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    mdb9937 is offline Registered User
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    Help with degree track


    I currently work in corporate security for a large hospital system, and earned my Associate in Criminal Justice in the spring. I am thinking of continuing on for my Bachelor, but am unsure if I should continue in the Criminal Justice track (I only need 57 credits to finish the degree) or consider changing majors to business. I am afraid that staying in CJ will pigeonhole me and should I wish to branch out I won't be able to do so.

    I appreciate the advice in advance.

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    rebel100 is offline Registered User
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    Nothing inherently wrong with CJ...but I rather agree that the business degree has greater utility.

    I would strongly consider the more general business degree and, if you plan to stay with the hospital, work to learn the emergency management , risk, and compliance sides of the business. I started out as a Medic, transitioned to emergency manager/environment of care (EOC) guy, then made the switch into practice management/administration. It's likely I could have accomplished all that with a CJ degree...but I think it would have been harder. I'd further urge you to start thinking of a masters...everyone has a BS/BA these days, a bachelors just isn't the ticket to ride that it once was.
    MBA at Western Governors University
    BS Charter Oak State College
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    Kizmet is offline Moderator
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    One of the nice things about hospitals as employers is that there are many different types of jobs available. Healthcare is a big employer of business managers, IT people, etc. You're own HR department might be able to help you make some of these decisions as I've heard that hospital systems like to hire/promote from within.
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    Bruce is offline Moderator
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    Before I make some recommendations, is this something you'll be paying for out of pocket, or will you have the GI Bill, tuition assistance, employer reimbursement, etc.?

    The reason I ask is there are several programs that I think would be a good fit for you, but can be very expensive. For but one example, the B.S. in Occupational Safety from Eastern Kentucky University would (IMO) nicely complement your CJ Associate's degree, and would appeal to the always liability-aware corporate world.
    Bruce Tait
    A.S. (Criminal Justice) Quincy College
    B.A. (Criminal Justice) Curry College
    M.A. (Criminal Justice) University of Massachusetts-Lowell
    M.A. (Forensic & Counseling Psychology) Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
    Certificate (Investigative Psychology) CUNY-John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Certificate (Disability Awareness and Support in Higher Education) University of Pittsburgh
    Certificate (International Criminal Law) Case Western Reserve University
    Certificate (Psychology of Criminal Justice) University of Queensland
    Certificate (Classical Sociological Theory) University of Amsterdam

    RA Criminal Justice Degrees by Distance Learning - Updated 3/16/08

    NA Criminal Justice Degrees by Distance Learning - Updated 3/20/08

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