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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.  

  

he 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

Course NumberCourseCredits
COMM 2010 OR COMM 1030 Public Speaking OR Interpersonal Communication  3
DNTA 1500 Orientation to Dental Assisting 1
DNTA 1810 Dental Assisting Fundamentals 5
DNTA 1910 Dental Radiography 3
DNTA 2520 Dental Office Procedures 1
DNTA 2820 Dental Infection Control 3
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
HLTK 1625 AHA BLS for the Provider 0.5
MATH 1000 OR MATH 1400 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:

Course NumberCourseCredits
ANTH 1200 OR SOC 1000 Intro to Cultural Anthropology OR Sociological Principles  3
CHEM 1000 OR CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry OR General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 2002 Technical Writing 3
FCSC 1140 Nutrition 2
MOLB 2210 General Microbiology 4
POLS 1000 American & Wyoming Government 3
PSYC 1000 General Psychology 4
ZOO 2015 Human Anatomy 4
ZOO 2025 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

Course Number Course

Credits

DNTA 1500 Orientation to Dental Assisting

1 credit

DNTA 1810 Dental Assisting Fundamentals

5 credits

DNTA 1910 Dental Radiography

3 credits

DNTA 2520 Dental Office Procedures

1 credit

DNTA 2820 Dental Infection Control

3 credits

HLTK 1625 AHA BLS for the Provider

0.5 credits

 

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

Course Number Course

Credits

BADM 1005 OR MATH 1000 Business Math I OR Problem Solving

3 credits

COMM 1030 OR COMM 2130 Interpersonal Communication Or Human Relations

3 credits

HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology

3 credits

HIT 1550 Medical Office Procedural Skills

3 credits

MEDA 1800 Phlebotomy Principles in Practice

3 credits

MEDA 1520 Clinical Role of the Medical Assistant I

3 credits

MEDA 1525 Clinical Role of the Medical Assist II

3 credits

MEDA 1530 Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant

3 credits

MEDA 1970 Medical Assistant Practicum

3 credits

ZOO 1200 OR ZOO 2015 Human Biology OR Human Anatomy

3 credits


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

Course NumberCourseCredits
CMAP 1200 Computer Information Systems 3
COMM 1030 OR COMM 2130 Interpersonal Communication OR Human Relations 3
HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1550 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.

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

Program Requirements

Course Number Course

Credits

BIOL 1010 General Biology I

4 credits

CHEM 1000 Intro to Chemistry

4 credits

MATH 1400 College Algebra

4 credits

HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology

3 credits

PSYC 1000 General Psychology

4 credits

UNST 1005 Student Success Course

1 credit

ZOO 2015 Human Anatomy

4 credits

ZOO 2025 Human Physiology

4 credits


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

Course NumberCourseCredits
ZOO 1200 OR ZOO 2015 Human Biology or Human Anatomy  3-4
HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1550 Medical Office Procedural Skills 3
NRST 1510 Nursing Assistant 4
HLTK 1685 Expanded Patient Care 3
MEDA 1800 Phlebotomy Principles in Practice 3
HLTK 1665 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 .
  • 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 

MEDA 1800: Phlebotomy and Lab Techniques (3 credits)

Phlebotomists are skilled healthcare workers who perform blood collection procedures and prepare samples for lab analysis. Career opportunities include hospitals, laboratories, outpatient surgery centers, doctors’ offices, and clinics. Phlebotomists may also find employment in dialysis and blood donation centers, and community health fairs. 

A career in phlebotomy has a quick training period and a secure job market. If you like helping others and meeting new people on a daily basis, this may be the job you’re looking for. A career in phlebotomy may also serve as a stepping stone. Working alongside other healthcare professionals will help toward gaining an understanding of the various roles. Some career paths of phlebotomy-certified individuals include: nursing, medical assisting, EKG technician, and medical lab tech. As you gain more experience, you will open yourself up to new opportunities. 

This one-semester course combines classroom instruction with hands-on activities in the campus lab. Topics include patient identification, specimen collection, labeling vials, diagnostic testing, documenting lab results, and specimen storage and transport. Because phlebotomists collect blood and are at risk for exposure to a variety of diseases, an emphasis on universal precautions helps to ensure their safety and that of their patients. 

