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There are a variety of Types of Programs available to people looking to start or advance a career in healthcare.

Find resources on GED and Academic Preparation: If you are thinking about going into healthcare, or if you are looking to advance your career.

Self-Assessment Tools can help you discover career options based on your interests, better understand your personality type, and see whether a career in healthcare is right for you.

Education & Training for a Healthcare Career

Finding a pathway for growth

One of the reasons why so many people are starting a career in healthcare is because of the opportunities the field offers. But in order to create a true career pathway in healthcare, postsecondary education and job training are critical.

Postsecondary education is school or training beyond high school. Recent studies have shown that a high school diploma will no longer prepare an individual for a job that will pay a living wage. Postsecondary education is essential to economic success and to creating a sustainable career. Learn more about postsecondary education preparation at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

This Career Pathway Table shows how education and training levels can affect career opportunities.

Building a healthcare career doesn’t just require more time in school. Keeping skills and industry knowledge up-to-date is also very important, especially since healthcare is changing so quickly.

How to select a healthcare education or training program

Before choosing a school or program, you need to make sure that you understand some basics:

  • Find out what kind of program you need for your career goals.
  • Educational programs offer academic preparation for a career, and can sometimes include internships, simulation training or other work-related experience. Most educational programs end with a degree or certificate.
  • Training programs are “vocational” – meaning that they relate directly to on-the-job skills, but might not help with other skills that employers require, such as math and science skills.

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.