The math is simple: we need more healthcare workers.
Education and certification are the driving forces behind getting more people into vital healthcare jobs. Francis Tuttle Technology Center offers a clear and affordable path into the nursing profession.
“Healthcare facilities across Oklahoma are experiencing a staff shortage, but we are passionate about filling this skills gap and training these crucial healthcare workers,” said Stephanie Harris, Director of Health Sciences. “We have full-time career training programs, flexible health class offerings, and customized courses to help meet our industry’s needs. We partner with leaders in Oklahoma’s healthcare industry to ensure that our hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, and medical offices have highly-trained staff to provide world-class healthcare for their patients.”
Practical Nursing is a popular program for those seeking a career as a nurse in Oklahoma. Certified Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) provide direct care to patients in hospitals, home health, doctors’ offices, clinics, and other healthcare settings.
Students in the Practical Nursing program learn in real-world settings. They complete tasks in on-campus labs designed to mimic a hospital, complete with the machines and tools they will use as professionals.
Clinicals – often the final step to becoming certified – provide students with experience in professional settings. Students take clinicals at local hospitals where they work alongside healthcare professionals, and these experiences sometimes lead directly to job opportunities.
For those who want to pursue something different in nursing, the Respiratory Care Therapist program offers entry into an area of medicine that is increasingly in need. Due to many factors, Oklahoma has a higher-than-average number of patients who endure chronic breathing problems. The COVID-19 pandemic only made this worse.
Respiratory Care Therapists help these patients overcome the daily challenges they face. Students learn in a hands-on environment surrounded by the tools and machines they will use professionally.
Practical Nursing and Respiratory Care are top-notch programs for post-secondary students. Still, there are other ways for students to find a career in nursing. Pre-Nursing is open to high school and post-secondary students and offers various certifications related to nursing.
Depending on the student’s plan, they can become certified as an Advanced Unlicensed Assistant, a Certified Medical Assistant, or a Nurse Aid (CNA) through the Pre-Nursing program. Pre-Nursing students can also attend the program part-time, meaning they can seek a certification while they work.
Similarly, Francis Tuttle offers Flexible Health classes to earn nursing certifications. These classes are open for a set amount of time, during which students can attend until they reach the necessary hours.
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