Distance education has opened up opportunities for many rewarding careers. Two of these are ultrasound technicians and veterinarians. DE provides an ideal solution for those who don’t like the idea of attending traditional classrooms, or who are obtaining their degrees while they hold a job. Because studying is done at home, the hours are flexible and you can choose when to complete your coursework.
A high school diploma and some clinical hands-on experience may be required in order to get accepted into the program. Each school has its own prerequisites, so it’s important to do your own research before choosing a school.
Education and training
Ultrasound technician programs generally use a hybrid approach; that is, there is a combination of distance education courses as well as in-class work. Majors include Associates of Applied Science, Bachelors of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Bachelors of Science. They generally take between 2-3 years to complete.
Job opportunities & salary
Once training is completed, there are many different career opportunities to explore. Placements could be in doctor’s offices, hospitals, clinics, and universities. Salaries can range from $65,000 to $95,000 depending upon the specialty chosen. Specialty fields require more training, both in class and practical hands-on placements.
If you want to become a veterinarian, having a passion for animals is key! This can be an extremely rewarding career and you can gain immense satisfaction knowing you are caring for creatures that can’t care for themselves. If you already have a job or other commitments, learning online can be an ideal option.
A high school diploma is needed, and it helps to have completed courses in biology, science, anatomy, physics and chemistry. English and communication skills will also be helpful in this career.
Education and tranining
Admissions tests or exams may be required in order to get accepted into the program. Most programs use a hybrid style of learning which means you’ll have a combination of distance learning courses as well as in-class work. Hands-on experience via placements may also be part of the program. Once you’ve completed your coursework, you must pass the Veterinarian Technician National Exam to get your license and start practicing as a Vet. Generally, the programs take four to five years to complete. Specialized training can take up to two more years.
Job opportunities and salary
There are several opportunities available once you’ve graduated from the program. You can start your own practice which means building from the ground up. You’ll have to purchase all your equipment, attract new clients, and search for a location that is convenient and cost-effective. This can take a big outlay of cash.
Another avenue is to buy an existing practice. Usually this opportunity arises when one vet either retires or moves away. In this case, all of the equipment is already know, the client base is established and you don’t have to worry about selecting a location. This is a much easier option, but also requires a big outlay of cash.
Distance learning is an ideal choice if you want the convenience of learning at home, on your own time.