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Healthcare and Nursing
PhD programs in healthcare and nursing are growing in size and scope due to increased patient volumes and expanding medical facilities. If you’re currently a nurse or healthcare professional looking to advance your career to the highest level, earning a PhD will help you rise to the top. You’ll learn the necessary skills to assume employment in a variety of settings with respectable salaries and a promising future.
Finding an online program for your desired concentration can be difficult. Many schools now offer alternatives to their traditional programs, but each school can differ greatly in selection of specializations and programs. Several schools now specialize in online programs, including:
- Capella University
- Grand Canyon University
- Northcentral University
- University of the Rockies
- Walden University
My Degree and What It’s Good For
With a PhD in healthcare, nursing, or other related fields, you can find employment in variety of settings. If research or teaching is your passion, you might consider working at a college or university. Other popular industries that employ healthcare professionals include the following:
- General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
- Home Health Care Services
- Nursing Care Facilities
- Offices of Physicians
- Outpatient Care Centers
My Earning Potential
In May 2011, medical and health services managers earned a mean annual wage of $96,030, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses earned a mean annual wage of $69,110 in May 2011. Keep in mind that salaries vary greatly by sector, work experience, geography, and other factors. However, education plays an important role in determining one’s salary, and with a Ph.D., you’ll be in a strong position to command a higher wage.