Health Care Schools & Colleges

Health Care Schools and CollegesHealth care schools enable busy adults like you to conveniently access career training for one of the world's fastest-growing industries.

With an education from a health care school, you'll have the opportunity to start opening doors that might have been closed before. In fact, more and more colleges are offering flexible and convenient programs in this wide-ranging sector. Some schools even offer health care training online. Plus, a lot of certificate and diploma programs can be completed in less than a year. And many associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs are designed to take less time than you might think.

So make the future you truly want start happening today. You could soon be working in a hospital, nursing home, doctor's office, health clinic, surgical center, medical lab, pharmacy, or other type of health care setting.

Explore the many program possibilities and discover health care schools in your area by entering your zip code in the search tool below!

Salary and Job Growth Information for Popular Health Care Careers

Benefits of Online Health Care Programs



Medical and Health Care Programs


Featured Schools

Altierus Career College

  • Tampa, Florida
  • Norcross, Georgia
  • Houston Bissonnet, Texas
  • Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Surgical Technology


Lincoln Tech

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
And More!
Connecticut
  • New Britain
  • Shelton
Georgia
  • Marietta
Illinois
  • Melrose Park
Massachusetts
  • Somerville
New Jersey
  • Edison (Iselin)
  • Moorestown
  • Paramus
Pennsylvania
  • Allentown
Rhode Island
  • Lincoln
  • Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Nursing (Practical)
  • Patient Care Technician


UEI College

Arizona
  • Phoenix
California
  • Anaheim
  • Chula Vista
  • Bakersfield
  • Encino
  • Fresno
  • Gardena
  • Huntington Park
  • Ontario
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Marcos
  • Stockton
  • West Covina
Georgia
  • Morrow
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Insurance Coding
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician


Southern California Health Institute

  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Fernando Valley, California
  • Advanced Professional Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Personal Fitness Trainer/Health and Wellness Professional
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab


Central Christian College of Kansas

  • Online
  • Health and Human Services
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Management
  • Psychology


City College

5 Florida Locations
  • Altamonte Springs
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Gainesville
  • Hollywood
  • Miami
  • Anesthesia Technology
  • Cardiovascular Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Mental Health Technology
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technology


Keiser University

17 Florida Campuses
  • Clearwater
  • Daytona Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Jacksonville
  • Lakeland
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Naples
  • New Port Richey
  • Orlando
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sarasota
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • West Palm Beach
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Health Services Administration
  • Histotechnology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Psychology with concentrations in:
    • Human Services
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Health Care and Fitness
    • Business
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Sports Medicine & Fitness Technology
  • And More!


YTI Career Institute

  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • York, Pennsylvania
  • Dental Assisting
  • Expanded Functions Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Veterinary Technician


American Fitness and Nutrition Academy

  • Pasadena, California
  • Fitness and Nutrition Trainer


Fremont College

  • Cerritos, California
  • Massage Therapy
  • Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy


Ohio Christian University

  • Online
  • Psychology
  • Substance Abuse Counseling


Florida Career College

Florida
  • Boynton Beach
  • Hialeah
  • Jacksonville
  • Lauderdale Lakes
  • Margate
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Tampa
  • West Palm Beach
Texas
  • Houston
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant Technician
  • Medical Front Office and Billing
  • Patient Care Technician


San Joaquin Valley College

14 Florida Campuses
  • Atascadero
  • Bakersfield
  • Delano
  • Fresno
  • Hanford
  • Hesperia
  • Lancaster
  • Madera
  • Modesto
  • Ontario
  • Porterville
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Temecula
  • Visalia
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology


American Institute

  • West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Clifton, New Jersey
  • Somerset, New Jersey
  • Toms River, New Jersey
  • Dental Assisting
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing


American Career College

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Ontario, California
  • Orange County, California
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Optical Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Surgical Technology
  • Vocational Nursing


Colorado Christian University

  • Online
  • Applied Psychology Emphasis in
    • Biblical Studies
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
  • Health Care Administration
  • Nursing - Pre-Nursing to BSN
  • Nursing - RN-BSN
  • Psychology


McCann School of Business & Technology

  • Monroe, Louisiana
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Clinical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Surgical Technology


Miller-Motte College

  • Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Dental Assisting
  • Esthetics Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Clinical Assistant
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technology


Miller-Motte Technical College

Georgia
  • Augusta
  • Columbus
  • Macon
South Carolina
  • Charleston
  • Conway
Tennessee
  • Chattanooga
  • Dental Assisting
  • Esthetics Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Clinical Assistant
  • Surgical Technology


