I have nearly a decade’s worth of experience in the healthcare industry, much of it in leadership, and if there is one thing I can tell you from my experience, it is growing fast.

As an instructor for Concordia University Wisconsin’s MBA program, I’ve also witnessed some incredible stories of our students achieving remarkable opportunities in healthcare. I wanted to communicate a couple “stand outs” that really emphasize the opportunities out there, especially for those prepared with an MBA degree.

My first example is a rather unique case. For the sake of privacy, we will call this student “Doc.” Doc was a Pharmacy student obtaining his PharmD and MBA at the same time, a massive feat to face. He was taking intense exams for his PharmD program, working through his clinicals, studying, and squeezing in MBA classes during his spare time. Doc worked diligently, and ended up entering into a Pharmacist leadership role as Second Lieutenant in the US Army. To obtain this position, he had to demonstrate qualities like: leadership, critical thought, and the ability to succeed in difficult situations. All of these are lessons he learned during his time in our MBA in Healthcare program.

My second student success story is one I had the pleasure of teaching in several courses. We’ll call her “Jane.” She worked in a healthcare setting as an Executive Administrator but was seeking something more for her future. After several general and healthcare-related courses, she joined the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) to achieve an Administrative Fellowship. By the end of her academic career, Jane not only sought this out but found the ACHE fellowship; a direct result of her MBA in Healthcare Administration that prepared her for this journey. With the ACHE, Jane was able to embark on an opportunity to work on numerous projects, network with other high-level healthcare professionals, and have access to some amazing growth opportunities. She is now the Senior Executive Operations Manager for a large national professional healthcare group.

These are simply two of many examples of students that have benefited from pushing themselves to go one step further in their healthcare administration career. Having had the experiences they have had through Concordia University Wisconsin has set all of them up for future successes and I am happy to say I had a little part in that. Though I am curious, what will your success story be? I’d love to be a part of that too.

To learn more, explore all of the different concentrations that we offer in our MBA program.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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