Health care administrators in the US Navy are responsible for supervising nurses, doctors and other healthcare personnel and making sure that those who serve in the military receive proper medical care. While the National Guard does not have a classification deemed health care administrator, they do offer a specialty called Patient Administration. The Patient Administration Specialist makes sure that patient information is recorded and stored properly, as well as setting work schedules and other administrative duties.
Navy vs. National Guard Qualifications
While the US Navy requires the health care administrator to have a bachelor’s degree in some sort of health care administration, the National Guard does not require this for the position of Patient Administration Specialist. Rather this position in the National Guard prefers a degree in Medical Records Technology or Health Information Technology. Fortunately, if you are interested either of these jobs, the US military offers programs that offset the cost of college if you are a member of the armed services.
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Transitioning to a Civilian Career
The US Navy Health Care Administrator and a National Guard Patient Administration Specialist both enter civilian life well prepared to perform jobs on the civilian level. The high degree of training required obtaining these positions in the military and the vast amount of experience gained on the job makes the veteran health care administrator or patient administration specialist equal to, or even more qualified to perform these types of jobs, as their civilian counterparts.
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