Allied Health Care Degree and Career Article Library

Find answers to your pressing questions about health care schools, degrees, careers and salaries in the field.

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Learn How to Become a Physician Assistant

Unlike nurse practitioners, who have similar jobs, PAs must have some experience in the allied health field prior to entering their two-year nurse practitioner program.

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Health Care Careers and Salaries at a Glance

In the field of health care, career options and duties vary widely—as do the salaries you can earn. Here are some of the most popular options side-by-side for quick comparison.

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Learn How to Become an Optician

It's easy to confuse an optician with an optometrist but in reality, as an optician you'll work with optometrists and ophthalmologists by filling their prescriptions and dispensing eyewear.

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Compare Top Health Care Careers

Here's an easy-to-reference guide to some of the most popular health care career fields, from medical assistant to vet tech, and the projected job growth for each through 2022.

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Duties of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Being a CNA requires long hours, but caring for patients on a daily basis provides some of the greatest rewards any profession could offer and remains the number one priority.

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LPN Training and Careers

You'll need to graduate from an accredited program and pass the National Council Licensure Exam, but you'll provide the compassion as you care for sick patients.

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Overview

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) job puts you on the front lines of patient care, and nursing assistants are vital to daily operations in hospitals and nursing care facilities.

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All About the CNA Certification Practice Test

After you've completed your nursing assistant training, it's time to get your certification. And that means passing the certified nursing assistant (CNA) competency exam.

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Grants for Health Care School

Grants are different from scholarships in that they're awarded on the basis of need, not merit. Grants are essentially free money earmarked for your health care education.

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Financial Aid for Health Care School Overview

Few students can afford an education without some type of financial aid. Even fewer are armed with the knowledge to tap into the assistance available to hard-working students.

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Scholarships for Health Care Students

Scholarships are sums of money (or other promised aid) gifted to health school students to pursue their graduate or undergraduate education—no repayment necessary.

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Why an Accredited Health Care School Matters

One question you should ask when considering a health care program is "Is it accredited?" Knowing its status will help you assess what the college community thinks of the program.

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5 Health Care Careers That Make a Difference

How often do we get to work in jobs that impact us emotionally, and serve other people beyond fulfilling their basic needs? Here are 5 jobs that we feel can change the world.

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Learn How to Start Your Home Health Care Business

Entrepreneurs are starting businesses in health fields, such as medical billing and coding. Not only is there demand, but these businesses can easily be run from a home office.

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East Meets West in Alternative Medicine Careers

Talking about cures like acupuncture and herbs used to raise eyebrows. But the medical community now validates the link between mind and body—how caring for one cares for the other.