Associate of Applied Science
North Central State College’s Health Services Technology degree program is designed for students wanting to be cross-trained in several healthcare skills. Graduating students will be able to perform more than one healthcare function in the ever changing health care delivery system.
Students will be required to select at least two or more specialized areas beyond the general education requirements and the core health technology courses. Certificates by State, National, and certifying organizations will show competency in the specialized areas. Those areas include:
Since there are many combinations of specialization, students should contact the program director to discuss their career goals and plan for their individualized curriculum. Students must complete a minimum of 64 credits as follows:
Students who are seeking another degree option or who already have a health technology degree may enroll in additional specialization areas to obtain certification.
The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for the completion of this program.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this certificate program are eligible to be certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing as a Community Health Worker (CHW). The CHW will work in the community as an outreach resource assisting clients in six major areas: healthcare, community resources, communication skills, individual and community advocacy, health education, and skills and responsibilities. Practicum experiences in the community will be a major component of the certificate.
A minimum grade of C- is required in all CHWR courses and an overall certificate grade point average of 2.00. An acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report is required. Various practicum sites for CHWR2750 may have specific background check and drug testing requirements. CHWR2710, CHWR2730, and CHWR2750 must be completed within a two year period (exceptions require approval of the Dean of Health Sciences).
CHWR2710 will count as a technical elective in the Human Services program.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the AAPC as a Certified Professional Coder. Students will have advanced information in ICD-Coding and CPT-4 coding plus apply principles and guidelines for using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10/PCS) to code diagnosis and procedures in a variety of settings.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the CODA as a Dental Assistant. Some specific tasks that may be performed may include assisting the dentist to provide oral healthcare during a variety of procedures, exposing and processing x-rays, preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment, and educating patients in various post-operative care and treatment.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the State of Ohio Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Emphasis is on accurate observations, evaluation of emergency situations, effective communications with the medical network, and high skill proficiency. This class also serves as a required building block to the Paramedic classes.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the National Registry as a Paramedic. Emphasis is on managing medical emergencies including patient assessment, medical-legal issues, airway management, fluid therapy and pharmacology, geriatric care and management of respiratory emergencies, assessment and management of cardiac emergencies as well as assessment and advanced management of trauma.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the Ohio Pharmacy Technical Board as a Pharmacy Technician. This program will prepare you to assist the pharmacist in various healthcare facilities.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) as a Phlebotomy Technician. EKG technologist will complete heart testing which can then be read by a physician. The phlebotomist will be able to draw blood and obtain samples of other body fluids to be processed by a laboratory.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the Ohio Board of Health as a State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA). The STNA will assist the Licensed Practical and Registered Nurse in providing basic care to patients in all types of health facilities and home health.
Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the AST as a Surgical Technician. The program emphasized the role and responsibilities of the surgical technologist in effective communication, legal, ethical, and moral aspects of care, preparation of the patient for surgery, preparation of the OR for surgery, aseptic techniques, patient care procedures, environmental safety, and supply/equipment preparation and use.