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Healthcare Certificates

Healthcare certificate programs are designed for rewarding careers in entry-level healthcare positions in one year or less. Certificate programs provide opportunities to develop the skills employers are looking for in a competitive market. Some certificates feature a number of overlapping courses that apply credits toward the next certificate, if desired.  

The Dental Assistant Certificate I Program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as a dental assistant and to provide additional coursework necessary for transfer to a dental hygiene program if desired. Students gain knowledge and skills through classroom instruction and lab activities. General education courses introduce the student to basic computer and interpersonal 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.

Program Requirements

CourseCredits
Public Speaking OR Interpersonal Communication  3
Orientation to Dental Assisting 1
Dental Assisting Fundamentals 5
Dental Radiography 3
Dental Office Procedures 1
Dental Infection Control 3
English Composition I 3
AHA BLS for the Provider 0.5
Problem Solving OR College Algebra 3-4


General Education Requirements

CourseCredits
University Studies 1


PROGRAM ELECTIVES

Students must choose a minimum of seven (7) credits from the following courses:

CourseCredits
Intro to Cultural Anthropology OR Sociological Principles  3
Intro to Chemistry OR General Chemistry I 4
Technical Writing 3
Nutrition 2
General Microbiology 4
American & Wyoming Government 3
General Psychology 4
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4

 

Total Credit Hours: 30.5-31.5

 

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 hands-on activities in the campus lab.

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

CourseCredits
Orientation to Dental Assisting
Dental Assisting Fundamentals
Dental Radiography
Dental Office Procedures
Dental Infection Control
AHA BLS for the Provider .5 

 

Total Credit Hours: 13.5

Be prepared to work as a member of the healthcare team in ambulatory care facilities, including outpatient centers, clinics, and physicians' offices.

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks under the direction of a physician or licensed healthcare provider. 

Learn to draw blood, collect lab specimens, administer medications, document in health records, and assist in clinical procedures. Medical assistants may also take medical histories and record vital signs.

Develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, hands-on activities in the campus lab, and clinical practicum hours. Be introduced to topics in medical terminology, medical law and ethics, as well as patient safety.

A criminal background check and urine drug screen are required to be eligible for practicum experiences. 

Program Requirements

CourseCredits
Medical Office Procedural Skills 3
Phlebotomy Principles in Practice 3
Clinical Role of the Medical Assistant I 3
Clinical Role of the Medical Assistant II 3
Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant 3
Medical Assistant Practicum 3
Human Biology OR Human Anatomy 3-4
Medical Terminology 3


General Education Requirements

CourseCredits
Interpersonal Communication OR Human Relations (ORAL)  3
Business Math I (APPM) OR Problem Solving (MATH) 3
University Studies 1

 

Total Credit Hours: 31-32

Learn administrative skills required to perform duties as front office staff in hospitals, clinics, private practices, or other healthcare settings. Front office medical support professionals are typically the first point of contact with patients. They facilitate the smooth running of the office. Their unique role combines both direct and indirect patient care duties. Responsibilities vary depending on the type of facility and may include scheduling appointments, arranging clinical procedures, processing insurance claims, medical coding, maintaining patient records, and entering data. Students are introduced to software applications, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, and professional communication skills. This unique certificate may be completed in as little as one semester.

Program Requirements

CourseCredits
Computer Information Systems 3
Interpersonal Communication OR Human Relations 3
Medical Terminology 3
Medical Office Procedural Skills 3

 

Total Credit Hours: 12

The healthcare industry includes an abundance of in-demand occupations that suit a variety of skill sets. The Health Science Meta Major Certificate provides a common pathway for students interested in an allied health career.

Explore gainful employment information, where you can find occupational information, estimated cost and time of program completion, and job placement opportunities. 

Program Requirements

CourseCredits
General Biology I 4
Intro to Chemistry 4
College Algebra 4
Medical Terminology 3
General Psychology 4
Student Success Course 1
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4


General Education Requirements

CourseCredits
Writing Level I (WR1)/ Oral Communications 3

 

Total Credit Hours: 31 

Patient Care Technicians are multi-skilled nursing assistants who work closely with patients and their families. They assist doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals by providing vital support to patients with a variety of diseases, injuries, or conditions. The duties performed vary from state to state and depend on the type of healthcare facility.

Prepare for a career as a PCT in as little as nine months! The curriculum provides the student with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, hands-on lab activities, and supervised practicum experiences.

As a core component of the program, you will undergo the training required to become a certified nursing assistant where you will learn basic patient care skills related to bedside care and activities of daily living. Classroom instruction also includes basic life support training.

