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Tierra in San Diego, California

77 months ago

I am currently going to school for my Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration. I have no experience in Administration work but I am a fast learner. I have been looking for work but every company I apply for you have to have experience. Does anyone have any suggestions as to go about this? It is real frustrating trying to find a job with no experience.

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Bailey in Decatur, Georgia

77 months ago

It is very hard. I have my Master's in Health Administration w/over 7 years experience in the healthcare industry and I'm still finding it difficult to move up. I have worked for health insurance companies and hospitals and I will tell you that the hospital environment is VERY political. It's not what you know--it's who you know. The insurance companies are more flexible but they tend to restructure (a.k.a lay-off) a lot so many positions have been eliminated or outsourced. My advice to you would be to NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!
With so many people flocking to the Healthcare industry now, jobs are scarce. Also, this industry (like many others) does not give much weight to degrees because nowadays more & more people have them.

Best of luck to you and don't get discouraged!!

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Rafael in Stockton, California

49 months ago

Bailey in Decatur, Georgia said: It is very hard. I have my Master's in Health Administration w/over 7 years experience in the healthcare industry and I'm still finding it difficult to move up. I have worked for health insurance companies and hospitals and I will tell you that the hospital environment is VERY political. It's not what you know--it's who you know. The insurance companies are more flexible but they tend to restructure (a.k.a lay-off) a lot so many positions have been eliminated or outsourced. My advice to you would be to NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!
With so many people flocking to the Healthcare industry now, jobs are scarce. Also, this industry (like many others) does not give much weight to degrees because nowadays more & more people have them.

Best of luck to you and don't get discouraged!!

Hello I realize this thread is over 2 years old but I figured I'd give it a shot. I am also working on my Bachelor's degree and recently switched majors to Healthcare Administration. Over the last few weeks I've been doing a lot of research on the job opportunities in this field and what I have found is somewhat discouraging.
I've looked into entry level positions and ways of moving up the ladder with only a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Admin and no work experience(I do not plan on going to grad school by the way) and so far it sounds damn near impossible to enter the field in my situation. It seems that those with the best chances must have a Master's degree along with an internship and/or past work experience.
Also, I have repeadetly read that this degree is more tailored towards current RN's and other Allied Health profesionals who seek to move up into management roles, and that those like me without work experience in a health/medical environment will have a very low chance of getting our foot in the door in this profession.
Is this really the case?
Would I be wasting my time and money on this Bachelor's degree?

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jb in Miami, Florida

48 months ago

Rafael in Stockton, California said: Hello I realize this thread is over 2 years old but I figured I'd give it a shot. I am also working on my Bachelor's degree and recently switched majors to Healthcare Administration. Over the last few weeks I've been doing a lot of research on the job opportunities in this field and what I have found is somewhat discouraging.
I've looked into entry level positions and ways of moving up the ladder with only a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Admin and no work experience(I do not plan on going to grad school by the way) and so far it sounds damn near impossible to enter the field in my situation. It seems that those with the best chances must have a Master's degree along with an internship and/or past work experience.
Also, I have repeadetly read that this degree is more tailored towards current RN's and other Allied Health profesionals who seek to move up into management roles, and that those like me without work experience in a health/medical environment will have a very low chance of getting our foot in the door in this profession.
Is this really the case?
Would I be wasting my time and money on this Bachelor's degree?

Honestly, if you are trying to be a administrator in a healthcare system, a master's degree is almost always needed to be considered, unless you put in years with a company. So get some experience, find a company that will pay for your master's and keep working up the corporate ladder.

