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Pharmacy Technician Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or OFTEC 162.

** or BIOL& 241 or BIOL& 242.

*** Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional course work to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

NOTE: Students must complete pharmacy technician courses and all related education to be awarded a certificate. It is strongly recommended that students see an advisor before enrolling in classes. Prerequisites and Admission Requirements: Students wishing to enter the Pharmacy Technician program will need to complete AHE 102 (or AHE 160 and 161), AHE 112, and HMATH 100 and then fill out an application. Students will need to complete all prerequisites with a “C” grade or better. Students will be entered into the program each Fall on a first come, first serve basis based on the date of their completed application. See website for application and further details: http://www.skagit.edu/directory.asp_Q_pagenumber_E_288. Also, must be at least 18 years of age; must have a GED or High School diploma; and must pass a background check.

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or AHE 160 and 161.

** Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional course work to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

NOTE: This certificate prepares students for billing/coding careers in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, or insurance companies. Medical coding specialists learn the translation of written documentation of disease, injuries, and/or medical procedures into alphanumeric classifications. Currently, reimbursement for health care services is dependent on the assignment of codes to describe diagnoses, services, and procedures. In addition to coding, professional reimbursement specialists must learn the medical billing process to conform to individual insurance requirements, electronic billing procedures, and responsibilities associated with electronic data management. This is a 69 credit certificate requiring four to five quarters of full-time attendance to complete.

Medical Secretary Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or AHE 160 and 161.

** Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

NOTE: This certificate prepares students to perform secretarial duties utilizing specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Employment is generally found in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, and other medical-care facilities. Duties include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence, and other duties as assigned by the employer. Good English, oral and written communication skills, excellent human relations skills, and a typing speed of 40-60 words per minute are strongly recommended for successful job placement. This is a 59 credit certificate requiring 4 quarters of full-time attendance to complete.

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or AHE 160 and 161.

NOTE: This certificate prepares students to work as a phlebotomist in a hospital setting, clinic, blood bank, blood testing laboratory, or physicians' office. Phlebotomists are primarily responsible for drawing blood and conducting other specimen collections. Because blood analysis is a vital diagnostic tool used routinely in medical practice, phlebotomists must know how to collect, handle, and analyze specimens properly. Training includes the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, specimen collection and processing (including microbiology procedures), use of the CLIA waived test, laboratory safety, infection control, and paperwork basics. In addition to lecture, students will have hands-on training in a lab environment and an opportunity to complete a practicum experience. This is a 38 credit certificate requiring 2-3 quarters of full-time attendance to complete. Must have received at least two injections of the Hepatitis Vaccination Series before enrolling. Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Many of the required courses are offered more than one quarter. Please see Department Chair for more information.

Patient Registration Specialist

First Year

Second Year

* or AHE 160 taken the first quarter and AHE 161 taken the second quarter.

NOTE: This certificate focuses on clerical and reception skills that are needed in medical settings. The Patient Registration Specialist is often the first person a client or patient talks to when entering a medical office, clinic, hospital, or other healthcare facility. Common tasks include greeting the patient, taking information, referring patient questions to appropriate sources, scheduling visits, answering the phone, and other duties as assigned by the employer. The Patient Registration Specialist goes by many names: receptionist, staffing assistant, admitting registrar, patient care coordinator. These positions are usually entry level and although they require no credentialing, the training and experience offered through this certificate should provide a hiring advantage to job seekers. This is an 18 credit micro certificate requiring 1 to 2 quarters to complete. A certificate is awarded to students who complete the classes listed with a 2.0 grade point average or above. (Some courses may require prerequisites)

Veterinary Assistant Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or OFTEC 122 (MS Word I).

NOTE: Prepares students to assist the veterinarian in many aspects of animal care. This certificate is offered through the NW Career and Technical Academy located on the SVC campus. Classes will start in early September, following the Mount Vernon School District schedule. To view the calendar, go to the following website: (www.nwtech.k12.wa.us)

Dental Foundations Certificate

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: Prepares students to be part of a dental team. Students will have access to clinical experiences where they can observe chair side practice and equipment maintenance using a variety of delivery systems. Opportunities for employment include Sterilization Assistants and Dental Receptionists. This certificate is offered through the NW Career and Technical Academy located on the SVC campus. Classes will start in early September, following the Mount Vernon School District schedule. To view the calendar, go to the following website: (www.nwtech.k12.wa.us)

Medical Assistant Certificate (Fall Entry)

First Year

Second Year

* or AHE 160 fall quarter and 161 winter quarter.

** Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

*** This course may be taken any quarter.

NOTE: The Medical Assistant ATA Degree/Certificate program prepares students to work as a member of a health care team, performing a broad range of clinical and administrative tasks under the supervision of a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. Program graduates assist health care professionals in many aspects of medical practice, including patient care management, administrative, and clinical procedures such as: assisting with physical examinations, phlebotomy (blood draw), administering injections, performing electrocardiograms (EKGs) and instrument sterilization. An experienced medical assistant might serve as an office administrator. Primary employers for medical assistants include: ambulatory health care settings, extended health care facilities, public health agencies, schools medical schools, research institutes and medical insurance firms. All students in the Medical Assistant degree/certificate program take the same clinical training and administrative skill coursework. Upon graduating from the Medical Assistant degree or certificate program, students are eligible to take an exam to become Certified Medical Assistants.

Dental Assisting Bridge Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

** or WMATH 100. Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

*** or PSYC& 100.

NOTE: This is a three quarter program designed to provide entry level skills and education to college students interested in a future career as a dental professional. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a technical core of entry level courses required in many college level Dental Assisting programs. At completion of this program, students may choose to continue their Dental Assisting education or seek entry level employment such as a Sterilization Assistant and/or Dental Receptionist.

Dental Fundamentals I

First Year

Second Year

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Dental Fundamentals II

First Year

Second Year

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