Programs and pathways to healthcare jobs

BOOST offers a range of pathways to healthcare careers.  A healthcare credential can be earned in as little as three months and put you on a path to a new career. 

Take a look at the tables below for a brief overview of careers and their earning potential, or for more information on stackable credentials and how they can be used to further career prospects in a medical career, go to the Stackable Credentials page.

 

 

Credential and career options

The following are stackable credentials currently offered by BOOST or in partnership with BOOST.

 

Nurse Aide

Median income in NC $10.60 an hour or $22,000 a year
Brief job description Provides basic patient care under the direction of a nursing staff
   
 

EMT or Paramedic

Median income in NC $14.99/hour or $31,200/year
Brief job description Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care and extricate trapped individuals
   
 

Emergency Medical Science

Median income in NC $18.00/hr – $23.00/hour or $37,440/year
Brief job description Assess injuries, administer medical care and extricate trapped individuals.
   
 

Phlebotomist

Median income in NC $13.10/hour or $27,200/year
Brief job description Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations or research.
   
 

ECG/EKG Technician

Median income in NC $9.00-$20.00 an hour or $20,000-$42,000 a year
Brief job description Use electrocardiogram instruments to monitor the heart function of patients.
   

 

Beyond certificates

With a credential in hand, it is possible to pursue a healthcare diploma or associate's degree to advance your career.

 

Associate Degree in Nursing

Median income in NC $27.88 an hour or $58,000 a year
Brief job description Perform and assess patient health problems, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
   
 

Radiography

Median income in NC $24.95 an hour or $51,900 a year.
Brief job description Take X-Rays and CAT scans for diagnostic purposes.
   
 

Respiratory Therapy

Median income in NC $24.96 an hour or $51,900 a year
Brief job description Assess, treat and care for people with breathing disorders
   
 

Practical Nursing

Median income in NC $19.93 an hour or $41,500 a year
Brief job description Care for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, group homes and similar institutions.
   
 

Surgical Technology

Median income in NC $18.51 an hour or $38,500 a year
Brief job description Assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other surgical personnel.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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