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AJAJ in South Lyon, Michigan

47 months ago

Hello all, I feel your pain I have a Masters degree in Health care administration with a double minor in HR and Project Management. Its very difficult and limiting to achieve a administrative or even executive level position in health care if you are not an RN or clinical professional. If you chose to only do the administrative end of the health care spectrum you will run into limitations and road blocks (trust me I know) ive worked in the health system for over 10 years as and admin asst. and that is as far as this degree will take me in any health systems within a 100 mile radius of my home. Its challenging that you have an abundant amount of knowledge as it relates to the business of health care but - they would much rather give the position to a associates degree RN who knows nothing about CMS scores, Reimbursements, Quality control, HR, Special projects and the list goes on. Yet, those that they place in those roles will use the hell out of an admin with the experience and education related to get there job done. While the admin sits back in idle and lets them take all the credit.? Its hard - I have been very creative with how I will use my MSHA degree. Since I had the opportunity to gain experience in the realm of HR and Project management I have tackled many other opportunities outside of the health system which is still a great challenge to find in this economy.

But please note that if you have no clinical background you will be faced with road blocks etc. etc. and the best job they will give you is and executive assistant position at the cost of 30K a year or less. Its very difficult. Hang in there and reconsider what your real speciality will be. In the world of IT working in health care IT would be of anyones advantage -- I wish that I had thought of that sooner.

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lol dont in Los Angeles, California

47 months ago

I have a bachelors degree in health science/public health and I'm currently working for one of the major counties in California. I have to warn you all, anyone in health care administration are usually RNs who are getting older and moved up to administrative side. The hospitals tend to hire folks who already are licensed professionals which saves them money. Unless you have licensing, you aren't going to be picked out of the lot. And with the current trend of converting all health care records into electronic format, I'm pretty sure there's going to be less jobs to go around. Now i'm hoping to get my Masters in something more lucrative than Health Administration.

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kathy.ramos67@*****.*** in Uncasville, Connecticut

20 months ago

I have a masters degree in health care management and I am currently working for a local school district as an special education paraprofessional. I am so disappointment with my educational choice. What is next? Adding on more to my financial problems? Is it worth getting a masters degree in health care without prior licensing in nursing?

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Chan in Brooklyn, New York

19 months ago

I know I'm late to this chat. But it's frustrating. I got my bachelors in speech language pathology. Had a major change of hearts and I'm not getting my masters in health care administration. I have no experience whatsoever in healthcare so I'm making it a point of duty to do so. Hopefully I can get a great internship which is hard when your working full time. I've recently got my foot into the door working at Northwell Health formerly Northshorr LIJ. So I'm trying my best to get in there with my feet running and know who is who(since its who you know now what you know). I really would like to gain experience and hopefully get a job working with the government.

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Chan in Brooklyn, New York

19 months ago

Omg

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shingami in Chicago, Illinois

19 months ago

kathy.ramos67@*****.*** in Uncasville, Connecticut said: I have a masters degree in health care management and I am currently working for a local school district as an special education paraprofessional. I am so disappointment with my educational choice. What is next? Adding on more to my financial problems? Is it worth getting a masters degree in health care without prior licensing in nursing?

omg, that is exactly the route I was looking into. I'm a receptionist at a law firm and was researching Healthcare Admin. I have an admin background and I guess I thought I could do something along those lines because I have an interest in healthcare and I also have admin experience. I don't know if that makes sense.

I also looked into paraprofessional because my sister (RIP) suggested it as a way for me to get out reception and because I wanted to work with kids. But she worked in education for almost 20 years and would have helped me, so now I feel lost without her.

Anyway, I was looking at both of these options. I wouldn't mind going back to school if it will get me a decent job (AWAY from reception!!) but I don't know if I have enough passion for healthcare admin to get a masters. I just feel like I have no options other than starting from scratch for a career. My friend is trying to push me into nursing, it's what she just started doing, but I don't want to do that. I only considered it because it's a stable career, but you still need to want to do it.

I know everyone's story is different, but it's discouraging to hear people with Masters in healthcare administrative list their struggles. If I do all that school and be right back where I am now I don't know what I will do.

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Jodie in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

17 months ago

Tierra in San Diego, California said: I am currently going to school for my Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration . I have no experience in Administration work but I am a fast learner. I have been looking for work but every company I apply for you have to have experience. Does anyone have any suggestions as to go about this? It is real frustrating trying to find a job with no experience.

