Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Health Care is an exciting and dynamic field with many career options. Whether you want to work directly with patients, behind the scenes, or somewhere in between, below are the many choices you'll find at PCC. Click on any profession for a summary of what it involves and a link for further information and admissions requirements.

Keep in mind that not all programs are eligible for financial aid.


Alcohol and Drug Counseling

As an Alcohol & Drug Counselor, you will help motivate clients to enter treatment, conduct intake interviews, write treatment plans, provide individual and group counseling, educate families, manage cases, keep records, and work with diverse clientele. The AAS in AD Counseling will meet the educational requirements for the state certification exam (CADC I and II) required by the state of Oregon to practice in the field.

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Alcohol and Drug Counseling - Addiction Studies

The Certificate in Addiction Studies will enable you to work with individuals, families, and groups that are directly affected by substance abuse. The Certificate also meets the educational requirements for the state certification exam (CADC I and II ) required by the state of Oregon to practice in the field professionally. Our certificate is both a pathway to the AAS degree and recommended for students who already hold a degree and would like to become a counselor in the addiction s field.

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Emergency Management

Plan, support, direct and collaborate with organizations in 21st century disaster response and crisis management activities such as, provide disaster preparedness training and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), human (e.g., war, terrorist situation), or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters.

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Emergency Medical Technician

Work in clinical and field environments including hospitals and ambulance services providing basic life support. The EMT certification is required for entry into the paramedic training program at PCC. This profession will allow you to work directly with patients.

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Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

Work in clinical and field environments including hospitals and ambulance services. Integrate pathophysiological principals and assessment findings to formulate a field impression. Implement an appropriate advanced life support treatment plan for patients with a variety of traumatic injuries, medical emergencies, and behavioral/psychiatric disorders throughout the life span. This profession will allow you to work directly with patients.

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Health Information Management

Collect, maintain and analyze data that physicians, nurses and other health care providers rely on to deliver quality health care. This profession does not generally involve direct patient contact.

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Medical Assisting

Perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians and other health practitioners running smoothly. This profession will allow you to work directly with patients.

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Medical Laboratory Technology

Perform routine clinical laboratory testing using sophisticated analytical instruments to provide scientific data needed in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease. This profession involves some, but not a lot of direct patient contact.

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Ophthalmic Medical Technology

Work with patients requiring eye surgery under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist, take patient medical histories, perform diagnostic testing and ophthalmic imaging, assist the doctor in eye examinations and treatment of patients in eye surgery, administer medications and educate patients. This profession will allow you to work directly with patients.

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Veterinary Technology

A 2-year full-time science-based curriculum that prepares students to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination and become Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs). The program is very hands-on and involves the daily care and maintenance of many college-owned animals including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, rodents and fish. Courses in Anesthesiology, Surgical Nursing and Radiography utilize live patients in real clinical settings on our campus. Graduates are prepared to work as Certified Veterinary Technicians in the many diverse areas of veterinary medicine. Our program is fully-accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Dental Assisting

Sterilize instruments, prepare instruments and materials, assist dentist during procedures, process x-rays, instruct patients in proper oral health, keep records, make appointments, facilitate billing. Includes direct patient contact.

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Dental Hygiene

Clean teeth, assess patients for periodontal (gum)diseases, provide preventative dental care and educate patients on ways to improve and maintain their oral health. Includes direct patient care.

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Dental Laboratory Technology

Create full or partial dentures, repair bridges, fabricate crowns, veneers, orthodontic appliances and splints, collaborate with dentists and follow detailed written instructions. Many technicians become small business owners. No patient contact.

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Fitness Technology

As a fitness professional you will be part of the preventive health care team working in health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, public and private recreation facilities, hospitals and corporate fitness centers. Our Fitness Technology program provides the coursework, education, and experience that you need to prepare for certification in the field and successfully join the workforce as a fitness professional.

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Fitness Technology - Healthy Older Adult Fitness

The Fitness Technology program partners with the Gerontology program. In addition to this certificate, co-certificates and/or co-degrees between Fitness Technology and Gerontology can be earned.

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Designed for individuals who wish to develop careers in the field of aging, those already employed or active in gerontology or related fields who wish to enhance their career paths, and those seeking challenging and meaningful career changes in response to new opportunities created by an aging society.

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Gerontology - Activity Professional

Design and implement activity programs to enhance the physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of persons with disabilities and older adults, in long term care facilities as well as in community-based centers and programs promoting health and wellness.