Grantham University

  • Online
  • Health Information Management
  • RN to BSN Degree Completion


South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Weslaco, Texas
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Administrative Assisting Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Professional Massage Therapy


Porter and Chester Institute

Connecticut
  • Enfield
  • Hamden
  • New London
  • Rocky Hill
  • Stratford
  • Waterbury
Massachusetts
  • Canton
  • Chicopee
  • Worcester
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Practical Nursing


Hunter Business School

  • Levittown, New York
  • Medford, New York
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Medical Office Administration


Platt College

  • Anaheim, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Ontario, California
  • Riverside, California
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
  • Health Care Management
  • Health & Fitness Trainer
  • Hemodialysis Technician
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Medical Assisting
  • Respiratory Therapy


Southeastern Institute

  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Electronic Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Professional Clinical Massage Therapy


Carrington College

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
And More!
Arizona
  • Glendale
  • Mesa
  • Phoenix East
  • Phoenix North
  • Tucson
California
  • Citrus Heights
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • San Leandro
  • Stockton
Idaho
  • Boise
Nevada
  • Las Vegas
  • Reno
New Mexico
  • Albuquerque
Oregon
  • Portland
Washington
  • Spokane
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Radiography
  • Nursing Bridge
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Registered Nursing
  • Registered Nursing LVN to RN
  • Respiratory Care
  • Surgical Technology
  • Vocational Nursing


Fortis College

  • Over 15 Locations in 11 States
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Virginia
And More!
Alabama
  • Dothan
  • Foley
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
Florida
  • Cutler Bay
  • Orange Park
Georgia
  • Atlanta
Indiana
  • Indianapolis
Louisiana
  • Baton Rouge
Maryland
  • Landover
Ohio
  • Centerville
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Cuyahoga Falls
South Carolina
  • Columbia
Texas
  • Houston South
Utah
  • Salt Lake City
Virginia
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Expanded Function Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Technologist


Fortis Institute

  • Over 10 Locations in 7 States
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
And More!
Alabama
  • Birmingham
Florida
  • Pensacola
  • Port St. Lucie
Maryland
  • Townson
New Jersey
  • Lawrenceville
  • Wayne
Pennsylvania
  • Forty Fort
  • Scranton
Tennessee
  • Cookeville
  • Nashville
Texas
  • Houston North
  • Aesthetics Skincare
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • ECG/Phlebotomy/Lab Assistant
  • Expanded Function Dental Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Technologist


Delta Technical College

  • Horn Lake, Mississippi
  • Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting


Midwest Technical Institute

  • East Peoria, Illinois
  • Moline, Illinois
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting


Unitek College

7 California Locations
  • Bakersfield
  • Concord
  • Fremont
  • Hayward
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • South San Francisco
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Nursing
  • Vocational Nursing


Florida Tech Online

  • Online
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
  • Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Healthcare Management
  • Psychology/Organizational Psychology


Eastern International College

  • Belleville, New Jersey
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Assistant


Saint Leo University

  • Online
  • Health Care Administration
  • Psychology:
    • Clinical/Counseling
    • Developmental
    • Experimental
    • General Studies
  • Sociology - Applied & Clinical


New England College Online

  • Online
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Administration/Health Informatics
  • Psychology
  • Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology/Criminal Justice
  • Psychology/Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology/Human Services
  • Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling


Sullivan University

  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Online in Kentucky
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Computed Tomography
  • Health Information Management
  • Limited Medical Radiography
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Clinical Specialties
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Practical Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology


Blake Austin College

  • Vacaville, California
  • Administrative Medical Assisting
  • Clinical Medical Assisting w/Phlebotomy
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Assisting - Continuing Education
  • Nursing - Continuing Education
  • Vocational Nursing


Post University

  • Online
  • Human Services
    • Health and Community Services
    • Psychology - Health, Education, and Community Services
  • Nursing: RN to BSN


Rasmussen College

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
And More!
Online
  • Online
Florida
  • Fort Myers
  • Land O' Lakes/East Pasco
  • New Port Richey/West Pasco
  • Ocala
Illinois
  • Aurora/Naperville
  • Mokena/Tinley Park
  • Rockford
Minnesota
  • Blaine
  • Bloomington
  • Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove
  • Eagan
  • Lake Elmo/Woodbury
  • Mankato
  • Moorhead
  • St. Cloud
Wisconsin
  • Green Bay
  • Wausau
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Health and Wellness
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Management
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Physical Therapist Assistant


Grand Canyon University

  • Online
  • Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)


Coyne College

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician


Southern Technical College

7 Florida Campuses
  • Auburndale
  • Brandon
  • Ft. Myers
  • Orlando
  • Port Charlotte
  • Sanford
  • Tampa
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Surgical Technician


