - Management of Healthcare Organizations
  • HMT 220 - Healthcare Financial Management
  • HMT 225 - Practice Management Simulation
  • OST 149 - Medical Legal Issues
  • OST 247 - Procedure Coding
  • OST 248 - Diagnostic Coding
  • ACC 120 - Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 121 - Principles of Managerial Accounting

Work Based Learning:

Our associates degree program offers a 320 hour work-based learning opportunity. In the last semester, students work with Ms. Ford and Ms. Richard to select the best facility for their educational experience. The combination of their degree and healthcare experience
leads to better career placement.

Certificates Offered:

  • Insurance Certificate Program
  • Healthcare Receptionist Program
  • Healthcare Management Certificate Program

Professional Organizations

» Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA)
» North Carolina Medical Group Managers (NCMGM)
» Western Piedmont Medical Professionals (WPMP)
» North Carolina Healthcare Financial Management Association (NCHFMA)

Please see the catalog for more information about the degree and certificate options for this curriculum.


Kim Ford
Instructor and Advisor
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4267

Laura Richard
Director, Instructor and Advisor
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4523