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How long does it take to enter a medical career? Explore the education and experience timelines of today’s most popular careers in healthcare.

3-6 Months

  • Community Health Worker (OJT)
  • Dental Assistant (OJT)
  • Emergency Medical Technician- Basic C
  • Home Health Aid (OJT,C)
  • Medical Interpreter C
  • Medical Secretary
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Personal Care Aid
  • Phlebotomist

6-12 Months

  • Dental Assistant C
  • Emergency Medical Technician C
  • Massage Therapist C
  • Medical Assistant C
  • Medical Coder C
  • Medical Transcriptionist C



OJT - On the job training
C - Certificate
D - Diploma
A - Associate Degree
PAC - Post associate degree certification
B - Bachelor’s degree
PBC - Post-baccalaureate certificate
M - Master’s degree
PMC - Post- Master’s certificate
DOC - Doctoral Degree

1-2 Years

  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (D)
  • Dental Assistant(D)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse(D)
  • Massage Therapist (D)
  • Medical Assistant (D)
  • Medical Coder (D)
  • Medical Secretary (D)
  • Optician (D)
  • Paramedic (D)
  • Pharmacy Technician (D)
  • Polysomnographic Technologist (D)
  • Surgical Technologist (D)
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (A,PAC)
  • Cardiovascular Technologist (A)
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician (A)
  • Dental Hygienist (A)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (A,PAC)
  • Dietetic Technician (A)
  • Health Information Technician (A)
  • Histotechnician (A, PAC)
  • Human Services Worker (A)
  • Medical Assistant (A)
  • Medical Secretary (A)
  • Neurodiagnostic Technologist (A,PAC)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (A)
  • Optician (A)
  • Paramedic (A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (A)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)
  • Polysomnographic Technologist (PAC)
  • Athletic Trainer (B)
  • Biomedical Engineer (B)
  • Cardiovascular Technologist (B, PBC)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist (B, PBC)
  • Cytogenetic Technologist (B, OJT)
  • Cytotechnologist (PBC)
  • Dental Hygienist (B)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (B)
  • Dietitian (B)
  • Environmental Health Specialist (B)
  • Exercise Physiologist (B)
  • Healthcare administrator (B)
  • Health Educator (B)
  • Health Informatics Professional (B,PBC)
  • Health Information Administrator (B)
  • Histotechnologist (B, PBC)
  • Human Services Worker (B)
  • Medical Dosimetrist (PBC)
  • Acupuncturist (M,DOC)
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant (M)
  • Art Therapist (M)
  • Athletic Trainer (M, DOC)
  • Biomedical Engineer (M,DOC)
  • Biostatician (M, DOC)
  • Chiropractor (DOC)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist (M)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (M, PMC)
  • Counselor (M, DOC)
  • Cytotechnologist (M)
  • Dance/Movement Therapist (M)
  • Dentist (DOC)
  • Dietitian (M,DOC)
  • Doctor of Medicine (DOC)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DOC)
  • Drama Therapist (M)
  • Environmental Health Specialist (M,DOC)
  • Epidemiologist (M, DOC)
  • Exercise Physiologist (M)
  • Genetic Counselor (M)
  • Geneticist (M,DOC)
  • Healthcare Administrator (M,DOC)

2-3 Years

  • Radiation Therapist (A, PAC)
  • Radiologic Technologist (A)
  • Registered Nurse (A)
  • Respiratory Therapist (A)
  • Surgical Technologist (A)
  • Veterinary Technician (A)

4-5 years

  • Music Therapist (B)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (B)
  • Perfusionist (B, PBC)
  • Radiation Therapist (B, PBC)
  • Radiologic Technologist (PAC, B)
  • Recreational Therapist (B)
  • Registered Nurse (B)
  • Respiratory Therapist (B)
  • Social Worker (B)


  • Health Educator (M, DOC)
  • Health Informatics Professional (M,DOC)
  • Health Sciences Librarian (M, DOC)
  • Medical Illustrator (M)
  • Music Therapist (M)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (DOC)
  • Nurse Educator (M,PMC,DOC)
  • Nurse Midwife (M, PMC)
  • Nurse Practitioner (M, PMC, DOC)
  • Occupational Therapist (M)
  • Optometrist (DOC)
  • Orthotist (M)
  • Perfusionist (M)
  • Pharmacist (DOC)
  • Physical Therapist (DOC)
  • Physician assistant (M)
  • Podiatrist (DOC)
  • Prosthetist (M)
  • Psychologist (DOC)
  • Registered Nurse (M, DOC)
  • Social Worker (M, DOC)
  • Speech- Language Pathologist (M, DOC)
  • Veterinarian (DOC)

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