You might be worrying about how you could make a healthcare training program work, but with the right strategies and resources, you’ll land a healthcare job quickly!

Starting a healthcare education program is a big decision to make. Maybe you don’t love your job right now, but it helps pay the bills – and there are plenty of those! Perhaps you’re in a transition period, and you’ve got to decide what you want to do next. Maybe you want to find a career that offers you more purpose, stability, and of course, better pay and benefits. Regardless of why you might be considering healthcare education, you may be worried about how you’ll fit it in to your life and make it work. 

Let’s dive into some of the most common things that people worry about when thinking about starting a healthcare education program. 

Fitting education into a work schedule 

Life looks different for everyone. Maybe you have elderly parents that need your help. Or you’ve got children who depend on you for everything. You might work full time, or you may just be right out of high school with a part-time job. One thing we all have in common is the same number of hours in the day. 

Let’s not pretend like those 24 hours we all get are equal. If you’ve got a lot of obligations that take your time, you probably have – or at least feel like you have – less time to make progress toward a career change. But, what you think may not be true. Depending on your program, you may be able to fit in coursework at your own pace.  

Start by doing a quick analysis of your typical schedule: 

  • How much sleep do you need to feel well and productive during the day? Sleep is important, so don’t cut this short! 
  • What is your work schedule like most days or weeks? 
  • What errands do you run every week, and how long do they take? 
  • When do you eat meals? 
  • When do you exercise? 
  • What social events or activities do you do weekly? 

If you like visuals, click here to get a weekly schedule print out. You can pencil in what a typical schedule looks like so you can see exactly when you have free time. 

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With some self-paced online healthcare training programs like Health Tech Academy’s, committing 4-6 hours a week can be enough to help you stay on track. If you can commit to 8-10 hours per week, completing your program will be even faster.  

Choosing the right program 

Maybe you love the idea of working in healthcare, but you’re just not sure what kind of job would make you excited about coming into work every day. You’ve got many options when it comes to a healthcare career. Some healthcare professions require years of training, while others may only take a few months. 

Let’s zoom our for a second though. The demand for healthcare workers right now is incredibly high – and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Over the next decade, baby boomers, who are a significant part of the healthcare workforce, are going to be retiring. They'll also be needing more healthcare services. So what does this mean for you? You’ll have plenty of opportunities for growth now and in the future. 

Starting in an entry level role caring for patients, managing an office, or in a behind-the-scenes role in health information management can be your first stepping-stone toward a rewarding career. The team here at Health Tech Academy can help you figure out which career paths are best suited for the type of work you like to do.  

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Paying for tuition  

If your budget is already tight, paying tuition may feel impossible. There are two factors to consider here: 

  1. Cost of your program 
  1. Payment options 

Depending on the career you’re seeking, many healthcare education programs, including Health Tech Academy’s bootcamps, can be very affordable. The key is making sure that your program will make you career-ready. Look for programs that include industry certifications—something that healthcare employers love to see on resumes.  

A number of government programs provide qualifying students with access to funding programs. Plus, today there are plenty of options to help you fit tuition into your budget through different payment plans. We can help you learn more about payment options that will work for you. 

Staying motivated 

So many things can steal your motivation. Fear of failure. Unclear goals. Stress. Distractions from your personal life. Burnout. All of these are normal. It’s also normal to feel unmotivated from time to time. The real problem happens when you can’t push past those feelings to keep on task.  

One great way to help keep on task – no matter how motivated or unmotivated you might be – is to surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable. Your family members or friends might be great to help you throughout your program. They believe in you and want to see you succeed.  

At Health Tech Academy, our coaches and academic advisors can help you not only keep on track, but learn new strategies to help you during challenging times.  

Confidence in yourself 

Starting something new is hard. But, the first step at getting better at something is just doing it. If you’ve been working in a completely unrelated field to healthcare, you may be wondering if you can learn everything you need to be successful. You can.  

Give yourself the time you need to learn and study. Take advantage of coaches, academic advisors, family and friends to help build you up when you’re feeling like you can’t do something. 

Changing careers is hard. But a rewarding career in healthcare is worth taking a chance on yourself. You might just surprise yourself at what you can do when you’ve found the right program and you surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed. 

Ready to make your first step into healthcare? Let’s chat.