Newport News Dental Assistant Student Tries to Make Dental Visits Less Scary

Newport News Dental Assistant Student Tries to Make Dental Visits Less Scary | Medical Careers Institute | ECPI UniversityWhen Nichole Golden was very young, she was quite nervous about visiting the dentist. Then, she met a special dental assistant. “She extended so much kindness and her demeanor really helped me get over my fears,” says Nichole. Years later, Nichole decided that she too would become a dental assistant.

Nichole began her studies at the ECPI University, Newport News campus in January 2013 and has quickly established herself as a leader. “She’s made a huge difference in the Dental Assisting Club,” says Program Director Maribeth Mojares. “When she first joined the club, we only had five or six members. Now, we have around 25 members. In class, she’s very dedicated and always looking to help fellow classmates.” [Read more...]

5 Rewarding Jobs that Only Require a Two-Year Degree

Many people are intimidated by the current state of the job market. In tough economic times, it’s hard to find jobs that pay well enough to live a comfortable life. Many jobs require an expensive four-year degree before you can even get your foot in the door. However, this is not always the case. Many jobs can be attained with only a two-year degree, and often pay more than several jobs requiring an expensive bachelor’s degree.

(All statistics are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

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 Dental Assistant

The need for dental assistants is ever-present, with a projected job  growth rate of 25%. These valuable healthcare providers play a crucial  role in the day to day operations of a dental office including performing  x-rays, caring for patients, assisting dentists during procedures, and  performing dental cleanings. Practicing as a dental assistant requires  only a two-year associate’s degree, and license from the state you wish  to practice in. The median income for dental assistants in 2012 was over $34,500 a year, averaging out at around $16.50 per hour.

Check out ECPI’s Dental Assistant Program!

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 Registered Nurse

Just like dental assistants, the need for registered nurses is high and  growing all the time. Registered nurses are employed through the  healthcare industry in clinics, hospitals, out-patient care, and doctor’s  offices. Working as a registered nurse also provides a variety of duties  as well as locations. Registered nurses can be responsible for  performing tests, assisting physicians, and providing basic healthcare  to patients. Entry into this field requires only a two-year degree, with many employers offering assistance to provide further education after employment. In 2012, people working as registered nurses earned an  average income of $65,000.

Take a look at ECPI’s Nursing Program!

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