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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Top 5 Websites for College Students

ECPI’s comprehensive list of websites for general college advice

Top 5 Websites for College StudentsYour schedule is already jam packed and, while you’re already an exceptional multi-tasker, it can still be difficult staying on top of everything. You never want to take the easy way out or cut corners, but you’re always looking for the most effective and efficient ways to manage your life.  ECPI wants you to succeed and we want to help set you on the right path regardless of what stage you’re at in your college career, whether you’re just getting started or already well on your way to earning your degree.  Here are five must-see websites that are designed to help you make the most of your college experience.  [Read more...]

12 Life Saving Smartphone Apps for Students

If you’re a college student, sometimes you need all the help you can get. Juggling your studies with the rest of your life might often seem like an insurmountable struggle. Having to manage your budget as well as your time becomes a challenge that can make anyone feel like they’re reaching their limits. Thankfully, in this day and age, you have more help than ever before – and it’s all one touch away on your smartphone or tablet! Here are 12 life-saving apps- six for iOS and six for Android- to help make college a breeze. None of these apps cost more than $5, and most of them are completely free! [Read more...]

Health Information Management Program Awarded CAHIIM Accreditation

ECPI University’s Newport News campus is pleased to announce that it has been awarded accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This accreditation gives graduates an opportunity to take the national Registered Health Information Technician examination after completion of the University’s program. ECPI University is one of only three schools in Virginia offering an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management listed on the CAHIIM website as having received this level of accreditation.

“To hold this credential means that the professional can ensure the quality of the medical record by verifying that it is complete, accurately documented, and properly entered in the computer system,” says Newport News Campus Health Information Program Director Laura Abel. “It means that this professional can use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data, thereby improving patient care and controlling costs. Earning this credential can also improve earning potential and opportunities for employment.”

Helping Girls “Get” IT

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ECPI University’s Newport News campus and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development hosted more than 40 young ladies from Bethel High School in Hampton for a very special event called “Girls Get IT.” It’s a program designed to expose teenage girls to careers in information technology and engineering.

Today’s event featured a problem solving exercise whereby students utilized technology to overcome theoretical challenges, as well as a slate of guest speakers. One of those speakers was ECPI University alum Nikki Tarnacki who works as a Network Engineer for NCI, Inc. at Langley Air Force Base.  ”This program meets a tremendously important need,” says ECPI Newport News Campus President Dr. John Olson. “The number of women in STEM fields is disproportionately low. So, we hope that events like this will broaden awareness and encourage these young ladies to pursue careers in IT and engineering.”