Allied Health Care Assistant Program

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Program Mission Statement:

To foster the development of diverse entry-level Allied Health Professionals while building a solid foundation for providing competent and compassionate health care to the community.

The program goals:

  • To prepare students to begin a career helping people with health disparities.
  • To train students to provide safe and compassionate hands-on patient care.
  • To prepare highly competent skilled students to pass state or national certification examinations.
  • To provide an exposure to secondary education that will provide the groundwork for continued lifelong learning opportunities.

The program serves the healthcare community by providing employment ready, entry-level Nursing Assistants, Phlebotomists, Electrocardiogram Technicians, Patient Care Technicians, and Medical Assistants.

Core courses have an experiential learning opportunity called a clinical or practicum. Clinicals and practicums take place in settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, laboratories, or medical offices.  Because students provide hands-on patient care, students are required to provide documentation to demonstrate they do not pose a health risk or safety risk to themselves and the patients they will come in contact within the various healthcare facilities.

Clinical Requirements:  Please complete Clinical Packet for nursing assistant, phlebotomy tech, electrocardiography tech, patient care tech, and medical assistant courses.  Required documents will need to be uploaded to https://mycb.castlebranch.com/ before the student can register for a clinical class. For more information about submitting the clinical requirements from the packet contact our Data Records Coordinator Nicki Smith at nsmith@dacc.nmsu.edu.

Advising: Early advising will contribute significantly to your success. Click on this link for advising information.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Allied Health Care Assistant Program

Students will be able to:

  • Utilize appropriate medical terminology.
  • Apply the concepts of patient and personal safety measures.
  • Apply concepts of medical asepsis and infection control.
  • Demonstrate use of available resources and equipment in various roles.
  • Demonstrate communication competency with the healthcare team and patient.
  • Effectively perform basic skills related to the specific course content.
  • Demonstrate workplace ethics and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate the ability to pass a competency examination.