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Health care is the second fastest growing industry in the United States with opportunities in direct patient care and support occupations. Whether you are looking to enter the health care field or supplement your current skills, we have designed our programs to meet your needs.
The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate and Patient Registration Specialist Microcertificate programs are closed to new students. Students who have completed courses AHE 111 (Medical Forms) or AHE 113 (Introduction to Phlebotomy) with a C or better, and are currently enrolled, should contact the Allied Health department chairs for information on completion planning. Students planning to enter these programs but who have not completed these courses should contact an advisor for program options.
Our instructors, experienced health care professionals, will guide you through classroom and laboratory activities to learn about the health care environment, personal skills to make you successful in the health care workplace, and the specific skills required in your chosen profession. Our affiliations with local health care facilities will enable you to obtain the clinical hands-on experience to hone your skills in the health care environment.
Please apply to the Admissions Office and attend a program information session. Admission and registration guidelines are listed in the catalog and on the college website. Some degrees/certificates and some key courses are only offered during specific quarters of the year. Students should contact the Allied Health Department Chair or a counselor for help preparing their course schedules. It is strongly recommended that students entering any of the AHE program options be able to read, write, and compute at the college level and have basic keyboarding skills.
Program Entry Guidelines
Prerequisite courses in the structure and function of the human body, basic medical terminology, computers skills and HIV/AIDS and CPR for Healthcare Professionals may be required for admission to some programs. Please consult the individual program planning sheets or an adviser for more information.
All students entering health care programs must pass a multi-state, multi-zip code criminal back ground check as well as a drug/illegal substance screening. This requirement is based on medical industry standards and Washington State laws protecting vulnerable populations (RCW 43.43.880 and 43.43.842). Drug screens and background checks are required by clinical agencies where students complete their practicum experience. Students should be aware that certain gross misdemeanors and felonies may disqualify them from participating in practicum and unable to complete their certificate or degree program. Future employment opportunities in the health care field may also be affected. Students will complete the background check and drug screening process when enrolled in AHE 100 (AHE 130 for Pharmacy students). Students who are unable to pass these screenings will be removed from the program.
Medical facilities require immunizations for all personnel who interface with patients. Students participating in practicum experiences require the same immunizations. The immunization cost is the responsibility of the student. Immunizations must be completed before registering for certain courses or applying for a practicum. The following are required for participation in most Health Care programs – students will be advised which immunizations (if any) are required for their particular program:
Additional immunizations may be required if recommended by instructor or required by practicum placement:
Students planning to enter any of the healthcare professions are advised that as a health care provider they are at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens. Tasks and procedures performed by the health care professional involve risks classified by the Center for Disease Control in the following way:
Students enrolled in the Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy programs are required to complete a practicum experience. Practicum experiences are at local health care facilities which may involve travel to various regions of Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish, and Island counties. All students accepted into the practicum experience must have reliable transportation. All practicum experiences will be under the supervision of personnel at the medical facilities. Students will not be allowed to choose their practicum site. The department chair selects the facilities used for practicum sites and places qualified students.
Skagit Valley College's Medical Assistant program has a 100% employer satisfaction rate with over 89% of our graduates passing the CMA (AAMA) national exam.