Choosing a health care school is similar to choosing schools in any discipline.
Location, credentials, and faculty quality should all be considered when selecting your school.
- Be sure to look wfor a manageable class size with a good ratio of students to teacher -- the more students, the less time a teacher has to spend with an individual if extra assistance is needed. In health care studies, one-one-one attention could be crucial to understanding essential concepts and duties.
- Look at the credentials of the people teaching the classes. Are they employed solely as educators, or do they teach part-time and have current hands-on experience in the field? When teachers are actively involved in the profession outside of a classroom environment, the quality of information being brought back to students can be more current and accurate.
- Ask if faculty members are involved in research or scholarly publishing. The more involved they are with either of these aspects, the better the chance of being introduced to new concepts and plans for the future of the professions.
- A major part of learning the skills for jobs in allied health are associated with hands-on participation in the form of internships (also called "externships' or "clinical" field experience).
Schools should have the ability to provide you with pre-arranged internships, or be able to assist you in finding ones for yourself.
When considering a school's internship or clinical opportunity, consider how long it will take to complete, what the hours are, and whether it is paid or unpaid. Your personal lifestyle, coupled with the time that you feel you need to take to complete a program of study will help determine if a school's internship requirements can be met. If not, you may have to get permission from the school to create your own internship that can be worked around your needs.
- Ensure that classes (and clinicals in particular) will be taught in state-of-the-art facilities. With so many changes in technology, learning on equipment that is already several years out-of-date is a poor decision.
Learn more about school facilities and programs by requesting more information from any of the schools listed on HealthCareDegrees.org.