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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
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant

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.

Check out Pursuing Your Passion to learn more about how your student’s passions can lead to a career in healthcare.