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Allied Health Education

Your pathway to caring for others


Healthcare 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 healthcare field or supplement your current skills, we have designed our programs to meet your needs.

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Learn from Experienced Healthcare Professionals

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.


Why Skagit Valley College?

  • State of the art science and health occupations training facility
    (Laura Angst Hall).
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
    Education Programs.
  • A variety of program specialties with multiple degree and certificate options.
  • All programs include hands-on training and clinical simulation.
  • Meets the requirements of Washington State’s Healthcare Assistant Law.
  • Exceptionally high scoring on American Association of Medical Assistants
    National Certification Exam.
  • Flexible class schedules for working professionals.
  • Clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings provide students with real world experience and create employment networks.
  • Student graduates are prepared to take national industry recognized certification exams.


Program Entry

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 May Be Required

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.


Background Check and Drug Screening

All students entering health care programs must pass a multi-state, multi-zip code criminal background 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 healthcare field may also be affected. Students will complete the background check and drug screening process when enrolled in AHE 103 (AHE 130 for Pharmacy students). Students who are unable to pass these screenings will be removed from the program.



One of the requirements of our clinical partners for participation in the practicum experience is immunizations. All immunizations need to be complete before you are able to enroll in AHE113, AHE 136 and AHE223. Below is a list of immunization required by our clinical partners:

  • Negative TB test (within the last 9 months of starting the practicum quarter)
  • Tdap (within the last 10 years)
  • 2 MMR vaccinations or titers for each category showing immunity
  • 2 Varicella vaccinations or a titer showing immunity
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series (2 or 3 doses depending on what series you choose)
  • Annual Flu Vaccine

*You may be required to show proof of two COVID vaccines to your clinical site host.


Occupational Exposure

Students planning to enter any of the healthcare professions are advised that as a health care provider they are at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Tasks and procedures performed by the healthcare professional involve risks classified by the Center for Disease Control in the following way:

  • Category I – Direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids to which universal precautions apply.
  • Category II – Activities performed without blood exposure but exposure may occur in emergencies.
  • Category III – Task/activity does not entail predictable or unpredictable exposure to blood.


Practicum Experiences

Students enrolled in the Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician programs are required to complete a practicum experience.  Practicum experiences are at local healthcare 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.

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