Why Become a Patient Care Technician?



According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, acknowledge Medical Assistant as one of the top 30 BEST Healthcare Careers. Medical Assistants are often the first person a patient sees when visiting the doctor. Studies will include anatomy, medical terminology, biology, etc., and laboratory work. 

Curriculum Covers:                                                                                       Eligible Certifications: 

  • Medical Terminology                                                                                SITTI's Certification
  • Infectious Control                                                                                    ASVAB Certification
  • Basic Patient Care                                                                                      NHA Certification
  • Coping Skills                                                                                            AMCA Certification
  • Therapeutic Communications                                                                           
  • Techniques Use in Phlebotomy
  • Monitor Vitals Signs                                                                                    Career Opportunities
  • Perform EKG                                                                                                  Nursing Home
  • Performing Nursing Assistant Duties                                                            Hospitals
  • Phlebotomy                                                                                                   Urgent Care Clinic
  • Clinical or Externship (40 hours training)                                                      Outpatient Clinics

Course Description

Patient Care Technician/Patient Care Assistant: works in a hospital environment under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. Students are trained to perform clinical skills such as blood collection, EKGs, catheterization, recording vital signs and patient treatments, and other tasks related to patient care. Patient Care Technician graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and placement agencies. To obtain the Patient Care Technician certificate, the student must complete these 4 modules: Basic Patient Care Skills (or current CNA), EKG, Phlebotomy, and Advanced Nursing Skills. This program will take 2-3 Terms to complete.  

Required Courses:

AHC 162 Patient Care training hours 

AHC 164  Patient Care Practicum training hours 

AHC 141 Phlebotomy training hours 

AHC 114 Electrocardiography training hours 

AHC 130 Advanced PCT Skills training hours 

AHC 131 Advanced PCT Skills Externship training hours 

Projected Job Growth: 9%
Salary Range: $28,540
Average Length of Education: 4-12 months
Responsible For: maintaining accurate patient histories, taking vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, etc., obtaining laboratory samples, updating patient records, scheduling appointments

Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients.

Why Become a Medical Assistant?


Medical Assistant

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, acknowledge Medical Assistant as one of the top 30 BEST Healthcare Careers. Medical Assistants are often the first person a patient sees when visiting the doctor. Studies will include anatomy, medical terminology, biology, etc., and laboratory work. 

Curriculum Covers:                                                                                       Eligible Certifications: 

  • Medical Terminology                                                                                SITTI's Certification
  • Infectious Control                                                                                    ASVAB Certification
  • Medical Billing                                                                                         NHA Certification
  • Coping Skills                                                                                            AMCA Certification
  • Therapeutic Communications                                                                           
  • Techniques Use in Phlebotomy
  • The Physician Exam                                                                                    Career Opportunities
  • Basic Pharmacology                                                                                      Physicians Offices
  • Medical Calculation                                                                                       Hospitals
  • Phlebotomy                                                                                                   Urgent Care Clinic
  • Clinical or Externship (120 hours training)                                                      Outpatient Clinics

Course Description

Clinical Medical Assistants (Back Office Medical Specialist): perform both administrative and clinical duties, reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Training will focus on examining room procedures, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, performing routine laboratory procedures, sterilizing and maintaining equipment, and the proper techniques for administering medications as directed by the physician. You'll also learn to handle administrative duties. In addition to training from instructors with real-world experience, you will also complete an externship in a physician's office, clinic or related healthcare facility under the supervision of a physician, nurse, or health services professional. 

Required Courses:

BSC 104 Med Terminology training hours 
AHC 116 Explore Health Careers training hours 
AHC 110 Human Body training hours 
BSC 106 Med.Billing training hours 
BIO 230 Anatomy & P I training hours 
BIO 231 Anatomy & P II training hours 
BSC 100 Keyboarding   training hours
AHC 122 MA Procedures I   training hours 
AHC 123 Ma Procedures II   training hours 
AHC 178  Hospital Procedures  training hours 
AHC 290 Externship   training hours 
AHC 173 Applied Pharmacology training hours 

U.S. News and World Report rank this career as #8 Best Health Care Support Jobs and #66 in its 100 Best Jobs ranking.

Projected Job Growth: 23%
Salary Range: $29,960-$35,600
Average Length of Education: 12 months
Responsible For: maintaining accurate patient histories, taking vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, etc., obtaining laboratory samples, updating patient records, scheduling appointments



Why Become an Electrocardiogram Technician?

EKG Clinical

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, acknowledge Cardiovascular/EKG Technician as one of the top 30 BEST Healthcare Careers. EKG Technician is the art of collecting blood samples and other body fluids. It is a great healthcare entry-level position.

