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Online Graduate Degrees for Healthcare Professionals

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Online Graduate Degrees for Healthcare Professionals’ furnishes detailed information pertaining to popular graduate healthcare programs which can be pursued online. The article also discusses the …

Online Graduate Degrees for Healthcare Professionals’ furnishes detailed information pertaining to popular graduate healthcare programs which can be pursued online. The article also discusses the advantages of pursuing these graduate programs online and how it helps you evolve as a healthcare professional.

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  • 1. Online Graduate Degrees for Healthcare ProfessionalsIt’s no secret that this is a great time to be working in the field of healthcare. The industry isteeming with jobs and offers career options that are stable and promise growth in addition toattractive compensation and benefits. (www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs035.htm)Those who are already employed in the healthcare sector have the opportunity to grow theircareer by leaps and bounds if only they invest some time, energy and money in obtaining agraduate degree online.There are several benefits of pursuing health sciences programs online. But first, let’s look atsome graduate degree programs that healthcare professionals can consider to propel theircareer:Master’s in Healthcare Administration: This online Master’s degree is ideally suited forpracticing healthcare administrators. Professionals involved in direct patient care, but looking tomove to management roles can also consider getting an MHA degree.Typically, the focus of an MHA program is to provide business education and build on prior clinicalexperience of candidates with the objective to train them for complex management roles.Master’s in Healthcare Informatics: Those who are interested in technology and the variousways it can be applied to health services are ideal candidates for graduate degree programs inhealthcare informatics.Health informatics professionals are the people who are responsible for the maintenance andsecurity of all patient records. They make generous use of technology to discharge their dailyduties and are hence expected to keep pace with technological advances.For this reason, a Master’s degree in Healthcare Informatics includes training in computing skillsas well as information systems.Master’s in Nursing Education: This online Master’s degree is meant for Registered Nurseswho want to become educators and train future nurses in a variety of settings.A Master’s in Nursing Education program guides RNs in curriculum development, teachingmethods, evaluation techniques, and mentoring skills – all the responsibilities that they have tofulfill as nurse educators.Since the job requires a solid clinical background, it’s generally recommended that RNs spendsome part of their careers in direct patient care before becoming educators. They should alsohave excellent communication and inter-personal skills to train their students effectively.Master’s in Nursing Administration: This graduate degree is also available to RegisteredNurses looking for career progression.The objective of this program is to train nurses for management level positions. Those who enrollfor this degree should be prepared to move away from active patient care, as nurse managersspend most of their time in supervising nurses, delegating duties, maintaining staff, developingand implementing training programs, etc.However, some nurse managers may also be involved in patient services, overseeing andmonitoring the delivery of healthcare by her subordinates.As far as the benefits of pursuing graduate health sciences degrees online are concerned, thereare many.
  • 2. As a working professional, you may have little time to fit school into your schedule. However, anonline Master’s degree will provide you the flexibility to set your own timetable and pace oflearning.Another concern you may have about going back to school is managing finances. College is ahuge expense and if you already have a lot of responsibilities, going back to school may not behigh on your priority list.But with online graduate degree programs, you may be able to take advantage of employeeeducation benefits. An online program will also save you costs associated with fuel, parking,books, etc.However, the biggest benefit of an online degree is that you can continue on the path ofeducation while adding to your experience at the same time, as it does not necessitate taking asabbatical from work.By the time you complete your program, you would have grown naturally in your role and yournewly obtained degree would provide the additional impetus you need for further advancement.Now that’s a combination any employer would want from any employee on his team.