Student of the Month

January 2016 Student of the Month: Alejandro Sanchez


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Alejandro Sanchez

Program of Study:
Health Services Administration

Semester of anticipated graduation:
May 2016

Career goal:
Radiology Director/Administrative Role

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I am married and have three small children, ages five month, four and six. My youngest was born with hydrocephalus and has needed very attentive care since he was born. My wife had to leave her job as a cardiovascular sonographer of nine years to care for my youngest. I am the lead diagnostic medical sonographer at Lee Memorial Hospital, and I am the only practicing musculoskeletal sonographer in the SWFL area.

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
If I have spare time, I enjoy power lifting, martial arts and boxing, in addition to anything that involves spending time with my wife.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
They have all been beneficial in one way or another, especially when I can relate to the issues presented on a daily basis with my current career.

The health services administration program at Hodges University provides an innovative curriculum for students preparing to enter the health care industry. Adult learners engage in active learning, which serves to enhance their knowledge of the business of health care. Health services managers must understand how to plan, direct and coordinate various medical and health-related services depending upon the facility in which they work.

Students interested in a career in health services administration often possess a wide array of skill sets, including analytical, problem-solving, interpersonal, technical and communication skills. They also pay close attention to detail, which may require maintaining and organizing scheduling and billing information for a facility.

A degree in health services administration provides students with opportunities to fulfill management and leadership roles in for-profit, nonprofit and public health care settings, as well as agencies providing non-clinical services to the public.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an increased demand for medical and health services managers “should create greater needs for physicians and other health care workers, medical procedures and health care facilities, and therefore, greater needs for managers who organize and manage medical information and health care staff.” The BLS also projects that from 2014-2024, the percentage of individuals pursuing a career as a manager in medical and health services will grow 17 percent.*

One of the great aspects of Hodges University’s Bachelor of Science in health services administration is it can be completed online. At Hodges, our students do not have to sacrifice quality for convenience. Our expert and professional faculty members have real-world experience in the field of health services administration, and as students, you can expect to receive their professional insight and expertise in the classroom. Our faculty is prepared to guide you through your educational journey toward a degree in health services administration.

For those who are interested in furthering their education beyond a bachelor’s degree, Hodges also offers a Master of Science in health services administration. This program takes students to the next level by providing experienced health care managers with a graduate-level curriculum designed to develop a student’s administrative knowledge, skills and abilities.

Our master’s program requires only 30 credits, and our courses only last 7.5 weeks. Other institutions may offer lower tuition, but they require 36-45 credits. If you are looking for flexibility, our program is offered completely online and with a requirement of only 30 credits, so you can complete your master’s degree in health services administration in a little more than one year. Also, a master’s degree in health services administration from Hodges is accepted for individuals interested in pursuing a doctoral degree.

At Hodges, we understand your need for flexible options, and as working professionals, you need a degree program that will allow you to further your education without the disruption to your career. This graduate-level program, which consists of 30 semester hours, is available in the online format. Courses topics range from strategic planning, to leadership in health care, to financial management.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited April 28, 2016).