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Allied Health Certificates Suggested Schedules







Pharmacy Technician Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242.

** Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional course work to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

NOTE: Students must complete pharmacy technician courses and all related education to be awarded a certificate. It is strongly recommended that students see an advisor before enrolling in classes. Prerequisites and Admission Requirements: Students wishing to enter the Pharmacy Technician program will need to complete AHE 102 (or AHE 160 and 161), AHE 112, and WMATH 100 and then fill out an application. Students will need to complete all prerequisites with a C grade or better. Students will be entered into the program each Fall on a first come, first serve basis based on the date of their completed application. See website for application and further details: http://www.skagit.edu/directory.asp_Q_pagenumber_E_288. Also, must be at least 18 years of age; must have a GED or High School diploma; and must pass a background check.

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242.

** or CMST& 210 which is a transferable course.

NOTE: Students wishing to enter the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program will need to complete the prerequisite courses listed below with a “C” grade or better and be placed on a waiting list. Based on the date of their completed application, students will be admitted to the program each Fall quarter on a first come, first served basis. Prerequisite courses: AHE 102 (or AHE 160 and 161), CSS 103, ENGL 170 (or ENGL& 101), and WMATH 100. See the Allied Health Education website for application and further details: http://www.skagit.edu/news.asp?pagenumber=3219. This certificate prepares students for billing/coding careers in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, or insurance companies. Medical coding specialists learn the translation of written documentation of disease, injuries, and/or medical procedures into alphanumeric classifications. Currently, reimbursement for health care services is dependent on the assignment of codes to describe diagnoses, services, and procedures. In addition to coding, professional reimbursement specialists must learn the medical billing process to conform to individual insurance requirements, electronic billing procedures, and responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

Veterinary Assistant Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or OFTEC 122 (MS Word I).

** or VETA 199.

NOTE: Prepares students to assist the veterinarian in many aspects of animal care. This certificate is offered through the NW Career and Technical Academy located on the SVC campus. Classes will start in early September, following the Mount Vernon School District schedule. To view the calendar, go to the following website: (www.nwtech.k12.wa.us)

Dental Foundations Certificate

First Year

Second Year

NOTE: Prepares students to be part of a dental team. Students will have access to clinical experiences where they can observe chair side practice and equipment maintenance using a variety of delivery systems. Opportunities for employment include Sterilization Assistants and Dental Receptionists. This certificate is offered through the NW Career and Technical Academy located on the SVC campus. Classes will start in early September, following the Mount Vernon School District schedule. To view the calendar, go to the following website: (www.nwtech.k12.wa.us)

Medical Assistant Certificate (Fall Entry)

First Year

Second Year

* or AHE 160 fall quarter and 161 winter quarter.

** or BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242.

NOTE: A Medical Assistant Certificate is awarded to students who do the following: Meet immunization requirements; Satisfactory completion of AHE 101, 102 (or AHE 160 and 161), 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114; 115, 116, 117, 118, 200, CSS 103, ENGL& 101, OFTEC 162, and WMATH 100.

Dental Assisting Bridge Certificate

First Year

Second Year

* or AHE 160 and 161. AHE 102 may be taken summer quarter prior to starting the Dental program.

** Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class. (WMATH 100 can substitute for MATH& 107)

*** AHE 106 may be taken either Winter or Spring (AHE 102 is a prerequisite).

**** or PSYC& 100.

NOTE: This is a three quarter program designed to provide entry level skills and education to college students interested in a future career as a dental professional. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a technical core of entry level courses required in many college level Dental Assisting programs. At completion of this program, students may choose to continue their Dental Assisting education or seek entry level employment such as a Sterilization Assistant and/or Dental Receptionist.