San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
Since health care continues to be at or near the top of virtually all lists for current in-demand occupations, San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will offer both in-class and online professional health care certificate and certification programs during the fall semester to help individuals preparing for these lucrative careers.
Just how popular is the health care field?
In its latest projections, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following:
“The health care and social assistance industry is projected to create about 28 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy. This industry – which includes public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services – is expected to grow by 33 percent, or 5.7 million new jobs. Employment growth will be driven by an aging population and longer life expectancies, as well as new treatments and technologies.”
Furthermore, in a U.S. News and World Report story titled “What’s in Store for Jobs in 2012?” the article states “health care employment will continue to grow in 2012, possibly even more rapidly than it did in 2011, as the population continues to age and require more medical attention.”
Linda Weygandt, who works at a San Diego-area hospital, helped get her foot in the door by taking the EKG Technician Certification program through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
“I would recommend this class to anyone and everyone,” she said. “I even tell a lot of nurses, ‘You should take this class. You could actually afford it. Get certified. Why not, if it’s what you want to do?’ I’m really excited that I’ve taken the class. When I talk about it, I feel really proud about the knowledge I’ve gained from it.”
Lindsay Collins has had a similar experience since taking the EKG certification class at SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.
“With the knowledge gained I was able to land a job working as an assistant for the director of cardio at Scripps Mercy Hospital,” she said. “I would like to thank you for the experience gained as it has certainly paid off in my new career. The first day on the job, I successfully completed five EKGs.”
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. Most courses are offered online, giving students 24/7 access to their classes whenever they have an available computer.
The College is an approved provider for education-to-career funding through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits. For more information on eligibility, call (619) 594-3047.
SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers training in the growing pharmacy technician field. The College also prepares individuals for health care occupations through such courses as clinical medical assistant, medical billing and coding + medical terminology, electronic health record management, and dialysis technician.
The College additionally offers a Professional Certificate in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports. This innovative and comprehensive web-based certificate program provides an in-depth examination of contemporary nutritional topics such as meal plan analysis, functional food implementation, antioxidants, public nutrition, sports nutrition, vitamin supplementation, and weight management.
For more information on these programs, visit http://www.neverstoplearning.net/healthcare.