Special Topics

Dental Heath Technician works on tooth mold

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

Foot and Nail Care

This workshop gives registered nurses a basic understanding of foot and nail care and the Scope of Practice for Foot Care Nurses, including when to refer patients.

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.

Pain Management

The under-treatment of pain causes much needless suffering. Leading pain organizations, such as the American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine, are calling for better education on pain management.

This class will cover an overview of pain in America, including barriers to effective pain management and the truth about addiction. It also addresses the key to proper assessment, neuropathic pain and pharmacological interventions. We will discuss a multidisciplinary approach, along with case studies and specifics about practicing in Oregon.

This workshop meets 6 contact hours of mandated education in Pain Management, required by the Oregon State Board of Nursing for registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Provider approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12654.

Chronic Wound Management

This course introduces RNs and LPNs clinicians to:

  • Up-to-date skin anatomy and physiology information
  • Wound assessment, wound bed preparation and treatment options
  • Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers
  • Phases of wound healing and factors that affect healing
  • How to reduce external mechanical forces to skin
  • Importance of ongoing patient assessment
  • Wound documentation and its legal and clinical implications

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.