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Allied Health offers multiple options

20 April 2015

To make taking classes convenient for not only the traditional age student, but also for someone still in high school or someone wanting to come back, Pratt Community College's Allied Health Department has many different options for people.

Allied Health is a number of short term courses are offered to provide education for employment in a variety of health care settings. PCC’s training prepares students to take state exams for certification, which will then allow them to work in places like nursing homes, hospitals and as a home health aide.

PCC’s program offers three classes that have state certification. Those classes are: Certified Nurse Aid, Certified Home Health Aid and Certified Medication Aid. These classes can be completed in four to seven weeks and a student can get all three state certifications in a semester.

All courses are hybrid courses, meaning you take them partly online and partly on campus.

"The equipment that students will be using at clinicals, is equipment that they will be using in the medical field," said Patty Huffman, Director of Allied Health. "It is all equipment you would want to be familiar with if you were planning on going on in the medical field."

For students who know they want all three certifications, plus being licensed in CPR and First Aid, students can work towards a certificate in Health Occupational Technology certificate. Students, who pass classes on the first try, can successfully complete the certification in two semesters. They will also take additional courses, like Medical Terminology and Introduction to Health Occupations, to help them in their future jobs.

The program has a state governing body that makes sure the program is teaching what it should and all instructors and the Director of Allied Health must be approved by the Kansas Board of Nursing to work in the Allied Health program at PCC.

"Our program has dedicated instructors who provide a high quality of education," Huffman said.

All three certifications had a 90 percent pass rates last semester.

Many of the courses that are offered through this program are free to high school students and students who are sophomores in high school and older may become CNA’s.