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How a HAD Degree Can Boost Your Healthcare Career

Many students choose to pursue an online graduate degree to further their career. The MS in Health Administration program at Saint Joseph’s University is ranked one of the best in the country, and with that great name recognition will come chances for advancement. The HAD program not only molds you for a senior leadership position in healthcare, but also gives the life lessons needed to prepare for the many complexities that come from being a healthcare leader.

Access to experienced professionals

Some of the great things about the HAD program are the outstanding professors in each and every course. The professors are all experts, working in their fields of study – most of them for twenty-plus years.

With the collaborative sessions, case studies, discussion board posts, and projects, each professor is preparing you for what this topic means and how it will impact you as a healthcare leader. I have not felt that the professor was reading from a book when explaining a topic to me. In fact, some the professors used actual case studies from their own professional careers.

As your classmates are debating how to handle an ethics dilemma or managed-care situation and what should be done, you can benefit from having an experienced professional guide you through the process and show how to apply what you’re learning to the real world. The master’s program has given me a sort of quiet confidence and I feel prepared to handle these situations when given the opportunity to be a hospital CEO.

Real–world applications

While teaching students about different topics in healthcare, every professor has gone out of their way to explain how to parlay the degree into a career path. Topics they have covered have included:

  • The best way to interview for a position
  • How to handle salary negotiations
  • The best way to network with future employers
  • How to plan a career path for yourself (and then make it happen)

You can obtain all of the degrees you want, but if you cannot apply your advanced education to career advancement, the degrees will become nothing more than a fancy framed piece of paper.

Determine your own path

In the health administration master’s program, you learn how to take your degree and successfully use it to advance your career. I recently went on a job interview and, thanks to the knowledge I had picked from this program, knew the position was not for me. In the past, I might have taken any position that offered additional money and a better sounding title. However, this program has shown me that not all moves are good career moves. I have learned you have to think long-term about what you want out of your career and the best way to get there.

Saint Joseph’s has empowered me to figure what I want out of a healthcare career, and given me the tools and knowledge to make that happen. Any school can offer you a degree, but Saint Joseph’s has given me a real chance at career advancement.

About the Author

Photo of SJU student blogger, Christopher Powell

Chris Powell is a current graduate student in the HAD program at Saint Joseph’s. Chris is currently a Supply Chain Operations Manager for a health care system in Columbia, S.C.

In his spare time, Chris is a proud husband, father, and the worst golfer you have ever seen. The Hawk Will Never Die.

Grad Year: 2017
Program: MS in Health Administration

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