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Online Courses You Can Start and Finish This Year

Written by Nicole Krempasky on Wednesday, 06 January 2021. Posted in Career

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A lot can happen in a year, but we don’t usually think it’s enough time to make the really big changes in our lives. We start the new year making resolutions that we forget about halfway through or we make them so small that we’re left feeling a little disappointed. If you’re looking to make - and keep - a resolution that can fit into your life and schedule, a program from Ashworth College could be the right way to start 2021. Here are some of the courses you can start and finish this year thanks to flexible, fully online classes.

Accounting Basics

All companies need money to run, which means accounting plays a vital role in all businesses. If you have a love of numbers and sharp math skills, why not start honing those skills with an Accounting Basics Career Diploma? This course can prepare you to handle payroll, financial statements, and records. Upon completion, you’ll have the opportunity to sit for the National Bookkeepers Association Certification Exam, helping to give you the credentials employers want.

Sterile Processing

If you’re thinking about healthcare careers, sterile processing technicians have one of the most important jobs in medicine. They work behind the operating room scene to ensure surgical instruments are inspected, prepared, and cleaned properly, sterilization machines are assembled and maintained, and accurate sterilization records are kept. Because of the detail involved, the best way to kick off your career is with a Sterile Processing Career Diploma. This program is designed to help you gain the foundational knowledge to prepare you for this rewarding job, including sitting for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician exam.

Child Care Provider

If you’re passionate about helping children or just enjoy spending time with them, a Child Care Training course could be a good way to make a positive impact on future generations. This course can help prepare you to work in daycares, playgroups, and at-home childcare centers by helping you develop the practical skills needed to create a healthy, appropriate learning environment for infants and school-aged children. Upon successful completion, you can join the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC), giving you a competitive edge in a busy job market.

Graphic Design

If you lean towards the artistic side, you can explore your talents with a Graphic Design Career Diploma course. Graphic designers are needed in a lot of businesses to create print ads, brochures, logos, and websites. In a graphic design course, you can learn the most commonly used software like Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to draft and manage the design process from start to finish.

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billers and coders play an important role in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and outpatient clinics. With an aging population and the global pandemic, the need of their services is only expected to increase. A Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma can help you learn about Medicare and Medicaid, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and develop in-demand skills like medical terminology and how to assign codes for diagnoses and medical services. It can also prepare you for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Billing and Coding Specialist exam, helping you add important credentials at no additional cost.

Dental Office Assistant

Dental office assistants have one of the most versatile roles in a dental office, handling everything from lab work and patient care to office tasks. Because of their varied role, it’s necessary to be personable and have a credentialed education, like a Dental Assistant Career Diploma from Ashworth. Classes covering subjects like management software, business administration, and dental terminology can establish a foundation to put you on the path towards an increasingly in-demand career.

Small Business Management

Learn the steps of planning, structuring, and running a small business with a career diploma in Small Business Management. This course can help you gain essential knowledge about how to finance and market your business, as well as best practices for hiring employees. You’ll be on the path towards learning what tools you need to be a strong, effective leader before starting out, helping to prepare you for the job ahead instead of learning it as you go.

Start and Finish the New Year with Ashworth

Regardless of whether you’re looking to boost your resume, start a new career, or just explore something new, all of Ashworth’s programs are affordable and self-paced, with payment plans, discounts, and flexible tuition options available. Classes are self-paced, too, so you can study when and where works best for you so you can make the most of your education. Enroll online today or call an Admissions Advisor at to learn more.

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