Nursing & Health
Healthcare

Anyone who’s ever been assisted by a healthcare worker knows the important role they play in the wellbeing of individuals and society as a whole. Healthcare workers help prevent, detect, and treat the millions of working parts in the human body to give their patients the best quality of life.

Course of Study

Because healthcare is such a broad field, the amount of schooling students need differs greatly, depending on what area they’re interested in. A two-year Associate’s Degree is required for positions like laboratory work and registered nurses (RNs), though nurses may also purse Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees, and Ph.D. programs. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is necessary to go into occupations such as physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, and nursing degrees including BSN and MSN. Many healthcare careers require the equivalent of a Ph.D.—which includes at least four years of study after a Bachelor’s Degree. Some of these careers include medical doctor, dentist, and pharmacist.

Healthcare workers never really stop learning, however. The vast majority of positions include a continuing education requirement that they must fulfill in order to be eligible to practice. Many occupations also require practitioners to be licensed.

The curriculum for every healthcare program revolves around science courses like biology and chemistry. Healthcare majors also learn hands-on skills necessary for their careers, as well as take academic courses that apply to their specific area of interest.

Applying a Healthcare Degree

Students in healthcare programs can go into virtually any health-related position imaginable—from surgeon to nurse to X-ray technician to physician assistant. Healthcare workers are employed in a variety of settings, which allows them to choose what best fits their interest and lifestyle. Some work in hospitals and clinics, others work in the public health arena, and still others teach or start their own practice.

Job Prospects

Nearly any path you choose in healthcare will be a growth area. Between an aging population and fewer working people available to occupy positions being vacated by members of the Baby Boomer generation, many of the fastest growing fields in the U.S. are related to healthcare. Among the areas projected to grow most: home healthcare providers (50 percent) and RNs (20-25 percent). Other occupations expected to have huge needs include dental hygienists, veterinarians and veterinary technicians, physician assistants, and physical therapy assistants.

Schools That Offer This Program:
Career Point College
Career Point College
Career Point College
West Coast University
West Coast University
West Coast University
West Coast University
West Coast University
Blue Cliff College
Medical Career Institute
Medical Career Institute
Strayer University
Strayer University
Newbridge College
Southern Technical College
Southern Technical College
Southern Technical College
Trumbull Business College
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
Fortis College
Fortis College
UEI College
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of Technology
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Grantham University
Carrington College
Carrington College
Carrington College California
Carrington College California
Brookline College
Brookline College
Florida Career College
New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology
Computer Systems Institute
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Brown Mackie College
Advanced Training
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Bryant & Stratton College
Schools of Medical Massage
Schools of Medical Massage
Schools of Medical Massage
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