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Are you looking for a health care course that explores a specialized topic such as oral care, chronic pain, foot and nail care, or another skill?

Each term, CLIMB’s Institute for Health Professionals offers a variety of courses in healthcare that fulfill continuing education requirements for health care professionals, and offer insight into special topics you may wish to know more about.

Special Topics Courses

Phlebotomy Refresher Course

Already have blood draw experience? Review blood collection procedures and learn updated phlebotomy standards based on ASSCP recommendations.

Phlebotomy Difficult Draws

Learn specialized and individualized techniques for difficult draws. Ensure patient safety and comfort for pediatric, geriatric, and critically ill patients, as well as those with vascular disease, edema, obesity or with a high risk of hemorrhage.

Recent clinical blood draw experience is required.

Phlebotomy for Health Professionals – 45 hours

CLIMB’s 45-hr Phlebotomy for Health Professionals course is offered in a hybrid format, with 40 hours in a lab setting and 5 hours of self-directed study.

This course is only for individuals who:

  • Have work experience in the medical office, hospital, urgent care clinic, outpatient center or other professional healthcare facility
  • Are currently employed in a healthcare environment where they have access and permission to perform 100+ supervised blood draws.
Introduction to IV Therapy

Expand your RN and LPN, Dental Assistants and Hygienists, Medical Assistants skill set with this introductory, comprehensive, two-day course. You’ll get up-to-date information, observe demonstrations, learn about legal and documentation issues, and practice advanced techniques for the insertion and care of peripheral IV lines.

Students must sign a consent form to permit insertion of peripherally inserted catheters.

Special Topics Schedule


Register Now

Find the CRN of your course from the class schedule. Then, register:

  • Online: If this is your first time taking a class at PCC, create an account. If you are a returning student, log on to MyPCC and click “Register for classes,” found in your Term-to-Term Checklist, under “Register”.
  • Phone: Call 971-722-8888, option 2.

Need help? Get detailed information on how to register and how to pay.


Contact Bem Hanamoto for more information about Special Topics Courses.

If you have an idea for special topics training that we haven’t listed, give us a call. We can develop a course to address that critical gap.