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Fort Collins, Colorado – September 29, 2010
– This week, McKinley College begins offering classes in its new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Medical Specialties. The 100% online program prepares graduates for entry-level jobs in six high-demand healthcare professions: medical claims and billing specialist, medical coding specialist, medical transcriptionist, patient care technician, pharmacy technician and medical assistant. Like all of McKinley’s AAS degree programs, Medical Specialties is accredited through the nationally recognized Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in Washington, DC.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, more than 25 percent of all U.S. jobs created in the next eight years will be in the healthcare and social assistance industries. With comprehensive cross-training in six essential healthcare areas, an AAS-Medical Specialties grad will be well-positioned for a variety of jobs in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, retail pharmacies, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, or for home-based self-employment. Having the range of skills acquired in the program can help a grad meet goals that are elusive in today’s economy: to have both job choice and security.

“In today’s job market, training for a healthcare position is a sound strategy,” says Ann Rohr, president of McKinley College. “Our new AAS program in Medical Specialties is perfect for people ready to make a move into healthcare but not certain of which career to pursue. In as little as 16 months, students can gain marketable skills in six healthcare fields and graduate with excellent employment prospects.”

Like McKinley’s other AAS programs, Medical Specialties is especially well suited to today’s workforce. Students can complete their online lessons when and where convenient. Not being bound to the schedule of a traditional classroom, they can save both time and money while studying. They may enroll in five terms a year, each lasting 9 or 10 weeks, with the goal of completing 22 hours of general education courses and 42 hours of core courses. Through the innovative use of Virtual Labs, students will learn correct procedures for patient care, medical lab work and clinical office duties.

“Like all businesses today, healthcare businesses are looking for employees who can fill a variety of staff needs,” says Ann Rohr. “From the first day on the job, a Medical Specialties grad will be ready to perform many essential healthcare tasks. Grads will also be equipped for self-employment – they can subcontract services such as medical billing or medical transcription to healthcare sites. A Medical Specialties degree will give grads employment options and leverage. We’re excited to offer such a great launch pad into healthcare. ”

McKinley College is one of three schools whose parent company is Weston Distance Learning Inc. (Fort Collins, Colorado). The other two Weston schools are At-Home Professions and U.S. Career Institute. Each school enrolls students nationwide. Weston courses allow students to train at home, in their own time, for employment in fields shown to offer reliable job prospects and sound earning potential. State approval is issued by the Colorado Department of Education’s Division of Private Occupational Schools. McKinley College is approved for GI Bill, VA and DANTES military education benefits. To learn more about Weston Distance Learning, visit http://www.westondistancelearning.com/.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Ann Rohr, call marketing director Kevin White at (866) 250-7049 or email Kevin at KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.

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