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Allied Health Degrees 

Allied_Health_Care2‘Allied health professional’ is an umbrella term applied to the majority of people working in the medical field who are not doctors, nurses, dentists, or pharmacists. These people form the spine of the health care industry, supporting physicians and nursing practitioners in a variety of ways. Just a few examples of professions that fall under the allied health category are physical therapists; occupational therapists; radiographers; phlebotomists and medical technologists. This is just a fraction of the careers available within the allied health services.

Depending on their particular profession, allied health professionals may assist with identifying, assessing and preventing medical conditions, delivering dietary and nutrition services and rehabilitating patients. If they are appropriately qualified, they may also carry out ‘back office’ tasks such as managing healthcare systems or contributing in some other way to health administration.

Certified Nursing Assistant

nursing-assistantNursing assistants, or certified nursing assistants, are non-licensed, yet very important members of the Nursing Department who perform direct hands-on patient care duties under the supervision of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs). You can train to become a Nursing assistant, also called a nurse's aide, certified nursing assistant, or CNA, in just 6 to 12 weeks depending on the program you select, and be ready to fill one of the approximately 60,000 vacancies for CNAs in long term care right now (with another 35% more projected openings within the next few years). More Info >>

Patient Care Technician

Respiratory_TherapyPatient Care Technicians are certified nursing assistants with special advanced skills training including phlebotomy, glucose monitoring, EKG, urinary catheterization, sterile dressing changes various specimen collections, and sometimes respiratory care. Patient care technicians are an indispensable part of the nursing care team, with an expanding role in ensuring the well-being of patients. This occupation offers many rewards, including diversity, challenge, professional growth, and flexible work schedules. Training to become a Patient Care Technician is an excellent way to start a professional career in a rewarding healthcare environment, without having to spend years in school. More Info >>

Medical Assistant

nursing-career-developmentMedical assistants provide crucial support to physicians and other health care professionals by undertaking important clinical and administrative tasks. The specific types of task they do will depend on their location and the size of the medical setting in which they work. It also depends on what type of medical assistant they are. Broadly speaking, there are at least four types of medical assistant: administrative, clinical, ophthalmic and pediatric. The majority of medical assistants work full-time hours and in physicians’ offices; diagnostic screening facilities; medical centers within educational and correctional institutions; physical rehabilitation centers or other health care facilities.  More Info >>

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy_TechnicianA pharmacy technician, or pharmaceutical technician, works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist to dispense prescription medications and perform other pharmacy related functions. Pharmacy technicians typically can be found in retail and hospital pharmacies but also work in a variety of other locations including pharmaceutical manufacturers, long-term care facilities, insurance providers, computer software companies or in government or teaching settings. Explore the detailed listings of accredited schools that offer pharmacy training or Pharmacy Technician Degree Programs that best meet your needs. More Info >>

Phlebotomy Technician

PhlebotomyPhlebotomists collect blood from patients for analysis in laboratories. The results of this analysis help inform diagnoses. As phlebotomists have to collect blood without hurting the patient or disrupting their medical care, they have to be very careful and follow correct procedure thoroughly. By following procedure, they also ensure that the blood is taken correctly. This prevents specimens being damaged during collection, which could make test results either unobtainable or worthless. After taking the blood, these healthcare scientists are also responsible for transporting the specimen to the right lab, as and when needed. Explore the detailed listings of accredited schools that offer phlebotomy training or Phlebotomist Programs that best meet your needs. More Info >>

Dental Assistant

dental-assistingDental Assistants play a vital role in the success of dental practices, and there are plenty of things about starting a career as a dental assistant to smile about! People are better educated about about the role dental health plays in their overall health, so they're taking better care of their teeth these days. Folks are also living longer and they prefer to keep their natural teeth as long as possible. Add to that the growing demand for dental implants and cosmetic dental procedures such a teeth whitening and it's little wonder that demand for more and better educated dental assistants is exploding. Explore detailed listings of accredited schools that offer Dental Assistant degrees or Dental Assisting training programs to find the Dental Assistant program that best meets your needs. More Info >>

Cardiovascular Technology

cardiovascular-technology-degreesCardiovascular technologists and technicians are allied health professionals who work with heart patients, employing specialized training and skills in order to help doctors diagnose and treat disorders of the heart or blood vessels through reviewing medical records, examining and monitoring patients, performing procedures such as EKG's, Ultrasounds, or assisting physicians with cardiac catheterization. Explore detailed listings of accredited schools that offer Cardiovascular technologist and Cardiovascular technician programs to find the Cardiovascular Technology program that best meets your needs. More Info >>