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Building a Health Care Career: Rob Pursues a Healthcare Masters Online

An Emerging 21st Century Health Care Leader As society’s health care needs grow, pressure is put on the workforce to keep pace. Today, there are one million more openings for health care positions than there are qualified employees. This gap challenges managers and practitioners across health care organizations to be more resourceful and innovative. It’s changing how the health care field approaches operations and patient care and in turn, it’s calling for a new brand of 21st century leaders to...
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Online Nursing Degrees for Working Nurses

For nurses already in the workforce, pursuing further education online has become a great way to advance their careers affordably and with the flexible scheduling they need. While there are many different types of online degrees, there are three options in particular for working nurses: 1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2. Master of Science in Nursing 3. Doctor of Nursing Practice Below, we’ll walk you through these three degrees, explain how they differ, and show how they can lead into each...
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How to Pay for an Advanced Nursing Degree

Pursuing an advanced degree as a working nurse is a great way to not only improve your career prospects, but also to boost your earning potential. According to Payscale.com, nurses with an associate degree earn on average $67,000 per year—but those who go on to receive a BSN or MSN degree can expect to earn on average $78,000 and $91,000 per year, respectively. Still, from tuition to textbooks and student fees, continuing your education can be expensive. So how do you go about making your...
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What is a Liberal Arts Degree and Will it Lead to a Career?

A liberal arts degree can be a great stepping stone for future professional success—providing you with useful skills and, believe it or not, a marketable pedigree. But what is a liberal arts education exactly, and why do some people think it won’t pay off? Below, we’ll walk you through what a liberal arts program entails, why there are so many misconceptions about the degree, and how it can be a great investment for your future career! What are Liberal Arts Degrees? Liberal arts education is...
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Top 5 Advantages of Online Nursing Programs

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career, and now more than ever, there’s pressure on nurses to continue their education beyond just an RN or associate’s degree to unlock greater career potential. But is pursuing an advanced degree while working as a full-time nurse feasible? And is it worth it? Absolutely! There are a lot of great benefits to continuing your nursing education as you work, such as through a bachelor’s (BSN) or master’s (MSN) in nursing, and even more when you pursue your...
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How to Ask for a Professional Reference

For adult students, starting a search for a new job or a master's degree program can feel like adding another job to your already busy life. But, taking the time to do it right is critical. One huge part of your search process is ensuring you have people who can speak to your qualifications, skills, and abilities: these people are your professional references. You’ll want to start pulling together your references as soon as you’ve decided to initiate your search, as having this information up...
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Using Online Courses to Fast Track Career Goals

Preparation and Opportunity Meet for Mackenzie In high school, Mackenzie had the grades and determination to get into her top-choice four-year college. She looked forward to having a dorm room, campus life, and engaging classes that would prepare her for a career as a special education teacher. But like many students, the high price of tuition at a traditional college campus just wasn’t in Mackenzie’s budget and she had to shift her focus. With hard work and motivation, what initially seemed...
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Faculty Profile: Kelly Clark - Business, Management, and Leadership

By day, Kelly Clark serves as the Regional Vice President of AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization. AARP is a champion of social change for nearly 38 million members and helps people navigate constantly changing realities that impact today’s 50-plus populations and the generations that follow with the issues that matter most to families—such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse. In this role, Kelly provides oversight of the...
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Business Degree: Top 7 Reasons to Major in Business

Pursuing a business degree is a popular choice among college students. In fact, it's the most popular type of degree in the U.S., with 19 percent of graduating students earning business degrees in 2017. But with so many people pursuing these degrees, you might start to wonder whether business is still the right choice for you. Has the degree lost its value? Is it still capable of giving you the skills and credentials you need to jumpstart a successful career? The short answer? Absolutely....
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Success Tips for 6-Week Courses

If you’re aiming to finish your degree quickly, six-week courses present a great opportunity. There are two main advantages to this format. It’s just six weeks: they’re short and sweet! When you pair two six-week courses together during the same term (one during the first session, another that runs during the second session), you achieve a full-time course load. The more credits you earn each term; the bigger boost you get towards your finish line! Never taken a six-week course? It may require...
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