You can do some volunteer work at hospitals or nursing home.

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caligirl429 in Bellflower, California

15 months ago

Same for me. Purued a B.S. in Healthcare Admin with 1 year experience in corp. healthcare setting and cant find any job. Not to mention now alot of jobs are saying 'bilingual preferred' or the jobs are a 1+ hour drive in which the recruiters ask why I am so far (hello, bc no jobs near me will hire me -___-) so i think its a dead end situation for me :( now i dunno what to do. I can't afford to intern for free anymore! Kind of don't even want my useless B.S. degree, I wish I got an engineering degree instead. Im debating on nursing school but I really don't feel thats my calling..(but jobs are hot right now some even $5000 sign on bonuses) ugh :/

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aharry23 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

14 months ago

I have a B.S in Health Management and recently got my MHA. As some of you may know, Health Management degrees can also span over into the social services and the non-profit industries. I gained my experience working in the field of HIV and management and development of non-profit organizations. I used my B.S in health management to work for organizatons in the US and the Caribbean that focus on Cancer, Diabetes and also Mental Health. So for those who are having challenges finding jobs in the hospital settings, there are a number of non-profit organizations that would need your skills, nationally and internationally.

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Lalapooooo in Southfield, Michigan

14 months ago

Rafael in Stockton, California said: Hello I realize this thread is over 2 years old but I figured I'd give it a shot. I am also working on my Bachelor's degree and recently switched majors to Healthcare Administration. Over the last few weeks I've been doing a lot of research on the job opportunities in this field and what I have found is somewhat discouraging.
I've looked into entry level positions and ways of moving up the ladder with only a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Admin and no work experience(I do not plan on going to grad school by the way) and so far it sounds damn near impossible to enter the field in my situation. It seems that those with the best chances must have a Master's degree along with an internship and/or past work experience.
Also, I have repeadetly read that this degree is more tailored towards current RN's and other Allied Health profesionals who seek to move up into management roles, and that those like me without work experience in a health/medical environment will have a very low chance of getting our foot in the door in this profession.
Is this really the case?
Would I be wasting my time and money on this Bachelor's degree?

I got my B.S. in Health Science and I found it hard to land a job w/o exp. Since I didn't get one after 8 months of searching I went back for my M.S.in Health Amin. Although I graduate next month I still haven't had much luck. However it has opened the door to some decent paid internships. My current one is at a nationally known health system and as someone posted before, it's about who you know. So talk to everyone. Have an outgoing demeanor where you are genuine and friendly.

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Joe Earl in Raleigh, North Carolina

14 months ago

Tierra in San Diego, California said: I am currently going to school for my Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration . I have no experience in Administration work but I am a fast learner. I have been looking for work but every company I apply for you have to have experience. Does anyone have any suggestions as to go about this? It is real frustrating trying to find a job with no experience.

Your question has a very easy answer. Nursing home and Assisted Living Administration is the perfect place for you to get your feet wet. With a bachelors in Health Care Admin and no experience you should be able to get a job in assisted living admin as an associate executive director and you may even be able to walk right in to an executive director position. These positions have starting salary of between $40,000 and $80,000 depending on what part of the country you are in. Do a job search for "Associate Executive Director" for companies like Brookdale Senior Living or Sunrise Assisted Living. The Executive Director position is not easy and turnover is high so I almost guarantee you will find something in this field. Then you just have to make sure your resume is sharp and you do well on the interview. I hope this helps! For other career development advice check out my blog the-undergrad.com. I will be posting an article on career prospects for Health Care Admin grads within the next week or two.

