I'm thinking I'd like to pursue a master's degree in healthcare administration. I've started researching some programs, and it's left me with more questions. I've realized there are both MSN in Leadership & Management degrees and also M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration degrees out there--how do I know which one to pursue? Does anybody have any insight into these two types of degrees as far as how career opportunities/job market/salaries would differ? Right now I have a B.S.N with about 3 years clinical experience, and meet qualifications to apply for both these programs. Anyone with any input, please help!
I just completed my first semester for my MSN & leadership & management at George Washington University. It really isn't my goal to go into admin but I live in Okinawa & so I have to do distance education (I just don't think you can really get a good clinical degree without some face-to-face interaction). Anyway, I am really enjoying my classes. So far, I have had research & health program planning. I think this degree focuses more on nursing and how we can shape healthcare whereas, the MBA is strictly business. If you want to go into admin, maybe the combined degree will be better suited for you. However, I think you would do just fine in a program like mine. Later courses will focus on stuff like economics so you will learn what you need to be a great administrator. I don't know if it's everywhere, but the hospital I was at didn't even require an MSN to manage. I think they looked more at clinical experience which has it's good & bad points.
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