4-Year College Alternatives for High School Graduates Interested in the Medical Field

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A four-year college isn’t for everybody. In fact, Census Bureau statistics and studies done by educational nonprofits have shown that more and more students are opting out of four-year colleges in favor of alternative career tracks that leave them with less student loan debt, increased earning power and greater career potential. 

If you’re thinking about alternatives to a traditional, four-year college, here are some options to consider:

Phlebotomy Technician

A phlebotomy technician collects blood specimens for a laboratory, playing a critical role in diagnosing many different conditions and illnesses. They prepare lab equipment and collect the fluids correctly, working directly with patients. According to PayScale, phlebotomists make an average hourly salary of $14.41, with a minimum being $10.73 and the maximum being $18.76. You can complete our Phlebotomy Technician Program in as little as 11 weeks and be ready to take the National Healthcare Association (NHA) exam.

Medical Assistant

A certified medical assistant works under a doctor’s supervision to complete a wide range of tasks, like greeting and checking-in patients, charting vital signs, giving injections and preparing patients for surgery. Salary data shows that medical assistants typically earn a median hourly wage of $17 per hour, ranging from $15 to $18. And you can complete our Medical Assistant Certification Program in as little as 36 weeks.

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Medical billers and coders manage electronic health records and submit claims and patient payment requests via medical billing software. Salary data from PayScale shows that medical billers and coders make, on average, $15.93 per hour. And you can earn your Medical Billing and Coding diploma completely online in as little as nine months.

Radiology Technologist

A radiologic technologist (a radiology tech) performs diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, MRIs and CT scans. They work with a healthcare team, taking images that enable doctors to properly diagnose and treat patients. According to Payscale, a radiologic technologist makes an average hourly salary of $22.44 with a total yearly salary of $36,261 to $66,334 each year. To become a radiology tech, you’ll need an associate’s degree, which can be completed in as little as two years. Many techs who complete our program also take the ARRT board exams.

Learn More About Your Options in the Medical Field

Interested in pursuing one of these careers? Start by contacting an advisor today. Our advisors can arrange a tour of our campus, answer your questions and help you get started in the enrollment process.