Curriculum Covers:                                                                                          Eligible Certifications: 

  • History of Phlebotomy                                                                                  SITTI's Certification
  • Safety in Phlebotomy                                                                                    ASVAB Certification
  • Anatomy of Phlebotomy                                                                               NHA Certification
  • Physiology of Phlebotomy                                                                             AMCA Certification
  • Equipment Use in Phlebotomy                                                                      
  • Techniques Use in Phlebotomy
  • Special Procedures                                                                                       Career Opportunities
  • Special Specimen Handling                                                                           MEDIC
  • Pediatrics Collection in Phlebotomy                                                              Hospitals
  • Customer Care                                                                                               Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Clinical or Externship (10 Succesful EKG procedures)                                    Outpatient Clinics

U.S. News and World Report rate this career in its100 Best Jobs and #24 in Best Health Care Support Jobs.

Projected Job Growth: 14%
Salary Range: $27,870-50,420
Average Length of Education: 3 months -12 months
Responsible For: creating medical images, assisting physicians in diagnosing and treating patients, monitoring of patients, understanding and using imaging equipment such as EKGs, cardiographic, electrocardiogram, spirometry, and keeping accurate patient records

Course Description

EKG Technician: responsible for performing diagnostic tests to access the heart rhythm and rate in patients. EKG's are also performed before and after operations, during physicals, examinations of patients over 40, for patients with a history of heart disease, when patients are experiencing chest pains and when the doctor deems it necessary. The well trained EKG technician is an integral part of the management of patients with heart disease. The EKG Technician may also clean equipment, maintain and process data reports. After the required prerequisites, the program can be completed in one Term. Besides classroom practice, this program includes 40 hours of clinical externship under the guidance of experienced professionals. This program can be completed with 6 weeks. 

 

AHC 114 EKG 4 Credit Hours

AHC 119 EKG  Practicum 1 Credit Hour



Health Science Diploma Optional


The Allied Health Science Diploma is a 12-24 months program that prepared you for a career in a hospital, clinic, or doctor's office. This program covers the basic health courses (40 training hours) with a specializing of your choice in Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant. 

A diploma's degree in health science is not merely a stepping stone. It launches a fulfilling career that will serve your career goals. Here are some of the potential careers you can pursue with a diploma:

Core Curriculum:                                                                                    Eligible Certifications: 

  • Medical Terminology                                                                                SITTI's Certification
  • Medical Ethics                                                                                           ASVAB Certification
  • Human Body                                                                                            NHA Certification
  • Intro to Healthcare                                                                                   AMCA Certification
  • Exploring Healthcare Careers                                                                            
  • Keyboarding
  •  Anatomy & Physiology                                                                           Career Opportunities
  •  Health Topics                                                                                              Hospitals
  •                                                                                                                     Diagnostic Laboratories
  •                                                                                                                     Outpatient Clinics
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that healthcare jobs will grow at an estimated 14% between 2018-2028. This rate of growth is much faster than any other occupation.


Projected Job Growth: 14%-28%
Salary Range: $32,870-60,000
Average Length of Education: 12 months -18 months
Responsible For: patient care

Specialization Concentrations:

Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician/Patient Care Assistant: works in a hospital environment under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. Students are trained to perform clinical skills such as blood collection, EKGs, catheterization, recording vital signs and patient treatments, and other tasks related to patient care. Patient Care Technician graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and placement agencies. To obtain the Patient Care Technician certificate, the student must complete these 4 modules: Basic Patient Care Skills (or current CNA), EKG, Phlebotomy, and Advanced Nursing Skills. This program will take 2-3 Terms to complete.  

Clinical Medical Assistant

Back Office Medical Specialist/Clinical Medical Assistants: perform both administrative and clinical duties, reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or another health practitioner. Training will focus on examining room procedures, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, performing routine laboratory procedures, sterilizing and maintaining equipment, and the proper techniques for administering medications as directed by the physician. You'll also learn to handle administrative duties. In addition to training from instructors with real-world experience, you will also complete an externship in a physician's office, clinic or related healthcare facility under the supervision of a physician, nurse, or health services professional. 

Clinical Laboratory Assistant

Clinical Laboratory Assistant: works as entry-level personnel in clinical laboratory settings such as medical centers, outpatient laboratory facilities, and research laboratories. Trained in all aspects of the Medical Laboratory, including phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control, and laboratory orientation and regulation, the Clinical Laboratory Assistants serve a diverse ancillary role assisting other laboratory personnel, physicians, and often patients. Their duties may also include computer skills, laboratory billing practices, and the performance of assistant level testing according to standard operating procedures. 

Medical Administrative Assistant

Front Office Medical Specialist/Medical Administrative Assistants: perform administrative duties, reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or another health practitioner. You'll also learn to handle administrative duties. In addition to training from instructors with real-world experience, you will also complete an externship in a physician's office, clinic, or related healthcare facility under the supervision of a physician, nurse, or health services professional.

