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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 classes are offered with flexible scheduling with classes at night or on the weekend.

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 the 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.

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

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
Basic Life Support Certification .5
Microcomputer Applications 3
Managing Career Development 3


General Education Requirements

Course
Credits
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communications (ORAL) 3
Problem Solving or College Algebra (MATH) 3
Student Success (UNST) 1

 

Program Electives

Students must choose a minimum of four (4) credits from the following courses:

Course
Credits
Cultural Anthropology 3
General Biology I 4
Introduction to Chemistry 4
General Chemistry I 4
Technical Writing 3
Nutrition 2
General Microbiology 4
American & Wyoming Government 3
General Psychology 4
Sociological Principles 3
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4

 

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
Basic Life Support Certification .5

Be prepared to work as a member of the healthcare team in ambulatory care facilities, such as outpatient centers, clinics and physicians' offices, through the medical assistant certificate program.

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, skills lab activities 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 drug screen are required to be eligible for practicum experiences. 

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Administrative Role of the MA 3
Phlebotomy and Lab Techniques for the MA 2
Clinical Role of the MA I 3
Clinical Role of the MA II 2
Pharmacology for the MA 3
Medical Assistant Practicum 5
Human Biology or Human Anatomy 3-4
Medical Terminology 3


General Education Requirements

Course
Credits
English Composition (WR1)  3
Problem Solving or College Algebra (MATH) 3-4
Student Success 1

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
General Biology  4
General Psychology  4
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4
Introduction to Chemistry 4
Medical Terminology 3


General Education Requirements

Course
Credits
Writing Level I (WR1) or Interpersonal Communications (ORAL) 3
College Algebra (MATH) 4
Student Success (UNST) 1

Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) 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.

PCTs, provide direct patient care while under the supervision of a licensed nurse or healthcare professional. The duties performed vary from state to state, and depend on the type of healthcare facility.

As a core component of the program, you will undergo training required to become a certified nursing assistant in as little as nine months. The student will learn basic patient care skills related to bedside care and activities of daily living, taking vital signs, gowning and gloving, proper transfer techniques, measuring intake and output, answering call lights, and reporting changes in patients’ condition to the nurse on duty. Classroom instruction also includes Basic Life Support by the American Heart Association. Clinical practice takes place at a partnering long-term healthcare facility where the student provides direct patient care under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

Gain valuable experience in specialized areas, including basic electrocardiography and ECG interpretation, and performing blood draws and specimen collection. Delve into a more advanced skillset with respiratory procedures, sterilization and infection control, wound care, removal of sutures and staples, and enteral nutrition. An important feature of the program is the emphasis on legal and ethical issues relevant to PCTs. Intentionally designed activities help equip future PCTs with communication skills necessary to effectively interact with patients and members of the healthcare team. 

Program Requirements

CourseCredits
Human Biology or Human Anatomy  3-4
Medical Terminology 3
Medical Office Administrative Procedures 3
Nursing Assistant 4
Expanded Patient Care 3
Phlebotomy and Lab Techniques 2
Electrocardiography 1
Total Required Credits 19

**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 today to plan your program of study.

Entry Requirements and Proficiencies

The student must:

  • Complete a Central Wyoming College admission application.
  • Have a cleared criminal background check from the designated vendor prior to clinical assignment.
  • Have a negative drug screen prior to clinical assignment.
  • Provide official documentation of immunizations and lab work, including TB skin test, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, Tdap, and seasonal influenza.

Additionally, the Patient Care Technician curriculum requires the student to possess a combination of physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities to satisfactorily perform the duties and functions of the position.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in healthcare are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Earning a Patient Care Technician Certificate may be an important step on a career ladder. The program prepares the graduate for healthcare careers, including

  • Patient care technician
  • Nursing assistant
  • ECG monitor technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Emergency department technician
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Rehabilitation center technician

You may work in settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, dialysis facilities, long-term care centers, and home health care agencies. Salaries vary depending on experience, the location of employment, job title and duties, and certification status.

Optional Professional Certifications:

Certification exams may be taken at the completion of the program through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). The student wishing to apply for certification must have a United States high school diploma or equivalent.

While certification may be voluntary, some states require certification in order for PCTs 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 (CNA)
  • National Certified Patient Care Technician (NCPCT)
  • National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT)
  • National Certified Electrocardiography Technician (NCET)

Each certification requires paying a fee to the certifying agency and passing an examination. NCCT certification is valid for five years following the original date of certification, and renewable provided recertification requirements are fulfilled. Successful completion of the Patient Care Technician Program does not guarantee certification.

 

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.

 

Jackson Healthcare Certificates

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.  

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

Program Requirements

COURSE
CREDITS
Administrative Role of the MA 3
Phlebotomy and Lab Techniques  2
Clinical Role of the 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
Student Success (UNST) 1

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.