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Health care jobs have grown considerably over the past two decades. In February, employers posted more than 130,000 job ads for health care jobs, a thirty-three percent increase compared to February 2012.
In addition to the volume of job ads increasing the number of employers looking to hire health care workers grew in the past year. More than 15,100 employers advertised job openings in February, up from about 13,000 last year. The employer with the most job ads was the U.S Air force, which placed more than 3,300 ads during February.
By far, registered nurses were the most advertised job, with more than 56,000 unique job postings in this time period, accounting for about forty-one percent of the health care hiring demand.
Other health care positions in demand were physical therapists, occupational therapists, licensed practical nurse, phlebotomist, nursing assistants, certified medical business offices, and speech-language pathologists.
Across all health care jobs, the fifteen tools and technologies most often required of candidates included electronic medical records, Microsoft Office, personal protective equipment, orthotics, medical information, Microsoft word, word processing, Microsoft PowerPoint, orthotic devices, catheters, calculators, pulleys, ambulances, personnel management and telemetry units. Many of these tools are taught and implemented in our program. We strive to raise the bar in providing phlebotomists, nursing assistants, and EKG technicians with knowledge, but most importantly, CONFIDENCE. We take pride in our ability to teach to those with disabilities or diverse situations. Improving our community one student at a time is our goal.
At Arkansas College of Health Careers, we empower students from all walks of life to achieve professional and personal success in a dynamic and diverse medical field by providing a comprehensive and supportive educational experience. We foster academic integrity, and encourage lifelong learning. Our mission is to inspire our students to apply their acquired skills and knowledge, and to rely upon their personal attributes to build their confidence in order to lead productive lives and to become contributing members of the medical community. We take pride in our small classes which allow us to provide one-on-one attention to our students and encourage their ability to succeed in the medical field.
Recognizing the demand for highly qualified healthcare professionals, Dr. Rutledge, Dr. Williams, and Dr. Ridley founded Arkansas College of Health Careers. We are the only school of our kind in which courses are taught by current practicing physicians and medical professionals in a small personalized setting. Doctors Rutledge and Williams have alliances with numerous providers throughout the state that will serve as clinic preceptor sites to augment the training of students.
ACHC recognizes & responds to student needs through convenient evening classes that are small and intimate with services focusing on our students as individuals. We take pride in our efforts regarding career preparation, emphasizing the practical applications of learning in order to build a bridge to employment. Developing students’ interpersonal skills is critical to personal workplace success, such as self-management, leadership, integrity and social communication. We engage and collaborate with employers to provide educated, ethical, and responsible leaders for a global society. We are responsible and constructive members of the community who strive to lead by example, thereby encouraging students to do the same.
Application for admissions may be made at any time during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Apply in person at the ACHC Admissions Office or schedule an appointment with one of our Admissions Representatives.
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States may enroll at ACHC with an appropriate student visa granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Applicants who have previous training or related work experience may be issued course credit. Credit may only be granted on the basis of a written evaluation by an authorized school official. Credit may not be issued for more than 50% of any program or dated course work.
Arkansas College of Health Careers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation in any of its programs, services or activities.
We offer scholarship funding to assist you with tuition. Your tuition covers all costs including but not limited to books, embroidered scrubs, and any exam fees or lab tools used throughout your course. Discuss scholarship funding with our Financial Aid Representative and begin your exciting new career!
Dr. William L. Rutledge currently is in private practice in Little Rock, after spending four years as the medical director of Forest Park Medical Clinic and Cumberland Park Medical Clinic, as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member in the biology department of Arkansas Baptist College. For nearly two years prior he was a research assistant professor for University of Arkansas’ Department of Surgery. Dr. Rutledge spent a handful of years before as a staff physician, educator, and medical director, preceded by 16 years as a general surgeon for Arkansas Surgical Associates/William L. Rutledge M.D., P.A.
He also performed duties as a surgeon for Arkansas Trauma Surgeons, LLC from 1997 to 2000, and was the medical director for Meharry Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1982 to 1984. He has been a member of the Matthew Walker Surgical Society and Arkansas Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Association since 1984, serving as President, Assistant Treasurer, and Secretary throughout the last 26 years. Dr. Rutledge has dozens of published articles, has presented at various seminars, and has contributed to several research projects during his tenure as a medical professional.
"Do you accept financial aid?"
We can accept assistance from Arkansas Workforce, Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
How many months do I have to attend class before I'm certified?
Depending on the course, you could be certified in 5 weeks! We take pride in our structured courses made specifically for qualified and expedited training and credentials.
I work during the day. How can I attend your college?
Our class times are Monday - Friday from 5:45 P.M. until 9:45 P.M.
What if I can't afford the tuition up front?
We offer flexible payment plans! Discuss payments and scholarship funds with our financial aid representative. We are glad to help assist you in every way we are able.