Whether you are already established in a healthcare career and looking to expand your opportunities or starting fresh, there is a path for you.
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No field will evolve more in the next 20 to 30 years than healthcare.
Fortunately, healthcare education is also evolving to prepare the workforce of the future.
Healthcare workers are in incredibly high demand now, and will continue to be for decades to come. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare will add 2.4 million new jobs from 2019 to 2029. That’s more than any other career sector.
This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population. By 2030, all baby boomers will reach retirement age. As they retire, baby boomers will not only need more healthcare services, but will also leave behind an enormous number of jobs to fill in the healthcare.
Roles in every corner of the industry will need to find competent workers to remain viable. At the same time, advances in healthcare technology are creating new roles and areas for you to develop a meaningful career. Future roles likely to be in demand include:
- Providers who work at retail pharmacy chains
- Practitioners at urgent care clinics or mobile health clinics
- Home health care providers
- Telemedicine providers
As the healthcare industry evolves, it will require a talented and compassionate army of professionals to lead the charge in providing safe, patient-centered, evidence-based care. That’s where healthcare education comes in.
Advanced technology, human compassion
As our healthcare needs evolve, health education programs must train future workers who are comfortable with increasingly complex technology, which will play an even larger role in healthcare delivery going forward.
In the operating room, robotic technology will assist providers with procedures and tasks requiring precision and accuracy. In the office, providers will increasingly rely on the cloud to store and share medical records. Across the board, artificial intelligence will allow healthcare professionals to analyze more data than ever before, leading to new insights and diagnostic capabilities.
Though robots will not replace qualified healthcare providers anytime soon, they will become an increasingly important part of both healthcare delivery and administration.
Artificial intelligence will play an important role in diagnostics across disciplines. AI has a particular strength in analyzing images making it a valuable tool for radiologists.
Technology increases access to healthcare. As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, telehealth is seen as the new frontier for offering personalized medical care at a fraction of the cost.
Online Medical Records
The administrative side of healthcare is also benefiting from technology. Medical records can be stored securely in the cloud and patients have access to their medical records.
But technology cannot not replace the human touch. While it can enhance productivity, streamline processes, and ensure data integrity, only professional healthcare providers can see the broader picture and use it effectively.
Take, for example, the growth of fields such as intraoperative neuromonitoring and neurodiagnostic technology. The idea of robots performing surgery is no longer the stuff of science fiction. But this reality depends on skilled human technologists to deliver on its promise to revolutionize healthcare delivery.
To keep pace as technology advances, new programs and degrees will need to be developed and current practitioners will need to update their skill sets. Labouré is at the leading edge of this change, preparing students for the jobs that are in demand now, and for careers that may not exist yet.
Labouré’s core curriculum, oriented around patient care, has a strong technology component, and its simulation labs feature the latest equipment. This ensures that Labouré graduates enter the workforce with the practical skills they need to navigate the hospital of the future, but are ready to provide compassionate, humane, person-to-person care today.
Learning opportunities as individual as you are
Once you’ve decided that a career in the high-growth healthcare sector is for you, it’s time to focus on the educational path you’ll take to meet your goals.
There are options across the spectrum, from certificate programs to post-graduate study. Many are available online or in person, so you can learn side-by-side with other students or virtually from home.
Certificates can enhance your resume and make you more competitive in the job market. Your employer may also require you to get a certificate to demonstrate a new competency area.
People in the field of health information technology often pursue certificates, because the government requires them to ensure the safety and integrity of healthcare data.
Nurses can also make themselves more competitive in the job market by earning certifications such as National Healthcare Disaster Certification or the Pain Management Nursing Certification. Specialized credentials offer nurses a way to hone their skills and demonstrate expertise in a particular area of nursing. Nursing jobs in cutting-edge institutions and hospitals may require these types of credentials and certifications.
Generally, certificate programs are short, perhaps a year or less, and are program-specific, meaning general education courses are not required. Certificates can be completed in some on-campus programs, though many are increasingly online.
An associate degree program is a great way to start out in the healthcare field. Students with this type of degree are able to find entry-level jobs in doctor’s offices, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and more.
Associate degrees typically take about two years to complete and are offered in fields such as nursing, radiation therapy, health science, healthcare administration, respiratory care, sonography, and more. These programs can be completed online or on-campus.
Bachelor’s degrees are becoming the gold standard in high-demand healthcare fields such as nursing. In fact, many states are requiring that nurses attain their BSN in order to practice. To meet this need, institutions like Labouré are increasingly offering bachelor’s degree completion programs for students who have taken classes toward an associate degree, or who already hold an associate degree in a healthcare field.
At Labouré, nurses with an RN credential from a diploma or associate degree program can earn a BSN degree online without taking time off from work. Students who have already earned an associate degree in a healthcare field may choose to pursue healthcare administration.
These bachelor completion programs are often accelerated and can typically be done in two years or less. Students who have taken some courses but not earned an associate degree can also typically work with a school's admissions team to map out the right track to a bachelor's degree.
After completing a bachelor’s degree, many students seek to specialize further in their field with a master’s degree.
A nurse who has earned an RN and a BSN may want to become nurse practitioner, which requires a master’s degree. Other healthcare specialties that require a master’s degree include physician assistants, genetic counselors, and audiologists, among others.
Master’s degrees can take two to four years and are offered in both online and on-campus formats.
Choosing your program
When selecting a healthcare education program, it’s important to think about how your studies will fit with your lifestyle:
- Do you have children or others depending on you at home?
- Is your job flexible and willing to accommodate class time?
- How much time and money do you have to spend on commuting to and from class?
- Do you want a campus life experience with extracurricular opportunities?
Asking yourself these questions can help you narrow down the kind of institution that is right for you. Each place has its own values and culture. At Labouré, most of our students have jobs and family responsibilities, so we designed our programs to be flexible, affordable, and accelerated to accommodate the needs of working adults.
Two other big factors in your decision should be the experience of the faculty and the opportunities for hands-on learning. This is especially important in fields such as nursing, radiation therapy, neurodiagnostic technology, and physical therapy, which require a certain number of clinical hours for professional licensing.
No matter what institution you choose, you should make sure that they hire experts in the field to teach in their programs. These faculty members can share with students their real-world experiences. Not only does it enrich the coursework, but it also demonstrates a level of proficiency that is crucial to preparing future practitioners. At Labouré, our professors are joined by dozens of clinical adjunct faculty — nurses and other healthcare providers who care for patients in diverse communities all over Boston and across the United States.
When you consider a program, make sure to also ask about the clinical experiences that it offers. Schools that have a diverse set of clinical experiences are committed to providing students a dynamic education. You should be able to take advantage of hands-on learning at a variety of sites, including cutting-edge facilities that specialize in the field you are studying.
Labouré nursing and radiation therapy students, for example, are given clinical placements at a variety of hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities throughout the Boston area. Online students in neurodiagnostic technology and intraoperative neuromonitoring are placed at partner hospitals and healthcare facilities across the US. These students can learn by doing at major urban medical centers, community hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home-health agencies, and more.
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Labouré has helped healthcare professionals find fulfilling and rewarding careers for more than a century. With connections to the hospitals and healthcare facilities in Greater Boston, we know what it takes to turn an education into a career.
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Healthcare Needs Me
Lola immigrated to the US from Nigeria and is a new nurse. She is raising her toddler son and working as a nurse while earning her BSN. Her goal is to one day become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
The neuromonitorist is a respected member of the operating team, and is a patient’s guardian angel in the operating room.
Courtney returned to school for Radiation Therapy after earning a bachelor's degree because she wanted to forge meaningful connections with her patients.