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Train for a healthcare career in 1 year

Want to be part of a growing field in health care without spending decades in school?

A bachelor’s degree isn’t essential to landing a job in health care. In fact, you don’t even need an associate degree to enter this high-paying and rapidly growing field!

Dozens of health care-related occupations that offer good salaries are looking to hire skilled employees with credentials beyond just a high school diploma or GED. A short-term certificate or credential from a community college, like Tidewater Community College, can position you to take advantage of lucrative career opportunities in hospitals, doctors’ offices and labs across the nation in a year or less.

Plus, these programs can be the ideal way to get your foot in the door while you work toward advancing your career into areas such as nursing, medical lab technology or health information management!

Want to be directly involved in patient care? You can become a certified nurse aide (CNA) in just weeks through Tidewater Community College’s Basic Nurse Aide Preparation Training. Successful completion of course also work qualifies you to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Certification exam. Or pursue a career as a clinical medical assistant in less than six months! You can also prepare for entry-level employment as a phlebotomist in hospitals, medical offices and clinics with training in blood draw and processing with just one semester of training.

Health careers go beyond the practitioners we see for the flu, toothaches and surgery. Nonclinical positions are critical to the nation’s healthcare system, and many of those positions require only industry credentials, such as medical billing and coding!

You can launch or advance a career in medical billing & coding by earning a certification in as little as nine months. Or train as a pharmacy technician to dispense medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist with less than a year of study.

These health care professionals can find a future to be proud of in these career tracks. They are an integral part of our nation’s medical landscape.