Gain valuable experience in specialized areas, including basic electrocardiography and performing blood draws and specimen collection. You will learn expanded patient care techniques in respiratory procedures, sterilization and infection control, wound care, and enteral nutrition. The program emphasizes medical law and ethics, along with the professional communication skills necessary to interact effectively with patients and members of the healthcare team. 

Program Requirements

CourseCredits
Human Biology or Human Anatomy  3-4
Medical Terminology 3
Medical Office Procedural Skills 3
Nursing Assistant 4
Expanded Patient Care 3
Phlebotomy Principles in Practice 3
Electrocardiography Techniques 1
Total Required Credits 20-21

Credits earned in the Patient Care Technician Program may be transferred to the Medical Assistant Program at CWC for the student wishing to expand their career options. Visit with an academic advisor to plan your program of study.

Entry Requirements

  • Central Wyoming College admission application.
  • Criminal background check from the designated company
  • Urine drug screen
  • Immunizations: TB skin test, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, Tdap, and seasonal influenza

Central Wyoming College adheres to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations for immunizations for healthcare providers. Additional vaccinations may be required prior to clinical assignment.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities in healthcare are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. As a PCT, you may work in hospitals, clinics, dialysis facilities, long-term care centers, and home health agencies. 

Earning a Patient Care Technician Certificate may be an important step on a career ladder. The program prepares the graduate for careers in healthcare, including

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Telemetry Monitor Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Emergency Department Technician
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Rehabilitation Center Technician

Optional Professional Certifications

Optional certification exams may be taken at the completion of the program through the National Center for Competency Testing. The student wishing to apply for certification must have a United States high school diploma or equivalent. Successful completion of the Patient Care Technician Program does not guarantee certification. Each certification requires paying a fee to the certifying agency and passing an examination.

While certification may be voluntary, some states require certification in order to work in certain environments. Professional certification tells potential employers you meet industry standards and may give you an edge when it comes to hiring considerations.

Graduates of the Patient Care Technician Program have the following certification options:

  • State Certified Nursing Assistant
  • National Certified Patient Care Technician
  • National Certified Phlebotomy Technician
  • National Certified Electrocardiography Technician 

A career as a phlebotomy technician is rewarding for someone who desires to work directly with patients and the healthcare team. Phlebotomists obtain blood samples from patients for laboratory testing and analysis.

This course combines classroom instruction with hands-on activities in the campus lab. Additionally, CWC is partnered with local agencies and health fairs to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience. 

You will draw blood specimens, prepare samples for lab analysis, and assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, blood vials, and centrifuges. Because phlebotomists collect blood and are at risk for exposure to a variety of diseases, they must be trained in laboratory safety and the strict policies and precautions to help ensure their safety and that of their patients. 

Students who have the minimum number of successful venipunctures and capillary punctures are eligible to take the phlebotomy certification examination by the National Center for Competency Testing. Career opportunities for phlebotomists include hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, public health agencies, laboratories, and blood banks.

Total Credit Hours: 3



This course introduces the student to the principles and skills necessary to provide bedside care to patients in a variety of healthcare settings. Online activities are combined with hands-on skills practice in the campus lab, followed by direct patient care in a clinical setting under the supervision of a clinical instructor. 

Topics include the scope of practice, infection control, basic nursing skills, communication strategies, and patient rights. Upon completion, the student is eligible to take the state competency examination to earn the title of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). 

Total Credit Hours: 4 

 

This course provides certified nursing assistants (CNA) an opportunity to prepare for practice in an expanded role in healthcare settings. You will develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction and hands-on activities in the campus lab. Emphasis is on asepsis, capillary blood glucose, peripheral IV fluid, urinary procedures, respiratory procedures, wound care, and tube feeding. 

The student must be currently certified as a nursing assistant and provide documentation of a minimum of 1500 work hours as a CNA. In addition, the student must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or the equivalent.  

For more information, contact Stacey Stanek at 307-855-2226 or email sstanek@cwc.edu. 

Total Credit Hours: 3

 

The role of the medication aide is to administer daily medications, either prescription or non-prescription, under the direction of a registered professional. The aide must administer the correct medications in the indicated dosage at the correct time.

Course completion qualifies the student to take the Medication Aide Certification Examination for state certification as a Medication Aide-Certified (MA-C). Candidates must be a Certified Nursing Assistant II and pass a comprehensive test and skills competency examination administered in an approved MA-C course. 

Not all states permit the use of medication aides and those that do vary widely in their training requirements. State regulations define what medication aides are permitted to do. 

For more information, contact Stacey Stanek at 307-855-2226 or email sstanek@cwc.edu. 

Total Credit Hours: 6

 

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Kristy Jones

Instructor of Medical Assistant

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