Health care is an excellent career choice with many diverse jobs and a strong outlook for employment. Thanks to advances in medicine and medical technology, people are enjoying longer, fuller lives. But our aging population requires a strong continuum of care delivered in new innovative ways.

Of all occupations expected to grow, eight out of 20 are health related.**

Health care is one of the largest employers in our region. There are hundreds of challenging healthcare jobs from direct caregivers to technicians and support staff. Opportunities in most fields are considered “good” to “excellent.”**


  • Dental Hygiene

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Lake Superior College’s comprehensive Dental Hygiene Program offers a challenging curriculum that prepares the students academically as well as providing hands-on experience working with patients in the on-site clinic facility. One year of pre-technical college courses and a job shadowing experience is necessary for admission into the program. Twenty students are admitted into the program each fall. Students also have the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees after graduation through articulation agreements with other colleges and universities. Through this wide range of experiences, LSC dental hygiene students graduate with a thorough understanding of dental hygiene practices and a variety of experiences in treating patients in a caring and professional manner. LSC’s Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the status of “approval without reporting requirements.”

    What are the outcomes?

    Students who complete the program will leave with the skills to provide current, comprehensive dental hygiene services and may find employment in a variety of settings, such as in private dental offices, schools, hospitals, clinics, public health agencies and more.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average hourly wage for dental hygienists is $34.07 per hour.*
    Choose your career option:A.A.S.

  • Dialysis Patient Care Technician^

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    The Lake Superior College Dialysis Patient Care Technician Program is an online program which offers an exciting opportunity for students to become technicians in this growing field. A Dialysis Patient Care Technician has special training in the operation of hemodialysis equipment, and performs specified dialysis patient care procedures under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.

    Dialysis is a process of cleaning impurities or wastes from the blood of patients diagnosed with kidney failure. Currently, more than 300,000 people in the United States receive dialysis on an ongoing basis. Note: Students must complete a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide course which can be completed at LSC or obtained anywhere and transferred to LSC. Students can earn certification through testing upon completing 6 months on the job. The program is a certificate program offered in two formats:

    Dialysis Patent Care Technician (Theory) Certificate:This 16-credit certificate provides students with the fundamental theoretical knowledge only. Students completing this certificate would require on-the-job clinical training upon hire at a dialysis facility. Apply for this theory program first. You may decide to add the clinical program later if you are interested.

    Dialysis Patient Care Technician (Clinical and Theory) Advanced Certificate: This 21-credit certificate provides the student with the fundamental theoretical knowledge and also includes a structured clinical internship experience, arranged by the student, at a dialysis facility. A state background study is required for the Clinical program. The student must pass the background study to be admitted into the program. Students completing the advanced certificate will require on-the-job skill training upon hire at a dialysis facility.

    What are the outcomes?

    Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to work in a dialysis center. Once employed for a required length of time, a dialysis patient care technician will need to obtain certification.
    Choose your Degree Option: CERT

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Carleen Ronchetti at (218) 733-5926 or c.ronchetti@ lsc.edu, or Rochelle Louma at (218) 733-2000 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Massage Therapist

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Students in the massage therapy program at Lake Superior College have the opportunity to be involved in an experiential and holistic approach to massage. Students learn by hands-on practice with 630 hours of experience. They also learn to recognize and appreciate how massage influences a client’s emotional and spiritual life as well as their physical being.

    Upon completion of the program, massage therapists may apply their skills in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, health clubs, spas, hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, chiropractic offices, massage clinics and private practice.

    What are the outcomes?

    Graduates of the massage therapy program are well-grounded in the art, science and business of massage. Students leave the program with a business plan in hand and qualify to take the National Certification Test for Massage Therapists.

    Salary Range: The average Minnesota wage for massage therapists is $18.82 per hour.**
    Choose your Degree Option: DIP

    Career Outlook

    Nationally, the need for massage therapists is expected to grow by 20 percent between 2010-2020.*

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: David Burson, program director, at (218) 733-5921, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601, or online at www.lsc.edu/admissions/.

  • Medical Assisting

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    The Lake Superior College Medical Assistant Program combines lecture and demonstration with practice and discussion. Learning is best accomplished by doing and students are encouraged to participate in the process. Clinical experience is the hallmark of the program, offering the kind of hands-on approach to learning that gives LSC medical assisting graduates an advantage during their search for employment.

    The Lake Superior College Medical Assisting diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    1361 Park Street
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    (727) 210-2350

    What are the outcomes?

    Graduates of Lake Superior College’s Medical Assisting Program are eligible to take the national accreditation exam to become a certified medical assistant. Graduates of the program will have the necessary skills to seek employment in a variety of settings, including doctors’ offices, hospitals and in other settings such as chiropractic offices and vision centers.

