High School Medical School Programs

There are medical school programs available at almost every institution of higher learning, as well as high schools, vocational schools, and junior colleges. The list of health care related professions is appears to be exhaustive and continues to grow with rapid speed. The professions that are undergoing the greatest rise in demand are CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistant), RNs (Registered Nurse), LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurse), and NAs (Nursing Assistant). People who obtain any of these licenses are able to work in a broad field of medicine, including dentistry, psychiatry, pediatrics, rehabilitation, and end-of-life care.

Students may begin training for a career in nursing or other health profession while still attending high school; some schools offer psychiatric aide and nurse training. While most of these classes are taught in vocational high school or at local community colleges, they are not strictly aimed at h.s. students. Anyone who wishes to apply for a tuition waiver must first consult their local or state board of education. For example, Cape Cod Regional Technical H.S. in Harwich, Massachusetts offers the following courses for adults:

Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program
Advanced Medical Coding for Physician Services
EKG / Cardiovascular Technician
Home Health Aide
Medical Billing
Medical Terminology
Dental Assistant Program

Courses at Cape Cod Tech range in price from $199 to $3,800 and do not include licensing fees. Some courses, such as the Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program include the cost of the required uniform shirt, text book, and CPR Training, while the most expensive – the Dental Assistant Program does not. Applicants must pay an additional $300 to cover the cost of the textbook, school supplies, and uniforms. On the other hand, if you are interested in taking courses online, courses in health care are just $89 each. Courses include Veterinary Assistant nutrition, medical coding and more. If you are interested in a career in medicine, this high school offers a terrific selection of medical school programs – on and off line.

Other private schools or adult education programs offer a free High School Diploma for those students who wish to concentrate in the Health Care programs, albeit their all other courses are fee based. For those high school students who are lucky enough to live in a district where public funding is set aside, students can earn a healthcare aide certificate, along with high school credits, for free. For example, courses that would normally cost $3,000 are free to students who attend St. Joseph H.S. in Alberta, Canada; courses are taken at Norquest College. Similarly, BOCES in Albany, New York also offers high school students free access to college medical school programs at Schenectady County Community College. It offers a free one year Nurse Assistant program, preparing high school juniors and seniors (grades 11 and 12) for the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant examination. Students must be in good standing and meet academic standards, which require that students attain a minimum competency level of 8th grade reading and 8th grade math. This medical school program prepares h.s. students to be hired in numerous health care related positions including:

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
Personal care attendant
Rehabilitation aide
Nursing home/adult home assistant
Hospital nurse assistant
Transportation aide
Central supply aide

Whether you are an adult returning to school, with or without a h.s. diploma, or a high school student interested in entering the medical field, there are many opportunities for you to enroll in medical school programs. It is advised to take advantage early of any scholarships or free programs, as government funding is limited.

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How to Decide on Your Plans For After High School

At some point, most high school teenagers wonder what they are going to do after high school. This goes for both graduates as well as non-graduates. While many teenagers are guided by their parents to go to college, get a job, or join the military, some of them still aren’t confident there path is right for them and many others just aren’t sure what to do. In this article, you’ll learn what your options are and how to begin to decide what is best for you after high school.

We’ll start with your options. Then we’ll look at some strategies to help you decide what is best for you.

There are actually five general options, or pathways, for you after high school that lead to eventual independence. It’s important to note that these are not listed in any particular order as they all have their pros and cons. Regardless of the initial path that you choose, you can achieve a successful adult life. A little planning and research now, however, can get you started off well and streamline your path to success in the best way for you.

These are the five options to consider after high school:

1. Post-Secondary Education

a. 4-year Colleges and Universities

b. 2-year Colleges and Community Colleges

c. Technical and Professional schools and colleges

2. Military – Although this option is one way to become independent and gain some skills as well as serve your country, realize that potentially huge sacrifices can be required. Some of the potential sacrifices are: Long erratic work hours, strenuous situations, lengthy tours away from home, periods of boredom, dangerous situations, and possible loss of life or limbs. Don’t take a military commitment lightly if you are considering this option. It can be a rewarding experience, but it is not a good fit for everyone.

a. Army

b. Navy

c. Air Force

d. Marine Corps

e. Coast Guard

Note: There is also a hybrid option where you enlist in the reserves of any branch (e.g. National Guard or Navy Reserves), which is part-time, and pursue one of the other paths simultaneously. If you are interested in one of the Post-Secondary Education options but cannot afford it, check with your local recruiters about special programs that might provide tuition assistance.

