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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.

The Diverse Role of a Medical Assistant

The wide range of administrative and clinical responsibilities makes a medical assistant career appealing to many people. If you’re interested in pursuing challenging and rewarding work in healthcare, read on to see if may be a fit for you, too.

The Role of a Medical Assistant 

Medical assistants help manage the daily operations of a healthcare practice. Their day-to-day work varies, but it can be segmented into a few groups:

Client relations responsibilities include greeting and registering patients as well as handling phone calls and appointment scheduling. Medical assistants will gather patient medical history. They provide patients with information and answer their questions on procedures and medications. To effectively assist patients, the medical assistant should be a strong and clear, but compassionate communicator.

Clinical duties will depend on the facility and type of practice, but they may include taking a patient’s vital signs, performing laboratory tests and working with lab specimens, administering medication, and changing wound dressings. Accuracy and attention to detail is an overall important trait that a successful medical assistant must have.

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