Get on the health care Fast Track at Santa Fe College
Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
In this uncertain economy, careers in health care services appear to be safe bets for job hunters.
So, if you're looking for a career in an ever-growing field, why not check out the Santa Fe College Health Fast Track, which are programs that can be completed in six months to two years.
Scott Fortner, a health sciences advisor and recruiter at Santa Fe College, said those considering a career in health care should attend a one-hour Health Care Opportunities Tour to learn about the various programs, including starting salaries, employability and more.
The next Health Care Opportunities Tour will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Building W lobby at the college's northwest campus, located at 3000 NW 83rd St.
"These are competitive programs," Fortner said. "You want to know the program really fits your passion, and in a one-hour tour, you can get a good idea of what we have to offer and if it's a good fit."
Below is information regarding the Fast Track programs:
Biomedical engineering technology: This is an associate of science degree that prepares students for employment in the biomedical electronic equipment field. Students will learn to design, manufacture, evaluate, troubleshoot, repair and test various types of medical equipment. This program begins in the fall. For more information, including the application deadline, call Denise Remer at 395-5839 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cardiovascular technology: This is an associate of science degree program specializing in heart, lung and vascular disease. Prerequisites include courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, humanities and social/behavioral science. Learn more about this program during a preview to be held Jan. 25 in the Building W annex, Room 113. The application deadline is March 1 for admission during the summer. For more information, call 395-5972 or visit www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/cvt/.
Dental assistant: This is a 10-month certificate program. Dental assistants work directly with dentists during patient treatment. The entry salary is $25,000. There are no prerequisites, but those interested should talk to an advisor about recommended courses to help students be more competitive. The application deadline is June 30 for admission in the fall. For more information, visit www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/dental/.
Diagnostic medical sonography: This is a one-year certificate program for people with imaging backgrounds in cardiovascular, nuclear medicine or radiography technology. A sonographer uses sonographic imaging or ultrasound scan to evaluate body parts, especially the abdomen, heart and vessels. The entry salary is $45,000. For more information, call 395-5650 or visit http://dept.sfcollege.edu/health/Sonography/.
Health Information Technology, or HIT: This is an online-only certificate program that can be completed in as little as six months and requires previous experience in medical or information technology. Funded by stimulus money, HIT offers six new certificate tracks: Implementation manager, implementation support specialist, practice workflow and information, management redesign specialist, technical/software support staff and trainer. "We're looking for seasoned health or information technology professionals," said Tracy Jones, the HIT grant coordinator. The next class starts Feb. 14. Rachel Mosakowski, administrative assistant for HIT, said those who complete the program can get a 50-percent refund on tuition, which ranges from $600-$800. For more information, call 381-3730 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LPN/LPN bridge to RN: A 10½-month program, LPNs provide direct patient care and work in a collaborative relationship with a registered nurse. The entry salary is $30,000. Prerequisites include courses in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, college algebra or statistics, general psychology, college composition or higher level course, and humanities/fine arts. The application deadline is March 1 for admission during summer A. For more information, visit http://dept.sfcollege.edu/health/nursing/.
Medical transcriptionist: This is a one-year certificate program. A medical transcriptionist transcribes dictated medical records, such as patient histories, operative reports, clinical notes and laboratory reports from tape to print. They work in hospitals, clinics and offices. The entry salary is $28,000. There are no prerequisites. For more information, call 395-5139 or visit www.sfcollege.edu/business/index.php?section=Office_Systems_Technology.
Nuclear medicine technology: This an associate of science degree. Nuclear medicine technologists work in organ imaging, analysis of biologic specimens, and radionuclide therapy. The entry salary is $50,000. Prerequisites include courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, social/behavioral science and humanities/fine arts. The application deadline is June 30 for fall admission. For more information, visit http://dept.sfcollege.edu/health/nucmed/.
Nursing assistant: A one-semester certificate program that prepares students for employment in a nursing home, extended care facility or hospital. The clinical portion of this course is done at local nursing homes. The entry salary is $10 per hour. The following are application deadlines: Dec. 17 for spring A; Feb. 1 for spring B; May 1 for summer A, and Aug. 1 for Fall A. For more information, visit http://dept.sfcollege.edu/health/nursing/.
Radiography: This is a 22-month associate of science degree. Radiographers perform X-ray exams during the diagnosis of disease and injury. Radiographers work in hospitals, physician's offices, clinics, government, education, industry and research. Prerequisites include courses in anatomy and physiology, English, math, college algebra, statistics, social/behavioral science and humanities/fine arts. The application deadline is June 30 for fall classes. For more information, visit www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/radiography/.
Registered nurse: A career in nursing opens up a world of opportunities, from pediatrics and working in an intensive care setting to home health care or working in an emergency room. The entry salary is $40,000. Applicants must have completed prerequisites in the following classes for a total of 20 credits: Anatomy and physiology, microbiology, college algebra or statistics, general psychology, English, and humanities/fine arts. The application deadline is May 15 for fall admission. Once your application is completed, the selection criteria/points system is used to determine which applicants will receive an invitation to the program. For more information, visit http://dept.sfcollege.edu/health/nursing/ASN.HTM.
Respiratory care: This is an 18-month associate of science degree program. Respiratory care therapists assist in open heart surgeries, trauma, asthma, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory conditions. The entry salary ranges from $38,000 to $43,000. Prerequisites include classes in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, English composition, humanities, workplace ethics (recommended), social science and math. The deadline is Nov. 1 for admission in January and also the deadline to complete the prerequisites. For more information, call Leah Carlson at 395-5683 or visit www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/respiratorycare/.
Surgical tech: This is a 14-month program. Surgical techs work in the surgery room. They pass instruments, sutures and sponges, close wounds and secure drains and dressings. The entry salary is $30,000. Prerequisites include classes in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, introduction to health care, critical thinking, introduction to college computing, college success and ethics for health care providers, workplace ethics or ethics. The application deadline is March 31 for admission on May 9. For more information, visit www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/surgicaltech/
Once you decide on a program, it's a must to attend a group advisement session, where you can get help with the application process.
Fortner said students must come to a group advisement session to get a better understanding of what they need to do, such as planning for courses to take, setting goals and more.
Group advisement sessions are held 3-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, but you must register by calling 395-5650 or visiting www.sfcollege.edu/admissions.