While Malory Heidelberg of Jackson, Tennessee, was earning her bachelor’s degree, she was also working as an administrative assistant at an electrical company. She originally wanted to become a dentist but two years into her undergraduate degree, she realized she wanted to change to dental hygiene. And that choice let her to yet another realization.
“After the decision to change my career path, I knew I wanted to achieve my master’s,” she said. “I loved my administration job, but my passion is and was healthcare. I knew I needed to pursue both my loves.”
Once she received her bachelor’s, she started researching master’s programs in Tennessee that would let her take classes remotely so she would be able to keep her full-time job. She decided on the Master of Professional Studies degree program with a concentration in healthcare administration at Tennessee Tech University.
“My first love is dental hygiene,” Heidelberg said. “I love my patients and the reward of caring for my community. Tech allows me to continue working full-time while pursuing my degree. Every faculty member is so accommodating and easy to approach.”
Once she has earned her master’s, Heidelberg plans to use her newfound skills in healthcare administration to be able to work both as a hygienist and also in administrative work either in a hospital or with an insurance company.
“Although I love treating my patients, I am very interested in the insurance process and having an impact on the dental community,” she said. “I would love to use my background in dental with my knowledge and skills I receive through my master’s to make positive changes in the healthcare field.”
The Master of Professional Studies degree program with a concentration in healthcare administration provides professionals with the opportunity to develop skills in healthcare, leadership, informatics, research and administration in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, personal care homes, retirement centers, health maintenance organizations, medical sales and insurance companies.
“Completing a remote program takes a lot of drive and focus. It is 100% achievable when you have amazing faculty like the ones at Tech,” Heidelberg said.
“If you consider any master program remotely, choose a university that will support the students and their success,” she added. “Out of all the universities I have attended, Tech has allowed me to feel like my work matters. I am proud to be completing my degree at Tech.”
For more information visit https://www.tntech.edu/cis/sps/masters/healthcare.php