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Community Health Service Education

Rapid Entry Support Programs

LCC offers a variety of programs that will quickly qualify you for a job in health care. These programs range in length from less than one semester to three. You can take classes while keeping your current job, or immerse yourself in your new field. When you complete your courses and start work in your new field, you have the option of continuing to take courses to improve your skills and increase your promotion potential. Here's what we offer:

  • Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician (PCT)
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician

LCC also offers several health support courses including:

CHSE 114 - Pathophysiology for Allied Health
CHSE 115 - Pharmacology for Allied Health
CHSE 117 - Health Law and Ethics
CHSE 120 - Medical Terminology
CHSE 131 - Introduction to Electronic Health Records

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General Nurse Aide/PCT Career Information

Employment prospects for Nurse Aide/
Patient Care Technicians (PCT)

Job prospects for acute and long-term care nurse assistants will be very good because of the growing population of elderly people. These jobs offer entry into health care employment. The flexibility of night and weekend hours also provides high school and college students a chance to work during the school year.

Skills you need

Applicants should be tactful, patient, understanding, healthy, emotionally stable, dependable, and have a desire to help people. They should also be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills, and be willing to perform repetitive, routine tasks. Aides must be in good health. A physical examination, including a tuberculosis test, may be required.

Expected earnings

Median hourly wages of nurse aides and PCT's were $12.22 in May 2011. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.63 and $14.07 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.68, and the highest 10 percent earned more than  $16.91 an hour. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants in May 2011 were:

Employment services $12.10
General medical and surgical hospitals $13.12
Nursing care facilities $11.76
Community care facilities for the elderly $11.31
Home health care services $11.40

Sterile Processing Technician

This is a 15-credit certificate program. Successful completion of the course qualifies a student to take the National Certification Examination for Sterile Processing and Distribution.

Nature of Work

The sterile processing technician is responsible for processing and inventorying hospital equipment, supplies, and instruments used in most hospital departments. They decontaminate, clean, sterilize and dispense supplies. The position also requires safely lifting heavy objects and standing for long periods of time.

Skills You Need

You should be in good physical and emotional health to secure and maintain employment. An interest in health care, attention to details, and an ability to organize is necessary.

Expected Earnings

Job openings are expected to grow as fast as average, or about 10 to 20 percent. The expected pay range for a Sterile Processing Technician in central Michigan is $22,000 to $32,000.

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding may take three semesters to complete.

Nature of Work

The Medical Insurance Biller and Coder is involved in every phase of medical insurance billing from receiving patient information through receipt of payment. In this field, you will be responsible for insurance card interpretation, coding procedures, understanding and complying with insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, worker's compensation and other requirements.

Employment Prospects

Job openings are expected to grow as fast as average, or about 10 to 20 percent.

Skills you Need

To be successful as a Medical Insurance Biller and Coder, you will need to be adaptable, pay close attention to detail, have good oral and written communication skills, plus math and keyboarding skills.  You will also need an introductory knowledge of electronic health records

Expected Earnings

A Medical Insurance Biller and Coder can expect to earn $15.50 to $20.00 per hour, $28,220 - $38,500 per year.

Pharmacy Technician

Program Length

The Pharmacy Technician course is a two-semester, seven-credit course with the second course being an externship that meets one evening per week. Completion of MATH 050 with at least a 2.0 grade, or attainment of math level 4 is a prerequisite. Completion of Pharmacology (CHSE 115) is recommended.  Successful completion prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board National Certification Exam.

Nature of Work

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist. Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests for prescription refills from patients. They also may receive prescriptions sent electronically from the doctor's office. They must verify that the information on the prescription is complete and accurate. To prepare the prescription, technicians must retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication. Then, they prepare the prescription labels, select the type of prescription container, and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels to the container. Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to a patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

In hospitals, technicians have added responsibilities. They read patient charts and prepare and deliver the medicine to patients. The pharmacist must check the order before it is delivered to the patient. The technician then copies the information about the prescribed medication onto the patient's profile. Technicians also may assemble a 24-hour supply of medicine for every patient. They package and label each dose separately. The package is then placed in the medicine cabinet of each patient until the supervising pharmacist checks it for accuracy. It is then given to the patient.

Employment Prospects

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster then the average for all occupations-36 percent or more-through 2010 due to the increased pharmaceutical needs of a larger and older population.

Skills You Need

Successful pharmacy technicians are alert, observant, organized, dedicated, and responsible. They should be willing and able to take directions. They must enjoy precise work-details are sometimes a matter of life and death. Although a pharmacist must check and approve all their work, they should be able to work on their own without constant instruction from the pharmacist. Candidates interested in becoming pharmacy technicians cannot have a prior record of drug or substance abuse.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills are needed because there is a lot of interaction with patients, coworkers, and healthcare professionals. Teamwork is very important because technicians are often required to work with pharmacists, aides, and other technicians.

Expected Earnings

Median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2012 were $14.63. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.10 and $17.22. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.89, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $20.38.

Median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy aides were $11.28 in May 2012. The middle 50 percent earned between $8.94 and $12.93. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.12, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $15.95.

Certified technicians may earn more than non-certified technicians. Some technicians and aides belong to unions representing hospital or grocery store workers.  Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of pharmacy techs in May 2012 were:

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $16.54
Grocery Stores $13.97
Health and Personal Care Stores $13.91
Other General Merchandise Stores $13.80
Department stores $13.34

 

Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of pharmacy aides in May 2012 were:

Offices of Physicians $18.57
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $14.75
Grocery Stores $11.14
Health and Personal Care Stores $10.64
Department stores $9.81

Phlebotomy Technician

The Phlebotomy Technician Program consists of two courses for a total of 6 credits taken in two semesters, with the second course being an Externship. Successful completion of the Program qualifies the student to take the ASCP National Certification Exam.

Nature of Work

The Phlebotomy Technician obtains blood and other specimens from patients, usually in a laboratory, hospital, or out-patient facility.

Skills You Need

Phlebotomy technicians need to have good manual dexterity and pay close attention to detail, even while working under pressure. Good people skills are important and must work well in a team environment.

Expected Earnings

Job openings are expected to grow as fast as average, or about 10 to 20 percent. A Phlebotomist in the Lansing area can expect to earn $21,000 to $29,000.

Scholarships

Occupational Program Awards - Deadline for 2015 Scholarship Applications is Saturday - February 14, 2015.

The awards are offered for a maximum of three semesters over a period of two consecutive years (Fall, Spring and one Summer Semester.) Renewal each semester is contingent upon the recipient meeting all award requirements. The Awards will cover up to $1,096 in tuition and fees each fall and spring semester and up to $382 for an optional summer semester. These amounts will cover approximately 12 billing hours plus partial fees in Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 billing hours plus partial fees in Summer Semester. An award recipient must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Reside in the LCC district.
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Pursue an approved LCC Health or Human Services Degree (occupational curriculum).
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0

Click here for application form: http://www.lcc.edu/scholarships/application/

For more information, please contact:
The Foundation Office at (517) 483-1985.

Health and Human Services at Lansing Community College

Community Health Service Education
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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