For-profits train medical assistants, few nurses

For-profit colleges train many medical assistants, but only a small percentage of licensed practical nurses and registered nurses, concludes a Center for American Progress report, Profiting from Health Care.

For-profit colleges tend to focus on health care “support” occupations like medical assisting, massage therapy, and dental assisting rather than “practitioner” or “technical” health occupations like registered nursing, medicine, or diagnostic technologist fields.

Support jobs require less training and don’t pay as well.

Julie Margetta Morgan, the report’s co-author, wants for-profit and non-profit educators to expand programs in high-demand, high-paying medical fields, reports Inside Higher Ed.

California’s community colleges are unable to meet the demand for health workers.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON January 31, 2011

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