2022-23 Catalog

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Health Care Specialist Technical Certificate (CIP# 0351070102)

The Health Care Specialist program is the perfect place to begin your health care career. This short certificate is designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level assistants in health care services settings while exploring pathways to a nursing, allied health, or transfer-focused associate's degree.

This program is for individuals who are currently employed in the health field or seeking employment in entry-level positions in doctor's offices, hospitals, pharmacies, clinicals, and community health organizations. The content includes college credit coursework for associate degree completion, along with an introduction to organizational structure of health care facilities, legal aspects of health care, communication skills and employability skills.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with our highly experienced Health Career advisors right away to ensure that you are on the right path for success. Make an appointment today by contacting our advisors in the Advising Center by selecting the Allied Health Programs area.

Contacts

Your Career Program Advisor contact information can be found in Atlas. Log into Atlas, click on the Courses tab, and check your Academic Profile information to find a link to your Advisor. 

Health Care Specialist

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively. 
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities. 
  • Recognize and practice safety and security procedures. 
  • Demonstrate information technology applications in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate employability skills. 
  • Basic knowledge of medical language, anatomy and physiology, disease processes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of materials and supplies needed in healthcare settings. 
  • Interpret federal, state and local laws as they apply to health care facilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the economics involved in healthcare.
BSC 1020HUMAN BIOLOGY +3
or BSC 2093C HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +3
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY +3
Humanities See Gen. Ed. Core Requirement3
MathematicsSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirements *+~3
LIBERAL ARTS MATHEMATICS I (recommended)
HSC 1531MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY +3
PHC 2100INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH +3
HSC 2660HEALTH COMMUNICATION +3
or DEP 2004 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
or HUN 2202 ESSENTIALS OF NUTRITION W/DIET THERAPY
Science Elective Career Path Dependent; Choose one that aligns with your career path: +, 13
THE SCIENCE OF NUTRITION
GENERAL BIOLOGY I
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
MICROBIOLOGY
Total Credit Hours27