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Healthcare Certificates

Healthcare certificate programs are designed for rewarding careers in entry-level healthcare positions in one year or less. Certificate programs provide opportunities to develop the skills employers are looking for in a competitive market.  Some classes are offered with flexible scheduling with classes at night or on the weekend.

The Dental Assistant Certificate I Program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as a dental assistant, as well as providing additional coursework necessary for transfer to a dental hygiene program. The curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction and practice skills laboratories. The general education requirements facilitate the development of basic computer and communication skills.

A dental assistant works under the supervision of a dentist by performing a variety of office management, patient care, and laboratory duties; often working chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients. In addition, the dental assistant maintains patient records, promotes comfort and safety in the dental chair, obtains oral x-rays, sterilizes instruments, and instructs patients on proper dental health.

The successful dental assistant must have strong communication skills, display a positive attitude, observe strict confidentiality rules, and possess motor skill coordination necessary for safe patient care.

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Orientation to Dental Assisting 1
Dental Assisting Fundamentals 5
Dental Radiography 3
Dental Office Procedures 1
Dental Therapeutics & ER Management 3
Basic Life Support Certification .5
Microcomputer Applications 3
Managing Career Development 3


General Education Requirements

Course
Credits
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communications (ORAL) 3
Problem Solving or College Algebra (MATH) 3
Student Success (UNST) 1

 

Program Electives

Students must choose a minimum of four (4) credits from the following courses:

Course
Credits
Cultural Anthropology 3
General Biology I 4
Introduction to Chemistry 4
General Chemistry I 4
Technical Writing 3
Nutrition 2
General Microbiology 4
American & Wyoming Government 3
General Psychology 4
Sociological Principles 3
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4

 

The Dental Assistant Certificate II Program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as a dental assistant. The curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction and practice skills laboratories.  

A dental assistant works under the supervision of a dentist by performing a variety of office management, patient care, and laboratory duties; often working chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients. In addition, the dental assistant maintains patient records, promotes comfort and safety in the dental chair, obtains oral x-rays, sterilizes instruments, and instructs patients on proper dental health.

The successful dental assistant must have strong communication skills, display a positive attitude, observe strict confidentiality rules, and possess motor skill coordination necessary for safe patient care.

Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Orientation to Dental Assisting 1
Dental Assisting Fundamentals 5
Dental Radiography 3
Dental Office Procedures 1
Dental Therapeutics & Emergency Management 3
Basic Life Support Certification .5

The Medical Assistant Certificate Program is designed to prepare the student to work as a member of the healthcare team in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks under the direction of a physician.

Administrative tasks may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes, and all forms of patient communication. Clinical tasks may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, assisting with procedures, and administering medications as directed by a physician.

The curriculum provides the student with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, practice skills laboratories, and clinical practicum hours. The student will be required to pass a criminal background check and drug screen to be eligible for practicum experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to test for certification. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee certification.  

Explore gainful employment information, where you can find occupational information, estimated cost and time of program completion, and job placement opportunities. 

Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Administrative Role of the MA 3
Phlebotomy and Lab Techniques for the MA 2
Clinical Role of the MA I 3
Clinical Role of the MA II 2
Pharmacology for the MA 3
Medical Assistant Practicum 5
Human Biology or Human Anatomy 3
Medical Terminology 3


General Education Requirements

Course
Credits
English Composition (WR1)  3
Problem Solving or College Algebra (MATH) 3
Student Success 1

The healthcare industry provides a variety of high demand occupations that require a broad range of knowledge, skills, and abilities in general education and health science concepts. A Health Science certificate allows the student to complete coursework typically required in most healthcare degrees.

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
General Biology  4
General Psychology  4
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4
Introduction to Chemistry 4
Medical Terminology 3


General Education Requirements

Course
Credits
Writing Level I (WR1) or Interpersonal Communications (ORAL) 3
College Algebra (MATH) 4
Student Success (UNST) 1

This 2-credit course introduces the student to laboratory tests and procedures routinely performed in a medical facility or medical office setting. Content will include fundamental principles of medical lab practice, disposal of biohazard materials, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, safety, and quality control methods.

This course is part of the Medical Assistant Certificate Program; however, may be taken alone. Successful students who have a minimum of 25 venipunctures and 5 capillary punctures are eligible to take the national phlebotomy technician examination. The program is partnered with SageWest laboratory and participates in community health fairs to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experiences.


 

Jackson Healthcare Certificates

The Medical Assistant Certificate Program is designed to prepare the student to work as a member of the healthcare team in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks under the direction of a physician.

Administrative tasks may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes, and all forms of patient communication. Clinical tasks may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, assisting with procedures, and administering medications as directed by a physician.

The curriculum provides the student with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, practice skills laboratories, and clinical practicum hours. The student will be required to pass a criminal background check and drug screen to be eligible for practicum experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to test for certification. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee certification.  

Explore gainful employment information, where you can find occupational information, estimated cost and time of program completion, and job placement opportunities. 

Program Requirements

COURSE
CREDITS
Administrative Role of the MA 3
Phlebotomy and Lab Techniques  2
Clinical Role of the MA I 3
Clinical Role of the MA II 2
Pharmacology for the MA 3
Medical Assistant Practicum 5
Human Biology or Human Anatomy 3
Medical Terminology 3


General Education Requirements

COURSE
CREDITS
English Composition (WR1)  3
Problem Solving or College Algebra (MATH) 3
Student Success (UNST) 1

This 2-credit course introduces the student to laboratory tests and procedures routinely performed in a medical facility or medical office setting. Content will include fundamental principles of medical lab practice, disposal of biohazard materials, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, safety, and quality control methods.

This course is part of the Medical Assistant Certificate Program; however, may be taken alone. Successful students who have a minimum of 25 venipunctures and 5 capillary punctures are eligible to take the national phlebotomy technician examination. The program is partnered with SageWest laboratory and participates in community health fairs to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experiences.

Get to know your instructors

Kristy Jones

Instructor of Medical Assistant

Kristy enjoys sharing her work experiences with students to give them real life scenarios in the classroom.