Occupational Safety & Health Technician  

OSHT help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public. They promote occupational health and safety within organizations in many ways, such as by advising management on how to increase worker productivity through raising morale and reducing absenteeism, turnover, and equipment downtime while securing savings on insurance premiums, workers' compensation benefits, and litigation expenses. Occupational health and safety specialists analyze work environments and design programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents or ergonomic factors that involve the impact of equipment design on a worker's comfort or fatigue. They may conduct inspections and inform the management of a business which areas may not be in compliance with State and Federal laws or employer policies, in order to gain their support for addressing these areas. They advise management on the cost and effectiveness of safety and health programs.

Pharmacy Technician 

Pharmacy Technician: works with licensed pharmacists, helping with patient consultations counter dispensing operations and prescription preparation. PT may work in a retail pharmacy, stocking and keeping inventory of prescriptive and over-the-counter medications. PT might also maintain patient medication records, count or pour medications into dispensing containers and manage the cash register. In hospitals, PT could perform many of the same duties but have other responsibilities, including assembling medications for each patient, repackaging medications, preparing commercially-unavailable medications, and delivering medications to patient rooms.

Public Health Specialist  

Public Health Specialist promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. May also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Note: Students with previous healthcare experience or education may be able to waive some or all of the prerequisites. Please consult with an adviser for more information  

 



Student using multi-draw needle to collect median cubital veinl blood sample.

Why Become a Phlebotomist:

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, acknowledge Phlebotomist as one of the top 30 BEST Healthcare Careers. Phlebotomy is the art of collecting blood samples and other body fluids. It is a great healthcare entry-level position.

Curriculum Covers:                                                                                                          Eligible Certifications: 

  • History of Phlebotomy                                                                                          SITTI's Certification
  • Safety in Phlebotomy                                                                                            ASVAB Certification
  • Anatomy of Phlebotomy                                                                                       NHA Certification
  • Physiology of Phlebotomy                                                                                    AMCA Certification
  • Equipment Use in Phlebotomy                                                                            NPA Certification
  • Techniques Use in Phlebotomy
  • Special Procedures                                                                                                 Career Opportunities
  • Special Specimen Handling                                                                                   MEDIC
  • Pediatrics Collection in Phlebotomy                                                                    Hospitals
  • Customer Care                                                                                                          Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Clinical or Externship (50 Successful Collection Required)                            Outpatient Clinics

U.S. News and World Report rate this career at #91 in its 100 Best Jobs and #15 in Best Health Care Support Jobs.

Projected Job Growth: 23%
Salary Range: $32,870-39,420
Average Length of Education: 2 months -12 months
Responsible For: drawing patients' blood, using proper blood draw procedures, verifying and labeling blood samples for testing, collecting specimens (body fluids), 

Course Description:

AHC 141 Introduction to Phlebotomy ( 4 Semester Hours)

This Basic & Advance Blood Collection Techniques. The phlebotomist is an individual who collected specimens for laboratory testing. This course includes history, safety, equipment, Anatomy & Physiology, Phlebotomy Equipment, Phlebotomy Techniques & Procedures, 

It consists of laboratory training by professional laboratory personnel and develops skills for basic blood drawing, whether for health care professionals or those wishing to learn phlebotomy as a marketable entry-level laboratory skill.

This course is entirely online for students who are interested in earning their phlebotomy certification.

Course Description 4 credit hours + Clinical (Externship )


Topics covered in this course include the following:

1. Understanding the History of Phlebotomy: bloodletting, therapeutic phlebotomy, Laboratory Personnel, Hospital Departments, Laboratory testing

2. Safety in Phlebotomy: Medical Asepsis, Handwashing, Protective Personal Barriers, Hazardous Levels, OSHA/HIPAA laws, Infectious Control Procedures, Respirator Mask, etc

3.  A & P of Phlebotomy: circulatory system & Physiology  of the Heart

4: Phlebotomy Equipment: vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin punctures, butterfly needles, throat swab, nasal swab, etc

5. Phlebotomy Technique:  Order of Draw,  Collection Blood Cultures, Urinalysis Collections (mid-stream, 24-Hour), 

6. Special Handling & Transport Specimens: Chilled Specimen, Amber Specimen, Urine Specimen, etc

7.  Pediatric Collection

8. Special Procedures: Heel Stick, Finger Stick, Peak & Trough Levels, Fasting, Syncope

9. Communication & Customer Services: How to Handle Clients in Different Settings, Patient Assessment, Pain Assessment, Customer Care

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

ยท Students will be trained in the skill of Phlebotomy including the following

  • o Venipunctures
  • o Capillary punctures
  • o blood cultures
  • o specimen processing
  • o data entry
  • o laboratory safety
  • o quality control
  • o laboratory billing