The College of Health Care Professions

5 Texas Locations
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Dental Assistant
  • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Technician


ECPI University

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Virginia
And More!
Florida
  • Orlando (Lake Mary)
North Carolina
  • Charlotte
  • Greensboro
  • Raleigh
South Carolina
  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Greenville
Texas
  • San Antonio
Virginia
  • Manassas (Northern VA)
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • Virginia Beach
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Dental Assisting
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing - Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABSN)
  • Nursing - Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Surgical Technology


Lansdale School of Business

  • North Wales, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Medical Assistant


West Coast University

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Ontario, California
  • Orange County, California
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Dental Hygiene
  • LVN to BSN
  • Nursing
  • RN to BSN (Online)


Dorsey Schools

7 Locations in Michigan
  • Dearborn
  • Madison Heights
  • Roseville
  • Saginaw
  • Southgate
  • Waterford-Pontiac
  • Wayne
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dialysis Patient Care Technician
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Administration & Billing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician


Remington College

  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
And More!
Alabama
  • Mobile
Arkansas
  • Little Rock
Louisiana
  • Lafayette
  • Shreveport
Ohio
  • Cleveland
South Carolina
  • Columbia
Tennessee
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
Texas
  • Dallas (Garland)
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston Southeast (Webster)
  • North Houston (Greenspoint)
Online*
  • *Available in AL, AK, FL, OH, SC, UT and WY.
  • Dental Assisting
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician


Cortiva Institute

  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Texas
And More!
Connecticut
  • Newington
Florida
  • Ft. Lauderdale (Pompano Beach)
  • Orlando
  • Tampa/St. Pete
Maryland
  • Baltimore
Pennsylvania
  • King of Prussia
Texas
  • Arlington
  • Massage Therapy
  • Skin Care


Institute of Technology

  • Redding, California
  • Salem, Oregon
  • Medical Billing and Office Administration
  • Medical Office Administration Billing and Coding
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Professional Medical Assistant


InterCoast

  • Fairfield, California
  • Rancho Cordova, California
  • Riverside, California
  • Online (California Residents Only)
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling


Southern Careers Institute

6 Texas Locations
  • Austin
  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • Harlingen
  • Pharr
  • San Antonio
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician


Eastwick College

  • Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Nutley, New Jersey
  • Ramsey, New Jersey
  • Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography
  • Health Science
  • Health Science - Health Information
  • Licensed Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Surgical Technology


Laurus College

  • Atascadero, California
  • Oxnard, California
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Santa Maria, California
  • Online
  • Medical Billing & Coding


Penn Foster Career School

  • Online & Distance Education
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Dental Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Optician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide


Ross College

  • Quad Cities, Iowa
  • Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • North Canton, Ohio
  • Sylvania, Ohio
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technology



Salary and Job Growth Information for Popular Health Care Careers

When you go into the health and medical field, you get the chance to take advantage of all kinds of growing and good-paying opportunities. Check out some of the most compelling examples from these areas of health care:


(Unless otherwise noted, salary ranges are based on May 2018 estimates, rounded to the nearest thousand.1 Job growth estimates are for the decade from 2016 to 2026.2)


Alternative Medicine

Acupuncturist or Naturopathic Physician

  • Median salary—$74K3
  • Job growth—10 to 14 percent3

Animal Care

Veterinary Technician

  • Salary—$23K to $50K or more
  • Job growth—20 percent

Dental Care

Dental Hygienist

  • Salary—$52K to $102K or more
  • Job growth—20 percent

Dental Assistant

  • Salary—$27K to $55K or more
  • Job growth—19 percent

Diagnostic Technology

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist)

  • Salary—$51K to $100K or more
  • Job growth—23 percent

X-Ray/Radiologic Technician

  • Salary—$41K to $86K or more
  • Job growth—12 percent

Medical Laboratory Tech

  • Salary—$30K to $80K or more
  • Job growth—13 percent

Cardiovascular Tech or EKG Technician

  • Salary—$29K to $93K or more
  • Job growth—10 percent

EEG Technician

  • Salary—$28K to $73K or more
  • Job growth—15 percent or higher3

Phlebotomy Technician

  • Salary—$25K to $49K or more
  • Job growth—25 percent

Esthetics & Skin Care

Skin Care Specialist

(Including Laser Technician)