Students who meet the minimum number of venipunctures and capillary punctures are eligible to take the phlebotomy certification examination through the National Center for Competency Testing to earn the title NCPT (National Certified Phlebotomy Technician). 

HLTK 1665: Electrocardiography Techniques (1 credit)

Whether you’re an experienced healthcare worker looking to expand your skill set, or want to begin a new career working closely with patients and the healthcare team, enrolling in the EKG course is a step in the right direction. 

EKG technicians sometimes referred to as telemetry technicians, are allied health workers who use specialized equipment to measure the heart’s electrical activity. This information helps to identify irregularities in the heart that could lead to a heart attack or heart disease. 

EKG techs work mostly in hospitals, but can also work in long-term care facilities or private practices. They are responsible for explaining the procedure to the patient, positioning the patient appropriately for testing, and connecting the necessary electrodes. The technician then monitors heart performance and the patient’s blood pressure. Findings are reported to the ordering physician or healthcare provider. 

This 1-credit course combines classroom instruction with hands-on activities in the campus lab. Students must have a United States high school diploma or equivalent. Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for ECG technician certification through the National Center for Competency Testing. 

NRST 1510: Nursing Assistant (4 credits)

A certified nursing assistant is an individual who has successfully completed an approved training program and has passed the state certification examination. As a CNA, you will work under the supervision of nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals to provide basic care to patients in a variety of settings. Nursing assistants are the primary caregivers in meeting the day-to-day needs of patients, and play a significant role in relaying information about the condition of patients to members of the healthcare team. 

The nursing assistant course is available to anyone 16 years of age or older. Becoming a nursing assistant could be a stepping stone for continuing your education. CNAs have the opportunity to move up a career ladder to potentially higher-paying jobs such as a CNA II and medication aide.

This course is taught in a blended format that includes online activities combined with hands-on skills practice in the campus lab followed by direct patient care in a clinical setting under the supervision of an instructor. At times, the clinical agency that provides training opportunities will offer employment to students who demonstrate ability. The Central Wyoming College nursing program follows the requirements established by our clinical partners. Prior to the first clinical day, students must provide certain immunization records and submit to a criminal background check and urine drug screen. 

Most nursing assistant courses are four to six weeks in length and are not restricted to a semester-length schedule. It doesn’t take long to become a nursing assistant and you will continue to learn once you find employment. Classes are offered on the Riverton campus during the summer session, while classes in Jackson take place in the fall, spring, and summer sessions. For registration information, contact a CWC academic advisor.

Students who complete the course are eligible to test for state certification. The certification examination is conducted monthly at various test sites throughout the state. Your instructor will provide you with application and fee information. Successful completion of the nursing assistant course does not guarantee certification.

 

NRST 1550: Certified Nursing Assistant II (3 credits)

This course provides CNAs 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 sterile techniques, wound care, capillary blood glucose, discontinuing IV catheters, urinary procedures, respiratory procedures, and tube feeding. 

To enroll, the student must be a certified nursing assistant, 18 years of age or older, and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. 

Enrolled students must pass a comprehensive written examination and a final skills practicum at the required level. Students who complete the course are eligible to apply for state certification through the Wyoming State Board of Nursing. There is a $10 fee and licensure candidates must record 1500 work hours as a CNA on the application form. 

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

NRST 1600:  Medication Aide (6 credits)

If you are a currently licensed CNA II and want to advance your career, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

The role of the medication aide is to give daily medications, either prescription or non-prescription, under the direction of a registered professional. The aide must administer the right medication in the indicated dosage at the correct time, and then record dosages and monitor for adverse reactions.  

This 100-hour course consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of supervised clinical practice. Enrolled students must pass a comprehensive written test and a final skills practicum at the required level. Completion of the course qualifies the student to take the national examination to receive certification as a Medication Aide-Certified (MA-C) through the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.

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

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

Get to know your instructors

Kristy Jones

Instructor of Medical Assistant

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