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Old 06-10-2009, 06:58 AM
 
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Oh, that is VERY wise! I have a lot of friends who did that and are so pleased they prepared ahead.

Respiratory Therapy is a great field. I have two friends who went into it after age 35. One got her certification at 50. They are both very happy working in that field.

I did some research trying to find a program close to you for ultrasound but haven't so far. How bad a drive it is to CVCC?

Also - a hospital I worked for a long time back used to have an on-site program. I wonder if any of the hospitals near you might have an arrangement like that? I will put out feelers and let you know if I find anything out.

I think you are really smart for thinking ahead, SSD. Great idea!
Thanks Ani, so helpful as usual.
I think CVCC would probably be the easiest for me to get to.
One of my concerns about starting in any one of these fields is my age, it's good to know you have friends who have done this.
A friend of mine told me that Presbyterian Hospital had a program a long time ago where they trained you on site. I will check that out also. I am thinking that with so many people in these fields that they don't need to have such programs anymore, but worth checking out.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:00 AM
 
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I think Presby has a Respiratory Therapy certification program. And I am thinking CP has ultrasound and Respiratory Therapy. So you might check out w/ their allied health folks and see if that is correct.
I just saw this I will check it out. Thanks I wish I could give you Reps but it won't let me
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:05 AM
 
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or just google it..... Creating Success in North Carolina (http://www.ncccs.cc.nc.us/ - broken link)

Ultrasonography very hard to get into after graduation - field is lucrative and people tend to stay. A technically superior u/s tech is worth every bit of salary s/he commands. CPCC has PTA, Resp Ther and a gazillion other stuff, ; CVCC has sleep tech, resp tech, Gaston (campus in Lincolnton) has several programs, Mitchell (mooresville/statesville) has some things - check out the websites and do a little research! This is a lean year - campuses on reduced hours/days so go by, M-Th ~2p Everybody happy after lunch. Do not leave messages or emails at departments - most faculty are GONE until the circus begins again in August. Do not go during late reg week in August - much too late and everyone grumpy and rushed and worried how we're going to fit 30 people into a 20 person course AND maintain quality....
Thank you for all of the great info!!!!!! I will look into some of the other fields you mentioned. As you said one of the things that really appealed to me (and everyone else) is the salary. Thanks again!
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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I also appreciate the info. My husband is taking classes with his company for the next year to be promoted to a DM position. My youngest will be in first grade next year and I want to go back to school to do something that when my husband gets transferred, I can keep getting jobs wherever I go. If that makes any sense. I was very interested in the Medical Sonography degree, now am unsure. I will be 48 on Sunday and don't want anything that will take a lot of time to complete, but will be worth it for me in the long run.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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I had a student who was 56 when she was on a NAFTA thing years ago - LT worker for a mill 25+ years as I recall. Anyway, she was my "oldest" student to date -
56 (I think) - and she not only finished in 3 semesters but she had the HIGHEST GPA and is still gainfully employed and having a ball.
You have to realize that healthcare is not a gold mine career field and is affected just as much by the economy, but in a different way. Not all fields are in demand in all areas of the country. Best way to guess, look at hospital job lines and see what the postings are for: MLT, OTA, PTA, Resp tech, sleep tech, CNA-II and note that BI-LINGUAL is always a leg up on the competition, even when I started in nursing some 30+ years ago. Anyway.....
APPLY to a community college, have official HS / college transcripts sent ATTN: Registrar, take your placement tests, talk to a counselor, and learn how to do online registration, and take a course one at a time even or look at continuing ed. Heck, CPCC has almost as extensive course offerings as they do curriculum.

BTW: I don't usually stay up past 1130 - have culture-positive STREP THROAT and very painful swallowing. Waiting for the meds to kick in after 3-4 days on penicillin.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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I had a student who was 56 when she was on a NAFTA thing years ago - LT worker for a mill 25+ years as I recall. Anyway, she was my "oldest" student to date -
56 (I think) - and she not only finished in 3 semesters but she had the HIGHEST GPA and is still gainfully employed and having a ball.
You have to realize that healthcare is not a gold mine career field and is affected just as much by the economy, but in a different way. Not all fields are in demand in all areas of the country. Best way to guess, look at hospital job lines and see what the postings are for: MLT, OTA, PTA, Resp tech, sleep tech, CNA-II and note that BI-LINGUAL is always a leg up on the competition, even when I started in nursing some 30+ years ago. Anyway.....
APPLY to a community college, have official HS / college transcripts sent ATTN: Registrar, take your placement tests, talk to a counselor, and learn how to do online registration, and take a course one at a time even or look at continuing ed. Heck, CPCC has almost as extensive course offerings as they do curriculum.

BTW: I don't usually stay up past 1130 - have culture-positive STREP THROAT and very painful swallowing. Waiting for the meds to kick in after 3-4 days on penicillin.
I am so sorry you have strep. Sounds awful. But so glad you chose to post the info while waiting for the meds to help!
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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MARY - You are a wonderful resource! I always learn f/ your posts re: education at community college level. Thank you so much for posting this info. This thread could be a lot of help to not only SSD - but others w/ kids who are in high school and thinking about further education after graduation.
(blush) Thank you - I'm home sick but cyber-commuting...Oh, there's my exit!
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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(blush) Thank you - I'm home sick but cyber-commuting...Oh, there's my exit!
LOL!!! Glad you were on the information superhighway long enuff to guide us all to the right destinations.
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