There are many paths your can take to get further education and medical training after high school, depending on your career goals.
On-the-Job Training: Some occupations require completion of a formal, on-the-job training program. Example: Nursing Assistant.
Apprenticeship Training: Other occupations require apprenticeships, which entail working with experienced workers and completing some classroom training for 1-5 years, depending on the occupation. An apprentice earns wages, but they are less than he or she will make once the training is completed. Examples of occupations which require apprenticeship: Dental lab technician.
Military Training: The military trains people in 140 occupations. Every recruit signs a legal contract for eight years of duty. Usually two to six are spent on active duty; the remaining two are spent in the reserve forces. Many military occupations involve skills that can be useful in civilian jobs. Service members receive basic pay, allowances and benefits. Tuition assistance at colleges and universities is also available. (Operating Room Specialist| Military Medical Jobs)
Certificate Programs: Many programs at community colleges, technical schools and private career schools offer six-month to one-year programs that provide certificates of completion. Occupations that might require certificate training include pharmacy technician, dental assistant, and medical assistant.
Associate Degree Programs: Community colleges offer many two-year degree programs. You can either get a transfer degree, which will count as the first two years of a four-year degree and will transfer to a four-year college, or you can get a two-year degree in a specific medical career field. Occupations that may require an associate’s degree include nurse, respiratory therapist.
Bachelor Degree Programs: State and private colleges and universities offer four-year degree programs. You may want to go directly to a four-year institution. If so, it is important to have a plan for what you want to study in order to increase the chances that this degree will be completed successfully. A bachelor’s degree can prepare you for an array of medical occupations.
Education beyond a Bachelor’s Degree: Some medical occupations require education beyond a bachelor’s degree. (doctor)