Allied health professional

Glen Oaks announces shortened certificate programs in Allied Health — 7.5 week courses lead to certification in less than one year

Allied health programs are in high demand and as part of an initiative to help meet the need for allied health professionals in the community, Glen Oaks Community College has revamped a number of allied health certificate programs so that students can complete them in less than one year.

“The need is great now,” said Christina Steele, director of allied health. “Employers are hiring our students right out of their practicum sites. We want to be able to offer programs that appeal to students seeking workplace ready medical careers while staying competitive with our peer institutions. All of the allied health certificate programs can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health.”

The programs include: Coding Specialist, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Assisting, and Medical Administrative Specialist.

Coding Specialists review patient records and are trained in the CPT coding system. They are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records.

Phlebotomists collect and process blood samples.

Medical Assistants combine hands-on skills of working with patients such as taking vitals, giving immunizations, and assisting with procedures to light paperwork such as setting appointments and insurance processing.

Medical Administrative Specialists are more focused on data entry, medical record management and insurance processing information.

To learn more about the new shortened Allied Health certificate programs, contact the Glen Oaks Office of Admissions at (269) 294-4253.