All you have to do is turn on the television to hear one expert or another touting the great career opportunities for people in the healthcare industry, even in the face of the current economic slump.You may think that jobs in the healthcare industry require years of study or academic qualifications that you do not possess. For example, are you a recent high school graduate who wants good career options without the need for a college degree? Alternatively, are you one of the many people in the United States who has become unemployed, and needs to change career paths in mid-life? If you answered yes to either of these two questions, do not give up on the possibility of obtaining a lucrative job in the healthcare industry, even without years of study or a college degree. Instead, read on because the answer to your dilemma may lie in healthcare certificate programs. .
Healthcare certificate programs are generally short term programs of study that are usually completed in anywhere from a few months to not more than two years. They are available in a variety of healthcare fields. Some are designed to qualify individuals for entry-level jobs in a particular healthcare occupation, while others are designed for individuals who already hold certain positions to expand or refine their skills. A phlebotomy certificate is an example of a healthcare certificate that can have you ready for a healthcare job in only four to six months, if you already have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. To obtain a phlebotomy certificate, students combine hand-on laboratory work with studies that cover the circulatory system, medical vocabulary, healthcare legalities and ethics. With a phlebotomy certificate, individuals are prepared for entry-level positions in clinics, laboratories, hospitals and blood banks. Alternatively, if you already have social work or counseling experience, you can obtain a patient advocacy certificate that will enable you to expand your skills to work as a patient advocate in a hospital or nursing home.
If you are thinking of obtaining a healthcare certificate, do your homework and compare the different programs that offer the certificate you are seeking. Consider the cost and time involved as well as whether all or part of the coursework can be completed online, especially if the demands of work or family make it difficult for you to attend offline courses. For some programs, you can do all of the necessary work online; for others you may be able to combine online courses with hands-on laboratory work experience. You should be able to find a program that meets your needs, even if you do not live conveniently near a physical college campus.