Health Care Courses Offered Online, in Classroom by San Diego State University

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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.

Even while the economy struggles, Monster.com reports that health care “continues to be the career success story of the past few years.” From the start of the downturn in December 2007 until September 2010, the healthcare sector grew by 720,000 jobs while all other industries lost nearly 8.5 million jobs, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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 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 five EKGs.”

U.S. News and World Report projected at the beginning of the year that 13 of the 50 best careers for 2011 are in the health care industry while reporting 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 stated 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.

In responding to this vital need for health care workers, 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.

Professional Woman’s Magazine notes health care as growing career field since the fastest growing demographic is of people turning 65, and the number of people requiring health care services is also growing along with it. In order to address this public need, more and more pharmacy technicians are finding employment, the magazine reports.

Isabella Burgan, a recent graduate of SDSU’s pharmacy technician program, said it will be invaluable to her career.

“Even though there was a lot to learn, we were able to get through all of the material without any issues,” she said. “I feel that I am much better prepared to take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam and have a pretty good idea of what to expect when I find a job as a pharmacy technician. I am really looking forward to working in this exciting field.”

SDSU’s Extended Studies also prepares individuals for health care occupations through such courses as administrative dental assistant, administrative medical specialist with medical billing and coding, and clinical dental assistant.

The College 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 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.

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