Joe Earl, the-undergrad.com

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Joe Earl in Raleigh, North Carolina

14 months ago

Joe Earl in Raleigh, North Carolina said: Your question has a very easy answer. Nursing home and Assisted Living Administration is the perfect place for you to get your feet wet. With a bachelors in Health Care Admin and no experience you should be able to get a job in assisted living admin as an associate executive director and you may even be able to walk right in to an executive director position. These positions have starting salary of between $40,000 and $80,000 depending on what part of the country you are in. Do a job search for "Associate Executive Director" for companies like Brookdale Senior Living or Sunrise Assisted Living. The Executive Director position is not easy and turnover is high so I almost guarantee you will find something in this field. Then you just have to make sure your resume is sharp and you do well on the interview. I hope this helps! For other career development advice check out my blog www.the-undergrad.com. I will be posting an article on career prospects for Health Care Admin grads within the next week or two.

Joe Earl, www.the-undergrad.com

www.the-undergrad.com

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Joe Earl in Raleigh, North Carolina

14 months ago

caligirl429 in Bellflower, California said: Same for me. Purued a B.S. in Healthcare Admin with 1 year experience in corp. healthcare setting and cant find any job. Not to mention now alot of jobs are saying ' bilingual preferred' or the jobs are a 1+ hour drive in which the recruiters ask why I am so far (hello, bc no jobs near me will hire me -___-) so i think its a dead end situation for me :( now i dunno what to do. I can't afford to intern for free anymore! Kind of don't even want my useless B.S. degree, I wish I got an engineering degree instead. Im debating on nursing school but I really don't feel thats my calling..(but jobs are hot right now some even $5000 sign on bonuses) ugh :/

Try nursing homes and assisted living admin. Our seniors need someone to care for them. The nursing home industry is dying for educated young people like yourself! I don't know why more Health Care Admin programs don't cater specifically to providing training for Nursing home and Assisted Living Administrators. It's a very well paying position.

Joe Earl, www.the-undergrad.com

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Joe Earl in Pineville, North Carolina

14 months ago

As promised, here is a link to an article that reviews this degree and gives some suggestions for job seekers with this degree:

the-undergrad.com/2016/07/31/what-can-i-do-with-a-bachelors-in-healthcare-administration/

I hope this is helpful to you.

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sswan in Fort Myers, Florida

13 months ago

aharry23 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania said: I have a B.S in Health Management and recently got my MHA. As some of you may know, Health Management degrees can also span over into the social services and the non-profit industries. I gained my experience working in the field of HIV and management and development of non-profit organizations. I used my B.S in health management to work for organizatons in the US and the Caribbean that focus on Cancer, Diabetes and also Mental Health. So for those who are having challenges finding jobs in the hospital settings, there are a number of non-profit organizations that would need your skills, nationally and internationally.

I am interested in pursuing an MHA. But I have also always wanted to work in the nonprofit field. Your comment really intrigued me. Can you please elaborate on how you have been able to work with non profit organizations? Also, are you still working for these types of organizations. What types of positions do you think are available and what skills were they looking for?

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aharry23 in Glenside, Pennsylvania

13 months ago

I have always had in interest in the health sector but on the community level. With my BSc in Health Management, I started taking jobs as an Admin Asst. and Program Asst at community organisations. Idealist.org is a great resource of jobs, networking and training opportunities for the non-profit sector. I have two other friends with the same degrees (Bsc & MHAs), one working for the Cancer Society and the other in Research Coordination. They both decided they wanted to focus in those areas and just applied to jobs in those fields to eventually become a Program Director and Research Specialist. I just recently got a job as a Program Manager of a HIV/Hep C program of a public health institution. Your degree reflects your theoretical learning experience but what you do with the degree through your work experiences, guides you to your success.

I would advise that if you do want to work in the non-profit sector, start gaining experience in the field whether you want to focus on the health condition (ie. cancer, substance abuse, diabetes, etc) or general administrative skills (paid/un-paid). There is a great need for persons specializing in grant writing, capacity building, and research coordination just to name a few all of which you can apply your learning experience to. I hope I was helpful.

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aharry23 in Glenside, Pennsylvania

13 months ago

sswan in Fort Myers, Florida said: I am interested in pursuing an MHA. But I have also always wanted to work in the nonprofit field. Your comment really intrigued me. Can you please elaborate on how you have been able to work with non profit organizations? Also, are you still working for these types of organizations. What types of positions do you think are available and what skills were they looking for?

