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U.S. News & World Report recently announced its Amazing Health Care Support Jobs, a list which includes many of the programs offered by Center for Allied Health Education, including:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Radiography
  • Radiation Therapy
  • EMT and Paramedic
  • Surgical Technology
  • Medical Assistant

While we did not survey CAHE’s program graduates, we would like to share data provided by U.S. News & World Report and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) as a guideline regarding job descriptions and responsibilities as well as salary information and employment opportunities in these fields.

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

Diagnostic medical sonographers, (also referred to as ultrasound technicians or sonographers), are an elite group of medical professionals who use ultrasound technology to see the body’s internal organs, tissues, blood vessels and musculature.

According to the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS), sonographers work as key members of a healthcare team by:

  • Providing one-on-one care to a variety of people ranging from healthy to critically ill
  • Using high-tech instrumentation to create and interpret images from inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis
  • Committing to life-long learning to maintain knowledge and expertise in a rapidly growing healthcare profession

According to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report article, the employment rate for sonographers is 99.6%, and according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate for sonographers between 2016 and 2026 is 17%, which the Bureau classifies as “much faster than average.” The national Median Pay for sonographers was $65,620 in 2017, and the annual mean wage in New York State was $74,480.

CAHE offers a 2-year CAAHEP-accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program comprised of classroom learning, hands-on laboratory training and clinical rotations. Learn more today!

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY/RADIOGRAPHY

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has an excellent description of a career in radiography:

  • Radiographers are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging exams, such as X-rays MRIs and CT Scans.
  • Radiographers are educated in anatomy and physiology, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety and basic patient care.
  • Depending on their specific practice area, radiographers may specialize in a specific imaging technique such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography (CT), mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), quality management or general radiography (X-ray).
  • Radiographers registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists possess the R.T.(R) credential. To be eligible for registration, an individual must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited hospital-based program or a two- or four-year educational program at an academic institution, as well as successfully pass the national certification examination. To maintain their registration, radiographers must earn a minimum number of continuing education credits.

The employment rate for radiographers is 98.6% according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report article, and according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate between 2016 and 2026 is 13%, which the Bureau classifies as “faster than average.” The national Median Pay in 2017 was $60,070 for radiographers. The Annual mean wage in New York State was $68,720 for radiographers.

CAHE offers a 2-year accredited Radiography Program which is comprised of classroom learning, laboratory training and clinical rotations. Learn more today!

RADIATION THERAPY

Radiation Therapists administer radiation therapy treatments. The radiation therapist, in addition to delivering the prescribed treatments, is responsible for recording and auditing treatment records, observing patient reactions, assisting in nursing care, and providing the patient with nutritional guidance. Along with the radiation oncologist and the radiation physicist, the radiation therapist takes an active role in planning and implementing the course of therapy, and is a key member of the cancer treatment team.

Radiation Therapists registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists possess the R.T.(T) credential. To be eligible for registration, an individual must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited hospital-based program or a two- or four-year educational program at an academic institution, as well as successfully pass the national certification examination. To maintain their registration, radiation therapists must earn a minimum number of continuing education credits.

The national Median Pay in 2017 was $80,570 for radiation therapists. The Annual mean wage in New York State was $ $94,920 for radiation therapists.

CAHE offers a 2-year JRCERT-accredited Radiation Therapy Program which is comprised of classroom learning, laboratory training and clinical rotations. Learn more today!

PARAMEDIC AND EMT

When referring to emergency care workers, many wonder what the difference is between an EMT and a Paramedic. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) describes the two vital careers as follows:

The EMT conducts basic, non-invasive interventions to reduce the morbidity and mortality of acute out-of-hospital emergencies. They can render on-scene interventions while awaiting additional resources. They also provide additional skills associated with patient transport. In many places, EMTs provide the majority of out-of-hospital care, and in some places at the highest level. State licensure as an EMT requires completion of a state-approved program.

The Paramedic is an allied health professional who, in addition to their ability to fulfill the duties of an EMT, can also conduct invasive and pharmacological interventions. Paramedics can also conduct a broader range of interventions based on skills that are harder to maintain and pose greater risk to patients if done incorrectly. Paramedic care is based on advanced assessment and formulating a field impression. State licensure requires successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited paramedic program.

There are a number of benefits to being an EMT or paramedic, including:

  1. The ability to save lives
  2. The camaraderie of being a member of a team
  3. Being a respected member of the community
  4. Being instilled with a high level of trust by your supervisors
  5. Enjoying the excitement and variety of experiences provided by these occupations

The employment rate for a Paramedic is 98.7% according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report article, and according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate between 2016 and 2026 is 15%, which the Bureau classifies as “much faster than average.” The national Median Pay in 2017 was $33,380 for EMTs and paramedics, and the annual mean wage in New York State was $41,930. According to Monster.com, New York is the 6th best state to be a paramedic or EMT in terms of wages and job openings.

CAHE’s 1-year Paramedic Program is open to EMTs with at least 4 months of experience. The school also has an excellent EMT training program for students who want to train to become an EMT and move directly on to the Paramedic Program without the experience requirement. The programs are offered back-to-back to enable students to seamlessly transition from the Center’s EMT-Basic Program to the Paramedic Program and complete both programs over a period of 16 months. For more information about CAHE’s EMT-Basic Program, please visit the program’s website at https://www.cahe.edu/school-emt, and for additional information regarding CAHE’s Paramedic Program, please visit the program’s website at https://www.cahe.edu/school-paramedic.

