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Area colleges can expand job opportunities for students

For area residents who are in college, or already have a college degree, and looking for programs that will add to their job versatility, there are many schools to choose from in the area. Adding skills, knowledge and certificates to a resume is one way to broaden one’s qualifications in the current job market.

Two professions that offer good job prospects, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are healthcare and communications. Although not all jobs in these areas require college degrees, a degree and further training help some job applicants attain more profitable employment.

Advances in medical technology and a growing emphasis on preventative health care are continuing to grow the job market in nursing. As in any field, the more training a nurse has, the more jobs she, or he, can qualify for in any particular healthcare setting.

At the California State University San Marcos School of Nursing, a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) can complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) and, upon graduation, take the NCLEX State Board Examination (RN Nursing License). Students who have a degree in another field can enroll in the Accelerated BSN program, which prepares them to take the RN exam.

The college’s Extended Learning division has a RN (Registered Nurse) to BSN program in which a working registered nurse can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, taking classes that generally meet one day per week.

Students in the RN to MSN (Master of Science degree in Nursing) program have three specialties to choose from for their master’s degree: nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist (in one of four options, adult health, pediatrics, gerontology or psychiatric/mental health) or clinical nurse leader. The students also earn a BSN degree as they fulfill undergraduate requirements. Those who already have a BSN can earn a MSN in one of those same three concentrations through Extended Learning.

The Accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and MSN programs are also offered at the college’s Temecula campus which is relocating to 43890 Margarita Road later this month. More information is at http://www.csusm.edu/el/temecula.html or by phone at (951) 676-9254.

Similar to students in nursing programs, communication majors can specialize in subjects that increase their job options. Education in the technical aspects of media is helpful to have as well as knowledge in the subject areas pertaining to the specific job students are interested in pursuing.

Bianca Verdin, a local graduate student and writer who majored in broadcast journalism, said “some of the best courses to take are business communications courses (dealing with corporate jargon and meetings), speech writing (for political jobs) and public relations classes. That’ll really give someone an edge.” She added that “taking any language class, especially Spanish, or a graphic design class will help, too; it lets you do multiple jobs, if needed.”

One option for schooling in this field is National University which offers master degrees, as well as bachelor’s degrees, in both digital journalism (newspaper, magazine, broadcast and Web-based formats) and strategic communications (public relations, advertising, and marketing and corporate communication).

These courses of study are among those offered online through the National University Temecula Online Information Center, 40705 Winchester Road, Suite 5, where advisors are available to help each student find the right educational path to their career goals. The center can also be reached at (951) 296-1220 and more information can be found at http://www.nu.edu.

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