“Administrator” doesn’t begin to describe the importance of Health Care Administration (HCA) in America’s Navy. Administrators are the eyes, ears and minds of a global health care network, managing finances, facilities, logistics, operations and personnel.
Here, you may oversee funds earmarked for servicemembers’ health needs. Conduct research to incorporate best practices at the forefront of progressive health care. Or set up operating facilities for a humanitarian mission in a Third World country.
In the Navy, you will run systems that improve the way the business of health care operates, gaining skills that directly translate to lucrative positions in the civilian world.
As a Navy Health Care Administrator, you will work in any of more than 10 unique specialization areas. You will supervise the care of those who serve, managing everything from delivery systems to training programs and expanding your expertise through unprecedented growth opportunities.
As a Navy Health Care Administrator and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, you may:
- Evaluate medical and humanitarian needs after an earthquake or a natural disaster
- Oversee proper construction of a new hospital at home or abroad
- Manage the budget of a department, division or an entire facility
- Make recommendations on how to continue delivering quality health care in cost-effective ways
- Evaluate the training needs of personnel and make recommendations
As a Navy Health Care Administrator, you can concentrate your practice in one or more of the following areas:
- Education and Training Management
- Financial Management
- General Health Care Administration
- Health Care Facilities Planning
- Information Management
- Manpower Systems Analysis
- Medical Logistics Management
- Operations Research
- Patient Administration
- Plans, Operations and Medical Intelligence
As an integral part of the Navy Medical Service Corps, you could lead personnel at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and San Diego, California. Or you could provide administrative support aboard an aircraft carrier, aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships – the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy – or in operational units worldwide.
No matter where you serve, you’ll provide leadership and expertise to support your country, the men and women who defend it, their families and the world at large.
Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs.
Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) – Receive up to $134,600 while finishing your degree. This amount includes a generous monthly salary and housing allowance ranging from $3,280 to $5,610 for up to 24 months.*
Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.
*Navy HSCP housing allowance based on graduate school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with a higher cost of living.
There's an alternative to spending years paying down the cost of your graduate education. If you're currently a practicing professional, you could potentially be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP). Talk to a Navy Officer Recruiter for more information.
Offers have many variables. To get information and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.
To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Health Care Administrator in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (contact a
Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
- Master’s degree with a major in health care, hospital or health services administration (MHA). MHAs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
- Or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in Health Care Administration. MBAs must be accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Or have a master’s degree in public health accredited by CEPH in Public Health (Concentration in Administration)
- Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
- Be between the ages of 18 and 41
- Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination
You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:
- Residency completion and employment experience in Health Care Administration (PPO, HMO, Managed Care)
- GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Letters of recommendation from military or civilian personnel
After the Navy
In the Navy, your unrivaled training, continuing education and experience will offer superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off long after you return to the civilian world. You’ll be in high demand by health care systems, insurance organizations, non-profits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others.
Consider Your Service Options.
There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.