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Which Is Better: A Medical Sonography Degree or Certificate?

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If you’re looking to be an active part of patient treatment, why not consider the unique and rewarding career of medical sonography? From tracking the progress of a pregnancy to checking for breast cancer, the possibilities are just about limitless.

For prospective medical sonographers (often referred to as ultrasound techs), there are a couple ways to break into this field. You can either study through ultrasound technician certification programs or professional diagnostic medical sonography degree programs. Whichever you choose, both are excellent paths to a lucrative career in the allied health industry.

So what’s the right way for you to become an ultrasound tech?

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8 Healthcare Certificates in 1 Year or Less

8 Healthcare Certificates in 1 Year or Less

If you want to join an allied health career, you can choose to do it fast – or super fast! Depending on the type of certification requirements and where you decide to go to school, some programs can be completed in 12 months or less. This means your whole life could change by this time next year.

Quicker routes to healthcare certification are ideal when want to start work as soon as possible. If you already work in healthcare but are thinking of switching career paths, a shorter training program can help get you there.

We’ve compiled a list of quick certifications that allow fast access to great entry-level jobs, including 6-month certificate programs that pay well!

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The Top 6 Signs a Medical Career Is Right for You

Thinking of pursuing a career in medicine, only to be dissuaded by high student loans and long years at school? While it’s a far less risky (and stable) career move, you still need to make sure you’re suitable for an allied health career. Do you enjoy science as well as helping people? Are you willing to spend a few months to a few years getting your allied healthcare certification?

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Start Your Career as an Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist


If you’re thinking about a career in allied health – and have always found the human brain fascinating – why not consider becoming a neurodiagnostic technologist (NDT)? Whether you know it as an NDT or END technologist, this career is at the forefront of exciting new medical discoveries.

NDTs administer a variety of advanced neurological tests (like electroencephalograms) to gain a better understanding of the brain and nervous system. Their work helps physicians search for clues related to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, migraines, head trauma, sleep disturbances, and more.

With a quick path to the workplace, excellent pay, high demand for trained workers, and a flexible working environment, there are so many reasons to look at a career as a neurodiagnostic technologist!

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Why More Men Should Go into Allied Healthcare

Why More Men Should Go into Allied Healthcare - AIMS Education It’s no secret that over the last few decades, the US job market has moved away from manufacturing to the service sector – this includes careers that might be found in the health, computer services, and retail industry. Undoubtedly, the group most affected by this shift has been working-class men who don’t hold university degrees.

With millions of medical jobs for men up for grabs, healthcare has quickly become an emerging industry. So why aren’t more men taking notice?

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22 Reasons to Become a Pharmacy Tech

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Pharmacy technicians (also known as pharmacy techs) are an integral part of any pharmacy team. You’ve probably already seen these allied healthcare professionals working alongside pharmacists in retail locations, but they can also be found in hospitals and long-term care facility pharmacies.

Pharmacy techs are responsible for filling prescriptions, organizing inventory, processing insurance claims/payments, and working with customers to ensure they understand their medications and their instructions.

Why is being a pharmacy tech so great? We’ve compiled a list of 22 reasons of why you should consider signing up for a pharmacy technician classes today!

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Why Medical Assistants Have a Better Job Than CNAs

MA medical assistant vs. CNA certified nursing assistant job outlook

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You’ve probably seen medical assistants (MAs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in your physician’s office, moving around hospitals, or caring for senior family members at assisted living facilities. Though MAs and CNAs may have similar job descriptions, they’re incredibly different careers once you get past the basics.

In this article, we compare training and job opportunities for medical assistants (MAs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs), so you know exactly what you can expect from each career.

Whether you already have hands-on experience in healthcare or are considering a career change, our list will provide the necessary information to apply to either your medical assistant training course or CNA training with confidence.

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21 Incredible Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant

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It’s common for children to say they want to be a doctor or surgeon when they grow up. Most people, however, are dissuaded from starting medical school due to high fees and long training periods. There are many other affordable job paths to consider, especially in the allied healthcare sector.

If you’re looking to start your career in the healthcare sector, why not consider getting your medical assistant certification? With quick training periods, lucrative salaries, dependable job growth, and fast-paced working environments, medical assistant training is an excellent route for people who are fresh to healthcare or who already have hands-on experience.

What does a medical assistant do and how can you become one? Keep reading to discover the answers to these questions and much more!

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11 Things to Know Before Becoming an Endoscopy Tech

Things to Know Before Becoming an Endoscopy Tech - AIMS Education

Entering the allied healthcare field by training to become an endoscopy technician can be both professionally and personally rewarding. You’ll be able to assist patients with gastrointestinal issues while also working in a fast-paced and evolving profession that has an extremely promising future.

Being an endoscopy technician (also referred to as a GI technician or flexible endoscopy reprocessor) is an excellent choice for anyone looking to operate in a dynamic field. It’s also a wise career choice for those who wish to interact with patients, particularly in stressful situations. That said, here are a couple of things you should know before starting down this path.

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11 Things to Know Before Becoming a Cardiac Sonographer

Things to Know Before Becoming a Cardiac Sonographer - AIMS Education Training to become a diagnostic cardiac sonographer can be one of the best professional and personal decisions you make for yourself. Switching careers to work as one will allo you to help save the lives of patients while working in a constantly evolving field with a seriously bright outlook. Opting to become a cardiac sonographer (also referred to as an echocardiographer) might be the right decision for someone who wants to work in an exciting and rewarding profession. That said, there are a few things you should know before joining the field.

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