2 Year Degrees that Pay Well

2-year degrees and certificate programs

Maricopa Community Colleges

Great wages without experience.

Medical

Respiratory therapistsAvg $61,330 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Care

See Degree

Occupational therapy assistants and aidesAvg-$59,200 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Occupational Safety and Health Technology

See Degree

Physical therapist assistants and aidesAvg $48,990 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in the Physical Therapist Assisting

See Degree

Nuclear TechniciansAvg $84,190 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nuclear Medicine Technology

See Degree

Phlebotomy Technician Avg $36,320 per year

Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Phlebotomy

See Certificate Program

NursingAvg $75,330 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing

See Degree

CNAAvg $30,830 per year

Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Nurse Assisting

See Certificate Program

EMTAvg 36,650 per year

 Certificate: 16-week long training course qualifies you for state EMT-B certification

See Certificate Program

Radiology

Radiation TherapistsAvg $85,560 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology

See Degree

Diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, technicians, and vascular technologistsAvg $68,750 per year   

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

See Degree

Radiologic technologistsAvg $62,280 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology

See Degree

Magnetic Resonance Imaging TechnologistAvg 63,710 per year

Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

See Certificate Program

Radiologic and MRI TechnologistsAvg $63,710 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology

See Degree

Dental

Dental hygienists Avg $76,220 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene

See Degree

Computers

Web developersAvg $73,760 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Web Design/Development

See Degree

Computer support specialistsAvg $54,760 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology (IT) program

See Degree

Mechanical

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and techniciansAvg 64,310 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Aircraft Maintenance Technology

See Degree

Law

Paralegals and legal assistantsAvg 51,740 per year 

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal

See Degree

If you need help getting through any of these programs contact us.

Chris Payne, MS
Career Counselor
480-621-0051
chrisp@azcareerpathways.org

Phlebotomy

What does a phlebotomist do?

Typically, phlebotomists are responsible for:

Drawing blood and bandaging after blood is drawn

Measuring and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and oxygen levels

Maintaining patient records

Cleaning, preparing and sterilizing equipment

Sending blood, urine, and fecal samples to the lab for testing

Other duties include:

Making sure that all equipment is properly sanitized before it is used to collect blood.

Accurate labeling, proper storage and careful transport are also key responsibilities.

The phlebotomist also must observe strict safety protocols to avoid direct contact with the blood. Many infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis, can be transmitted through blood contact. Even the slightest distraction can lead to a “needlestick” injury and possible infection.

How to become a Phlebotomist:

Step 1: Make a High School Diploma or its Equivalent

Step 2: Complete a NAACLS authorized Phlebotomy Training Program in Phoenix, Arizona

  • training program includes study in anatomy, blood collection procedures, proper storage and handling of blood samples and safety precautions.
  • Long term phlebotomy certification programs are performed at a college or a technical school and can vary from 3 to six month. Short term phlebotomy accreditation programs can range from 4 weeks to twelve weeks. Anything much shorter than a four-week course will not offer the correct education to go into the field.

Step 3: Get Phlebotomy Certification and Licensure in Phoenix, Arizona

  • Phlebotomy accreditation can not be earned solely online. While you can complete 80% of the education book portion online, you can not get licensed and go into the phlebotomy field without getting the appropriate blood draws. Phlebotomy requires the medical professional to work straight with patients and perform venipunctures. You need to complete the laboratory part or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.
  • Phlebotomy certification can not be made online only. While you can finish 80% of the education book part online, you can not get licensed and get in the phlebotomy field without getting the proper blood draws. Phlebotomy needs the medical professional to work directly with clients and carry out venipunctures. You should complete the lab portion or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.

Phlebotomy certification needs prospects to have:

  • Graduated from an acceptable phlebotomy training program
  • Have completed at least 1,040 hours of phlebotomy work experience
  • Have successfully passed their  phlebotomy certification exam
  • Hospitals, Health Care Clinics, Laboratories, and Screening Centers usually prefer to work with phlebotomists who hold a national phlebotomy certification credential.

Prospective phlebotomists can search for employment at:

  • Hospitals  Acute-Care Facilities
  • Hospital-Based Clinics
  • Hospital-Based Emergency Centers
  • Health Department Clinics
  • Community Health Centers
  • School-Based Clinics
  • Prison Health Clinics
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Screening Centers
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Care Insurance Companies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Mobile Vans for Blood Donations
  • Free-Standing Surgical Centers
  • Laboratories
  • Lab Collection Sites
  • Drug Screening Agencies
  • Mobile Mammography Units

The typical pay for a qualified phlebotomy technician in 2018 was $34,480 annually with a competitive hourly wage of $16.58 per hour.

X-Ray Technician

How do I become an X-ray technician?

X-Ray Technician

Duties:

Involves using sophisticated imaging equipment to photograph parts of the human body.

Usually specialize in a particular examination technique

Assist oncology teams in delivering radiation therapy to cancer patients

Assisting physicians by producing images of diagnostic quality

Explaining the imaging process to patients

Positioning patients and equipment correctly

Adhering to the principles of radiation protection

Maintaining a working knowledge of equipment functionality

Processing images

Keeping patient records

Where do they work?

