Cincinnati State, Highpoint Health expand clinical training options
For residents of Southeastern Indiana and the Harrison, Ohio area interested in working in the fast-growing health care industry, a new affiliation agreement between Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Highpoint Health may provide them with the opportunity to complete their clinical training close to home.
While the previous agreement between the two entities provided clinical training options in several health care specialties, the new agreement expands that to include almost every health care specialty for which Cincinnati State offers an associate degree program including:
diagnostic medical sonography
medical laboratory technology
occupational therapy assistant technology
respiratory care technology
“Our health care programs have exceptional completion and job placement rates, and many students end up being offered a job where they do their clinical training,” said Janelle McCord, dean of Cincinnati State’s Health and Public Safety Division. “This new agreement will provide students with a head start in getting a job close to where they live.”
In all health care programs except nursing, students from Southeast Indiana pay in-state tuition rates at Cincinnati State due to a “tuition-reciprocity agreement” between the two states.
“In the coming years we anticipate a significant decrease in candidates applying for health care positions. It is important that all of us find ways to make certain that the employee candidate pool continues to grow,” said Angela Scudder, chief nursing office of Highpoint Health.
“At Highpoint Health we feel it is imperative that we partner with our surrounding academia and provide clinical experiences that will further professional growth. In this way we hope to support a growing number of professional candidates in all fields of health care.”
Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg also offers programs in nursing, practical nursing, and medical assisting.
The health care industry is projected to add more jobs than any other occupational group, according to the United States Department of Labor.
Employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.
This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for health care services.
The Department of Labor also notes that the median annual wage for health care practitioners and technical occupations is also significantly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.