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Careers in Allied Health

September 27, 2014

For nearly a decade, the Adult and Continuing Education program at Stafford Technical Center has assisted adults who love working with people to explore career options in the medical field. If you are one of the many people who find the healthcare system interesting, but aren’t quite sure if you want to pursue years of education to become a physician or nurse, then perhaps you should consider one of many other professions in the field. The vast majority of healthcare workers have jobs that require less than four years of college with the Allied Health field offering many exciting career opportunities. If you are searching for a career that provides security, good wages, job satisfaction, a stimulating work environment and the knowledge that you are helping people enjoy a better life, then you need look no further than at the three programs of study available at Stafford Technical Center. Each program provides a curriculum designed to arm students with the skills and knowledge that will yield the best opportunities for exciting careers in the following disciplines.

Phlebotomy as a Profession

A phlebotomist is a skilled health care worker who works alongside doctors and nurses in a variety of settings, most commonly hospitals, health care clinics, and blood donation facilities. A phlebotomist plays an important role in efficiently and painlessly drawing patient blood. And while blood collection and record keeping are the primary responsibilities of a phlebotomist, they are also responsible for explaining procedures to patients, sterilizing equipment, and taking vital signs.

Medical Coding as a Career

Medical coders are indispensable to the health information industry. Coders process health information to facilitate billing for medical services. Medical coding specialists read and review medical documentation provided by physicians and other health care providers. The coding specialist assigns and sequences diagnostic and procedural codes using a universally recognized coding system that is used extensively for reimbursement of hospital and physician claims for Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance payments.

Direct Patient Care  

Licensed Nurse Assistants (LNAs) work under the direction of RNs and LPNs and provide basic patient care and assist with nursing procedures. LNAs care for elderly, newborns, and children with special needs, those recovering from illness, injury or surgery, or individuals with disabilities in their own homes. LNAs are responsible for monitoring patient vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure and pulse, and often include helping patients with activities of daily living like personal hygiene, meal preparation and administration of prescription drugs.

Check out one of these comprehensive courses and explore your possibilities as an Allied Health professional by visiting our website at www.staffordonline.org. To receive promotional or enrollment materials for this or any other continuing education or workforce development program at Stafford Technical Center please call (802) 770-1178.

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