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Opportunity Awaits

Through certificate programs, associate degrees, and bachelor's degree programs, there are many ways to enter - or advance in - the healthcare field. 

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Certificate and degree pathways to help you start - or advance in - your healthcare career.

Healthcare occupations are expected to increase by 15% from 2019 through 2029 - much faster than average - due in part to the increased demand for healthcare services by an aging population. 

Whether you're just starting out in healthcare or are returning to school to take your skills to the next level, Labouré can help you find the pathway that's right for you. You'll find flexible options from short certificates to longer degree programs, hands-on patient care to supporting, operational and administrative areas, and or any combination you choose. 

What are stackable programs and credentials?

Each healthcare program at Labouré comes with a particular set of healthcare career knowledge and skills. Each new skill you learn can be combined with - or stacked on top of -  other skills, helping you build a resume that fits your interests. 

Enter the healthcare field quickly and start earning

Certificate programs help you enter the healthcare field quickly, giving you the knowledge, skills, and credentials you need to get a job and start earning a salary. 

You can then choose to build on that entry-level skill and salary by enrolling in additional certificates or degree programs while you work. By expanding your skillset and earning additional credentials, you can increase your value as an employee and become eligible for more and better paying jobs. 

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This industry thrives on continuing education.

With the variety of credentials and specialities in healthcare available, you can stack the skills and certifications that interest you the most.

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healthcare career programs offered at Labouré

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certificates can be completed in 6 - 12 months; degrees in 1 - 2 years

How long do you want to study?

Less than 6 months:

The EKG certificate and phlebotomy certificate are designed to teach hands-on skills and prepare graduates for national credentialing exams in a short amount of time - just 15 weeks for EKG, and 21 weeks for phlebotomy. 

A certificate in gerontology will expand your knowledge and understanding of the health and well-being of older adults - one of the fastest growing segments of the population. As elder-care continues to be major focus of the healthcare industry, a background in gerontology is an attractive add-on to hands-on skill certification, or a jumping off point into a career in long-term care administration, support, and operations. 

6 - 12 months:

A certificate in neurodiagnostic technology (NDT) can be completed in 12 months and opens the door to a wide variety of careers in neurodiagnostics. Graduates of the program are eligible to earn the entry-level credential and start working, while continuing education is encouraged and available in the industry. 

For neurodiagnostic techs who are interested in the operating room, Labouré offers a certificate program in intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) which can be completed in just 8 months. IONM is an advanced area of neurodiagnostic technology, so this is the perfect example of a certificate that can be stacked onto a prior NDT certificate, credential, or degree. 

2 - 4 years or more:

If you started with a certificate program, an associate degree in health science can help you round out your education, adding courses in healthcare delivery, public health, ethics, and more. Typically, this associate degree would take about 2 years to complete, but if you're stacking it onto a certificate (or more than one) you've already earned, you can finish in less time. 

Associate degrees in nursing are stackable with bachelor's degrees, helping you break up your nursing education into two manageable parts. This two-part system allows you to earn your license and start working as a Registered Nursing in 2 years, meaning you can be working as an RN while you finish your BSN

While nurses typically choose their specialty over time through continuing education (think wound care, pediatrics, ICU, hospice, nurse practitioner, and more), the associate degree in radiation therapy includes 2 full years of clinical, and prepares you to become part of an oncology team specifically focused on treating patients with cancer. 

Similarly, the associate degree in respiratory care includes 2 years of clinical training and allows you to help a variety of patients suffering from chronic or acute breathing problems. Respiratory therapists not only help treat chronic conditions like asthma and COPD; they're also seeing an increase in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome - a condition that can happen as a result of COVID-19. 

For those who want to take the extra step into management, a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration can be the perfect add-on after working your way through certificates and associate degree skills and education. This bachelor's completion program builds on your prior education with courses in legal, financial, managerial, and industry foundational courses. 

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Certificate programs can be the perfect gateway to a new career by offering job opportunities with shorter training periods, meaning newcomers to the healthcare field are able to earn a salary while gaining the experience that will help take them to the next level.

Labouré offers several certificate programs for students interested in hands-on patient care, medical testing and monitoring, and healthcare administration, support, and operations. 

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Degree programs include the associate degree, which can typically be completed in about 2 years, and bachelor's degrees, which can typically be completed in about 4-years. At Labouré, we offer bachelor's completion programs -- these programs allow students with a prior associate degree to complete their bachelor's degree in about 2 years.

Think of it as a 4-year program broken into two stackable parts: your prior associate degree is equal to the first two years, and the bachelor's completion programs are equal to the second two years. 


Learn more about pathways at Labouré

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