The Health Services Technology associate degree program is designed to provide skills and experiences essential for those who desire a career in a health services 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 many 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".
New Health Services Certificates
Home Health Care Provider Certificate
Home health aides provide in-home care to people with disabilities, chronic illness or cognitive impairment. Help is often provided to older adults in need of assistance. Many seniors prefer to remain in their own homes as long as possible; having the assistance of home health aides supports this option.
Electrocardiography Technician Certificate
Under the supervision of physicians and/or nurses, electrocardiography technicians operate equipment that records and measures heart activity (EKG/ECG diagnostic examinations) and report results to the treatment team. These measurements are used to assist cardiologists and other physicians in diagnosing and treating problems with a patient’s heart and blood vessels. Students receive instruction in human biology, medical terminology, selected cardiovascular medications and effects, basic patient care, and professional standards and ethics.
Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations. They primarily work in hospitals, ambulatory centers, clinics, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices. Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary non-degree award from a phlebotomy program. Professional certification is highly desired for employment.
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.