For many, the hesitance to pursue further education comes from the questions that accompany any new career choice. Am I capable of switching career paths, and will I be able to find work that offers a living wage and benefits after the fact? Northern Pennsylvania Regional College’s (NPRC) workforce development division is specifically designed to encourage those seeking further education to enter career paths that are hiring in the region right now, including jobs in the medical and health science fields.
Employment in healthcare is projected to grow 15% over the next 10 years, resulting in 24 million new jobs. Most healthcare occupations have noteworthy benefits, including sign-on bonuses, accommodating work schedules, four-day workweeks, tuition assistance, and opportunities for career advancement. Through our workforce development program, NPRC offers medical career courses in Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Law & Ethics, and Administrative Practices.
Many of the aforementioned medical careers would be unable to operate without clinical assistants. Medical Clinical Assistant jobs are growing even faster, projected at 19% over the next decade. The credential that comes with this occupation is accepted in a variety of healthcare environments, including doctors’ offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, diagnostic laboratories, and nursing care facilities. NPRC offers the courses necessary to become a Medical Clinical Assistant, including Laboratory Skills, Clinical Skills, and Pathophysiology & Pharmacology.
Becoming a Nurse Aide is an excellent career gateway for other health occupations, as many long-term care facilities offer lucrative tuition assistance programs. These programs can cost the student virtually nothing but their time, as federal regulations require long-term care facilities to reimburse the cost of tuition to nurse aides after a successful period of employment. Additionally, Nurse Aide credentials are often transferable among states, making relocation easier. Nurse Aide careers are projected to grow by 8% by the year 2029.
A new addition to our Workforce Development program, being offered in partnership with the Potter County Education Council, Dental Assistant careers are projected to grow 7% over the next decade. These jobs are essential in supporting a dental operator in providing more efficient dental treatment. In addition to demand, there are many benefits to a dental assistant career, including flexible hours, high hourly wages, and opportunities for career advancement.
Health Science jobs are just as vital for our nine-county region as they are throughout the U.S. That’s why part of our workforce development program is dedicated to health science occupations that are hiring right now throughout northern Pennsylvania. Our Student Success Specialists can help you begin creating a path to further your education or career training based on your interests and abilities. For more information, contact us directly or view our brand new Discover NPRC page to take the next step on your journey.