Non-nursing medical career help

  1. I was going to go to school to get my BSN but before I did that I did a CNA program. During the program and when I had my first CNA job I realized that nursing really wasn't for me. Now I'm looking into different programs and I can't decide if I want to do Healthcare Administration or Speech Language Pathology. Anyone with experience in these fields or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. by   HouTx
    You were very wise to go for CNA first in order to get a better idea of what a nursing career would entail. Much better than investing tons of time, money and effort only to discover that you hate nursing.

    I have been around for a long time & can't recall anyone who got a first job with a "healthcare administration" degree. That is a popular bachelor's degree choice for people who are already employed in healthcare & want to move up the career ladder. But using it as a starting point? I think that it would be very iffy.

    The "therapies" (Physical, Speech, Occupational, Dance, Play, etc.) are all good career choices. Keep in mind that entry level is Masters Degree for some. With a Bachelor's degree, you can be an "assistant". There are fewer programs available, and (at least in my area) entry is just as competitive as nursing programs.

    Have you also taken a look at Medical Lab Technology? Radiologic Technology? Respiratory Therapy? Those are all viable options also.

    Best of Luck to you!
  4. by   CP2013
    Healthcare Administration.....I know people who basically sell health and life insurance with that degree. There really isn't much more to do with it on its own unfortunately.

    Perhaps surgical tech or radiology tech?