With so many prospects for those entering the health field, you may be a little overwhelmed at all the possibilities. There so many different degree programs to choose from—so we’re taking the guesswork out of it for you. Read on to find out how to choose the right educational program for your future career in health.
First, decide what you want to do. Do you want to be a family nurse practitioner or midwife? What about a doctor? Or a research technician? Do you want to work as a home health aide, or work with children that have special needs? You can also consider careers in medical billing, pharmacy or psychology.
To choose the best school for your degree, consider the following types of programs:
Nursing programs are evolving. The Licensed Practical Nursing or Licensed Vocational Nursing (LPN/LVN) and the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) used to have been thought as the only way to become a nurse. Now the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is becoming more preferable for nurses. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the registered nurse license test. Current nurses with an ASN degree can also complete the BSN degree. In fact, the online bachelor’s in nursing is very common, so choosing the right school shouldn’t be so difficult because of the amount of programs. There are also Master’s and now a PhD in nursing available.
With a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, you’ll get an interdisciplinary program that offers the opportunity for associate-prepared allied health professionals to boost their career prospects. The curriculum usually includes information on psychology, sociology, aging, management, communication, advanced imaging, and respiratory care, as well. Nutrition is also a popular field in health, so choosing a Bachelor of Nutrition is also another strong program in the health field. Then there are programs to obtain certification for things like massage therapy and acupuncture. Chiropractic care requires more advanced education, but is also considered an alternative therapy.
Aside from the programs offered, you’ll need to assess yourself as well. Ask yourself questions such as: Do you want to work in a team? Are you better in a lab environment? Are you personable and friendly? What skills do you have, and what do you need to reach your career goal? Do you prefer to work with older or younger people? Then you can read up on the various health services programs and see if they’re a fit for you.
Another big factor in choosing a health degree program is location. If you want to be in on the cutting edge medical developments, you may want to be a near a major hospital in a city, where there are plenty of other medical facilities. If you want to stay in the suburbs or rural areas, you’ll be farther away from major medical research hospitals. That’s great if you want to do something like home health care or nursing, but if you want to be a doctor or conduct research, you may want to be in a more urban area. This is where any family considerations come in, especially if you’re already a working adult with a family.