The Health Services Technology associate degree program is designed to provide skills and experiences essential for those who desire a career in the either the Medical Coding or the Pharmacy Technician career fields by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through knowledge-based learning, experiential processes, community involvement, and practical experiences under direct supervision of professionals in each respective field.
COTC awards the Associate of Applied Science degree to graduates of Health Science Technology. The college offers two options:
Students gain expertise in coding rules for the following coding systems:
Level II (HCPCS)
The program will prepare the student to be successful on the AAPC, CPC Exam.
Students will gain necessary expertise and skills to be successful when taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). The coursework is offered primarily online with the exception of a 21 hour internship required in the second course, Pharmacy Technology II.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical record and health information technicians is "projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations." Additionally, employment of pharmacy technicians is "projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications".
Through a partnership with the Career & Technology Education Centers of Licking County's (C-TEC) Adult Education Center, COTC students will be able to move into already-established and well known programs after completing their first year of study focusing on their general education courses.