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2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook

Healthcare Technician Certificate

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DSCC’s Healthcare Technician program prepares the student to become nationally certified through the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) or Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certificate. Students choose which track they wish to take.

CCMAs are multi-skilled professionals who are valuable assets to physicians. CCMAs assist during physical examinations, maintain treatment rooms, sterilize instruments, answer patient questions and obtain vital signs.

CPCT/As are multi-skilled professionals who play a vital role in patient care, primarily in hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities. CPCT/As assist patients by serving meals, changing bedding, assisting with restroom needs, measuring and monitoring vital signs, managing food and liquid intake, and performing venipuncture.

As CCMAs or CPCT/As, students will also be certified as Phlebotomy Technicians and Electrocardiogram Technicians through the National Healthcareer Associations certification process. Students begin their course of study for this program in the front office of the medical practice or at the hospital and then move into the clinical portion of the program.

Due to clinical requirements for this certificate, the student should be prepared to have a background check and drug screen completed at the student’s expense.

The courses in this Program require the student to take the industry certification exams in Phlebotomy, EKG, and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant or Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant at the conclusion of each applicable course. The certification exams also come at an additional cost to the student.

Please contact your instructor or the Dean of Career, Technical and Distance Education for more information about any of the above requirements and costs.

Major/Concentration Codes: AHHC-HCTC

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