3. Workforce

a. Full-time permanent jobs

b. Combination of two or more part-time jobs

c. Contract services on short-term basis (temporary work)

4. Apprenticeships and Internships

a. These consist of carefully monitored work experiences with intentional learning goals. Note that these can be either paid or unpaid. Either way, this is a good option for getting your “foot in the door” and obtaining relevant work experience and references.

b. Volunteer work such as Missionary work or joining the Peace Corps can also fall into this category as you can learn and grow a lot from these experiences.

5. Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship

a. Start a business

b. Buy a business

c. Take on a franchise

d. Consult or freelance

Now that you’re aware of your options, keep in mind that you can create a hybrid, or combination, of two or more of these options at any given time. You might need to combine options in order to meet your financial needs while pursuing your goals.

Here are a few strategies to help you decide which is best for you.

• Start by envisioning the kind of future you want for yourself. Gather your thoughts from many different resources. Observe others who could provide ideas for how you want to live. Take note of what they did to get where they are. Be careful about pursuing unrealistic, or highly risky, endeavors. Weigh your risks vs. rewards carefully.

• Start identifying your interests and possible career options. Think about interests and the environment that you would enjoy spending your time in for the better part of your life. Research career possibilities associated with your interests and which could lead to the future that you envisioned. Research can take a lot of time and effort, but it will broaden your options and could help you identify the best path for you. Seek assistance from your School Counselor or Librarian if you need help.

• With a vision of your future and possible careers, begin to research the requirements to get there by working backwards to layout the path you will follow. Consider the five different paths that you can take to begin your journey. Your research should reveal which path, or paths, will lead you to the future you want for yourself in the most efficient manner. Consider devising a Life Plan that will guide you through all the key areas of life. There is more to life than just your career.

Lastly, realize that there is also a sixth choice. This path doesn’t lead to independence and is the most risky choice of them all because you will not be in control of your own life, you will not become independent, and you won’t reach any level of success. Every year many young adults choose this option simply because they fail to consciously choose one of the other five (and someone allows this as a choice, even if unintentional).

The sixth option is that you take advantage of someone else’s (parent, other relative, friend, government, etc.) generosity (or their inability to require you to become an independent adult) and live off of that someone else. You will be dependent on them for your standard of living, your personal growth will be limited, and you will contribute little or nothing to your community. Whenever your benefactor decides, or becomes unable to continue, your life will be severely impacted. I strongly recommend against this choice.

In conclusion, I congratulate you on taking the initiative to read this article! You are now armed with the possible choices after high school as well as some strategies for determining the actions that you should take to establish yourself as an independent adult. Your future is in your hands. Enjoy the next stage of your life as you enter into adulthood.

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An Adult Education Opens Doors for People Unable to Finish High School

There are many reasons why high school students drop out. Pregnancy, work, or family can keep you from graduating and earning your diploma. There are options for people like this. There are many adult education programs available.

An adult education is important because it opens up doors job-wise that would not have been there. If you find yourself stuck in a dead end job, with a boss you can’t stand, there is only one way out. A higher education can be your only ticket to a profession that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life.

A high school diploma or an equivalent adult education certificate proves that you are able to demonstrate basic skills such as attendance, social skills, and an ability to complete tasks. Without and adult education, you can not progress to the junior colleges or universities that are proven to improve your quality of life.

A minimum of a high school education is required for anyone applying for a government position. These positions usually offer good pay and excellent benefits. You can find a job with your city for everything from your local fire department to your local city library.

It is a statistical fact that people who earn a high school diploma, either from a high school or adult education program, lead to higher life outcomes, higher salaries and more satisfying jobs. Not having a diploma can keep you from improving your personal and financial situation and can frustrate those who do not have it. Without one, you are likely to find yourself in a low-income position with almost no opportunity for advancement and no way to better your situation through college or vocational degrees.

There is a new program at Continental Academy that provides adult education to earn your accredited high school diploma. Working at your own pace, you can turn in assignments at your own pace and work schedule with absolutely no deadlines to meet. You can obtain your adult education and earn a diploma that is accredited by several government organizations. You can be eligible for higher education in a college or university. Visit ContinentalAcademy.com for more information on how you can follow your dreams affordably and conveniently in the comfort of your own home.

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