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Tips for Preparing Students for Healthcare Careers
The world of healthcare is always changing. Positions that are in high demand include:
Certified Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aid
Clinical / Medical Assistants
Both Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner positions require advanced degrees (post-bachelors degree).
While each academic program is different and requirements for entry vary, the following are things students should keep in mind when considering applying to the programs below:
Physician Assistant Program
Programs can be very competitive; a strong and consistent Grade Point Average (GPA) is highly recommended
Extracurricular activities are highly recommended
College courses should be carefully considered especially those with a strong emphasis on the sciences
Nurse Practitioner Program
Nurse Practitioner programs require a bachelors degree in nursing
Obtaining a masters degree in nursing or doctorate of nursing practice (2 to 6 years of education) is also beneficial
Certified Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aid and Clinical / Medical Assistant Programs
Programs require a high school diploma
Extracurricular healthcare related activities (for example, volunteering in a hospital) are highly recommended
Completing either of these programs is a great way to prepare for other advanced degrees in healthcare
If you would like to learn more information, visit
Preparing for a Healthcare Career.
Pursuing Your Passion to learn more about how your student’s passions can lead to a career in healthcare.