Master of Health Administration

I decided to pursue my masters in health
administration because I was in a position where I felt like I couldn’t
really continue on my career path without taking that next step in my
education. For a long time I had been contemplating going back to school to
further build my credentials in administrative work within healthcare. I
was looking for criteria in an MHA program that could work into my
professional schedule and personal schedule. I was looking for a program
that had a great reputation and a degree from a school that was well recognized
so Penn State had all the criteria I was looking for so it was really an easy
decision. What Penn State does very nicely in
World Campus is get you integrated into that online environment. I think they do
an excellent job at getting you comfortable with the tools that you’re
going to use your communication methods. One of the things that we talk with the
students about as we interview them as what’s the structure of the curriculum
and the sequence of the curriculum. So there are 16 courses total in the
curriculum across 28 months usually two classes a semester sometimes three and
by the end the students do a capstone experience that integrates everything
around an issue. The online program is knit together with the residential MHA
program that’s been at Penn State for 25 years and is accredited by CAHME, the
Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. That
credential matters in our field gives it a cachet and a credibility that doesn’t
come from other institutions. Certainly I had to make changes in my schedule in
order to take on the responsibilities of being an online graduate student. An
online program allows you the flexibility to maintain your full-time
job and your personal life and still accomplish the goal of getting a degree. After graduation the the next steps are
really how can I make this apply and how can I really do something great
for the patients that we work with every day so for me that’s that’s what it’s
been for me is how can I translate all of this into a better patient experience.

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