Choosing to go back to school to get your healthcare graduate degree is a big one. You probably have many questions about how you can make it fit into your busy schedule, whether it will help you achieve your career goals or if it’s the right time in your life to pursue more education.
“There will never be a ‘perfect time’ to kick off a graduate program as an adult learner,” said Sydney Gress, Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) recruitment and admissions coordinator. “There will always be other obligations, whether it be work or family. If you are interested in starting a graduate program, take the plunge now. We can work with you to set up a manageable plan of study that fits your work/life responsibilities. Make yourself a priority and allow yourself the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.”
Getting a graduate degree will give you more opportunities to grow in your career and become a leader in the healthcare community. It can also help increase your earning potential.
Those who attend grad school at NMC have healthcare careers that allow them to live with meaning and make a difference in the world.
Reasons it Might be the Right Time for Graduate School
- You want to advance your career
- You want to change your career
- You want to be a leader in your field
- You want to be an expert in your industry
- You want to be a stronger candidate for new positions and promotions
- You have an area of interest you want to pursue
- You’re ready to earn more money
- Your employer will pay for all or some of your education
When to Start Graduate School
If you’re finishing your undergraduate degree, you may want to consider going to graduate school right away. Everything you’ve learned as an undergrad is fresh in your mind, and you’re accustomed to life as a student.
Having your graduate degree early in your career could help you move into leadership positions faster. Some jobs require an advanced degree for entry-level positions, so a graduate degree might be necessary for your desired career.
If you’ve been working in your field for a while and gained on-the-job experience, you may have more clarity around what you want to study and your career goals. Your experience could also be an asset to your grad school application and your classes.
Your employer may help pay for your tuition and expenses, making graduate classes more affordable.
How to Balance Graduate School with Your Job
Most graduate programs are 100% online or have an on-campus and online hybrid format. You can get a professional education on a convenient schedule, which will allow you to balance school with your full-time job.
“There might never be the perfect time to go back to school. But if it’s something you want to do, you can make it work,” said Jane Herman, NMC recruitment and admissions coordinator. “Our graduate programs offer flexibility for students just like you who have busy work and family lives. We will work with you to find a plan of study that fits your lifestyle, and you will have the support of faculty who understand that you have many other obligations in your life.”
NMC is small enough to give you individualized attention, with a 13:1 faculty-student ratio, but large enough to provide a high-quality education that will prepare you for a leadership role.
How to Pay for Graduate School
Thinking about how you’re going to pay for your education may feel overwhelming, but there are many options to make grad school affordable.
“The cost of graduate school is a concern for many. I always encourage people to seek out scholarships and tuition assistance opportunities by researching several different avenues,” Herman said. “We offer a variety of scholarships and work hard to share that information out to potential and current students. Our students have a dedicated financial aid advisor who is more than happy to offer their help as well. I also recommend that students check with their employer, as many offer tuition assistance programs to their employees.”
Often healthcare employers will provide tuition assistance. If you work for Methodist Health System and attend NMC, the Tuition Assistance Program provides up to $3.500 a year for employees who have worked at least six months at a minimum of 16 hours per week prior to the beginning of the semester.
Scholarships and grants are available for graduate students. You can also apply for federal or private student loans.
Types of Graduate Degrees and Graduate Level Jobs in Healthcare
Whether you want to be a nurse executive, a nurse practitioner, an occupational therapist, a hospital executive or a healthcare professor, a graduate degree in healthcare will help you get there.
- Master of Nursing
- Care Coordinator
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Executive
- Nurse Informatics Specialist
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Public Health Consultant or Researcher
- Master of Occupational Therapy
- Occupational Therapist
- Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate
- Occupational Therapist
- Master of Business Administration in Healthcare
- Healthcare Administrator
- Clinic Coordinator
- Clinic Director
- Healthcare Finance Manager
- Healthcare Department Manager
- Medical Practice Manager
- Ambulatory Care Manager
- Assisted Living Manager
- Master of Science in Wellness and Health Promotion
- Wellness Program Administrator
- Wellness Program Director
- Medical Fitness Director
- Community Health Director
- Education and Leadership in Healthcare Doctorate
- College or University Professor
- College or University Researcher
- Doctor of Education in Public Health Policy
- Public Health Consultant
- Public Health Policy Ad
- Health and Safety Engineer
How to Get a Graduate Degree in Healthcare
Follow these steps to apply for graduate school at NMC:
- Apply to the program of interest
- Submit required official college transcripts
- Written Statement evaluation
- Complete the Program/Career Awareness Questionnaire (if applicable)
- Submit Resume
- Submit proof of unencumbered healthcare license (if applicable)
- Non-Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization
Visit the program webpage to review specific application requirements for your program of interest. The list above may not include additional requirements necessary for your intended academic program.
If you have questions, reach out to an admissions coordinator at (402) 354-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.