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Health Care Specialists: Jump Start Your Civilian Careers

Created by: Natalie Peeterse
Posted : Thursday, October 11, 2007
If you are a Health Care Specialist (68W) in the Army, a number of civilian careers are available that allow you to translate your experience into a job-emergency medical technicians and paramedics, certified medical assistants, and first responders. Most of these careers require a degree as well as state certifications.
From Health Care Specialist to a Certified Health Care Worker
As a Health Care Specialist, you have learned the ins and outs health care and are familiar with many medical procedures. You've received specialized training that can help you transition to a civilian health care career . You can easily translate your skill base, but what you need now is a degree. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that this field will continue to grow through 2014, so jobs should be plentiful.

Get a Head Start on Your Health Care Degree
Health care courses vary from one program to the next, but most include coursework in biology, health, and anatomy courses. Your education can prepare you to work with doctors and nurses as well as patients, and it could be the beginning of a long career in medicine. You could get certifications as an emergency medic or even continue on to a nursing degree.

Whatever program you choose, begin earning your degree before you even leave the service by taking online courses. Online programs let you get a lot of the core, non-lab curriculum out of the way right now, wherever you're stationed, and without the need to arrange your class schedule around the military lifestyle.

Let the Army Pay For School!
Tuition assistance and the MGIB can help you curb the cost of tuition, even for online degree programs. You can complete your degree free, no matter where you are stationed, by taking advantage of your benefits and online coursework. Better yet, active soldiers can earn Army promotion points for their civilian education credits, helping advance their military and post-military careers at the same time.

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