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One Degree, Six Careers

Fort Collins, Colorado – January 12, 2010
–U.S. Career Institute has begun enrolling students in its new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Medical Specialties. The self-paced program prepares graduates for entry-level jobs in six high-demand healthcare professions: medical claims and billing specialist, medical coding specialist, medical transcriptionist, patient care technician, pharmacy technician and medical assistant. Like all of U.S. Career Institute's AAS degree programs, Medical Specialties is accredited through the nationally recognized Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in Washington, DC.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, more than 25 percent of all U.S. jobs created in the next eight years will be in the healthcare and social assistance industries. With comprehensive cross-training in six essential healthcare areas, an AAS-Medical Specialties grad will be well-positioned for a variety of jobs in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, retail pharmacies, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, or for home-based self-employment. Having the range of skills acquired in the program can help a grad meet goals that are elusive in today's economy: to have both job choice and security.

"In today's job market, training for a healthcare position is a sound strategy," says Ann Rohr, president of U.S. Career Institute (USCI). "Our new AAS program in Medical Specialties is perfect for people ready to make a move into healthcare but not certain of which career to pursue. Enrolling in Medical Specialties, a student can gain marketable skills in six healthcare fields and graduate with excellent employment prospects."

Like USCI's other AAS programs, Medical Specialties is especially well suited to today's workforce. The program's four semesters of career-focused content can be completed in as little as 16 months, or students may opt to take up to a year on each semester of their distance-education degree. Because they are not bound to the schedule of a traditional classroom, students can save both time and money while completing the program's 22 hours of general education courses and 42 hours of core courses. Through the innovative use of Virtual Labs, students learn correct procedures for patient care, medical lab work and clinical office duties.

"Like all businesses today, healthcare businesses are looking for employees who can fill a variety of staff needs," says Ann Rohr. "From the first day on the job, Medical Specialties grads will be ready to perform many essential healthcare tasks. Grads will also be equipped for self-employment - they can subcontract services such as medical billing or medical transcription to healthcare sites. A Medical Specialties degree will give grads employment options and leverage. We're excited to offer such a great launch pad into healthcare."

U.S. Career Institute is one of three schools whose parent company is Weston Distance Learning Inc. (Fort Collins, Colorado). The other two Weston schools are At-Home Professions and McKinley College. Each school enrolls students throughout the country. Weston courses allow students to train at home, in their own time, for employment in fields shown to offer a reliable job outlook and earning potential. State approval is issued by the Colorado Department of Education's Division of Private Occupational Schools. To learn more about Weston Distance Learning, visit http://www.westondistancelearning.com/.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Ann Rohr, call marketing director Kevin White at (800) 347-7899 or email Kevin at KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.


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