I have always had in interest in the health sector but on the community level. With my BSc in Health Management, I started taking jobs as an Admin Asst. and Program Asst at community organisations. Idealist.org is a great resource of jobs, networking and training opportunities for the non-profit sector. I have two other friends with the same degrees (Bsc & MHAs), one working for the Cancer Society and the other in Research Coordination. They both decided they wanted to focus in those areas and just applied to jobs in those fields to eventually become a Program Director and Research Specialist. I just recently got a job as a Program Manager of a HIV/Hep C program of a public health institution. Your degree reflects your theoretical learning experience but what you do with the degree through your work experiences, guides you to your success.

I would advise that if you do want to work in the non-profit sector, start gaining experience in the field whether you want to focus on the health condition (ie. cancer, substance abuse, diabetes, etc) or general administrative skills (paid/un-paid). There is a great need for persons specializing in grant writing, capacity building, and research coordination just to name a few all of which you can apply your learning experience to. I hope I was helpful.

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Wtdal14 in Dallas, Texas

12 months ago

I have a BS in Healthcare Admin focusing in Long Term Care. Currently 17 years in the Real Estate Tax Service. I've applied to a few senior living facilities to no avail. I'm getting discouraged,but still determined to succeed in this field. Without previous experience in the industry it seems to supress my opportunity to begin. After reading multiple comments on which avenues to go I feel it's time to put my foot on the gas and network. I'm open to any suggestions or references one may have in the DFW metroplex.

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KHorn27 in Lufkin, Texas

11 months ago

I have to agree that this is definitely a difficult field to get into. My goal is to receive my health administrators license, which has been hard to do because of the internship requirements. The administrator has to be a preceptor and the closest preceptors to my area are two to three hours away in metropolitan areas. So I will have to move next year to start my internship. It's about who you know and not what you know, which is incredibly sad. I have my masters in health administration and bachelors in health science. If I would have known it would be this hard, I would have went for nursing. I'm not going to give up because I refuse to go back to college. Find a preceptor, get your administrator license, and most of all don't give up!

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NavyMom in Chesapeake, Virginia

11 months ago

KHorn27 in Lufkin, Texas said: I have to agree that this is definitely a difficult field to get into. My goal is to receive my health administrators license, which has been hard to do because of the internship requirements. The administrator has to be a preceptor and the closest preceptors to my area are two to three hours away in metropolitan areas. So I will have to move next year to start my internship. It's about who you know and not what you know, which is incredibly sad. I have my masters in health administration and bachelors in health science. If I would have known it would be this hard, I would have went for nursing. I'm not going to give up because I refuse to go back to college . Find a preceptor, get your administrator license, and most of all don't give up!

That is exactly how I feel, I have a Master in Healthcare Administration and it is extremely hard. So if I knew that it was going to be this hard then I to would have went into nursing. Plus it doesn't help that I am a military spouse of a career serviceman, and even though I have over 20 years experience in the healthcare field having to move so often does not look good on my resume. I really should have just went into nursing.

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Genevieve in Kaysville, Utah

11 months ago

aharry23 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania said: I have a B.S in Health Management and recently got my MHA. As some of you may know, Health Management degrees can also span over into the social services and the non-profit industries. I gained my experience working in the field of HIV and management and development of non-profit organizations. I used my B.S in health management to work for organizatons in the US and the Caribbean that focus on Cancer, Diabetes and also Mental Health. So for those who are having challenges finding jobs in the hospital settings, there are a number of non-profit organizations that would need your skills, nationally and internationally.

When you say MHA are you referring to Public Health? Would you recommend public health degree over healthcare admin degree? I am at a point in my education where I can go forward with one or the other, but public health jobs in my area don't pay much at all.

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CODad77 in Littleton, Colorado

10 months ago

I received my Master's in Healthcare Administration almost 3 years ago. I also have 11 years of experience in clinical healthcare and in materials management. I have found it EXTREMELY difficult, if not impossible, to actually use my degree.

