Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician
The Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician Associate Degree program is designed to meet the ever changing needs of the healthcare delivery system by preparing students with cross-training and the ability to sit for in-demand certifications such as Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Patient Care Technician.
Today’s healthcare settings and practitioners are looking for technicians who are versatile in the field and able to assist with a variety of different tasks, especially in the multi-faceted health care industry. Students who enroll in the Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician program will benefit from learning to perform more than function, often in more than one discipline within the allied health professions. Today’s students are looking for career paths that offer a variety of technical skills that allow them to work in many different healthcare settings, including both clinical and administrative skills for both the acute and ambulatory setting. The Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician degree enables a student to complete a program of study to fulfill a unique healthcare career goal that cannot be met through the completion of one technical healthcare program. This provides increased knowledge and skill in the field that translates to increased marketability for employment.
We’re seeing more and more allied health professionals achieving stacked credentials — meaning they’re getting more than one allied health certification. Having more credentials doesn’t just put more letters on your resume. It shows employers you have achieved a certain level of education/training in multiple areas, making you a valuable employee.
Listed below are the certifications you can receive from classes in the program.
Program Embedded Certifications:
- National Healthcareer Association:
- Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
- EKG Technician (CET)
- Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)
- Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A)
- Illinois State Nursing Board
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- American Heart Association
- CPR and BBP
Overall Occupational Outlook:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment of healthcare occupations to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.
AHS 100 Medical Terminology (4 Quarter Hours)
This course involved recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, and pronunciation of terms used within medicine. Emphasis will be placed on recognition of basic word roots, prefixes, and suffixes and combining forms. Topics include medical vocabulary and terms relating to anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems.
AHS 210 Electronic Health Records Integration (4 Quarter Hours)
This course provides an introduction to the history, theory, and benefits of an electronic health records (EHR) system. Students are able to apply the features and functions of an EHR environment through a hands-on experience with an industry standard EHR program, providing the opportunity to put manual administrative skills into practice in a simulated medical setting using an electronic system. Types of electronic management systems will be explored along with their impact on various areas of the healthcare system.
AHS 211: Electronic Health Records II with certification (4 Quarter Hours)
This course provides continued Electronic Health Records training and EHR Certification Prep. Students will learn to to analyze, improve, and implement technology and workflow solutions to improve patient care. This course will support the growing use of technology throughout all aspects of healthcare in a variety of healthcare settings. Additionally, this course emphasizes the need for strict adherence to patient confidentiality laws, authorized release of information, and data security. Study guide and practice exams and rationale for answers will be reviewed.
(Prerequisite: AHS 210)
AHS 225 National Phlebotomy Certification (4 Quarter Hours)
Students are introduced to the role of a phlebotomist and their vital membership with the clinical laboratory team. Experience is acquired in obtaining patients’ blood specimens. Students must complete and document a minimum of 30 successful venipunctures and 10 successful capillary sticks. The National Healthcare Association (NHA) certification exam (CPT) is offered to qualified candidates. (Prerequ: A&P & CNHS student enrollment)
AHS 245 EKG Technician Certification (4 Quarter Hours)
Students will learn the principles of electrocardiography including resting EKG, ambulatory monitoring, and stress testing. The student will review the anatomy and physiology of the heart, as well as learning the parts of the EKG complex. Recognition of rhythms and abnormal complexes will be emphasized. Students will perform resting EKG, ambulatory (Holter) monitoring, and stress testing. Upon completion of the course, the student will be eligible to take the EKG Technician Certification Examination. (Prerequ: A&P & CNHS student enrollment)
AHS 290 Medical Office Management (4 Quarter Hours)
This course will emphasize critical thinking and effective communication as students prepare for immediate and long term success as Multi-Skilled Healthcare Professionals. Students will learn to incorporate medical business practices through knowledge of administrative functions such as appropriate communication skills in the healthcare setting, front office management, management of patient information, including privacy practices, basic practice finances, third party reimbursement, and procedural and diagnostic coding.
NUR 200 Introduction to Health Assessment & Basic Nursing Skills (2 Quarter Hours)
This course provides opportunities to develop core competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner. The role of the nurse as a member of the health care team is emphasized. Students are introduced to the basic concepts of client needs, safety, communication, critical, ethical-legal, transcultural diversity, nursing history, and the program’s philosophy of nursing. Additionally, this course introduces psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting essential human needs. Skills necessary for maintaining microbial, physical, and psychological safety are introduced along with skills needed in therapeutic interventions. At the conclusion of this course, the student should demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills. (Prerequisites: MAT 170, A&P)
NUR 230 Nursing Fundamentals (6 Quarter Hours)
This course introduces classic nursing principles that underpin future clinical practice. Principles include such things as comfort measures, assistance with daily living activities, environmental concerns, positioning and transporting, asepsis and sterile technique, medication administration, intrusive therapies and use of the nursing process with particular emphasis on the intervention component. Concepts related to nursing fundamentals and nursing care is integrated throughout the course. The campus laboratory and clinical settings will afford practical experience in application of the principles and skills taught in the theory portion of this class. Students will be expected to demonstrate beginning competency in application of the nursing process. Each student will gain experience in a geriatric senior living facility. The clinical portion of their course will prepare students for active participation in delivery of healthcare to the geriatric client. Each student will perform designated nursing skills after having successfully demonstrated them in nursing skills laboratory. (Prerequisites: A&P, MAT 170)
NUR 231 Fundamental Nursing Assessment (2 Quarter Hours)
This lab consists of a series of activities and assessments to assist you in achieving the outcomes/objectives for the course. Each week you will complete various combinations of online assignments, activities, readings, etc. Instructional strategies that may be used include: lecture, discussion, demonstration, media resources (YouTube and others), role playing, simulation, team-based learning strategies, audio-visual aids, computer assisted instruction, case studies, and return demonstration. Each student must demonstrate proficiency in the nursing skills lab before they can perform it on a client in the clinical setting. (Prerequisites: A&P, MAT 170)
NUR 250 PCT Certification Review (4 Quarter Hours)
A comprehensive preparation course designed for students to learn the role of a patient care technician (PCT) and their vital membership within the healthcare team. Students will be expected to understand the clinical and administrative duties in a medical office, nursing home, and hospital. PCT curriculum will be offered to assist in preparation for the PCT certification exam offered by the National Healthcare Association (NHA). Study guide and practice exams and rationale for answers will be reviewed.
MAT 170 Math for Nursing Practice (4 Quarter Hours)
This course is designed to assist nursing students in the mastery of drug dosage calculations across the lifespan, a necessary competency for the safe and accurate administration of medications. The ratio-proportion method will be used to teach math skills required for drug dosage calculation of oral and parenteral drugs.
- EKG Technician
- Medical Assistant
- Patient Care Technician/Assistant
- Medical Billing Associate
- Medical Records Clerk
- Medical Office Assistant
- Certified Nursing Assistant
“As medical practitioner and educator, I have recognized that being diverse in clinical and administrative skill’s can ensure a higher level of job security, advancement and sustainability in the healthcare field. Our Multi Skilled Healthcare Technician program fulfills this necessity by allowing students to acquire multiple certifications giving our graduates a diverse skill set they need to ensure success throughout their career.”
J.S. Shahed MD, MBA
Division Chair / Professor
College of Nursing & Health Studies
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