    Salary Range: The average wage in the Northeast region of Minnesota for a medical assistant is $15.61. Wages vary by region. Please see www.iseek.org for more information.
    Choose your Degree Option: DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Jennifer St. Arnold, program director, at (218) 733-5965, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program provides students with entry level knowledge and technical skills required to work in a medical laboratory. They are also trained in phlebotomy and specimen collection skills. Lab technicians test a variety of specimens (blood, body fluids, tissues and cells) as they check for abnormalities or diseases, and work in four main medical lab departments: hematology, chemistry, microbiology, and transfusion services. They work with physicians and other health care professionals as they communicate test results and work to resolve diagnostic/testing discrepancies.

    Upon completion of the medical laboratory technician program, students will have the necessary skills to gain employment in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician office labs, environmental, industrial and research facilities.

    What are the outcomes?

    Because of high demand, Lake Superior Colleges’ medical programs fill up rapidly and may have a list of students waiting to get into the program for the next available start. The best thing you can do is apply right away.
    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average wage for a medical laboratory technician is $21.18 per hour.**

    Choose your Degree Option: A.A.S.

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Mary Grace Werner, program director, at (218) 733-7679, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu. Program accredited by: NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773-714-8880.

  • Nursing

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Our nursing programs start with the basics. Students work in a lab setting on campus prior to working in a clinical environment such as local hospitals or long-term care facilities.

    The Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program prepares students to take the state certification test which places them on the MN Nursing Assistant Registry. Being a NA/HHA is a rewarding career in itself, or a solid stepping stone toward a career in professional nursing. This program consists of 100 hours of class and onsite training in a long term care facility. Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average wage for nursing assistants is $13.10 per hour according to www.iseek.org.*

    The Practical Nursing Program is a 40-credit diploma program designed for students who are nursing assistants, CMA, CNA, Military Medics to complete a two semester program of study after completion of required pre-technical courses in practical nursing that utilizes both theory and clinical course work as well as laboratory simulation. Upon completion of this program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses). Graduates of this program, once licensed, are eligible to apply to the Nursing AAS/LPN Advanced Standing Track program to further their education in nursing. Salary Range: The average wage in Minnesota for licensed practical nurses is $19.42 per hour.*

    The Nursing AAS/Advanced Standing LPN Track Program is a 69-credit program designed for licensed practical nurses who wish to further their education and become a registered nurse. The Nursing AAS/Advanced Standing LPN Track grants practical nurses licensed in Minnesota, 14 credits of advanced standing. This is a three-semester program after
    completion of required pre-technical courses that utilizes both theory and clinical course work as well as laboratory simulation. Upon completion of this program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates of this program may apply to another college or university to pursue a bachelors degree in nursing after completing their AAS degree and becoming a registered nurse.

    The Nursing AAS Program is a 69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. The Nursing AAS Program prepares students who are nursing assistants, CMA, CNA, Military Medics to complete a four semester program of study after completion of required pre-technical courses in professional nursing that utilizes both theory and clinical course work as well as laboratory simulation. Upon completion of this program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates of this program may apply to another college or university to pursue a bachelors degree in nursing after completing their AAS degree and becoming a registered nurse.

    Salary Range: The average wage in Minnesota for registered nurses is $36.32 per hour.*

    Choose your Degree Option: A.A.S.DIPCERT

  • Phlebotomy

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    The Lake Superior College Phlebotomy Program is a short but intense course of study that prepares students to obtain blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary/skin puncture and to facilitate the collection and transportation of other clinical specimens. The program includes courses in medical terminology, basic laboratory techniques and specimen collection skills as well as an internship experience. Healthcare practitioners recognize how important skilled phlebotomists are to patient satisfaction at hospitals and clinics. Healthcare providers also recognize how important knowledge and skills are to collecting quality specimens for lab testing.

    What are the outcomes?

    Upon completion of the program, students will have the necessary skills to seek employment in a variety of settings, including hospitals, physician’s offices and in medical and diagnostic laboratories, donor centers and other outpatient care centers (i.e. plasma collection centers).

    Salary Range: For LSC Graduates Class of 2010, median entry level wage for phlebotomists is $12.40 per hour.*

    Career Outlook

    The U.S. Dept. of Labor has projected that employment of all clinical laboratory technicians, including phlebotomists, will grow by 16 percent between 2008 and 2018.

    Choose your Degree Option:CERT

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Mary Grace Werner, program director, at (218) 733-7679, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Lake Superior College offers a learning environment like no other in the nation! The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Lake Superior College operates an outpatient physical therapy (PT) clinic on campus. Here PTA students, working along side physical therapist students from The College of St. Scholastica, provide low-cost PT services to members of the community under the supervision of faculty members. In addition, students participate in clinical experiences off campus. This hands-on, real world approach to learning and the experience gained gives LSC PTA graduates an advantage during the search for employment.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lake Superior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org

    What are the outcomes?

    Upon completion of the two-year PTA program, students will have the necessary skills to assist physical therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, private offices, outpatient clinics and others.

    Salary Range:In Minnesota, the average hourly rate is $21.29.**
    Choose your Degree Option:A.A.S.

    How do I get started?