Not long after receiving my degree, I was given an opportunity to work PRN in an outpatient clinic in admissions. I did this 4 hours a week for 1 1/2 years with the hopes of moving to a full time position. I was also working my clinical job 36 hours a week at this time. Unfortunately I was let go from the outpatient clinic because there was "no time to properly train me".

Since then, I've been looking and looking for opportunity, applying for positions, only to get turned down time and time again. I have no experience or they've "found someone else who is more qualified". I've thought of getting my nursing home administrator's license but I don't know if I can get a job with no experience in that field. I feel stuck and lost.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas for me? I'm tired of working in a dead-end job with little pay (I have to work a 16 hour shift every other week just to make my bills) that I've been overqualified for since the day I was hired.

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CHIYAN ( Moving to Virgina) in Moreno Valley, California

10 months ago

NavyMom in Chesapeake, Virginia said: That is exactly how I feel, I have a Master in Healthcare Administration and it is extremely hard. So if I knew that it was going to be this hard then I to would have went into nursing. Plus it doesn't help that I am a military spouse of a career serviceman, and even though I have over 20 years experience in the healthcare field having to move so often does not look good on my resume. I really should have just gone into nursing.

This is my current struggle moving to Virginia. I am 23 I just graduated 2016 with a BS in Health Care Administration my (fiance ) is in the Navy, and I'm not sure what to do with my career. Do you have any advice on where I can start out entry level with a Bs in healthcare administration? Please, I am starting to get so stressed out. I Was considering going into nursing any suggestions?

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swallace in Gastonia, North Carolina

10 months ago

Jodie in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: You can do some volunteer work at hospitals or nursing home.

You will need to get your RN to be successful in this field. Unfortunately, when I completed my bachelor degree in Health Management my educational institution failed to tell me this information. I found employment in Manufacturing after months of unsuccessfully finding a job.

Miranda,
North Carolina

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Technology Leader in Ozone Park, New York

10 months ago

You may want to try expanding the scope of your career. For instance if you like working with computers and people in IT - then consider taking a started course in IT project management of Business Analysis. Tech people with health care backgrounds are a hot item in Managed Healthcare and Insurance companies.

You also may want to target companies directly and attempt to get an inside contact.

There's a website called www.CareerConnected.com.

They offer some great downloadable job search guides with expert advice at no cost.

They also offer a free Job Hunting Know How crash course that is definitely worth a look. In addition they market some inexpensive direct employer lists.

Best of luck.

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jOSE in Torrance, California

9 months ago

Tierra in San Diego, California said: I am currently going to school for my Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration . I have no experience in Administration work but I am a fast learner. I have been looking for work but every company I apply for you have to have experience. Does anyone have any suggestions as to go about this? It is real frustrating trying to find a job with no experience.

Do some volunteer work. Add your experience in the field. I have been in collection and billing for about 6 years and I just finished school. Dont give up. That the worst thing that you can do..

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ATKH in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

9 months ago

Tierra in San Diego, California said: I am currently going to school for my Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration . I have no experience in Administration work but I am a fast learner. I have been looking for work but every company I apply for you have to have experience. Does anyone have any suggestions as to go about this? It is real frustrating trying to find a job with no experience.

You can look for Admin Assistant jobs in the areas you want to work in and work your way up the ladder. You can even try the small private practices, you just need to get in the industry and move from there.

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aharry23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

9 months ago

Genevieve in Kaysville, Utah said: When you say MHA are you referring to Public Health? Would you recommend public health degree over healthcare admin degree? I am at a point in my education where I can go forward with one or the other, but public health jobs in my area don't pay much at all.

MHA (Masters in Health Administration), I'm one that follows my passion. I thought I wanted to be in the hospital setting and that is why I chose to get that particular degree. In reality my preference was community based working more on the public health side. Either way, my experience led me to get the jobs that I've had. Visualize what you really see yourself doing and then choose from there. Compare the coursework of the two programs and see if they are in line with where your passion lies.

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