Why I Wanted to Pursue a Master's Degree in Business Administration

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Why I Wanted to Pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration
Primo A. Betanio, RPT
MGT 521
April 4, 2010
Fernando Casafranca, BSEE, MBA, TM

Why I Wanted to Pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration

The decision to pursue an MBA was a process that started in 1998. At that time, I was newly married and had been a Physical Therapist for eight years. I have experienced working in various settings, but what I discovered was that not one setting had all the attributes that I wanted in order to sustain my interest until retirement.
Working in a hospital or acute care setting is good academically. I was able to have plenty of face time with the physicians and even had the opportunity to observe orthopedic
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Basically, it is an MBA program geared toward clinicians wanting to go into healthcare management. I apparently fit the profile of a typically student in that program. The tuition is cheaper and I will have graduated earlier since this program only requires 36 credits, instead of 36 + 15. I thought about this for about two days. I weighed my options based on the long term outlook of an MBA in Healthcare Management versus a degree in Clinical Practice Management. I decided to stay with my original decision of getting an MBA. I feel that an MBA will open more doors for me because this degree is universally recognizable. Clinical Practice Management, I feel, is relatively unknown. It seems to me that I would have to explain to a potential employer what this degree is all about, whereas an MBA is immediately recognized.
Because I have made a decision about the direction of my career, I defined what would get me closer to my goal. I intend to get into healthcare management, because I liked what I have done as a manager. I have had the opportunity to delve into various decision-making situations and problem-solving modes, and I have come out of them wiser and better suited for the next managerial opportunity. Other degree choices will not work for me because they will not get me closer to my goal. The Jungian Personality Test showed me that I have the right personality to be a
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