Healthcare occupations are projected to grow faster than any other career field in order to meet the medical needs of an aging population. The Healthcare Careers 14 credit, Less than One-Year Certificate prepares students with the foundational skills required by employers for entry-level positions in the healthcare industry. In addition, it prepares students to continue their education in allied health by introducing students to the breadth of career opportunities available in the healthcare industry.
Students will examine the soft skills, technical expertise, credentials, and career paths available. Completers will understand what is required to become a healthcare professional, complete first aid and CPR for the health professional, and understand basic medical terminology, electronic health records, and health law and ethics. Students will develop both the customer service skills required in the industry, and well as the technical knowledge. They will be prepared to go into entry-level positions such as Patient Access Specialist, Patient Relations Representative, Medical Office Assistant, Sterile Processing Technician, Dietary Aid, and other entry-level administrative positions in the field.
These classes are beneficial for students seeking knowledge about the health care field in several different ways - for students to begin exploring careers in the health field, as support classes for some of the other health care programs at PCC, for students looking to find coursework they need for health care programs out side of PCC, and for those who want to complete the Healthcare Careers Certificate.