Allied Health Programs at YC
With more Americans than ever living longer than at any timed in history, the healthcare field is exploding with opportunity for students seeking a secure career.
Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus has a popular nursing program to train future registered nurses.
The college also trains students for other allied health professions. These courses are equally in demand, in part because the road to certification take as long but leads to steady employment in healthcare.
The programs include: Health Information Management Medical Assisting, Nurse Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Certification and Radiology.
VVYC Dean Tom Schumacher said the Allied health Programs usually fill up quickly. Classes for Fall Semester begin Aug. 23.
The Health Information Management Program trains students to create medical records for medical facilities and offices. They learn to use automated equipment or work with manual information systems to manage crucial and confidential health information. It’s an ideal job for those who are detail-oriented and love the thought of working in healthcare but don’t want to deal directly with patient care.
A medical assistant is the person who welcomes you into the examining room, takes your medical history, temperature, blood pressure and weight and prepares you for the doctor’s examination.
Students will learn to use computers and understand laboratory testing procedures and to use sophisticated instruments.
Nursing assistants provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. They may feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients or change linens. They often find work in nursing care facilities and act as principal caregivers to residents. Nursing assistants act as the eyes and ears of the nursing or medical staff.
The Pharmacy Technician Program at Valley Verde Campus is ideal for students with a background in high school science and math, who also have an interest in detail. Customer service plays a large role in this profession. A Pharmacy Tech assists pharmacists in preparing and providing medication and other health products to consumers or patients.
Phlebotomy is the act of drawing blood either for testing or transfusion. Formerly the responsibility of physicians and nurses,, as well as paramedics and clinical lab scientists, certified phlebotomists are a new breed of professional designed to reduce the workload of doctors and nurses by focusing on blood collection, particularly in hospitals and medical laboratories.
Valley Verde Campus also has a Radiology Program, training students for careers as a radiologic technologist. They take X-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into the patient’s bloodstream for diagnostic purposes. Their duties include producing x-ray films for use in diagnosing medical problems.
Experienced technologists may become radiology department managers.