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Medical Vocational Programs

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John Curran | | Posted: 12/21/2012 Print
Medical Vocational Programs


If you’ve ever considered a career as a Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Surgical Technologist, Veterinary Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant, or Radiology Technician, a medical vocational program can get you started down the path to realizing your professional ambitions.

While admission requirements to individual medical vocational schools vary slightly based upon the specific school, field, and program type you’re interested in, there are some general rules of thumb to keep in mind as you begin the application process.

Nearly all medical vocational schools will require you to have attained a high school diploma or its equivalent. If you haven’t completed high school, and if doing so isn’t feasible for you, don’t worry, as you can still fill the needed requirements to be considered for medical vocational programs through alternate paths.

You can pursue a course of self-study and, when ready, take the GED exams, which are comprised of five individual tests: Language Arts – Writing, Language Arts – Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Satisfactory completion of these exams will result in your GED credential, which serves as an effective equivalent to a high school diploma.

Once you’re armed with your high school diploma or GED credential, it’s time to contact the specific medical vocational programs you’re interested in to find out their individual admissions and application requirements. Many schools will have you interview with an admissions advisor. Going into these interviews, you should be prepared to talk about your interest in the specific school and programs, and be able to speak about your past academic and professional achievements in a way that reflects well upon your ability to succeed in a medical vocational program.

To be clear, you don’t need prior medical experience to apply to a medical vocational program. Admission committees will consider many different factors. The best way to prepare, and give yourself the greatest chances for acceptance, is to engage and work hard in a diversity of academic, extracurricular, professional, and volunteer activities. This experience, along with a high school diploma or GED credential, will help you get into the medical vocational program that you truly want to be accepted to!


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