What are health related programs that are < competitive than Nursing ? Need a career!

Posted

It's been 5 years since I entered college.I earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts (3.47 GPA) and have a few credits in Education from CUNY Hunter College.I have been rejected like 3 times from Nursing school during my early college years and right now,I can't afford to waste time.I need a career.As much as I want to be a Nurse,I think it's time to change directions.I dont mind entering any career that is health related that is in demand and will allow me to make comfortable money ($50,000 and up).What are health related programs that are less competitive than Nursing ?Any suggestions ???

jennafezz

jennafezz

Specializes in Telemetry. 399 Posts

I don't know about how competitive they are, but radiology technicians are high in demand and make very good money... radiology techs, ultrasound techs, etc. Also, cardiology technicians, speech therapists, occupational therapists.

ashleyisawesome, BSN, RN

Specializes in LDRP. 804 Posts

i know in my area, there are resp therapist, radiological tech, surgical tech, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist assistant, med lab tech programs to name a few.. they all make around a nurses salary, although i dont know how competitive the programs for these careers are in your area, i know at my school, they are no where near as competitive as the nursing program .

good luck =)

Back2Nursing09

Back2Nursing09

171 Posts

Thanks ! I'll look into the careers you guys suggested.

mariposabella

mariposabella

356 Posts

I agree allied health careers are in demand.ExploreHealthCareers.org: Field Overview - Allied Health Professions

.

I know in my area some of the programs do have waiting list that can be as long as a few years. I'm not sure how competitive the programs are though. Good luck I hope you find something. Let us know what you decide! I was thinking along those lines too in case I dont get accepted into a nursing program.

VioletKaliLPN, LPN

1 Article; 448 Posts

Almost all 'health careers' are very competitive. They look for the best and brightest , which is often shown by good grades in pre req classes. If someone cannot perform well in in the pre rq's, they may take into consideration that you would not do well in the program.

kenpochic

kenpochic

220 Posts

well i dunno where you guy live but those occupations dont make as much as a nurse. Well as an RN. i know couple x ray techs and they are making in the lower 40's. this is after a couple yrs of being in the field. I think if you really wanna be a nurse you should apply to different schools. I just got into nursing school with a 3.4. you can get in just try another school. dont just pick another medical career based on money. you should pick your career based on what you want to do. trust me I know. I doubted myself too so i went into business school. well i got a job in the business world hated it and ended up going back for what i originally wanted to go for but doubted myself. dont make the same mistake i did. Do what you really want and believe that you can and you will

bonn_bai

bonn_bai

48 Posts

As with the above poster, I would be doubtful that assistants or techs make $50k+ per year without many many years of experience. I could be wrong, I just don't think they make as much as nursing. Possibly radiology might.

cmw6v8

cmw6v8

157 Posts

When I was researching these kinds of programs before I chose nursing, it still seems like any and all of them are going to be pretty competitive, in general. You will need good grades to get into any of them. You might have more luck looking into programs in less populated geographic areas. I was accepted the first time, no hassle, into a good nursing program at a small liberal arts college in a rural area. But a program I applied to at a major university nearby put me on the waitlist. Explore all your options, even if it means moving out of your comfort zone, literally.

That Guy, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab. Has 6 years experience. 3,421 Posts

Rad Tech programs can be pretty competitive too. My school has one and I would say it is much harder to get into that then nursing.

Nursesomeday0211

Nursesomeday0211

52 Posts

Health promotion and wellness is my degree and it is NOT competitive to get into. I live in the midwest and went to school in Minnesota for my degree. I love it and can still work in a hospital etc. Competitive salaries at hospitals start around 60K per year. Hope this helps.

Back2Nursing09

Back2Nursing09

171 Posts

well i dunno where you guy live but those occupations dont make as much as a nurse. Well as an RN. i know couple x ray techs and they are making in the lower 40's. this is after a couple yrs of being in the field. I think if you really wanna be a nurse you should apply to different schools. I just got into nursing school with a 3.4. you can get in just try another school. dont just pick another medical career based on money. you should pick your career based on what you want to do. trust me I know. I doubted myself too so i went into business school. well i got a job in the business world hated it and ended up going back for what i originally wanted to go for but doubted myself. dont make the same mistake i did. Do what you really want and believe that you can and you will

Thank you so much.This is very inspiring.