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) outlines the following key points of the surgical technologist profession:

  • Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients
  • Surgical technologists work under the supervision and authority of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety
  • Surgical technologists are experts in the theory and application of the principles of asepsis and sterile technique to combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation and tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures

Characteristics of a surgical technologist include having a stable temperament, manual dexterity, stamina, and the ability to integrate and prioritize a variety of activities.

The employment rate for surgical technologists is 98.6% according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report article, and according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate between 2016 and 2026 is 12%, which the Bureau classifies as “faster than average.” The national Median Pay for surgical technologists was $46,310 in 2017.

CAHE offers a 1-year ABHES-accredited Surgical Technology Program comprised of classroom learning, lab training and clinical rotations. Learn more today!

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

As vital members of healthcare teams, medical assistants positively impact patients and their families with the important services they provide. Physicians, nurses and other medical team members rely on medical assistants to provide excellent service to keep the healthcare facility running at peak efficiency.

Medical assistants achieve great job satisfaction from being able to help others. To quote the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), “It’s hard, but rewarding work they love.”

Many Medical Assistants enjoy what they do because they work in a pleasant, professional environment with a good benefits package. The employment rate for medical assistants is 96.7% according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report article, and according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate between 2016 and 2026 is 29%, which the Bureau classifies as “much faster than average.” The national Median Pay in 2017 was $32,480 for medical assistants, and the annual mean wage in New York State was $36,220.

In addition, medical assistants enjoy a front-row view of other healthcare professionals at work. Many continue their education by training to become surgical technologists, radiographers, sonographers, etc.

CAHE offers a 1-year ABHES-accredited Medical Assistant Program comprised of classroom learning, lab training and clinical rotations. Learn more today!

About CAHE…

Center for Allied Health Education offers quality accredited programs that meet or exceed state requirements and accreditation standards. Graduates of CAHE’s programs have gone on to achieve rewarding careers as successful, dedicated healthcare providers in their field of study. CAHE is licensed by the New York State Education Department and is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Individual programs are accredited by nationally recognized programmatic accrediting agencies.

CAHE is located at 1401 Kings Highway in Brooklyn, NY. CAHE can be reached by phone at 718-645-3500 or toll-free at 855-645-3500.

CAHE Launches Redesigned CT and MRI Registry Prep Courses Next Month!

We are proud to announce that our very own Radiography Program Director, Elizabeth (Liz) Adair, MA, RT(R)(MR), will now be overseeing our continuing education courses. Liz has 20 years of experience in the radiology field, 15 of which she has spent as a certified MRI technologist. In additiLizon to her clinical experience, Liz has been an instructor in various accredited radiography programs. She has brought the Radiography Program at Center for Allied Health Education to a whole new level and we are confident that her leadership will do the same for our continuing education division.

As the course has been restructured, classes will now meet once a week from 6:00PM to 9:00PM and will require students to complete 1-2 hours of outside preparation. We invite graduates and non-graduates to REGISTER TODAY to take advantage of our low tuition cost for the CT and MRI Registry Prep Courses.

Please note that the MRI course begins on February 1st and has been approved for 34.75 Category A Continuing Education (CE) credits by the ASRT. The CT course begins on February 7th and has been approved for 28.75 Category A Continuing Education (CE) credits by the ASRT.

Winter Career Fair 2017

IMG_2491What a cold and rainy winter day it was on January 11th, 2017. That didn’t stop our dedicated employers, students, and alum from attending CAHE’s Career Fair. A total of 12 companies were in attendance. Recruiters from top NYC Staffing agencies, prestigious Hospitals, Mobile X-Ray & Ultrasound companies, FDNY and reputable Ambulance companies were in tow.

Hiring professionals offered on the spot interviews to job seeking candidates. The room was filled with students and alum hoping to receive an opportunity for employment. It is never too early to meet new contacts and buildIMG_2484 your professional (LinkedIn) network. As the one-on-one interviews continued, many received follow up invitations from numerous employers. What a great opportunity to see the organization in person and put your skills on display. We appreciate all who attended our Winter Career Fair and look forward to many more in the future. Please remember to check our Alumni Page for up to date job postings for your specialty!!

– Erica Simpson-Employment Relations Specialist-Career Services Department

Holiday Giving….

The Student Leadership Committee recently hosted “CAHE Gives Back,” a month that allowed students and staff to donate their gently used coats and packaged food items to those in need. We extend our deepest gratitude to all who participated and helped to warm up the holiday season for those who are less fortunate. All donations were submitted just in time for the holidays.

 

Holiday Sweater Fun!

The holidays IMG_2281are always more enjoyable when everyone gets into the holiday spirit! Last week, dozens of students took advantage of Ugly/Unique Holiday Sweater Day and dressed up with their cohorts.

Thank you to all of our students and staff who were so enthusiastically involved! 75+ individuals wore their sweaters and got into the holiday spirit!

CAHE wishes everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, as well as a wonderful year ahead.

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