Health & Medical

Healthcare Trends Signal More Jobs

Now is a good time to explore a career in healthcare. Despite the economic downturn, health careers will experience the greatest job growth of any field in the next decade, with 3 out of every 10 jobs created nationally expected to be in healthcare services. A shortage of workers, an expanding population, and baby-boomers reaching retirement age signal many healthcare job opportunities.

Broad Access to Healthcare Careers

North’s Health and Medical programs offer you broad access to training for both entry-level jobs and career advancement. Start your career as a Nursing Assistant-Certified or a Certified Phlebotomist using the I-BEST program to develop literacy and workplace skills simultaneously. Take the Emergency Medical Technician course or prepare to be a Pharmacy Technician. Gather short certificates as you complete the Medical Assisting program. Train as an LPN and go to work or go straight through into the LPN-RN ladder program. At NSC there’s something for everyone, including innovative on-the-job training opportunities in the community, created through grant awards.

Established Programs with Proven Track-Records

Healthcare choices at North promise established programs (started in the 1970s or 1980s) and innovative new ones as well, with faculty members who have many years experience both teaching and working in their fields. Programs are accredited by appropriate agencies and prepare you well for the state and national certification exams you need for successful employment.

Graduate Success

Emergency Medical Technician graduates, for example, have a 99 percent passing rate on the state certification exam. Medical Assisting grads scored in the high 90th percentile for the national CMA exam for the past 8 years, with a passing rate of 99 percent for several years — and 99 percent of MA graduates find employment. 100 percent of nursing grads in both programs have passed their national licensing exams for the past 3 years. Over 90 percent of NA-C grads got state certification, and all those seeking employment have been hired. Among Pharmacy Technician grads,  99.6 percent have passed their exams, and all those flexible in choice of employment have been hired.

Customized, Flexible Formats

North’s programs offer unique learning options. The new Phlebotomist Technician program, the Nursing Assistant-Certified program and its new NA Academy employ Washington state’s groundbreaking I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) model, helping students develop literacy and workplace skills at the same time. 

State-of-the-Art Facilities & Valuable Externships

Nursing and Pharmacy Tech both have newly renovated, state-of-the-art labs, and Pharmacy Tech uses the latest industry software applications. Supervised clinical experiences in virtually all programs develop valuable skills and provide real-world experience at leading community sites — organizations that have partnered with North to train healthcare workers.

Pathways to Career Advancement

Chart your career course with healthcare programs from North Seattle College.
Program advisors will guide you in preparing for an entry-level position or in taking the next step to advance in your field.

Here’s how you might choose to move along the path to a career in nursing:

NA-C to Medical Assistant

NA-C to LPN to LPN/RN ladder to BSN to MSN…