Hospitals

Physicians’ offices

Clinics

Diagnostic imaging centers

Temporary staffing agencies

Mobile units.

How much do they make?

Average salary for a radiologic technologist in Arizona

around $63,821 per year.

Where do you get training?

There are several places within Maricopa community colleges to learn this skill

Here is a list of the colleges and what they offer.

How to get certified:

You must attend a program accredited by Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) . 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

The Maricopa Community Colleges are certified.

Maricopa Community Colleges

After completing the course work, you are eligible to apply for admission to the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

How can we help?

If you are interested in this profession and need help, please contact us.

Arizona Career Pathways

Visit us at: Arizona Career Pathways.org

or call us at: 480-621-0051

References:

https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/radiologic-technologist

https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/entrepreneur/salary/arizona/

https://www.maricopa.edu/degrees-certificates/health-sciences/radiologic-technology-3582-aas

www.jrcert.org

What Nurses Do?

There are 3 types of nurses

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Programs can be 13 weeks to over 70 weeks depending on the program

Licensed Practical Nurse

No degree is required

Training in a State approved program is required

Must Pass the National Counsel Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

They report to RN’s

Jobs include:

taking vital signs, assisting with tests, administering medication filling out medical records, changing bandages and dressing wounds, help feeding patients keeping them hydrated and getting dressed

Where to take test in Arizona

https://www.azbn.gov/education/arizona-nclex-pass-rates

Average annual salary of $46,360

Registered Nurse (RN)

Has completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) – 2 years or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)- 4 years

Registered Nurse

Must pass the NCLEX exam for RN’s

Jobs include:

Hospitals, Medical offices, and clinics assisting doctors and other nurses in providing critical care to patients. Complete physical exams and health histories. Make critical decisions regarding health. Promote good health through counseling and education. Administer medications. Coordinate care, with many health care professionals.

Where to take test in Arizona

https://www.azbn.gov/education/arizona-nclex-pass-rates

Where to apply for RN license

https://www.azbn.gov/licenses-and-certifications/apply-for-a-license

 Average salary for an RN    $52,080 – $77,460

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Has at least a master’s degree in nursing.

Fill roles of certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and certified nurse practitioner (CNP). These four roles are given the title of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Must Get licensing through the NCSBN.

Where to get information about licensing

https://www.ncsbn.org/aprn.htm

We at Arizona Career Pathways can help you.  We help students working on 2 year degrees and can help with additional fees not covered by financial aid.

 Contact us today to see if you qualify for our program.

Maricopa County only

www.azcareerpathways.org

1-480-621-0051

References:

All Nursing Schools

Nursing World

What is a CNA?

Have you ever thought about being a CNA?  Do you know what it takes to be one?

Here is some helpful information to help you.

Unlike other nursing positions, to be a CNA you don’t have to have a college degree.

What you do need is a certificate or diploma from a CNA program.

What CNA’S do:

provide direct patient care in nursing homes, hospital long-term care wards or community rehabilitation.

Duties:

take vital signs,

assist residents to move about the facility

helping them manage their meal trays

use bathroom facilities

turning bedridden patients

offering emotional support

taking blood pressure

putting on compression stockings

giving a partial bed bath.

Requirements

high school diploma or GED

Nursing Assistant training program

Programs are found at

Community colleges

Trade schools

Medical facilities

*Make sure your program is approved by the state’s nursing board and the National League for Nursing Accredited Commission (NLNAC).

Arizona Requirements

Certificate information

Requirements to be a CNA

Complete a board-approved program or apply for a waiver based on other healthcare training

An Arizona CNA must take the Certified Nursing Assistant Examination

A fingerprint-based background check will be required.

Wages for a CNA in Arizona is between $27K and $38K

References:

Registered Nursing.org

Nursing Licensure.org

Indeed.com

Salary.com

What does a Phlebotomist do?

Typically, phlebotomists are responsible for:

Drawing blood and bandaging after blood is drawn

Measuring and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and oxygen levels

Maintaining patient records

Cleaning, preparing and sterilizing equipment

Sending blood, urine, and fecal samples to the lab for testing

Other duties include:

Making sure that all equipment is properly sanitized before it is used to collect blood.

Accurate labeling, proper storage and careful transport are also key responsibilities.

The phlebotomist also must observe strict safety protocols to avoid direct contact with the blood. Many infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis, can be transmitted through blood contact. Even the slightest distraction can lead to a “needlestick” injury and possible infection.

How to become a Phlebotomist:

Step 1: Make a High School Diploma or its Equivalent

Step 2: Complete a NAACLS authorized Phlebotomy Training Program in Phoenix, Arizona

  • training program includes study in anatomy, blood collection procedures, proper storage and handling of blood samples and safety precautions.
  • Long term phlebotomy certification programs are performed at a college or a technical school and can vary from 3 to six month. Short term phlebotomy accreditation programs can range from 4 weeks to twelve weeks. Anything much shorter than a four-week course will not offer the correct education to go into the field.

