Ohio Health Care Career Pathways North Central State College Mansfield, Ohio
Did you know… • There are nearly 720,000 jobs in health care in Ohio (11% of workforce)? • The health care workforce is projected to grow by 11% from 2011-2016? • The average annual earnings of a health care workers is $51,355?
What is a career pathway? • A Career pathway is a series of connected educational and training programs and support services that prepares and enables individuals, often while they are working, to secure a job and advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a specific industry.
Career pathways in health care • Nursing • Allied health • Medical administration
Nursing career pathways • Nursing offers opportunities from bedside practice to top administration • Involves the care of people throughout the continuum of life and provides an essential services to mankind
Nursing career pathway • State-tested nurse’s aid (certificate of 75-100 hours). • Licensed practical nurse (certificate of at least one year) • Registered nurse (degree of 2-4 years) • Advanced practice nurse (master’s or doctorate degree)
State-tested nurse’s aid • Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties, such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. • Median wage $11.27/hour in Ohio. • Common requirement for entrance to nursing programs in Ohio.
Licensed practical nurse • Provide bedside care such as assisting with hygiene, nutrition, assessing vital functions, administering medicine and performing wound care. • Median wage is $18.98/hour in Ohio. • LPN to RN articulation programs available.
Registered nurse/advanced practice • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Numerous fields available at advanced level. • Median wage is $27.95/hour in Ohio. • Associate degree to bachelor degree articulation programs available. Many online options available to complete bachelor’s and advanced degrees.
Allied health career pathways • Allied health practitioners assist doctors and other health specialists in patient care. • Titles in allied health careers often contain the terms technician, technologist, assistant, hygienist, and aide.
Sample allied health career pathway • EMT/Paramedic (certificates of 150 hours to 800 hours). • Respiratory Therapist (2-year degree) • Respiratory Care Practitioner (4-year degree)
Common allied health certificates • Dental assistant • Medical assistant • EMT/Paramedic • Pharmacy technician • Phlebotomist • Surgical technologist
Common allied health associate’s degrees • Dental hygienist • Medical lab technician • Physical therapist assistant • Occupational therapy assistant • Radiologic technician • Respiratory therapist
Common allied health bachelor’s or advanced degrees • Medical technologist • Respiratory care practitioner • Occupational therapist • Physical therapist • Speech-language pathologist • Physician assistant
Medical administration career pathways • Because the consistent delivery of quality health care can literally be a matter of life and death, there is great demand for jobs in medical administration to be filled by people who are conscientious and detail-oriented.
Sample medical administration career pathway • Medical billing and coding (certificates of 300 to 700 hours) • Medical office administration (associate degree) • Health care administration (bachelor’s) • Senior health care administrator (MBA)
Common medical administration certificates • Medical assistant • Medical billing/coding • Medical office specialist • Medical transcriptionist
Common medical administration degrees • Health information technician (associate’s) or administrator (bachelor’s) • Medical office administration (associate’s) or health care administrator (bachelor’s) • Senior health care administrator (MBA)
Resources • www.ohiocommunitycolleges.org • www.ncstatecollege.edu • Others?