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Healthcare programs at PCC

Student taking blood pressureHealthcare 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.

Healthcare programs comparison chart

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Health care programs comparison chart
Program Program length
(not including
pre-reqs)
Campus Average
starting
salary
Estimated
cost
Credit Patient
contact
Admissions
competition
AAPC Coding 6 – 9 months CLIMB $29,000 – $54,000 $3,190 Non-credit, verification of successful completion No patient care/contact Open enrollment
Addiction Counseling Flexible Cascade $30,000 – $35,000 $11,000 for AAS degree

$6,000 for certificate

Credit, 2-year AAS degree and one-year certificate Direct patient care/contact Lottery
Ayurveda Yoga Health Advisor / Registered Yoga Teacher 12 months CLIMB $32,000 – $58,000 $3,000 Non-credit certificate, national certification option Direct patient care/contact Open enrollment
Bioscience Technology 24 months for AAS degree

6 months for certificate

Rock Creek $31,000 – $52,000 $11,000 for AAS degree

$2,500 for certificate

Credit, 2-year AAS degree and certificate No patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Clinical Research 5 – 6 months Online (CLIMB) $41,000 – $46,000 $1,200 Non-credit certificate Some patient care/contact Open enrollment
Dental Assisting 9 months Sylvania $29,000 – $43,000 $7,600 Credit, certificate Direct patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Dental Hygiene 21 months Sylvania $73,000 – $90,000 $22,000 – $24,000 Credit, 2-year AAS degree Direct patient care/contact Highly competitive
Emergency Medical Services 6 – 24 months Cascade $22,000 – $72,000 varies from EMT to Paramedic skill sets $1600 – $16,000 certificate vs degree Credit, 2-year AAS degree, and 3 certificates Direct patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Exercise Science 24 months for AAS degree

Less than 12 months for certificates

Sylvania $44,000

Varies

$11,000 – $13,000 for AAS degree

Varies for certificates

Credit, 2-year AAS degree and 3 one-year certificates Direct patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Functional Nutrition 12 months Online (CLIMB) $34,000 – $52,000 $6,300 Non-credit certificate, national certification option Direct patient care/contact Open enrollment
Health Information Management 21 months Online (Cascade) $35,000 – $40,000 $11,000 Credit, 2-year AAS degree No patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Herbalism Professional 12 months Online (CLIMB) $41,000 – $53,000 $3,000 Non-credit certificate, national certification option Direct patient care/contact Open enrollment
Medical Assisting 9 months Cascade (Fall)

Willow Creek (Spring)

$35,000 – $38,000 $6,500 Credit, certificate Direct patient care/contact Highly competitive
Medical Laboratory Technology 21 months Cascade $40,000 – $45,000 $12,500 Credit, 2-year AAS degree Some patient care/contact Highly competitive
Nursing 18 months Sylvania $60,000 – $95,000 $11,000 – $13,000 Credit, 2-year AAS degree Direct patient care/contact Extremely competitive
Ophthalmic Medical Technology 21 months Cascade (Online) $40,000 – $45,000 $14,000 Credit, 2-year AAS degree Direct patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Patient Access Specialist 6 months CLIMB $25,000 – $42,000 $1,647 Non-credit, verification of successful completion Direct patient care/contact Open enrollment
Pharmacy Technician 6 months Online (CLIMB) $20,000 – $40,000 $3,140 Non-credit, verification of successful completion Direct patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Phlebotomy 6 months CLIMB $20,000 – $40,000 $2,999 Non-credit, verification of successful completion Direct patient care/contact Highly competitive
Radiography 24 months Sylvania $50,000 – $75,000 $15,000 – $16,000 Credit, 2-year AAS degree Direct patient care/contact Highly competitive
Sterile Processing Technician 3 months CLIMB $23,000 – $44,000 $1,200 Non-credit, verification of successful completion No patient care/contact Moderately competitive
Veterinary Technology 24 months Rock Creek $35,000 – $45,000 $12,500 Credit, 2-year AAS degree Direct patient care/contact Highly competitive