Careers in Healthcare

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Healthcare has many different areas one can go into if interested in this field. I have chosen two that have always been an interest to me; Nursing (particularly registered nursing) and an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Both jobs are very demanding and extremely important. Both are respected jobs and require a tremendous amount of caring for others. There are three levels of nursing; certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). A registered nurse is the highest level of nursing. In order to practice nursing you must have an Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor Degree in Nursing, or in some cases a diploma in nursing from an accredited school. Nursing can provide many opportunities for growth such as becoming a physician. The amount of time it can take to become a RN can depend on how long it takes to complete the pre-requisites. Course pre-requisites vary, but typically include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, psychology, algebra and English. A drug screen and background check may also be required. At PCC you must complete at least 30 of the 45 hours of pre-requisites prior to beginning the program. You must have a cummalative 3.0 grade average for the pre-requisite classes. Along with the application, you must have official transcripts and other possible work history, foreign languages taken (if any), and test scores. There are other schools that have nursing programs such as; University of Phoenix, Linfield College, OHSU, Concorde College. Pioneer Pacific College, and University of Portland. A Registered Nurse requires critical thinking skills and good communications skills. A nurse must be able to work with people and apply their knowledge of the ... ... middle of paper ... ...years or older) and diploma or GED. Completion in Writing 115, Math 20, and Reading 90. These classes are required to be able to continue on to the required Writing 121, Math 60, and Reading 115 classes. You must received a “C” or better in all classes. They also require medical records. Works Cited D’Orazio, Leo; Snook, Donald. Opportunities in Health and Medical Careers. New York: VGM Careers Books, 2005 (Sylvania Campus) Gerdin, A. Judith. Health Careers Today. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2003 (Sylvania Campus) http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm#earnings http://www.careerplanner.com/Job-Outlook/Registered-Nurses.cfm http://www.pediatricnursing.com/faq.html#2 http://www.firemanemtparamedic.com/how_to_become_a_emt__emergency.html http://www.pcc.edu/programs/emergency-medical/documents/emt-basic-app.pdf http://www.pcc.edu/programs/nursing/admission/
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