"As the skill gaps facing the healthcare sector continue to widen in the coming years, new approaches to training and upskilling will become an economic -- and societal -- imperative," said Dara Warn, Chief Outcomes Officer at Penn Foster.
"This is about not just addressing critical talent gaps for healthcare providers -- but also accelerating economic opportunity for job-seekers entering the country's highest-growth industry."
The new program was developed to respond directly to the growing demand for medical assistants, which are among the most in-demand occupations in the healthcare industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the medical assistant field will grow by 23% over the next decade, with as many as 100,000 job openings in the field each year.
Designed to provide working learners with a more flexible, streamlined path to career opportunities in healthcare, Penn Foster's diploma program combines online coursework with hands-on experience to prepare students for success as medical assistants. Through a combination of interactive online exercises and simulations, as well as a 160-hour externship program, the new diploma program can be completed more quickly and at a lower cost than a traditional associate's degree. The program's unique combination of career-aligned coursework and personalized coaching services will prepare students to complete the National Healthcareer Association's medical assistant certification once they graduate.
SOURCE Penn Foster
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