College & Community Relations

Prepare for careers in health care in one semester at Aims

Submitted on: 09-18-2008

The demand for well-trained professionals in health care is greater than any other industry in the country. Nearly half of the top 20 fastest growing occupations are in health care, and the entire industry will generate 3 million new jobs by 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aims Community College offers students an affordable way to enter into the health care professions in just one semester. For example, students interested in a career in phlebotomy can earn a certificate in just four months. Class work begins Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students will then be eligible to work a 90-hour internship in a clinical laboratory starting in January. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to work as a phlebotomist in a laboratory or medical office. Aims is also offering training for Emergency Medical Services First Responders starting on Sept. 30. The course runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 18 from 6 to 9:45 p.m. The four-week Nurse Aide program offers starting dates throughout the year. Interested students should call (970) 339-6653 to find out more about this program, which is required for anyone interested in becoming a nurse. Also, Aims is now taking applications for a program that trains Registered Nurses to become Paramedics, a program that trains Intermediate EMTs to become Paramedics, as well as the Aims Paramedic program. Interested students should contact Kristie Skala at (970) 339-6582 to register for any of these courses. Scholarships are available.

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