The Clinical Assisting Occupational Endorsement Certificate program produces students who can perform basic laboratory testing in medical laboratories, working under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist, medical laboratory technician or pathologist. A Clinical Assisting student will collect and process blood specimens and perform waived testing procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology and urinalysis.
The dental assisting certificate program is a comprehensive program consisting of lecture, hands-on training in clinical procedures and laboratory sessions. Full-time students will complete 17 credits in the fall semester, 14 credits in the spring semester and 3 credits in the summer. The program starts the last week of August, in coordination with all other University of Alaska Anchorage fall courses, and ends approximately June 20. After completing the dental assisting certificate program, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board. With additional coursework, students may also pursue an A.A.S. Degree in Dental Assisting.
The Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science degree is a three-year endeavor comprising one year of science and general education courses and two years of course work in dental hygiene. The program prepares graduates clinically and academically to take the National and Western Regional Examining Boards for licensure.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree is an Associate of Applied Science degree program that prepares students for entry level work as a general sonographer. The DMS program has a competitive application process that requires students to submit a departmental application after completing prerequisite courses and other admissions requirements.
Fire & Emergency Services Technology
The Fire & Emergency Services Technology program provides entry-level knowledge and skills for students planning a career in emergency services as well as knowledge and skill for the career firefighter.
The Medical Assisting program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting, as well as preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination and an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Medical Office Coding. Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics and outpatient care centers. These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. Clinical duties include assisting with examinations, recording vital signs, preparing patients for various procedures, sterilizing instruments, maintaining examining rooms, drawing blood, recording electrocardigrams, removing sutures and changing dressings. Administrative responsibilities of the medical assistant include answering telephones and greeting patients, maintaining medical records, performing medical coding, completing health insurance forms, scheduling appointments, and preparing medical and financial reports.
Medical Laboratory Technology
The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate and Bachelors degrees are designed with the following NAACLS description in mind: at career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communication skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the health care team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point-of-care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the clincial laboratory.
Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients under medical authority of licensed physicians. Individuals interested in pursuing a career as a paramedic should possess significant strength to lift and carry victims, good use of hands and fingers, good coordination, good judgment and emotional stability, as well as the ability to work confidently under pressure. Students successfully completing the degree requirements and the PMED courses meet the US Department of Transportation and National Standards for Paramedics and are eligible to take the National Registry examination required for licensure.
The Pharmacy Technology program of study prepares students to work as pharmacy technicians. The program meets the outcomes of the "Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Training" developed by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Upon successful completion of the OEC, Pharmacy Technology students will be well-prepared to work in various settings as a pharmacy technician and to successfully sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination (PTCB). The student will also have a solid background to continue further study in the field of pharmacy, pursuing a pre-pharmacy degree and ultimately a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
The Phlebotomy Occupational Endorsement Certificate provides students with the knowledge to obtain blood and other samples for laboratory testing. The student will understand how to establish professional relationships with their patients, collect and prepare specimens, maintain collection areas and equipment, and preform record keeping duties. Students are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in phlebotomy after completion of MEDT A195A.
The Radiologic Technology program prepares students for employment as career entry medical radiographers. Students completing the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to apply for certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART). Graduate are prepared with the technical skills necessary to perform a variety of diagnostic radiographic examinations. The primary role of the radiographer is to provide diagnostic images of the structure and function of anatomy to assist the physician in the treatment of injury and disease. The program of study incorporates didactic instruction, laboratory demonstration and clinical application in a manner that provides correlation of theory with practice.
Limited radiographers perform X-ray examinations within a limited scope and work under the direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist, physician and physician's assistant. The limited radiographer is prepared with the technical skills to perform examinations and provide the physician with diagnostic images of the skeletal system.