Health careers

Help others heal with these degrees and diplomas at Robeson Community College

If you’re the kind of person who loves helping others, turn your talents into a paycheck with a health therapy career.

Everyone knows that job opportunities in healthcare are booming. Even better, many of these high-demand, good-paying healthcare careers require just two years of college to get started. That’s two good reasons to consider these professions.

Help others heal with these two-year degrees

Surgical Technology

In the Surgical Technology one-year program students are taught to assist in the care of surgical patients in the operating room and to function as members of the surgical team. They apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations. Many graduates choose to work in areas related to surgery such as central sterile supply, private scrub, the OB department, endoscopy, or instrument sales.

Respiratory Therapy

When patients need therapy for conditions that affect breathing, it’s usually a respiratory therapist who provides it. Respiratory therapists see many different kinds of patients each day, perhaps newborns on a ventilator, or patients in critical care, emergency rooms and after surgery.


A radiographer works as a skilled health care professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body. Course work includes clinical rotations in area health care facilities, radiographic exposure, image processing, radiographic procedures, physics, pathology, patient care and management, radiation protection, quality assurance, anatomy and physiology, and radiobiology. Employment can be found in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing one-year curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. LPNs enjoy working in hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health care facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Associate Degree Nursing

Seven of the ten fastest growing careers are in healthcare, with Registered Nurses in especially high demand. The Labor Department projects the addition of about 440,000 new job openings for RNs through 2024, and nearly 700,000 retirements in the field. This makes a nursing degree a sure bet.