Jobs in ambulatory care
Ambulatory care offers a diverse range of career opportunities for healthcare professionals.
If you choose to pursue a career in healthcare management for an ambulatory provider, you’ll likely need a healthcare degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Health Management or a Master of Health Administration. You might also choose to complete specialized healthcare courses, such as Healthcare Delivery in the U.S., to develop applicable skills in your intended field.
Nurses have a range of pathways available to them. The RN to BSN program empowers registered nurses to enhance their leadership potential and other skills. Other relevant programs to consider if you’re seeking management or educator roles include a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner.
Some common ambulatory health careers are:
Healthcare managers and administrators
Both healthcare managers and administrators handle various responsibilities on the business side of ambulatory care.
While healthcare managers and administrators perform similar tasks, the roles are very different. Healthcare managers focus on “big picture” aspects of healthcare operations, like finance and facilities; healthcare administrators oversee daily operations.
Both healthcare managers and administrators fulfill leadership roles for a healthcare organization, including those in ambulatory care. For example, clinical directors and managers play essential roles in helping run the overall business, ensuring compliance with rules and regulation.
These careers first require a bachelor’s degree in healthcare and often require a master’s degree as well to further improve leadership skills.
An ambulatory care nurse is a type of registered nurse (RN) who specializes in providing medical care in an outpatient setting. RNs help patients manage pain, address chronic injuries and pursue treatment plans that lead to positive outcomes. These nurses offer education to both patients and family members, providing instructions on how patients can lead full, healthy lives. Ambulatory care nurses also work in close proximity with other members of a care team, including doctors and nurse practitioners.
Family nurse practitioner
Family nurse practitioners are responsible for providing primary medical care and treatment to patients who visit a clinic or office.
The responsibilities of a family nurse practitioner in an ambulatory care setting can include:
- Performing physical examinations
- Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
- Prescribing medications and other treatments
- Providing preventive care
- Educating patients and other staff members
- Coordinating care with other members of a patient’s healthcare team
Family nurse practitioners typically see patients on a regular basis to provide care, review conditions and make updated recommendations.
Healthcare and nursing degrees at University of Phoenix
If you are interested in exploring degree options to support a career in ambulatory care, whether it be in management, administration or nursing, University of Phoenix offers a range of flexible online program options, including:
- Bachelor of Science in Health Administration: With four elective track options, this degree program covers business management, compliance, finance, information management and more.
- Bachelor of Science in Health Management: Interested in the business and regulatory needs of a healthcare organization? This degree program focuses on management, technology, compliance and related subjects.
- RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing: This program is designed to enhance the nursing careers of registered nurses. A BSN can help prepare you for careers such as a charge nurse, public health nurse or director of nursing.
- Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration: Position yourself to become a leader in healthcare with this dual degree focusing on healthcare administration, accounting and marketing. Students learn how to manage and motivate employees toward maximum work performance, use data to address the Triple Aim (cost/quality of care, health of populations, patient-centrism), develop problem-solving skills that guide business decisions, leverage technology to create a competitive advantage, and conduct environmental scanning.
- Master of Health Administration with a concentration in Health Care Compliance and Privacy: This program equips students with skills to navigate the complexity of healthcare laws, rules and regulations to help keep patients and providers safe. Topics covered include leveraging results to build brand in the health sector, informatics, leading with authenticity, and auditing, monitoring and corrective action in healthcare compliance.
- Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Informatics: This program prepares students to function in nursing informatics leadership roles, specialize in the design and use of electronically stored data to influence quality in care delivery and provide evidence of meeting quality, compliance and regulatory standards and requirements.
- Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner: This program teaches students about advocacy, nursing practice, problem-solving, planning and research. Students also learn how to integrate theory and evidence to provide holistic healthcare services to improve or maintain optimum health for all family members, synthesize advanced practice assessment to generate accurate clinical decisions, manage holistic healthcare for individuals and diverse populations across the life span, and more.
- Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: In this program students learn skills such as neuropsychiatric disorder prevention, assessment, self-care management, psychotherapeutic intervention, pharmacological management and addiction services. Gain knowledge to treat psychiatric disorders in various healthcare settings and in diverse patient populations.