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Health Care Worker Certificate

Course OverviewCourse GuideAdditional InformationAdmissions Process
 

This certificate combines the clinical skills of the Nurse Aide with those of the Phlebotomy Technician. In addition the student will have further career choice direction given in Introduction to the Health Careers and College Skills Portfolio. The entry-level health care worker will have the opportunity to learn of the many career opportunities in nursing, medical assisting and a variety of other health careers that require advanced skill levels. This certificate will apply toward the Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health Degree.

 

 

Required Coursework

ALH 100 Introduction to Health Careers 3 credits
BUS 101 College Skills and Portfolio Writing 3 credits
ALH 104 Nurse Aide Course 6 credits
Phlebotomy Certificate (24 credits)
ALH 218 Medical Terminology* 3 credits
ALH 222 Disease Conditions* 3 credits
ALH 230 Medical Office Lab* 4 credits
ALH 250 Medical Law & Bioethics* 3 credits
ALH 285 Phlebotomy Practicum* 3 credits
BIO 101 Human Biology* 4 credits
OR
BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 credits
AND
BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 credits
BUS 111 Contemporary Business & Technical Communications* 4 credits
Total: 36-40 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

  1. The student must achieve a minimum grade of 2.0 in all curriculum courses. The student must pass ALH 230 with a minimum grade of 2.5.
  2. Qualifications for the Phlebotomy practicum requires the student to have all course work completed as determined by the practicum coordinator with an overall 2.5 GPA or above. All program instructors must recommend the student for practicum.

 

Effective: Fall 2011
Current as: 7/16/14

 

 

Certificate Information

Apply your certificate toward a degree

This certificate can be applied toward
the Associate of Applied Science in
Allied Health degree, for those seeking
increased responsibilities, supervisory
roles and health care office management
in physician offices, health care clinics,
hospital-based clinics, hospitals and
small health care businesses. Health Care
Worker Certificate courses meet many of
the requirements for the 36-credit Medical
Assistant Certificate, which is diverse and
flexible.

The Health Care Worker certificate combines the clinical skills of the nurse aide with those of the phlebotomy technician. In addition, through classes such as Introduction to Health Careers and College Skills Portfolio, the entry-level health care worker will have the chance to learn of the many opportunities available in nursing, medical assisting and other health careers that require advanced skill levels.

Nursing aides help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. This can involve cleaning, bathing and dressing residents; turning and repositioning them or moving them between beds and wheelchairs; listening to and recording their health concerns; measuring their vital signs; serving food and feeding them.

Phlebotomy technicians draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. They talk with patient and donors to help them feel less nervous about having their blood drawn.


Is this for me?

As front line personnel caring for people facing difficult health situations, nursing aides and phlebotomists demonstrate compassion and caring to meet patients’ emotional needs. They also possess good eye/hand coordination and body strength to meet patients’ physical needs.

Program Information

Graduates of this program are eligible for State of Michigan certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) or nationally certified as a Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 median salary for nursing assistants was $26,590 per year and for phlebotomists was $34,420 per year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth in employment of nursing assistants and orderlies of 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for these patients.

 

 

Guided Pathway

 

  1. Register for admission to the college.
  2. Meet Placement Evaluation in basic Reading, Math and English criteria:

    1. Placement into BUS 111 – Contemporary Business and Technical Communications or higher or meet Corresponding ACT/SAT scores.
    2. Placement in to MATH 100 – Introductory Algebra or higher or meet Corresponding ACT/SAT scores.
      If course placement criteria not met, student may enroll in appropriate remedial course/s to bring skill level up to criteria.

  3. Declare Health Care Worker Certificate interest; (by filling out application and returning it to the Director of Allied Health/Medical Assisting).
  4. Meet with the Director of Allied Health to Interview and plan a Guided Pathway for successful completion of the program.
  5. The Health Care Worker Certificate may be completed, as outlined below, in three semesters beginning in the fall. However, students may start the program in either the fall or the winter semester. A student may choose to take courses over a longer period of time but may not take ALH 285 – Phlebotomy Practicum until all other courses except ALH 104 have been completed. It is strongly encouraged to take ALH 285 – Phlebotomy Practicum the semester immediately following the completion of ALH 230.
  6. Suggested Course Rotation: (minimum of a 2.5 GPA required at all times – with no grade lower than a 2.0)

    SEMESTER ONE:

    1. ALH 100 – Introduction to Health Careers
    2. ALH 218 – Medical Terminology
    3. BUS 101 – College Skills and Portfolio Writing
    4. ALH 250 – Medical Law & Bioethics

    SEMESTER TWO:

    1. BIO 101 – Human Biology
    2. BUS 111 – Contemporary Business & Technical Communication
    3. ALH 222 – Disease Conditions
    4. ALH 230 – Medical Office Lab

    SEMESTER THREE: Student must meets all prior GPA criteria (minimum of 2.5 required for program completion-no grade can be lower than 2.0) Instructor recommendations required for practicum placement.

    1. ALH 104 – Nurse Aide Course
    2. ALH 285 – Phlebotomy Practicum – 100 hours in a hospital laboratory with 100 independent draws. (minimum of 2.5 required for course completion)

  7. Apply for graduation certificates and/or degrees in the Student Services Department. May also print the form online.

 

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