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Why Competency-Based Learning Is a Popular Choice When Earning a Master of Healthcare Administration Degree

MHA candidates follow a flexible, custom-paced path to earn a degree.

If your interests point to a career in healthcare administration, there are a couple of strong reasons why now might be just the right time to head in that direction.

First, the job outlook is bright. Labor experts say that employment of medical and health services workers will grow by 32% between 2019–2029, and an additional 133,200 professionals will be working in the field by 2029.1 Just for comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations is 4%.


Second, there is an innovative online learning format that, for many working professionals, is a flexible path to earning a degree. Walden University offers a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program in its signature Tempo Learning® format. Self-paced, with an all-you-can learn subscription model, Tempo Learning® is a popular choice for adult learners with busy lives who are eager to earn an MHA degree and use the skills they’re learning right away.

To learn why so many of Walden’s online master’s in healthcare administration students choose the competency-based learning format—and to see if it’s the right choice for you—here are some of Tempo Learning’s innovative features:

It’s All About Competencies

In traditional degree programs, you progress course by course. In Walden’s online MHA degree program in the Tempo Learning® format, you’ll demonstrate competencies instead of completing courses. Competencies are the skills, knowledge, and abilities you’ll need to be successful in your healthcare administration career. Completing these competencies ensures that as a graduate, you’ll be able to show your current or future employers the specific skills and abilities you learned in your MHA program.

Set Your Pace and Your Schedule

All of our lives are busy in different ways. That’s why Walden’s competency-based learning format adapts to your style—not a calendar. There are no weekly deadlines and you decide when and where to work. All you need is a laptop and WiFi connection. And with Tempo Learning®, you set the pace: slow down, speed up, or keep it steady. This flexibility is an attractive feature for master’s in healthcare administration students who are generally earning a degree while also working and enjoying their personal lives.

Subscribe to Learn

When you earn your MHA degree in the Tempo Learning® format, you’ll subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. This is an all-you-can-learn tuition model, so the number of competencies you complete during a learning period is up to you.

Earn an Online MHA Degree

Walden’s competency-based format can help you earn a master’s degree in a healthcare administration program that can give you the tools you need to lead with excellence and vision. In your coursework, you’ll explore the trends, regulations, laws, best practices, and health policies that impact today’s health systems.

When you earn a degree—whether to advance your career or to shift into healthcare administration, your future job roles may include:2

  • Ambulatory surgery center director
  • Compliance or business operations director
  • Academic program or departmental administrator
  • Hospital or health services administrator
  • Director of business functions such as marketing, operations, and planning
  • Director of managed care
  • Director of managed care business development
  • Medical and health services manager

If your career goals lie in the dynamic, growing field of healthcare administration, consider earning a degree in Walden’s competency-based learning format. It is a popular choice for MHA degree-seekers at Walden.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering an online Master of Healthcare Administration degree program in the Tempo Learning® format. Expand your career options and earn your degree using a convenient, flexible learning platform that fits your busy life.

2Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program. 

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,