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What would be the best career option in the medical field if I don’t want to go to college for a long time?

I’m really undecided about what I want to do for a career, but medical things interest me so I’m considering it as an option. #college #medicine

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Angela D.’s Answer

This is an important question! We have several members of my family in various medical fields and my son is currently completing his residency to become a rural general practitioner doctor.
My daughter became a Phlebotomist Technician, which is a medical professional who draws blood for testing. She only needed a high school diploma or GED, plus a postsecondary certificate/training that took less than eight weeks to complete. You do need to be sympathetic to patients, but still be professional enough to get the necessary job done. Other positions similar to this include: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), EKG Technician, Health Coach, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Interpreter, Medical Administrative or Office Assistant, Medical Transcriptionist, and Pharmacy Technician. Higher paying jobs that require more training and education include areas such as Radiation Therapy, Sonography/ Ultrasound Technician, X-ray Technician, Nutritionist, Registered Nurse (RN), Physical/Occupational Therapist, Surgical Technician/Assistant, etc.
Please go online and check on possibilities. See what opportunities there are for education and training in your local community. Consider volunteering or "shadowing" a medical professional. Ask your school counselor for some leads of potential individuals to interview for 10 minutes or ask your medical doctor/clinic to get their opinions.
Wishing you the best, Dr. B

Angela D. recommends the following next steps:

Online Research
Volunteer and/or Shadow a Medical Professional
School Counselor Leads

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Cesar’s Answer

Hi, Chelsey!

For starters, I am in not involved in the health sciences. My girlfriend, however, is in her third year in her undergraduate program to become a Physician Assistant. When I first saw your question, I believed this could be something of great interest for you. In order to become a Physician Assistant you only need at most 6 years of schooling. A physician assistant in the US/Canada, or physician associate in the UK is a health care practitioner who practices medicine in collaboration with or under the supervision of a physician, depending on state laws. This field offers exceptional pay, and great flexibility by allowing you to work often 3-4 days a week. Other than that, Angel D. wrote some great advice for you as well.

Wish you luck!

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Estelle’s Answer

Certifying to become an EMT can be as short as a few months.

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Richard’s Answer

EMT, paramedic, surgical tech, lab tech and radiology tech are all jobs in a hospital that do not require a 4 - year degree