Healthcare Programs You Can Do in 2 Years or Less
By Laura Fitzpatrick
Healthcare careers can offer job stability, consistent salaries, and the positive feeling of helping others, but some paths into healthcare require a significant time and financial commitment! Here at Climb, we believe finding a job in healthcare shouldn’t have to mean spending years in school and paying more than the education is worth. Below, we’ve outlined some of the healthcare programs that can get you into the workforce in 2 years or less!
Healthcare Certificates That Take One Year or Less
Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide
Students in a Nurse Assistant program gather many skills, just a few of which are: observation and charting, noting vital signs, emergency procedures, and patient rights. The end of the program will see students prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination.
A Pharmacy Technician course will teach you about different medications and their uses in treating common illnesses. Additionally, you’ll learn about pharmaceutical laws and ethics, relevant terminology, drug conversions and calculations, and safety procedures. The completion of this course is generally capped with a national certification exam from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
In this type of program, you’ll learn how to process claims, read medical records, work with insurance providers, and code procedures for medical and insurance purposes. Students also prepare to take the national certification exam—which they can take with the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and National Healthcareer Association (NHA)—to become an Insurance and Coding Specialist.
Professional Medical Technician
Through Professional Medical Technician programs, students can learn about blood smear and staining techniques, blood typing, and testing for blood glucose. Along with knowledge on all these topics, students can also learn proper techniques for collecting blood and other specimens from patients. Most importantly, students can learn about infection control and sterilization.
A Professional Medical Technician program can prepare students for direct entry into the workforce.
Healthcare Certificates That Take Two Years or Less
This program teaches students to record and study the electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. The courses will teach students to perform a variety of tests including: Electroencephalography (EEGs), Evoked Potentials (EPs), and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCSs).
Students will gain skills necessary to perform job duties like: gathering patient medical histories, recording electrical potentials, calculating test results, and maintaining medical equipment.
After the program, students can take the registration examination for EEG technologists offered by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).
This program teaches students how to prepare the operating room for surgery, maintain a sterile environment, and distribute surgical instruments. Students will also learn the skills necessary to offer preoperative and postoperative care to patients.
Students who complete the program can take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam with The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
In an MRI Technologist program, students learn how to use MRI equipment and study the internal structures of the human body. This program is highly technical and teaches students to work cross-functionally with other departments in the hospital.
Students will gather all the skills needed to perform patient examinations with MRI equipment.
After graduating, students should be ready for the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) national certification exam for magnetic resonance imaging.
This program prepares students for direct work with physicians to diagnose problems in the heart and blood vessels. Specifically, the courses prepare students to work with non-invasive procedures like cardiac sonography or peripheral vascular sonography.
After completion of this program, students should be prepared to take the Non-Invasive/Echocardiography examination with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
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