With so many healthcare degrees to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?
The first step is to decide if you want to work directly with patients, administering and facilitating care, or if you’d prefer to play a more administrative role in an office setting.
Imagine your ideal work environment. Are you in a hospital or a clinic? Do you see yourself in an office setting? If you’re not sure, don’t worry. There are many healthcare degrees that can qualify you for a wide range of work settings.
Once you have identified your preferred role — whether it’s direct patient care or administration and management — it’s time to explore degree programs that will prepare you for success in your chosen field.
Who works in direct patient care?
For students who want to work directly with patients in a general care capacity, in hospitals or clinics, a nursing degree is a good choice.
Look into nursing degrees to prepare for this career path.
If you’re already working as a nurse or in a related role, you may want to further your career by becoming a teacher or administrator. Consider degrees such as a master’s in nurse education (MS)* or nurse administration (MS)*.
If you like the idea of working directly with patients but have decided nursing isn’t the fit for you, consider a medical specialties (AOS) degree. With this degree, you may find work as a medical assistant, a pharmacy technician, a home health aide, or other positions in hospitals or doctors’ offices.
A health science (BS)* degree will also prepare you to work with patients in a variety of settings. This degree can also be a good start for a future training in a particular field of medicine, as well as allow you to find work in administration or management if you find you’d prefer that path.
Who manages patient care and healthcare organizations?
If you’d rather not work directly with patients, a career in administration means you are still providing effective care. A healthcare administration (BS) degree will prepare you to work in small offices or in an assistant role in larger facilities. To advance in the field, you’ll likely need a healthcare administration (MS)* degree.
The medical specialties (AOS) degree also prepares you for administrative work such as coding and billing.
If organizing and interpreting data appeals to you, consider earning a degree in health information management (BS)* or healthcare informatics (MS)*. With a master’s in healthcare informatics, you may find jobs in health data analysis, IT management, or pharmaceutical work.
*Online programs are offered by our affiliated institution, Independence University.
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