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.
- Nursing Assistant College Certificate of Completion (16 credit hours)
- Electrocardiogram Technician Course Completion Certificate (one semester – 4 credit hours)
- Phlebotomist Basic Course Completion Certificate (one semester – 4 credit hours)
- Patient Care Technician College Certificate of Completion (38-42 credit hours)
- *NEW* Medical Assistant Associates Degree Plan has been Approved! Pending data entry into the NMSU/DACC system. Here is the draft until fully loaded into the banner system. Once officially entered a final degree plan will be posted, please note this is subject to change until published formally: Draft.RM A 19-20 Medical Assisting
Core courses have an experiential learning opportunity called a clinical or practicum. Clinicals and practicums take place in 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. Requirements 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Student Learning Outcomes for the 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.