Quick Qualifications – Five Career Options that Provide a Quick Entrance into the Medical Field

Quick Qualifications – Five Career Options that Provide a Quick Entrance into the Medical Field
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    Many people would like to work in the medical profession, but not everyone has the time, money, or dedication to put into medical school.

    Luckily, not every position in the field of healthcare takes 5-8 years to break into.


If you don’t have an excess of time or money to spend before making a living in the medical field, there are a few positions that allow for quick entry into the healthcare scene. Keep reading to learn about the jobs that have relatively quick programs that allow for rapid qualification.

Certified Medical Assistant

Certified medical assistants are cross-trained in both medical procedures and office duties. They can take medical histories, administer medications under a doctor’s supervision, draw blood, and perform many of the basic duties of nurses. They also handle office tasks like scheduling appointments, updating charts and filling out insurance forms for small clinics to large hospitals. Training time for this position ranges from one year to 18 months.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The basic EMT course is between 8-12 weeks long depending on where you live; students will be certified in CPR, basic medical procedure, Hazmat and the standard Incident Command System (ICS-100). EMTs can find jobs with fire departments, hospitals, nursing homes and other places where urgent care might be required. Depending on where you live, you can make anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 annually working as an Emergency Medical Technician.


This one requires the most schooling with a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite and three to four years of school afterward—but it doesn’t require the anatomy and other classes an MD does. Applicants must take an exam called the PCAT to get into pharmacy school and take classes in pharmacology and medical ethics, while working under licensed pharmacists in the industry. For those trying to get experience in the medical field while also getting a degree, online pharmacy programs like Pharm.D allow you to balance your education with internships and other opportunities.

Radiology Technician/MRI Technician

MRI and radiology techs work with some of the most high-tech equipment around, but also work with patients on a daily basis—taking scans of their internal organs and skeletons. Training can be anywhere from one year to get a certificate, to four years at a university, but most training lasts for about two years. You can typically start out as a technician with only an associate’s degree (along with certification) but again, this will depend on where you are trying to get a job.

Physical Therapist Assistant

In a program that takes about two years, physical therapy assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist in places like nursing homes, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and even home care. They help patients with mobility issues, exercises and thermal agents to loosen muscles. Once you get your degree, you’ll need to go through clinical practicum training for 16 weeks before you get your state license. Many assistants get their training by doing an internship at a clinic that they later plan to work in.

As you can see, not every job in the medical field takes a decade to achieve. With the right program, you can break into the healthcare scene in a matter of months or years, depending on the job you want. All of these jobs are widely available and allow you job security and the chance to make a decent living. Consider looking into a program in your area, or perhaps an online program that fits your needs if you are ready for a quick entrance into the medical field.


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