Monday, June 16, 2014

Incredible Occupations: Health Care Administration

From his first exposure to the health care industry with the U.S. Navy as a Naval Hospital Corpsman, Robert Armstrong knew a health care profession was for him.

“I gained an appreciation for the medical field and began to direct my thoughts toward preparing for a career that would make a difference in the lives of people and organizations,” he said.

Today, he’s taken his skills to a world-renowned cancer center as accountant III, but hasn’t stopped pursuing further excellence in health care. He’ll soon be taking on a role as a health care administrator.

MHA student Robert Armstrong
“The health care field touches every segment of society. For leadership roles, I believe that a solid education would open doors to utilize my talents and desire to lead departments or health organizations.”

For that education, Armstrong chose LeTourneau’s Master of Science in Health Care Administration program.

It’s a wise move for health care professionals who want to advance their careers. The country’s baby boom population is approaching its senior years; increased regulatory requirements are expected, along with a significantly greater population to care for. Demand for highly qualified health care administrators is on the rise.

After considering 10 different schools with similar degrees, Armstrong is currently completing his M.S. in Health Care Administration through LETU’s online program.

“I chose LETU’s MHA program for a couple of reasons. First, because of work and family schedules, I felt that an online course of study would be most beneficial.

“I was looking at what courses were being taught and whether I would obtain a quality and balanced education that I could use in the work force. In today’s changing health landscape, the key is to take courses that are relevant and practical. LETU has this format,” Armstrong said.

In a profession where the rules can change rapidly, it’s important to remain up-to-date. Armstrong affirms this is the case with LETU’s MHA courses.

“In my place of employment, a senior executive recently gave a presentation, and I had already learned or was currently learning everything he was talking about.”

As far as the course being online, there was no less communication with professors even with the lack of face time.

“Their dedication to students, noted in their interactions and timeliness in answering questions, has made my online experience worth the effort. To my amazement, they are willing to go out of their way to provide their personal number in case of emergency or that last minute question before a project is due.”

Between the growing demand, quality academics, flexible online schedule and dedicated instructors, the M.S. in Health Care Administration is progressing rapidly. The bottom line in Armstrong’s words: “LETU will prepare you for success.”

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