How To Become a Medical Administrator

"What should I do with my life?" This is a common question asked by many people. This video blog explores a popular and demanded career in healthcare-medical administration. This video will uncover how to become a medical administrator, and features the Director of the School of Health Sciences, Lorrie Laurin.

Video blog explores a career in healthcare-medical administration

 

Transcript

Hi, I'm Allie Gray Freeland and I am the host of Rasmussen College's newest series, What Should I do With My Life. So in this series we'll talk about key career and educational paths in health sciences. So today I'm here with Lorrie Lauren who is the director of the School of Health Sciences. OK how exactly do you become a medical administrator? And is there a specific gradual degree path that one could take?

Probably one of the things in health care that is valued more than even education is experience. And so what we'd like to call the process in getting to where you want to go-- if that's your ultimate goal is to move into more of an administrative position-- we call this laddering. OK and so you can ladder education and you can ladder credentials as well. So what we do at Rasmussen is we start out with a diploma program. And so the diploma program gives you the very basic skills that you need to go out and get that entry level position.

While you are then working and gaining that really valuable experience which is extremely relied upon in health care as far as upward mobility, you can be also then working to get your next academic credential. So you can continue to go to school while you're working. Finish your then associate degree. That maybe will get you that next job-- maybe that office manager position. And then a very unique opportunity that our medical administration graduates have is that they can also then ladder into the health care management bachelor's degree.

And so while, again, while we're getting more work experience-- that really valuable work experience-- we can then move on, continue our education, get the bachelor's degree. Now I've got the full package for an employer. I've got a bachelor's degree, I may have three years, four years of experience. Now I've really got a very marketable package in health care. And obviously the next step would be to move on to a master's in whether it be in health care management, public health, something like that if you really want to move on. But to truly be a hospital administrator for instance, or a health care organization administrator, you'd really need to have that master's level and lots of years of experience. And that's really what it's going to take.

So this program is the beginning. This program is the starting place for that ultimate career goal if that's what you're wanting. Because if I'm an employer and you come to me with a master's and you have never worked a day in health care, you're going to be far less valuable to me than someone who has been working in the health care community, in that industry, understands it, gets it, and also comes to me with the academic credential. So far more valuable.

Wow it really sounds like the laddering approach is something that really would help students with the touch points along the way. So I think Lorrie that just about wraps up our series today about the career and educational opportunities for a medical administration. So thank you again for being here.

Thanks for having me.

For all of you who want more information about this awesome career path you can visit Rasmussen.edu and thanks a lot.

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