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Health-Related Professions

PCC offers degrees and certificates in a number of health-related professions. The information below shows you how to identify PCC's health-related programs and provides further information about these programs.

Health-Related Professions Information

The following pages will help you identify programs, research career options, and understand requirements for program admission.

Overview to Steps to Success

Step 1: Identify the program of study you're interested in
Step 2: Research the program requirements from the PCC website
Step 3: Contact the campus where the program is housed to find out if there are specific program orientations or advising sessions
Step 4: After meeting prerequisite requirements, apply to your program of study

Step 1: Identify the program of study you're interested in

Consider the following resources:

PCC website: research various choices here
AZCIS: Arizona Career Information System; research occupational titles, job descriptions, educational requirements; salary and employment outlook
STU 100, 107, 109 or 109A, 150, or 121: Take a Student Success course and learn career exploration techniques
Career counseling: visit individually with a counselor

Health-Related Professions at PCC

Click on each of the professions to read a description, career options, and location (campus) or click the forward button to continue the Steps to Success.

• Clinical Research Coordinator
• Dental Studies
• Direct Care Professional
• Fitness and Sport Sciences
• Medical Assistant
• Medical Laboratory Technician
• Nursing
• Pharmacy Technology
• Radiologic Technology
• Respiratory Care
• Therapeutic Massage
• Veterinary Science

Related Degrees and Certificates

• Emergency Medical Technology
• Health Information Technology

Clinical Research Coordinator

Description
Gain the knowledge and skills required to manage a successful clinical research trial.

Career Options
Seek an entry-level position or career advancement in hospitals, medical centers, universities, or private research groups.

Location
Northwest Campus

Dental Studies

Description
Work in direct patient care as a dental hygienist or assistant, or prepare for a career in a dental laboratory.

Career Options
Take national and/or regional exams; then work in general or specialty dental offices, hospitals, clinics, labs, schools, public health and government agencies.

Location
West Campus

Direct Care Professional

Description
Gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to provide direct care for the aged or for individuals with physical, mental or developmental disabilities.

Career Options
Work for a health care agency that provides services for individuals in a home setting.

Location
Northwest Campus

Fitness and Sport Sciences

Description
Learn to coach athletes, teach physical education or train individuals in personal fitness.

Career Options
Coach a high school-level sports team; work as a personal trainer in your own business or within a fitness club or agency.

Location
West Campus

Medical Assistant

Description
Work in a medical office while preparing to take exams for licensure. Students can specialize in medical coding and billing, in patient care, or can become qualified to work in both areas by completing both certificate concentrations.

Career Options
Work as a medical assistant in physicians' offices, medical centers, urgent care facilities and clinics.

Location
Desert Vista Campus

Medical Laboratory Technician

Description
Prepare for a career in medical laboratory technology through classroom study and supervised clinical experience. Learn about blood, analysis of body fluids, bacteriology, parasitology, clinical chemistry and other aspects of medical laboratory technology.

Career Options
Work in the clinical laboratory of a hospital, clinic, reference laboratory, blood bank, coroner's office or in biomedical research.

Location
West Campus

Nursing

Description
Gain skills in patient care for employment as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or patient care technician.

Career Options
Take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to be eligible to work as a registered nurse or the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to be eligible to work as a licensed practical nurse.

Location
West Campus

Pharmacy Technology

Description
Learn to work in a pharmacy, including medication dispensing, business administration and supervisory skills, or learn how to assist pharmacists in packaging and distributing medications.

Career Options
Work in hospitals, nursing care facilities and drug stores and with drug manufacturers, wholesale drug houses and health maintenance organizations.

Location
East Campus

Radiologic Technology

Description
Become a technologist in the field of diagnostic medical imaging. Learn diagnostic medical imaging, equipment operation, radiographic procedures, patient care, and radiation safety and protection.

Career Options
Eligibility to apply for the national certification exam by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and qualify to work in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices.

Location
West Campus

Respiratory Care

Description
Develop skills through classroom and clinical experience to become a respiratory therapist.

Career Options
Apply to take the exam given by the National Board of Respiratory Care to become a certified respiratory therapist. This degree also qualifies graduates to take the registered respiratory therapist exam. Become licensed in Arizona. Work in hospitals, special-care facilities and other settings taking care of cardiopulmonary patients.

Location
West Campus

Therapeutic Massage

Description
Become a bodywork practitioner by learning therapeutic massage. Learn techniques to alleviate chronic pain, reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and promote healing through therapeutic massage.

Career Options
Work as a massage therapist in a variety of wellness, medical and corporate facilities, on cruise ships or as a private practitioner.

Location
Northwest Campus

Veterinary Science

Description
Learn to provide veterinary care to animals, including nutrition, nursing, anesthesiology, radiography and clinical laboratory procedures, or how to work in the front office area of veterinary practices.

Career Options
Work as a certified veterinary technician for veterinarians, biological research workers, scientists and business or organizations that provide care for animals, or work in the front office area of veterinary practices.

Location
East Campus

Emergency Medical Technology

Description
Learn pre-hospital emergency medical care, including physical assessment, medical techniques and ambulance operations.

Career Options
Take required Arizona and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exams that qualify you to work as an emergency medical technician.

Location
East Campus, Community Campus

Health Information Technology

Description
Prepare for a career as a medical billing, insurance and coding specialist, or become a Health Information Technician, specializing in medical billing and coding, front office support, or medical transcription.

Career Options
Find entry-level employment as a medical coder, a medical billing and insurance claims specialist or technician, a coder for a physician or hospital, or a transcriptionist in a medical facility, health care agency, or insurance agency.

Location
Downtown Campus

Step 2: Research the program requirements

Step 2a:

Look at the program requirements from the PCC website. Click on the link for the program you're interested in.

Step 2b:

After selecting your program link, review your program details and updates (for instance, Nursing).

Step 2c:

Review the program prerequisites.

Step 2d:

In MyPima, on the Academics tab, Academic Planning channel, click on the MyDegreePlan tool to plan your courses.

Step 3:

Contact the campus where the program is housed to find out if there are specific program orientations or advising sessions.

Step 4:

Once your prerequisite coursework is complete, you can access the Nursing and HRP Program Application available in the Degrees and Programs portion of the Academics tab in MyPima.

If you have any questions, just ask! You can set up an appointment with PCC counselors via the PCC website.

 

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