San Diego State University Offers Career-Enhancing Health Care Education Courses

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San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers both in-class and online professional health care certificate and certification programs for individuals to prepare for lucrative careers in this growing industry.

I was a graduate of the EKG certificate class at SDSU and with the knowledge gained, I was able to land a job working as an assistant for the director of cardiology at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

According to U.S. News and World Report, 13 of the 50 best careers for 2011 are in the health care industry.

With health care being such a major force within San Diego County and throughout America, San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers both in-class and online professional health care certificate and certification programs for individuals to prepare for these lucrative careers.

“I was a graduate of the EKG certificate class at SDSU and with the knowledge gained, I was able to land a job working as an assistant for the director of cardiology at Scripps Mercy Hospital,” said former student Lindsay Collins. “The experience I gained has certainly paid off in my new career. The first day on the job, I successfully completed 5 EKGs.”

This is such a great time to be in the health care industry. Numerous reports state that no other sector has been showing such consistent growth under our current economic conditions.

In fact, U.S. News and World Report published the following:

The growth trend in health care is almost unstoppable: Millions and millions of aging baby boomers will continue to place a heightened demand on health care providers, as well as provide plenty of opportunity for medical innovation.

The most recent Department of Labor report projects that health care will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population.

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies has programs that will qualify students to enter the health care field in as little as six months. These courses are hands-on and teach practical and needed skills, and are scheduled for working adults and taught by industry experts.

The College is an approved provider for education to career funding through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits. Additionally, SDSU’s College of Extended Studies has become an educational partner for The Bridge to Employment for Healthcare Grant in partnership with Comprehensive Training Systems for all health care classroom courses. This grant provides tuition funding up to $7,000 for all eligible classroom healthcare training programs listed on the Workforce Investment Act’s Eligible Training Provider List.

For more information on eligibility, call (619) 594-3946.

About.com reports that: “As a whole, medical support roles and administrative roles make up a whopping 18% of all jobs in the health care industry.” SDSU’s Extended Studies prepares individuals for these occupations through such courses as administrative dental assistant, administrative medical specialist with medical billing and coding, and clinical dental assistant.

The College also offers medical transcription and medical terminology programs. Medical transcriptionists are expected to experience a 10.5% job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also says that medical receptionists are projected to grow by 22% from 2008-18.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics further predicts a growth of 9-18% for dietitians and nutritionists from 2008-18. SDSU’s Extended Studies offers an Online Nutrition Certificate program with courses such as Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance as well as Public Nutrition and Wellness Education through the Online Professional Certificate program in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports.

According to the Research and Labor Market Intelligence Team of the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego certainly echoes these national themes. San Diego Workforce Partnership reports that total health care jobs in San Diego County are expected to rise by 55% from 2000 to 2020.

For more information on these health care programs, call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU) or visit http://www.neverstoplearning.net/healthcare.

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San Diego State Univ. College of Extended Studies
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