August 27, 2009
Washington state is home to a host of health care education and training resources
Across Washington state and throughout the Puget Sound region, nurses are clearly in high demand. But so are the specially trained support staff, technicians and clinical specialists whose health care skills meet the needs of a growing population.
An associate’s degree is the most common requirement for many positions, but a bachelor’s degree is typically needed for specialty care.
More than 30 colleges and universities across Washington state offer health care training and education programs to prepare candidates for these professions.
There are myriad health care hiring opportunities and career advancement programs available. The following list is not all-inclusive, but shows the variety of careers and courses available:
• Chemical dependency counseling: Seattle Central Community College
Puget Sound Nurse Practitioner Association: Covers small and specialty clinics, as well as larger employers.
Washington Healthcare Careers: Search for a wide range of nursing careers, and imaging jobs in radiology, sonography, mammography, ultrasounds, and CT scans; and clinical jobs in physical, respiratory, occupational and speech therapy; social work; behavioral and mental health counseling; education; and pharmacy.
• Medical records/reception/assistant: Bellevue Community College; Highline Community College; Lake Washington Technical College; Pima Medical Institute; North Seattle Community College; South Seattle Community College; Seattle Vocational Institute
• Nurse assistant: Green River Community College; North Seattle Communtiy College; Renton Technical College; Seattle Vocational Institute; South Seattle Community College; Seattle Central Community College
• Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse: Bellevue College; Green River Community College; Highline Community College; Lake Washington Technical College; Renton Technical College; Seattle Central Community College; Shoreline Community College; Seattle Pacific University; Seattle University; University of Washington
This article was originally published in March 2008.
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