    Contact Lake Superior College’s Student Services to find out specific admissions information. Acceptance into the program requires that students test at a certain level in reading, writing and math when taking the LSC Accuplacer® test and successfully complete pre-technical classes. This program requires a “Pre-requisite Verification Form” to be completed in order to be considered for the program. To help ensure that our PTA program is a good fit, LSC requires students to have 40 hours of documented observation/volunteer time in two different physical therapy settings (clinic, hospital, private practice, etc.). For more details, check online at www.lsc.edu. The deadline for application to the PTA program is March 1st. Visit the PTA Program Blog for entry forms. For more details, check online at www.lsc.edu/admissions/.

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Jane Worley, program director, at (218) 733-7632, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601, (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601 or via e-mail at j.worley@lsc.edu. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Radiologic Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    The Radiologic Technology Program provides students a full learning experience of both classroom instruction at the Duluth campus and clinical instruction at sites located throughout the region. During the program students will gain knowledge in physics, anatomy, physiology, current imaging technology, and basic patient care. The clinical aspect of the program is a crucial component, and offers students time to learn from doing while in a real medical setting.

    Clinical Radiography Sites: Lake Superior College has four clinical sites located in Duluth, with outreach sites at the following locations: Bemidji, Crosby, Ely, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Moose Lake, Aitkin, Deer River, Ashland and Ironwood.

    What are the outcomes?

    The future for radiologic technologists is exciting! Career opportunities for graduates are diverse. They may work in hospitals, clinics, health care facilities, industrial plants, research centers and government agencies.

    Graduates can further their education and clinical skills in specialized imaging modalities, such as Mammography, CT, MRI, Radiation Therapy, Sonography and more.

    The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) provides Lake Superior College program data information pertaining to the following on an annual basis:

    -Credentialing Examination Pass Rate
    -Job Placement Rate
    -Program Completion

    Salary Range: The average hourly wage in Minnesota for radiologic technologists is $28.72.**

    Choose your Degree Option:A.A.S.

    How do I get started?

    Contact Lake Superior College’s Student Services for specific admissions information. Acceptance into the program requires that students test at a certain level in reading, writing when taking the LSC Accuplacer® test. Students will also need to successfully complete a series of pre-requisite and pre-technical classes before they begin program classes. To assure acceptance into the program as soon as possible, interested students are encouraged to apply early. For more details, check online at www.lsc.edu/admissions/.

    Want to learn more?

    Contact Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601 or contact Britni Hardy, program director, at (218) 733-7713 or b.hardy@lsc.edu. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Respiratory Therapy

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Lake Superior College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in respiratory therapy. The program offers students a solid understanding of the technical aspects of treating respiratory problems. They will also learn the softer skills of working in a professional manner with a wide variety of patients and working closely with supervising physicians. The Lake Superior College Respiratory Therapy Program combines lecture and demonstration with practice and discussion. Students are provided diverse clinical experiences with opportunities to train in a variety of medical settings in the region.

    What are the outcomes?

    Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NBRC credentialing exams, which are required for licensure. Upon successful completion of the exams, the graduate will be awarded the credentials of Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T.). Employment is available in a variety of settings, including diagnostic labs, hospitals, clinics, home care and industry.

    Salary Range: The average hourly wage in Minnesota is $29.82.**
    Choose your Degree Option:A.A.S.

    How do I get started?

    Contact Lake Superior College’s Student Services for specific admissions information. Acceptance into this program requires that students test at a certain level in reading, writing and math when taking the LSC Accuplacer® test. Interested students are encouraged to apply early. For more details, check online at www.lsc.edu/admissions/.

    Want to learn more?

    Contact Cynthia Annable, program director, at (218) 733-5925 or c.annable@lsc.edu, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Surgical Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Lake Superior College’s Surgical Technology Program is offered as either a AAS degree or diploma. It is an intense and demanding course of study that prepares graduates for work in a surgical setting. The program combines lecture and demonstration with practice and discussion. To ensure success, students must be dedicated and highly motivated. Learning is best accomplished by doing and at Lake Superior College, students are encouraged to participate in the process. This hands-on approach to learning gives LSC Surgical Technology graduates an advantage during the search for employment.

    What are the outcomes?

    Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Program, students will demonstrate the necessary skills to gain employment in a variety of surgical settings. While hospitals will continue to be the primary employer, employment growth is expected in offices of physicians and in outpatient care centers.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average wage for surgical technologists is $23.70 per hour.**
    Choose your Degree Option:A.A.S.DIP

    How do I get started?

    Contact Lake Superior College’s Student Services for specific admissions information. Acceptance into this program requires that students test at a certain level in reading and writing by taking the LSC Accuplacer® test. Students will also need to successfully complete a series of pre-requisite and pre-technical classes before they begin program classes. To assure acceptance into the program as soon as possible, the best thing you can do is apply right away. For more details, check online at www.lsc.edu/admissions.

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Candace Melde, program director, at (218) 733-5906, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.


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  • ^ These classes can be taken entirely online
  • *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition.
  • **iseek.org
  • CERT – Certification
  • DIP – Diploma
  • A.S. – Associates of Science
  • A.A.S. – Associate’s of Applied Science