There Is An Alternative to College
A two-year or four-year college is not the right path for every graduating senior and you may be looking for a college alternative. Sometimes students look for a faster career path. Some students want to explore options because they aren’t 100% certain what career path they want to take. Whatever your path, you should consider Quality Career Pathways as an option after you graduate.
Here Are Some “College Alternative” Professions
Become a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA)
A Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Working closely with patients in a health care facility, hospital or in their home, you’ll complete such tasks as checking vital signs, making up patient beds and assisting patients with personal tasks. In some cases, CNAs can also assist with basic medical procedures.
Explore being a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA)
Another college alternative is becoming a CMA. A Certified Medication Aide, or CMA, administers routine oral medications and is responsible for monitoring a patient’s vitals and behavior while on medication. The CMA training program will prepare you for work in a health care facility (e.g. Assisted Living, nursing facility, hospital) or in a residential setting (e.g. in-home care).
Like working with children, adapt CNA skills in the supplemental Pediatric CNA Program
The one-day Children’s Pediatric Program, based on curriculum written by Omaha’s Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, will teach you how to adapt your CNA skills in order to care for children. Additionally, it will prepare you to work within hospital and clinic settings.