Researching Education and Training Options

Researching Education and Training Options

Now that you’ve narrowed down your health care career possibilities, it’s time to contact those schools that offer the education/training needed for those career choices. Gather the information below for your top three school choices.

Health Care Career Choice _______________  Education/Training Needed __________________

Name of school or program 1. 2. 3.
Where is the program or school located?
Prerequisites for admission to the school or program
When will the next program or courses be offered?
Is the program Full-Time or Part-Time?
Are there weekend and evening options?
How many hours a week will I be attending classes?
How many hours a week will I need for studying?
How long will it take to get my certificate or degree?
Does this program/course prepare me to apply for certification in this career?
Is this certificate or degree recognized by employers?
How much does it cost? (Include tuition, fees & books)

In looking at the chart above, which factors are most important to you in deciding what school to attend and whether this is a good career choice for you?

Here are some questions to think about:

  • Do you plan to work and go to school at the same time?
  • Do you need flexibility in when you can take courses because of family or other responsibilities?
  • Do you have any money saved for school? Will you need to work? Take out loans?
  • Can you meet the prerequisites for the program?