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3 New Healthcare Careers in 2 Years or Less – Dental Assistant Training and More

16 FEB 2012
Career Path : Dental Care

Hoping to transition to a new career as quickly as possible? Here are three options to consider: dental assistant training, personal support worker (PSW) courses, and medical office assistant programs.
Perhaps you are a new high school grad looking for a career. Or maybe you’ve been in the work force for a while now – long enough, anyway, to know that you don’t love your job. Maybe this keeps you up at night, tossing and turning. If your friends and family are begging you to do something about it, it’s probably time to make a change. Enrolling in college can calm your mind and help steer you towards a more fulfilling career. Three programs that can lead to a job within two years or less are:

  • dental assistant training
  • personal support worker (PSW) courses
  • medical office assistant programs

Dental Assistant Training

Dental assistant training prepares students to work in the offices of:

  • orthodontists
  • oral surgeons
  • dentists
  • other dental professionals

Tasks include:

  • greeting patients
  • reviewing dental histories
  • taking X-rays
  • providing chairside support
  • advising patients on dental care
  • disinfecting treatment rooms
  • scheduling appointments
  • attending meetings

Dental assistant training includes courses on:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • dental emergencies
  • chairside assisting techniques
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • X-rays
  • dental terminology

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Courses

Personal support worker (PSW) courses teach students how to help elderly, disabled or bedridden clients in the tasks of everyday life.

Personal support worker (PSW) courses prepare students to work in such care facilities as:

  • long-term care homes
  • retirement homes
  • day programs
  • hospitals
  • private homes

Tasks include helping patients with:

  • meals
  • hygiene
  • housekeeping
  • outings
  • exercise
  • keeping track of their medications
  • monitoring their blood pressure
  • recording their fluid intake

Personal support worker (PSW) courses offer training in:

  • meal planning and preparation
  • needs assessment
  • people skills
  • workplace safety
  • assisting patients with hygiene
  • mental health issues
  • First Aid
  • CPR

Medical Office Assistant Programs

Graduates of medical office assistant programs occupy a dual administrative/clinical role in:

  • hospitals
  • medical offices
  • other healthcare facilities

Clinical tasks include:

  • draping patients
  • assisting during exams
  • advising patients on prevention
  • medical transcription
  • disinfecting equipment

Administrative tasks include:

  • scheduling appointments
  • answering the phone
  • greeting patients
  • filing
  • bookkeeping

Medical office assistant programs feature courses on:

  • anatomy
  • medical terminology
  • medical office software
  • public and private health insurance
  • legal issues
  • appointment management

Dental assistant training, PSW courses and medical office assistant programs are good options for people who are:

  • empathetic
  • good with people
  • organized

According to the Canadian government, one in five Canadians will be 65 or older in just over a decade. The “greying” of our population means that health care support workers will continue to be in high demand. These jobs have an additional perk: it can feel good to know that you are helping others live better. So don’t linger in a dead-end job. Find out about colleges near you so that you can retrain for a career you truly love.

Contact the National Academy of Health and Business for more information on their Healthcare Programs.