There is a drought coming; a drought of students pursuing health careers. Statistics show that there will be a shortage of doctors by 2025 and nurses by 2022. Health care support careers, such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, nursing assistants, technicians of all kinds and health care administrators are predicted to be the fastest growing career group between 2012-2022. (Information from the Mayo Clinic's Future of Health Care Blog)
This is an opportunity for any college student at any level who might find themselves interested in a health care career. If you have the least bit of interest in health care, take more science classes, or try out a health care-related business or assisting class. If you do decide to take a degree in medical assisting, lab technician or other, be sure that your school is appropriately accredited. In my area, there are two schools offering a degree in medical assisting: the local technical college and a for-profit college. Compared with the tech, the for-profit college's MA program is twice as long, costs twice as much and their graduates are not able to take the national Medical Assistant certification test because the for-profit college is not accredited for that program. Be sure to do your research!
Lessa Scherrer is an college admissions consultant who has worked with college-bound students for many years. She is a member of NACAC and WACAC and also teaches ACT Prep, speed-reading, college study skills and college-level writing.
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