Continuing your education after high school can offer many benefits. Learning additional skills can raise your standard of living and sense of well-being. It can also lead to higher income and more opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time workers 25 and older with a high school diploma earned on average $749 a week. Those with some college (or an associate degree) earned an average of $874 a week. Bachelor’s degree holders had median weekly earnings of $1,281. That’s a considerable difference.
Brookline College provides many diploma and degree options that can lead to those higher salaries—right here in Albuquerque. Brookline’s main campus is located at 4201 Central Avenue NW, Suite J, Albuquerque, NM 87105. A second location, the Extension Educational Center, is located at 10131 Coors Blvd. NW, Suite I-01, Albuquerque, NM 87114.
Students who want to start their career in a short amount of time (as few as 8.5 months) may opt for a diploma program in one of three hot, in-demand health care programs. All three programs—available at the main campus—combine classroom instruction from faculty members who have industry expertise with hands-on learning in labs that replicate real-world settings:
- Medical Assistant. In this career, you’ll perform a wide variety of clinical and administrative duties to support physicians and other health care professionals.
- Medical Insurance Biller and Coder. In this role, you’ll analyze a patient’s chart, determine the diagnoses and procedures performed, and then assign a code based on a national classification system. It is essential for processing insurance claims and reimbursement for services.
- Patient Care Technician. Help doctors by doing some basic medical procedures, such as drawing blood, removing sutures and staples, and administering ECGs, and learn ER skills.
According to O*NET Online, all three professions are expected to realize higher-than-average job growth between 2016-2026: medical assistant (22 percent), medical insurance biller and coder (11 percent), and patient care technician (10 percent).
Associate degree programs
Whether you’re interested in a career in health, business or legal services, Brookline College’s main Albuquerque campus has a variety of programs at the associate degree level:
- Allied Health. Build on your allied health diploma and expand your knowledge of health care with this associate program. You may transfer up to 31.5 semester hours from your diploma program and earn your associate degree in as few as 30 weeks. The health care field is growing at a rate of 14 percent, adding about 1.9 million jobs per year.
- Business. Talk about a versatile career! With an Associate of Science in Business (ASB), you’ll have a strong foundation in business concepts and theory, managerial operations and effective communication strategies to work in marketing or business administration.
- Criminal Justice. Learn about inmate management, private security, criminal investigation, counterterrorism and more so you can help prevent crime and keep your community safe. Degree holders can work as a corrections officer, police officer, immigration or customs investigator, private detective and more.
- Paralegal. You are an attorney’s right-hand assistant, as you can help create legal documents, interview clients, do legal research and help in trial preparation. Paralegal careers are growing at a rate of 12 percent—much higher than average.
Bachelor of Science programs
Brookline College also offers Bachelor of Science programs in several in-demand fields: nursing, management, health care administration and criminal justice. All are offered at the main Albuquerque campus, but the two nursing programs are also offered at the Extension Educational Center.
- Nursing. There is a shortage of nurses, partially because RNs are retiring in record numbers, and partially because our rapidly aging population needs more medical care. At Brookline, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as few as 2.5 years and be on your way to a career that in New Mexico offers a median wage of $71,310.
- Nursing for Baccalaureate Degree Graduates. If you’re having second thoughts about the field you earned your bachelor’s in, you can get on the fast track to nursing in just 16 months of full-time study, 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
- Management. Go a step further in your business education with this online bachelor’s program, giving graduates opportunities to attain management positions. Have you dreamed of being an account manager? Marketing manager? Business analyst? Brookline prepares you for the challenge.
- Health Care Administration. Train for a leadership position in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office or medical device company. You’ll develop skills in administration, record keeping, human resources, medical law and ethics, and communication for a career that is expected to grow 18 percent between 2018-2028.
- Criminal Justice. This program goes a step beyond the associate program and can elevate your career opportunities. The program incorporates basic elements of liberal arts education and essential elements of law enforcement and legal studies.
Brookline College in Albuquerque offers everything you need for a great education: expert instructors, a balanced curriculum, classroom and hands-on learning, convenient schedules, fast-track learning opportunities, an accessible campus, financial aid for those who qualify and graduate career services.
Programs may vary by location.
You don’t have to go far from home for an education that can open the door to a rewarding career. Brookline College in Albuquerque offers a variety of diploma and degree programs in hot, in-demand fields.