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Tierra in San Diego, California

62 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

62 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

34 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

34 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

33 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

33 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

5 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

5 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

5 months ago

Omg

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shingami in Chicago, Illinois

4 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

2 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

1 month 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

11 days 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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