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Allied Health: Programs

Programs that Prepare Health Care Professionals

Health Information Management

Designed for the dynamic field of health information management (HIM), this program integrates the disciplines of medicine, computer technology, and business management. Students who are interested in studying diseases and treatments but are not interested in hands-on patient care will find this a challenging career path.

The graduate is prepared to perform technical and supervisory duties in organizing, analyzing, and generating health data for reimbursement, planning, quality improvement, research, and the legal issues surrounding the release of health information. ‚Äč

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program prepares students for employment and career in health care industries, such as physician's offices, outpatient clinics, in-patient administration, government, and health insurance industries.

The curriculum is designed to provide didactic, laboratory, and externship learning experiences where students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform medical billing and coding, patient scheduling, data entry into the electronic medical record, electrocardiogram and cardiology diagnostic testing, phlebotomy procedures, basic laboratory tests, and maintain overall daily operations in a clinical setting.  Medical assistants are the only multi-skilled allied health professional that is professionally trained to work in ambulatory settings.

Medical Coder / Billing Specialist

The Medical Billing Specialist Certificate Program is designed to create specialists in assigning diagnosis and procedure codes to clinical data in a variety of health care settings. Understanding of ICD/HCPCS/CPT coding classification systems and reimbursement/billing systems is extremely important and is in great demand across the spectrum of health care organizations.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

The Nuclear Medicine Technology A.A.S. program prepares graduates to be competent, professional, caring Nuclear Medicine Technologists. A revised curriculum integrates the theory and concepts of current molecular imaging techniques with hands-on learning experiences in classrooms and labs that are equipped with modern nuclear medicine imaging and non-imaging equipment.

Didactic and laboratory experiences are complemented by directed clinical practice in a variety of regional health care affiliates in order to prepare students for professional practice.

Paramedic

The paramedic is a professional provider of emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. The Paramedic Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and clinical experience required to provide safe and effective pre-hospital care. Students may elect to take courses leading to completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate options. The program integrates classroom, laboratory, and applied clinical practice following the national standard curriculum of the Department of Transportation. 

Radiography

The Radiography Program prepares students to practice as a proficient, professional radiographer in diverse health care settings. Through courses in patient care and education, radiographic procedures, radiation protection, equipment operation, and quality control, image production and evaluation, and clinical practice, students progress from the learning phase to the multi-skilled, practitioner phase. Students will be prepared with the skills necessary to perform radiologic examinations that produce high-quality diagnostic images to be used in the diagnosis and treatment of patient disease.

Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy Program prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings, to care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory disease, to assist in the treatment of trauma patients, and to provide life support to critically ill newborn, pediatric, and adult patients.

Students receive a solid foundation in principles of cardiopulmonary physiology and respiratory care practices prior to providing hands-on care within actual clinical settings. Clinical experiences begin with basic general care and progress to extensive experience in adult medical and surgical intensive care and neonatal/pediatric intensive care units. 

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is dedicated to preparing students for success as employees in the operating room setting. The goal of the Surgical Technology Program is to provide didactic and clinical experiences/instruction which will enable students to enter the work industry as competent entry-level personnel, satisfying the urgent need for surgical technologists in local and regional communities/areas.

Instruction shall include cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning, meeting the expectations of the college and communities of interest specific to the clinical setting which includes hospitals, surgery centers, and ambulatory facilities.