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Education & Training


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.

The chart below shows how education and training levels can affect career opportunity (click to download a printable PDF version):


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. Learn more about planning a career.

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.

See some career options and their education and/or training requirements here.

Find the right career match for your needs. There are a number of self-assessment tools to help match job seekers to career pathways. Click here to see some of these tools.

Make sure you are prepared.

  • Academic preparation help is available through career centers and community colleges.
  • Financial aid is available, but you may need to spend a significant amount of time finding and applying for grants and loans.

Ready to find a program?

Select from the options below to find a local program to get you to the next step in your career plan.

Advanced Degree

Bachelor/Associate Degree


Basic Education

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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.