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Gerontology - Advanced Behavioral & Cognitive Care

Work with older adults experiencing cognitive decline, dementia, and other challenging behavioral and cognitive conditions, in long term care, adult daycare, hospice, home, and community settings.

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Gerontology - End of Life Care and Support

Designed to advance the knowledge and develop the skills of caregivers, aging services professionals and family members in supporting persons approaching the end of life.

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Gerontology - Horticulture Therapy

Work with diverse populations in therapeutic gardens and horticultural therapy programs within geriatric, psychiatric, offender, vocational and medical rehabilitation, and other day or residential treatment and care facilities and activity programs.

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Medical Imaging

Students completing one of the programs listed below become members of the health care professions. Medical Imaging professionals work closely with physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and the public.

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Medical Imaging - Computed Tomography

Use computerized tomography (CT) scanners to produce cross-section images of patients’ internal organs and tissues for the diagnosis of medical issues in hospitals or diagnostic centers. Accurately interpret scanning instructions, administer contrast materials, prepare and operate equipment, and position the patient to capture the appropriate images. Must hold a current professional certification in Radiography and/or Nuclear Medicine to apply.

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Medical Imaging - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to take detailed pictures of structures inside the body used by a physician to diagnose diseases in hospitals or diagnostic imaging centers. Be adept at treating patients in a kind, professional manner. Must be a Registered Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), Ultrasound Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist or Radiation Therapy Technologist by program start.

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Medical Imaging - Radiography

Produce medical images (x-rays) that will be used in the diagnosis of disease or injury. Requires accuracy in operation of imaging equipment and also involves direct patient care. Skills include the proper positioning of the body for each image, use of appropriate radiation protection measures and the ability to communicate clearly and accurately with patients, medical professionals and family members.

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Provide safe care across the life span directed toward the goals of helping clients promote health, recover from acute illness and/or manage chronic illness and support a peaceful and comfortable death.

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CLIMB Center

CLIMB programs are non-credit and not eligible for financial aid.

Business - Medical Coding

Every time a patient receives professional health the provider must document the services provided. Medical Coder abstracts the information from the documentation, assigns appropriate codes, and creates a claim to be paid.

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Business - Patient Access Specialist

Locates and notifies customers of their accounts by mail, telephone, or personal visit to ask for payment, receives imbursements, posts amounts to customer's account, organizes statements, initiates recovery proceedings or service disconnection and keeps records of collection and status of accounts

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Health Care Training - Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA 1 and 2)

Works in a variety of health care settings, taking care of patients by performing tasks such as taking vital signs, assisting patients in and out of bed, assisting in medical procedures, tidying patient rooms and monitoring patients. CNA 1 and CNA 2 Acute Care Training; must be a CNA 2 to work in a hospital environment.

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Health Care Training - Herbalism

Enhance herbalism skills, become a credentialed professional herbalist. Develop a professional practice, enter the complementary medicine or natural health and organic food industry.

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Health Care Training - Nutritional Therapy

Work with individuals to enhance health and general wellbeing through diet and nutrition. Conduct holistic assessment of a client's nutritional requirements and suggest specific changes to diet in an attempt to prevent or alleviate illness and promote good health in a private practice, health food grocer, wellness center, health spa, school setting, etc.

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Health Care Training - Pharmacy Technician

works under a pharmacist's direction in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical companies and other health care facilities. Pharm Techs fill orders for patients, manage third party insurance reimbursements and other related tasks.

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Health Care Training - Phlebotomy

Perform skin/vein punctures, withdraw blood into correct tubes or containers, interpret tests requested, explain the procedure to the patients, instruct patients on post puncture care, deliver specimens, order tests, affix tubes with electronically printed labels.

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Health Care Training - Sterile Processing

Inventory, stock, sterilize, package and prepare tools and equipment used in surgical procedures and ensure cleanliness and safety of operating rooms in a hospital, clinic, surgical center or doctor's office. No patient contact.

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Continuing Education - American Heart Association (AHA)/Cardiology

Cardiology-focused continuing education for health care professionals.

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Continuing Education - Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Topics relevant to pre-hospital or in-hospital emergency medicine and critical care specialists seeking new skills, updating knowledge in specific areas, meeting a re-licensing requirement, or expanding understanding of current patient assessment and management practices. (TNCC & ENPC courses)

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Continuing Education - Special Topics in Health Care

Each term, a variety of courses in health care that fulfill continuing education requirements for health care professionals, and offer insight into special topics including IV Therapy, PICC Care/Maintenance, Phlebotomy for the Health Professional, Chronic Wound Management, and Foot and Nail Care.

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