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Health Care Degree Online - A Caregiver's Route

Dec 18, 2007
Many people are afraid to get their health care provided by someone who obtained their health care degree online. That's because they have unfounded assumptions that the online health care degree is somehow inferior to the same degree obtained through an in-person class. However, there's a reason that they allow people to earn this degree online. It's because the system has been set up to provide the skills and education necessary to ensure that the students learn everything that they need to learn to help you with your medical problems. Furthermore, the process of getting a health care degree online actually requires certain skills from students that lend themselves well to providing quality care when it really counts. This means that you might actually get better care from someone who received his or her degree through an online program than you would receive from someone who went through traditional schooling.

The first thing that you should remember is that you probably don't even know if you're receiving medical care from someone who got their health care degree online. This isn't something that's advertised in clinics or medical offices because it's not relevant to the person's ability to do their job. If someone is hired by a medical facility, it is because they have met the necessary requirements to do their jobs correctly. This puts people who receive a health care degree online on the same playing field as those people who went to the traditional route to get their certification. In fact, you've probably already received medical treatment from someone who completed online studies and you didn't even think twice about it. Think about that the next time that you hear about a program like this and start to make a disparaging comment.

Another thing to think about is the fact that getting a health care degree online requires certain skills that may actually make these health care workers better at their jobs than the traditional health care student. For example, getting a degree through an online program requires individuals to be self-starting and to take initiative. When visiting your doctor's office, you want a caregiver who is capable. Many students have been working in the field while going to school. Place a traditional student, used to taking direction from a teacher inside of a classroom, next to someone who received an online education through his or her own self-motivation and choose the caregiver that you want in this situation.

Finally, the caregivers who get their health care degree online probably really want to be doing their jobs. Most people who get a degree online do so because they have other things going on in their lives (such as family) that they can't put aside to attend school. They find the strength to complete their health care degree online because they're passionate about being able to do that job. Additionally, they have to work hard to maintain the momentum of the coursework. With a traditional classroom setting, you can show up and do the minimum coursework and probably get through. Completing a health care degree online requires a more intense commitment to keeping yourself on track and getting the job done. So the caregivers that come out of these programs have shown a commitment to their work. So, now that you've thought it through, it doesn't seem so bad to have a caregiver who got their health care degree online, does it?
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for Virginia College. VC Online offers an accredited Health Care Degree Online program. Please visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu/site/program.cfm?Program_ID=6 .
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