Healthcare can be an exciting field as many areas are experiencing growth. If you are ready to consider a career in healthcare, there are many opportunities available to you, today. And, if you would like to fast-track your training, you may be surprised to learn that some programs can take about as little as a year to complete.
Here are five options that will set you on the path to a rewarding career in the field:
1. Medical Assistant
The job of a medical assistant might be a good fit for you if you enjoy helping people and thrive on variety. Medical assistants perform clinical and administrative tasks, helping to keep the physician's office running smoothly. For example, you might record a patient’s medical and personal history, measure their vital signs, or administer injections or medications under a physician’s direction. Other tasks could include scheduling patient appointments and updating medical records.
Fortis’s Medical Assisting Program will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a medical office or clinic.
2. Dental Assistant
Another healthcare role that allows you to work with patients is that of a dental assistant. In this position, you will prepare the examining room with the necessary tools and equipment, then greet patients and get them ready for their exam. During a procedure, dental assistants help the dentist by handing them tools and instruments. Other duties include taking x-rays and performing lab tests under a dentist’s guidance.
Fortis’s Dental Assisting Program will teach you the dental procedures and techniques you will need in order to apply for and obtain an entry-level position as a dental assistant.
3. Pharmacy Technician
The field of medicine is evolving quickly as a multitude of new drugs come to market. Working under the supervision of a pharmacist, a pharmacy technician plays a vital role in helping patients obtain these new medications by collecting information, safely filling prescriptions, preparing and issuing medications, and labeling and storing supplies. Pharmacy technicians may find that they have a number of options when seeking employment, including drug stores, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or pharmaceutical companies.
If you are interested in a career working alongside pharmacists, consider the Fortis Pharmacy Technician Program, which prepares graduates for entry-level employment.
4. Phlebotomy and Laboratory Assistant
An essential role in healthcare is working in a medical lab. You can enter this field by becoming a Phlebotomy and Laboratory Assistant. You will draw blood and collect other bodily fluids for lab work and perform necessary tests that help doctors design patient treatment plans.
Fortis’s Phlebotomy and Laboratory Assisting Program can help prepare you to work in a hospital, physician's office, clinic, or medical laboratory.
5. Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Some careers in healthcare play important roles behind the scenes, and Medical Billing and Coding Specialist is one of those critical functions. A qualified program will teach you medical terminology, office management skills, and proper medical coding techniques to process insurance claims, invoices, and payments.
Fortis's Medical Billing and Coding Program prepares students to seek entry-level careers in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, dental offices, nursing homes, and insurance companies.
While the length of the programs varies, the programs above can help you obtain a solid foundation to pursue your career in healthcare in a relatively short amount of time. Contact us today to learn how to get started!