Don’t Read This Unless You Want To Help People

Beth Dumbauld

Don’t Read This Unless You Want To Help People

Don’t Read This Unless You Want To Help People  by Danielle Koons

I get it. Sick people can be fun. (Said no one, ever.)

There is a certain type of person, a person completely unlike myself, who fits into the healthcare world. This person is ambitious, loving, kind, patient, and understanding. This person also loves people and wants nothing more than to heal the sick. Personally, I think the human body is gross. And when it gets’s just grosser.

If I didn’t dry heave every time I see someone else barf, or wince and cringe when their diseased cold, clammy phalanges touch me, I’d probably go into healthcare. The benefits are fantastic, the job satisfaction is unmatched, and you can have flexible hours. I’m super big on job satisfaction. If at the end of the day I don’t feel a sense of accomplishment and pride, that day has been wasted. “What did you do today? Saved a man’s life with open-heart surgery so he can live happily for 30 more years with his family? That’s cool...I blogged about lol cats.”

So now that we’ve established that I’m a terrible person and should never be anyone’s nurse, let alone doctor, let’s talk about why healthcare jobs are awesome. Because they are.

Oftentimes people think the only jobs available in healthcare are either as a doctor or a nurse. Not true! (If you want to indulge your eyeballs with this list of potential healthcare jobs, click here.)

Healthcare Careers Include

Health Technologists:                        

Clinical Lab Technologists and Technicians, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Radiologic Technologists, Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Surgical Technologists.

Health Technicians:                            

Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dispensing Opticians, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, Medical, Dental, and Ophthalmic Lab Technicians.

Dietetics, Pharmacy and Therapy:

Dietitians and Nutritionists, Recreational Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech-language Pathologists, Pharmacists, Audiologist.


Licensed Practical Nurses, Nursing Aides and Psychiatric Aides, Registered Nurses.

Health and Social Services:               

Home Health Aides, Medical Assistants, Social and Human Service Assistants, Social Workers.

Health Diagnosing and Assistants:    

Chiropractic Physicians, Dentists, Optometrists, Physicians, Assistant, Physician, Veterinarians.

Home Health Care and Computers:   

Homemaker-Home Health Aides, Medical Information Technicians, Billing and Coding Specialists, Computer Careers.

Online Healthcare Degrees Are More Respected Than Ever

Back so soon? As you can see, there are quite a few different choices. Some require a lot of schooling (like going to med school and becoming a doctor) and some jobs don’t require any prior education to qualify. For instance, there’s the difference between being a Home Care Nurse and a Home Care Aide. One is the nurse, with the formal education. The other is the Aide, or the helper, usually only with job training.

The Home Health Care field is important to note because it’s one of the fastest growing segments in the health care industry. It's expected to increase at a 5.4 percent annual rate to 1.3 million jobs by 2014! The National Association for Home Care and Hospice estimated that in the year 2000, there were 7.76 million patients receiving home care from over 20,000 different agencies. With our increasingly aging population, this number will only rise from there. More and more people prefer in-home nurses over hospital visitations, which also contributes to the high demand of in-home nurses, home health care specialists, home care aides, and home health aides.

If you read that list of jobs and any of them stood out to you, you’re probably wondering how to get that goodness in you.


That’s how.

So what can StraighterLine do for you here? By offering the same required classes for a healthcare degree that colleges do at a fraction of the price. The classes required for healthcare degrees/certifications/etc. that are also offered at StraighterLine are: Anatomy and Physiology 1, Anatomy and Physiology 2, Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Intro to Nutrition, Principles of Chemistry (sometimes will fulfill an ‘intro to chemistry’ credit), and College Algebra.

Here’s a quick breakdown of a potential online semester at StraighterLine.

Introduction to Chemistry = 3 credits
Anatomy and Physiology Lab= 4 credits
Intro to Nutrition= 3 credits
College Algebra= 3 credits


13 credits (a full time semester!)

At any regular college campus, you would be paying around $5,000 for a full time semester, give or take, possibly lots more. But StraighterLine is different--it’s only $100/month plus a one-time registration charge of $39/class.

I already did the math for you... if you took these same classes in the same amount of time, you’d be spending only $560 at StraighterLine. StraighterLine saves you $4,400!

The classes offered by StraighterLine are required for almost any career in the healthcare world. It just makes sense to get them out of the way quickly, and for dirt cheap, before going to a more specialized school, if necessary. Imagine starting school at a college that offers a degree in your preferred field and you already have 13 credits, which cost less than $1,000? You’d be ahead of the game scholastically and financially.

And that means quicker, cheaper goodness for you. (You can thank me later.)


Danielle Koons spends her time going to school for a stupid Bachelor of Science degree, smelling like wet dog (courtesy of her job as a groomer), and pretending to be a famous writer. But not a boring stuffy writer. A cool writer like Lewis Carroll, so she can ignore the “rules” of the English language and make up her own words.

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