Step 3: Get Phlebotomy Certification and Licensure in Phoenix, Arizona

  • Phlebotomy accreditation can not be earned solely online. While you can complete 80% of the education book portion online, you can not get licensed and go into the phlebotomy field without getting the appropriate blood draws. Phlebotomy requires the medical professional to work straight with patients and perform venipunctures. You need to complete the laboratory part or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.
  • Phlebotomy certification can not be made online only. While you can finish 80% of the education book part online, you can not get licensed and get in the phlebotomy field without getting the proper blood draws. Phlebotomy needs the medical professional to work directly with clients and carry out venipunctures. You should complete the lab portion or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.

Phlebotomy certification needs prospects to have:

  • Graduated from an acceptable phlebotomy training program
  • Have completed at least 1,040 hours of phlebotomy work experience
  • Have successfully passed their  phlebotomy certification exam
  • Hospitals, Health Care Clinics, Laboratories, and Screening Centers usually prefer to work with phlebotomists who hold a national phlebotomy certification credential.

Prospective phlebotomists can search for employment at:

  • Hospitals  Acute-Care Facilities
  • Hospital-Based Clinics
  • Hospital-Based Emergency Centers
  • Health Department Clinics
  • Community Health Centers
  • School-Based Clinics
  • Prison Health Clinics
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Screening Centers
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Care Insurance Companies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Mobile Vans for Blood Donations
  • Free-Standing Surgical Centers
  • Laboratories
  • Lab Collection Sites
  • Drug Screening Agencies
  • Mobile Mammography Units

The typical pay for a qualified phlebotomy technician in 2018 was $34,480 annually with a competitive hourly wage of $16.58 per hour.

Places for Information:

Indeed Career Advice

What We Do

Our name is Arizona Career Pathways. We are a workforce development intermediary program that responds to the needs of workers and key employers

Our Mission: To demonstrate the substantial and economic benefits that are achieved through the investment in long term credential and degree attainment for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

Arizona Career Pathways defines the needs, iden​tifies resources, and brokers relationships that impact the education and training of a quality workforce, regional economic sustainability, and business growth.

Arizona Career Pathways seeks to improve the quality of life, raise the standard of living, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale region.

Arizona Career Pathways provides case management and life skills coaching, financial assistance, peer mentoring, job placement assistance, and other valuable support services to ensure successful educational attainment and long-term career success.

Arizona Career Pathways proven program model provides our students with the support and motivation required for them to achieve the workforce skills and experience that will help them to develop occupational skills, degree and certificate attainment, and the confidence that will ensure their employability.

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10 Ways to Survive Quarantine

**Click on links t read articles**

1. Get up out of bed and get dressed.  stretching-75x

       Makes you more productive

       Decreases depression and anxiety

       How to get out of bed when you don’t want to 

2. Stick to a routineroutine

       A routine is critical for your mental health

       Reduce stress levels

       Helps you cope and survive change

3. If you are working or going to school from home

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Set ground rules

       Have a separate area to work and study.

4. Get out and get some exercise.

    (walking around the block or a building, hiking, jogging, bicycle)bicycle-161524_1280

        Helps Anxiety

        Helps depression

        Increases Concentration and Memory

        Why and how to do it

5. Do something creativearts-155495_1280

       (Art, crafts, sewing, needlepoint, woodworking, painting)

        Improves health

        Elevates mood, increases immune health

6. Learn something newreading-297450_640

       Fights boredom, increases brain power,

ability to adapt to change better

        Reduces stress, gain confidence

7. Turn off the Television and listen to musicMusic

        Benefits of music

        Reduces stress, lessons anxiety

         Improves cognition

8. Eat healthyhealthy food

        What you eat affects how you feel

        How junk food affects mental health

        Worst Foods

9. Read a book.

(Choose something fun or uplifting, makes you feel good.)girl-160170_1280

        Good for mental health

        Strengthens your brain, reduces stress

10. Be kind to yourself         

(no judgement if you have a bad day. Psychologically quarantine is hard)

         How to take care of yourself

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Our Favorite Things

We thought that since everyone is stuck at home, we would share some resources that can help with choosing a career, job training and how we can be effective at work.

First:

a book liked by our Executive Director Charlie Boyce.

The 9 Ways of Working by Michael J. Goldberg

https://www.amazon.com/Ways-Working-Enneagram-Strengths-Effectively/dp/1569246882

A book that I found truly helpful in understanding myself and others in the workplace.  It details nine different personality types and outlines their worldviews, communication styles and working styles – as well as their strengths and potential barriers to being effective at work. It definitely helped me to work better with others.

Second:

a website liked by our Director and Counselor Kerrie Walker

https://www.onetonline.org/

O*NET Online is an invaluable resource to gather information about careers and make a good decision about which career to pursue.

Third:

a mobile app liked by Counselor Chris Payne

Career One Stop Mobile

For Apple:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/careeronestop-mobile/id1015917558

For Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.p7692FA&hl=en_US

This App has great work exploration videos, local training and jobs.