  • Salary—$19K to $60K or more
  • Job growth—14 percent

Fitness & Nutrition

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator

  • Median salary—$82K3
  • Job growth—10 to 14 percent3

Dietitian or Nutritionist

  • Salary—$38K to $85K or more
  • Job growth—15 percent

Personal Trainer

  • Salary—$20K to $76K or more
  • Job growth—10 percent

Human Services & Mental Health

Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychologist

  • Salary—$44K to $129K or more
  • Job growth—14 percent

School and Career Counselor

  • Salary—$34K to $95K or more
  • Job growth—13 percent

Child, Family, and School Social Worker

  • Salary—$30K to $77K or more
  • Job growth—14 percent

Mental Health or Addictions Social Worker

  • Salary—$28K to $79K or more
  • Job growth—16 percent

Addictions Counselor

  • Salary—$28K to $73K or more
  • Job growth—23 percent

Mental Health Counselor

  • Salary—$28K to $73K or more
  • Job growth—23 percent

Psychiatric Technician or Aide

  • Salary—$23K to $64K or more
  • Job growth—Six percent

Human Services Assistant

  • Salary—$22K to $52K or more
  • Job growth—16 percent

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapist

  • Salary—$21K to $78K or more
  • Job growth—26 percent

Medical Office & Administration

Health Care Manager / Health Services Administrator

  • Salary—$59K to $183K or more
  • Job growth—20 percent

Medical Coding & Billing Specialist

  • Salary—$27K to $66K or more
  • Job growth—13 percent

Medical Administrative Assistant

(Including Medical Office Administrator, Specialist, or Receptionist)

  • Salary—$25K to $52K or more
  • Job growth—22 percent

Medical Assistant

  • Salary—$25K to $47K or more
  • Job growth—29 percent

Medical Transcriptionist

  • Salary—$22K to $52K or more
  • Job openings—6,400 per year, on average4

Nursing

Registered Nurse

  • Salary—$51K to $107K or more
  • Job growth—15 percent

LPN / LVN

  • Salary—$34K to $62K or more
  • Job growth—12 percent

Patient Care

Dialysis Technician

  • Salary—$28K to $73K or more
  • Job growth—15 percent or higher3

Respiratory Therapist

  • Salary—$44K to $84K or more
  • Job growth—23 percent

Occupational Therapy Assistant or Aide

  • Salary—$40K to $81K or more
  • Job growth—28 percent

Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Salary—$34K to $80K or more
  • Job growth—30 percent

Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician

  • Salary—$23K to $59K or more
  • Job growth—15 percent

Patient Care Technician or Nursing Assistant

  • Salary—$21K to $40K or more
  • Job growth—11 percent

Home Health Aide

  • Salary—$19K to $32K or more
  • Job growth—47 percent

Pharmacy

Pharmacy Technician

  • Salary—$23K to $48K or more
  • Job growth—12 percent

Pharmacy Aide or Assistant

  • Salary—$19K to $44K or more
  • Job openings—4,700 per year, on average4

Sports Medicine & Management

Athletic Trainer

  • Salary—$31K to $71K or more
  • Job growth—23 percent

Coach or Scout

  • Salary—$19K to $78K or more
  • Job growth—13 percent

Sterile Processing & Surgical Technology

Surgical Technologist

  • Salary—$33K to $69K or more
  • Job growth—12 percent

Anesthesia Technician

  • Salary—$33K to $69K or more
  • Job growth—14 percent

Sterile Processing Technician

  • Salary—$25K to $54K or more
  • Job growth—11 percent

Vision Care

Optician

  • Salary—$25K to $60K or more
  • Estimated job growth—15 percent

3 Great Benefits of Online and Distance Learning Health Care Programs

Health Care Schools and CollegesBeing part of a vocation that offers rewarding advantages is something most of us want. But it usually requires at least a little bit of post-secondary training to qualify for the best opportunities. And that can mean having to fit school into an already busy life. That's why a growing number of schools offer online or distance-based programs for clinical and non-clinical areas of health care. Some of the most popular reasons that students give for pursuing this type of educational option include:

1. Better Accessibility

Most traditional programs require you to show up to a physical classroom at a specific time. But that's simply unrealistic for a lot of people. After all, what if you have a full-time job, family members to take care of, a disability that makes it hard to travel, or similar obligations or challenges? You need the flexibility to study at the time and place that works for your particular situation.

With most online and study-at-home options, you get the chance to arrange your own schedule, set up your own learning environment, and complete courses at your own comfortable pace. That way, you don't have to put aside your health career aspirations. You can effectively pursue your goals while looking after your existing commitments.

Plus, some health and medical programs—mostly for occupations with a clinical or laboratory aspect—even have a hybrid structure. That means most classes are online, yet you also have the valuable opportunity to practice your skills in-person under the guidance of an instructor. In some cases, you may even get the chance to acquire real-world experience through an internship or clinical rotation before graduating.

