Finding the right career path in healthcare requires some self-reflection. To match a healthcare program with your interests and personality, you’ll need to ask yourself certain questions. We’ve laid out what to consider and potential careers as you explore programs.
Do You Want to Work With Patients & Deliver Patient Care?
No matter what role you take, working with people in healthcare usually involves the following:
- Practicing patience, compassion and empathy
- Providing clear communication with patients and family members
- Educating patients on their condition and medical procedures
- Collaborating with the medical team and supporting your team members
Types of Direct Patient Care Programs
- Registered Nurse: As a registered nurse (RN), you’ll support doctors and other professionals in patient care, from taking vitals to administering injections. RNs are advocates for their patients and help directly care for and educate them. To become one, you’ll need to complete a nursing program.
- Medical Assistant: As a medical assistant, you’ll prep patients for exams and do a variety of administrative tasks directly involved with patients. This includes scheduling, coding and billing insurance procedures, and explaining treatments to patients. Becoming a medical assistant takes about 36 weeks.
Are You Interested in Administrative Responsibility?
Every healthcare career will involve administrative tasks, from recording a patient’s vitals to working with a database. However, some types of careers are more heavily focused on administrative responsibility than others.
Ask yourself the following questions to see if an administrative role might be right for you:
- Is working with technology and systems interesting to you?
- Do you take pleasure in leading others and managing teams?
- Are you a detail-oriented person who enjoys compiling reports, performing internal communications and organizing information?
- Do you love problem-solving and finding creative solutions?
Types of Administrative Programs
- Medical Billing and Coding Specialist: MBC specialists perform a wide range of tasks that support patient care. From submitting claims through medical billing software to managing medical billing systems, they process important patient data. Becoming an MBC specialist takes about 38 weeks and presents opportunities to work remotely.
- Health Information Technologist: Working behind the scenes, health information technologistsguarantee that patient information is correctly recorded in electronic medical records. There are many different administrative roles you can take in this field after completing a 75-week program.
- Health Information Management (HIM) Role: From being a Record Retention Specialist to an HIM Coordinator, a degree in Health Information Management will set you up for a leadership role. Careers in this field focus on gathering and analyzing patient information, managing quality and improving patient outcomes.
Discover Your Ideal Healthcare Career at Cambridge
At Cambridge, our advisors can help you find the best program to suit your needs. Learn about our flexible programming options and job placement services by calling us today at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.