Health care jobs continue to be in high demand. If you are already in the industry, however, you run the risk of being crowded out by more qualified applicants who might have far less experience than you. This is particularly true for radiologists or sonographers.
Here are some ways to earn continuing education credits to help you capitalize on the experience you already have.
If you currently work or would consider working in an area with a scarcity of health care professionals, you may be eligible for grants that can pay for you to go back to school. Grants for health care professionals normally fall into three specific categories:
- Professional development: These grants are designed for travel, expenses, and registration for health care seminars, conferences, and training sessions. Attending these types of professional events can help you gain certifications and help you network.
- Tuition forgiveness: These grants may not pay for classes you take in the future, but they can pay for any outstanding debt you might have accrued up to this point.
- Equipment specific: Some grants are offered by medical supply companies. Whenever a new technology emerges, technicians need to be trained to use them. Equipment-specific grants can help you get certified to use cutting-edge equipment.
The most common way to earn an education is online. Not all online degrees and certifications, however, are equal. Before you invest your time and money into an online education, you should do a little research.
- Accreditation: If the online education you earn is not from an accredited institution, it may not be very helpful to you. To verify that the institution has the accreditation your employer requires, perform a two-step verification. First, send them an email asking them to share their accreditation information. Next, call them. When you talk to the representative from the university (not the person you emailed), ask them to describe their accreditation. If the information you get via email does not match what you get over the phone, you may want to look elsewhere for your online education.
- Job placement: Many online education providers for health care–specific degrees have partnerships with large health care providers. Whenever possible, get your degree or certification from one of these providers with a partnership. Your best resource for finding out about these opportunities is your employer's recruitment personnel. You can also ask your colleagues where they obtained their degrees or certifications.
For more information, contact a professional with knowledge about sonographer continuing education credits.