2. The Power of Choice

Online health care schools offer a large and growing variety of career-focused programs. As a result, you might have a lot more options to choose from than if you were restricted to on-campus programs only. So, although a campus-based program may not be available where you live for the career you'd like to pursue, you still stand a good chance of finding training that's available online.

And the occupational areas you can pursue through online or distance learning are compelling and diverse. They include popular and important sectors of health and medical care such as:

Health Care Schools
  • Health care administration—This broad area includes several occupations related to the management and business-related functions associated with providing health services. For example, medical billers and coders handle reporting and financial transactions related to getting payments from insurance companies and government programs like Medicare. Medical office and administrative assistants help keep health clinics, doctors' offices, or hospital departments running smoothly by providing support in areas like record-keeping, scheduling, and paperwork. And medical transcriptionists convert voice-recorded reports from doctors and other care providers into accurate and easy-to-read text formats.
  • Health information technology (HIT)—In this field, the focus is on using computer systems to provide more efficient, effective, and secure management and sharing of medical records and other vital information within the health sector.
  • Clinical assisting—Professionals in this area of health care get to work directly with patients in support of doctors or specialized care providers. For instance, medical assistants often work in physicians' offices or clinics and set up exam rooms, take vital signs, administer medications, and collect bodily fluid samples for lab testing. Occupational therapy assistants carry out prescribed treatments for people who need help performing routine tasks associated with everyday living and working. Physical therapy aides interact with people going through rehabilitation from injuries, surgeries, and other physical conditions. Dental assistants provide chairside support to dentists. And opticians help fit people with corrective contact lenses or eyeglasses based on the prescriptions of optometrists or ophthalmologists.
  • Medical diagnostic technology—This area is all about performing tests that help doctors accurately diagnose their patients and choose the most appropriate treatments for them. For example, diagnostic medical sonographers use ultrasound (i.e., sound wave) equipment to capture images of patients' internal soft-tissue anatomy. Radiologic technologists use x-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines to take pictures of bones or other areas of concern inside patients' bodies. And medical laboratory technicians run tests on blood, bodily fluids, and tissue samples to detect abnormalities or signs of disease.
  • Surgical technology—Health professionals in this field, often called surgical technologists or scrub techs, do things like help clean and set up operating rooms, prepare patients for surgery, and pass surgical instruments or supplies to surgeons during operations.
  • Nursing—For people who are already registered nurses (RNs) but wish to upgrade their educational credentials to the bachelor's degree level, some online schools offer RN to BSN bridge programs. In addition, options also exist for RNs who want to gain more expertise in the legal aspects of nursing and health care.
  • Pharmacy technology—Online programs in this area can help you become a pharmacy technician or assistant, which involves supporting pharmacists by filling prescriptions for medications, dispensing medical devices, and performing various administrative duties.
  • Wellness and prevention—People who work in this sector focus on promoting healthy activities, lifestyle improvements, and treatments that aid with stress reduction and general well-being. Examples include nutrition and exercise specialists, personal fitness trainers, and relaxation and massage therapists.
  • Natural, complementary, and alternative health care—Consultants and other professionals in this area specialize in providing advice and treatments that are often outside the scope of traditional Western medicine.
  • Social and human services—This extensive sector focuses on supporting the most vulnerable people within our communities, such as at-risk youth, the elderly, the disabled, and those with mental health or addiction issues. It's possible to find online courses of study in areas like psychology, behavioral science, gerontology, substance abuse treatment, and long-term care management. Aspiring health care aides can also find programs to help them qualify for opportunities with employers like home health service agencies.

3. A Path Toward Greater Stability

Online health care training offers a convenient way to prepare for an occupational sector that has a terrific job outlook. After all, by 2026, health care and social assistance could be the largest employment sector in America. And it is already one of the fastest-growing sectors, with an overall projected growth rate of 13.8 percent between 2016 and 2026.2

In fact, more than half of the nation's top 30 fastest-growing occupations are related to social assistance and health care. They include careers you can study for online (either partially or fully) with high projected growth rates such as:2

  • Home health aides—47 percent
  • Personal care aides—39 percent
  • Nurse practitioners—36 percent
  • Physical therapist assistants—31 percent
  • Occupational therapy assistants—29 percent
  • Massage therapists—26 percent
  • Phlebotomists—25 percent
  • Respiratory therapists—23 percent
  • Ultrasound technologists—23 percent

How to Start Taking Advantage of the Opportunities

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, website last visited on May 2, 2019.

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, website last visited on October 16, 2018.

3 O*NET, website last visited on October 16, 2018.

4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Projections, website last visited on October 16, 2018.