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Date:3/5/2008

d more. Students also get the chance to gain hands-on experience at a veterinary hospital through two nine-week practicums.

Medical Assistants (Projected Growth Rate through 2016: 36%)

Employed by hospitals, insurance companies, and private practices, medical assistants help their workplaces operate efficiently. Although tasks may vary from office to office, medical assistants are often responsible for organizing medical records, arranging laboratory services, ordering equipment, and even processing tissue and blood samples. Medical assistants may also work closely with patients and their families to discuss diagnoses and potential treatments.

The Medical Assistant associate degree program at Penn Foster College prepares students to excel at these fundamental and necessary skills. Coursework in this program includes ethics, law, administrative procedures, medical terminology, word processing, and more. Students also learn how to communicate with both colleagues and clients to increase their chances of professional success.

Dental Assistants (Projected Growth Rate through 2016: 30%)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 270,000 Americans held jobs as dental assistants in 2006. Working primarily for private practices, dental assistants support dentists, oral surgeons, and dental hygienists by setting up material for patient treatment, taking x-rays, applying anesthetic, and helping during serious procedures.

Penn Foster Career School helps students enter the dental field with its online dental assistant program. The program begins with an introduction to the unique role that dental assistants play in an office setting. Coursework then moves to oral anatomy, preventive dentistry and nutrition, radiology, and anesthetics. Students may also select a more specialized career path, focusing on orthodontics, pediatrics, or oral surgery.

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