Hospital Patient Registration Specialist: Diploma Summary

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The Hospital Patient Registration Specialist Diploma will prepare you to work as a patient registration specialist in any department of a busy hospital or clinic. To earn this diploma, you will study subjects such as hospital bed control, gathering patient demographics, and hospital database administration. Read the following article to find out more.
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Why enroll in a Hospital Patient Registration Specialist diploma program?

Health care is the fastest-growing career field of the 21st century, and hospitals are busier than ever. Each department in a hospital requires top-notch administration personnel, and one of the most important members of the team is the patient registration specialist. You can train for this new career and soon learn what you need to know to work in any of the departments of a busy hospital.

Career possibilities

You will be ready to work as a patient registration specialist in any of the many hospital departments such as Emergency, Outpatient, Radiology, Cardiopulmonary, Ultrasound, Ob/Gyn, Neonatal, Neurosurgery, Respiratory, or Oncology. You should also be able to find employment outside the hospital setting in a clinic or working for an insurance company or a public health agency. A wide variety of career options within the medical field will be yours with your patient registration specialist skills and training.

Occupational outlook

Demand for hospital patient registration specialists should increase by more than 27% through the year 2014 - this is considered to be 'much faster than average' by the 2005 Occupational Outlook (www.BLS.gov).

Salary information

The 2005 Occupational Outlook (www.BLS.gov) reports that a hospital patient registration specialist should earn an average of $26,640 per year. Benefits are also quite good at most hospitals and opportunities for advancement (and additional earnings) await the dedicated worker.

Courses offered

  • Hospital Database Administration
  • Gathering Patient Demographics
  • Admitting, Discharging, and Transferring Patients
  • Hospital Bed Control

Skills you will learn

The skills and experience in patient administration, which you gain both from your studies and from practicum hours spent working in a teaching hospital, will prepare you for immediate employment in any hospital requiring a patient registration specialist. You will learn how to take patient information and enter it into the computer, as well as how to admit patient, transfer patients within the hospital and to other hospitals and discharge well patients. You will look after bed assignments. You will also learn computer software used in the hospital settings.

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    1. George Mason University

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    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
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    2. The George Washington University

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    Master's
      • MSHS in Health Care Quality
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality
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    3. Kaplan University

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      • Master of Health Information Management
      • Master of Health Informatics
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      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
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      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    4. American University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
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    5. Saint Joseph's University

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    Master's
      • MS - Health Admin
      • MS - Health Admin Informatics
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    6. The University of Scranton

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    Master's
      • MBA - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Health Administration
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
    Certificate
      • Executive Certificate in Health Administration
      • Health Informatics Certificate
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    7. Herzing University

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      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
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      • Bachelor: Health Information Management
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      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist
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      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
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    8. Brightwood College

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    Certificate
      • Medical Office Specialist
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    9. Colorado Technical University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Management - Health Care Management and Leadership
    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
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    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - Health Care Management
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    10. Grand Canyon University

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    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • Master of Public Administration - Health Care Management
      • MS in Health Care Informatics
      • MS in Nursing: Health Care Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science

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George Mason University

  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

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The George Washington University

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  • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

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Kaplan University

  • Master of Health Information Management
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  • Medical Office Administration

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American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS - Health Admin
  • MS - Health Admin Informatics

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The University of Scranton

  • MBA - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Executive Certificate in Health Administration
  • Health Informatics Certificate

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Herzing University

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  • Bachelor: Health Information Management
  • Associate: Health Information Management
  • Diploma: Medical Office Admin

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Brightwood College

  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

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