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Healthcare Certificates & Trainings

Our health care trainings and certificate programs can prepare you for a rewarding, in-demand position in the health care industry. These programs take a year or less to complete and are an excellent option for workers looking for a competitive edge in the job market. Our programs offer real world knowledge combined with foundation skills that are desired by employers looking to hire in the entry level health care setting. 

Dental Assistant Certificate I

The Dental Assistant Certificate I Program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as a dental assistant, as well as providing additional coursework necessary for transfer to a dental hygiene program. The curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction and practice skills laboratories. The general education requirements facilitate development of basic computer and communication skills.

A dental assistant works under the supervision of a dentist by performing a variety of office management, patient care, and laboratory duties; often working chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients. In addition, the dental assistant maintains patient records, promotes comfort and safety in the dental chair, obtains oral x-rays, sterilizes instruments, and instructs patients on proper dental health.

The successful dental assistant must have strong communication skills, display a positive attitude, observe strict confidentiality rules, and possess motor skill coordination necessary for safe patient care.

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Orientation to Dental Assisting 1
Dental Assisting Fundamentals 5
Dental Radiography 3
Dental Office Procedures 1
Dental therapeutics & ER Management 3
BLS for Healthcare Providers .5
Microcomputer Applications 3
Managing Career Development 3
Program Elective  4

General Ed. Requirements

Course
Credits
Interpersonal Communications (ORAL) 3
Problem Solving or College Algebra (MATH) 3
Freshman Seminar (UNST) 1

 

Dental Assistant Certificate II

The Dental Assistant Certificate II Program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as a dental assistant. The curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction and practice skills laboratories.  

A dental assistant works under the supervision of a dentist by performing a variety of office management, patient care, and laboratory duties; often working chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients. In addition, the dental assistant maintains patient records, promotes comfort and safety in the dental chair, obtains oral x-rays, sterilizes instruments, and instructs patients on proper dental health.

The successful dental assistant must have strong communication skills, display a positive attitude, observe strict confidentiality rules, and possess motor skill coordination necessary for safe patient care.

Program requirements

Course
Credits
Orientation to Dental Assisting 1
Dental Assisting Fundamentals 5
Dental Radiography 3
Dental Office Procedures 1
Dental Therapeutics & Emergency Management 3
BLS for Healthcare Providers .5

Medical Assistant Certificate I

The Medical Assistant Certificate Program is designed to prepare the student to work as a member of the healthcare team in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks under the direction of a physician.

Administrative tasks may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding for insurance purposes, and all forms of patient communication. Clinical tasks may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, assisting with procedures, and administering medications as directed by a physician.

The curriculum provides the student with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, practice skills laboratories, and clinical practicum hours. The student will be required to pass a criminal background check and drug screen to be eligible for practicum experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to test for certification. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee certification.  

Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Administrative Role of the MA 3
Phlebotomy and Lab Techniques for the MA 2
Clinical Role MA I 3
Clinical Role of the MA II 2
Pharmacology for the MA 3
Medical Assistant Practicum 5
Human Biology or Human Anatomy 3
Medical Terminology 3


General Education Requirements

Course
Credits
English Composition (WR1)  3
Problem Solving or College Algebra (MATH) 3
Freshman Seminar (UNST) 1

Health Science Meta Major Certificate I

The healthcare industry provides a variety of high demand occupations that require a broad range of knowledge, skills and abilities in general education and health science concepts. A Health Science certificate allows the student to complete coursework typically required in most healthcare degrees.

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Freshman Seminar (UNST) 1
College Algebra (MATH) 4
General Biology (LSCI) 4
General Psychology (SOC) 4
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4
Introduction to Chemistry 4
Medical Terminology 3


General Ed. Requirements

Course
Credits
Writing Level I (WR1) or Interpersonal Communications (ORAL) 3

Medical Office Support - Certificate I

The certificate in Health Information Technology: Medical Office Support is designed to prepare individuals who already have a strong background in office technology to acquire specialized skills in medical transcription and/or medical billing and coding. Students select one option and learn specialized skills that will be used in a hospital or medical clinic.

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Business Communications 3
Business English 3
Speed and Accuracy Development 1
Medical Law and Ethics 5
Medical Terminology 3
Human Biology 1

Program Electives

Course
Credits
Medical Billing & Reimbursement 3
Physician-Based Medical Coding 3
Word Processing Apps 3
Spreadsheet Apps  

General Ed. Requirements

Course
Credits
Writing Level I or Interpersonal Communications 3
Math/Applied Math 3
Personal Finance Planning 1
Co-Curricular Learning 1
Wellness 1
Orientation to College 1

 

Phlebotomy

This 2-credit course introduces the student to laboratory tests and procedures routinely performed in a medical facility or medical office setting. Content will include fundamental principles of medical lab practice, disposal of biohazard materials, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, safety, and quality control methods.

This course is part of the Medical Assistant Certificate Program; however, may be taken alone. Successful students who have a minimum of 25 venipunctures and 5 capillary punctures are eligible to take the national phlebotomy technician examination. The program is partnered with SageWest laboratory and participates in community health fairs to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experiences.

Get to know your instructors

Kristy Jones
Instructor of Medical Assistant

Kristy enjoys sharing her work experiences with students to give them real life scenarios in the classroom.