What does a Practice Administrator do?

Practice managers are responsible for the daily operations of a medical office or clinic, from managing staff to handling patient interactions. Duties include assisting with the onboarding process of new hires, providing training for staff, ensuring legal obligations are met and handling patient complaints and concerns effectively. In terms of career advancement, a practice manager may progress into a directorial or executive role.

Practice managers almost always have an undergraduate degree in nursing or healthcare management. Due to the level of control given to practice managers, most companies require extensive experience working in a managerial position in a clinical or medical setting. Beyond a strong understanding of administrative healthcare systems, successful practice managers also possess excellent customer service, strong leadership and organizational skills.

What responsibilities are common for Practice Administrator jobs?
  • Manage and oversee the business affairs of healthcare practices
  • Supervise and oversee the overall staff performance
  • Screen and interview candidates for job openings
  • Provide training and educational material for staff
  • Ensure legal obligations are met at all times
  • Handle patient complaints and concerns
  • Greet patients who enter the facilities with warmth
  • Maintain updated medical records of patients
What are the typical qualifications for Practice Administrator jobs?
  • Proven experience working in a managerial position in a clinical or medical setting
  • Strong understanding of healthcare administration and management
  • Familiar with administrative software for healthcare systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service with a client focus
  • Flexible to work weekends and overtime where required
  • Able to travel to meetings and to attend conferences as necessary
  • Able to sit, stand and move around for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Practice Administrator make?

$91,233 /yr
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Practice Administrator Career Path

Learn how to become a Practice Administrator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Practice Manager
Senior Practice Manager
Practice Administrator

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Practice Administrator Insights

Read what Practice Administrator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Brave CareBrave Care
Practice Manager
Jun 8, 2021

“Overall I’m super impressed and I highly recommend checking out career opportunities at Brave Care!”

The Children's ClinicThe Children's Clinic
Practice Manager
Jun 29, 2021

“Everyone works as a team to provide the best medical care to our patients and we have fun too.”

Practice Manager
Mar 21, 2022

“I am provided with incredible development opportunities and encouraged to invest in my teams development daily.”

CVS GroupCVS Group
Practice Manager
Nov 21, 2022

“I find the role fulfilling and I have great support from other members of my team and the wider group.”

Banfield Pet HospitalBanfield Pet Hospital
Practice Manager
Nov 4, 2021

“I have had opportunities to grow within my own position and develop towards the next one.”

Kirkland & EllisKirkland & Ellis
Practice Assistant
Aug 19, 2022

“Kirkland is an amazing firm but it is the people who make it that way.”

ASA Skin
Practice Manager and Patient Coordinator
Mar 29, 2021

“It was a great job opportunity to get my foot in the door to the medical aesthetics field.”

Wipro Technologies
Practice Director
Oct 7, 2021

“Most all people are helpful and great to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Practice Administrator

When working as a Practice Administrator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Microsoft Powerpoint, Collaboration, ANCC, and Microsoft Outlook.

The most similar professions to Practice Administrator are:
  • Office Administrator
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a Practice Administrator include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Office Administrator
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Administrative Coordinator
25% skills overlap
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