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
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.
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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.
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).
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.