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Allied Health​​ Technology Programs

Interested in an allied health career where your skills could make a difference in someone’s life? Our Allied Health programs offer several paths to help you land a professional role in the health care field.

Yakima Valley College (YVC) offers a unique approach to obtain a variety of health profession certificates or degrees. Students complete classes delivered in a modular format, providing a distinctive learning environment which fits a variety of learning styles and individualized student schedule​s.

  • We offer shorter term certificate offerings, which range from 5 credits to 69 credits in length. Which of these might benefit you as a career or as an addition to your skills?
  • If you are interested in an Associate of Applied Science Degree, we offer several option which range from 94 credits to 106 credits in length.

About Allied Health Technology Programs at YVC

The Allied Health Technology programs provide career and enrichment coursework and clinical experiences in order to build the knowledge, skills, and competencies for providing care for people of all ages in a variety of medical professions.

The different areas of study offered include Care Navigation, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Interpreter, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, and Surgical Technology.

Each program has different admission criteria, coursework, and degree options, ranging from introductory classes and certificates to associate of applied science degrees focused on a specific area of study.

The majority of courses in Allied Health Technology are offered through an online format. Clinical laboratory practice and clinical externship is required in some program courses.

Degrees

Click the title of the program you are interested in to learn more.

Medical Assisting, AAS 

Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, this degree prepares students for a career as a Medical Assistant.  Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in medical assisting.  Simulation so patient examinations rooms, a laboratory, and a front office reception and business area in the Allied Health laboratory allow for hands-on practice of essential psychomotor skills.  Clinical practice in local provider’s offices and clinics provide actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions as a Medical Assistant.

This AAS is 94 credits in length.  Students may complete the 66 credits required for the certificate program as well as the 28 additional credits needed for The Associate of Applied Science degree.  A program application is required, with 40 students accepted annually; 20 students each fall quarter (August 1) and 20 students spring quarter (March 1) by use of a competitive point system.  Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive an AAS degree in Medical Assisting.

Career Overview

Medical Assistants are versatile health care professionals that have specific training to work in a physician’s office or clinic. Medical Assistants may perform administrative skills and basic clerical functions, including writing business letters and memos, filing patient records, scheduling, preparing requisitions, telephone services, transcription, monitoring third-party reimbursement, and medical coding. Additionally, Medical Assistants are proficient in many clinical skills, a few of which are obtaining vital signs, sterile technique, assisting with physical examinations and minor surgery, administering injections, laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and sterilization of equipment by autoclaving.

For up to date information consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Program Outcome Information

  • Outcomes from 2016
  • Student Retention – 100%
  • Exam Pass – 83.33%

Contact

Cami Pangrazi, cpangrazi@yvcc.edu 509.574.4913

Medical Billing & Coding, AAS 

Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised practice, this degree prepares students for a career as a Billing and Coding Specialist.  Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in medical billing and coding.  Simulation sf a front office reception and business area in the Allied Health laboratory allow for realistic practice.  Supervised practice provides experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions as a Billing and Coding Specialist.

This AAS is 100 credits in length.  Students may complete the 68 credits required for the certificate program as well as the 32 additional credits needed for the Associate of Applied Science degree.  The 32 additional degree credits will add coding content particular to the hospital and clinical settings as well as an education to prepare students for the clinical and supervisory roles.  A program application is required, with 20 students accepted annual each winter quarter (December 1) by use of a competitive point system.  Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive an AAS degree in Medical Billing and Coding.

Career Overview

Healthcare in America has undergone tremendous change in recent years, especially with regard to reimbursement for medical services. Currently, reimbursement for health care services is dependent on the assignment of codes to describe diagnoses, services, and procedures.  Medical coding specialists learn the translation of written documentation of disease, injuries, and/or procedures into alphanumeric classifications.  In addition to the application of codes, professional reimbursement specialists must learn the medical billing process, which includes the application of the above codes to conform to individual insurance requirements and electronic application of billing procedures.

Program Chair/Instructor

Sandy Erlewine  serlewine@yvcc.edu   509.574.4913

Surgical Technology, AAS 

Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, this degree prepares students for a career as a Surgical Technologist.  Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in Surgical Technology.

Simulation of surgical suites in the Allied Health laboratory allow for hands-on practice of essential psychomotor skills to become an integral part of the surgical team.  Clinical practice in hospital operating rooms, surgery center operating rooms, surgical processing services, and labor and delivery centers provide actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions as a Surgical Technologist.

This AAS is 96 credits in length.  A program application is required, with 10 students accepted annually, each fall quarter (August 1) by use of a competitive point system.  Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology.

Career Overview

Surgical Technology is a demanding, challenging, and satisfying profession. A Surgical Technologist functions as an integral member of the surgical team. Surgical Technologists can perform in the sterile role, known as the “scrub role” or the non-sterile “assistant circulating” role, and assume responsibilities before, during, and after surgery.  A surgical technologist possesses expert knowledge in the theory and application of sterile technique, human anatomy, surgical procedures, and instruments and technologies used in the surgical arena. Primary responsibilities include preparing the surgical patient for surgery; selecting and opening sterile supplies and equipment; maintenance of the sterile surgical field; passing instruments, sutures, sponges, and other supplies during surgery; maintaining records; and, along with the circulator, accounting for sponges, needles, and instruments before, during, and after surgery.​

Certified Surgical Technologist Examination Pass Rates

2015-91%
2016-80%
2017-78%
2018-90%

Graduation Rate (4 year average 2015-2017): 97%
Employment Rates for Graduates (3 yr average 2015-2017): 96%
Typical starting hourly wage: $17-$24

Mission

The mission of the Yakima Valley College Surgical Technology Program is to provide educational experiences that instill the professional values of ethics and responsibility while students learn according to current standards. This program will prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (Skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The faculty is dedicated to fostering a learning environment that encourages trust and interaction to achieve the overall goal of providing a diverse community with well-prepared surgical technologists who are capable of providing quality health care.

Goals

  1. Apply the fundamentals obtained in biological science courses to safely perform operating room competencies.
  2. Utilize knowledge gained in interrelationship and social science courses to recognize the cultural, legal and ethical implications of their actions in relating to the patient and as a member of the surgical team.
  3. Integrate knowledge gained in core surgical technology courses to prepare for and assist with surgical interventions.
  4. Utilize biomedical skills in the performance of operating room competencies.
  5. Employ appropriate medical terminology to communicate within the surgical setting and to provide for accurate documentation.
  6. Comprehend the concept of professionalism as it relates to the practice of surgical technology on personal, institutional, local, state, and national levels.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL, 33763; 727.210.2350.

Program Coordinator/Instructor

Libby McRae  lmcrae@yvcc.edu   509.574.6845

Certificates

The following certificates are designed to provide students with a concentration of courses in a specific technical area. The certificates may be suitable for students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular area. All courses taken for the certificates would apply toward the related associate degree programs.

Click the title of the program you are interested in to learn more.

Medical Assisting

Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, this certificate prepares students for a career as a medical assistant. Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in medical assisting. Simulations of patient examination rooms, a laboratory, and a front office reception and business area in the allied health laboratory allow for hands-on practice of essential psychomotor skills. Clinical practice in local physician’s offices and clinics provides actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions as a medical assistant.

This certificate program is 66 credits in length. Students may complete the course of study in four quarters of full-time attendance. Part-time study is also available. A program application is required, with thirty students accepted annually by the use of a competitive point system. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive a medical assisting certificate.

Career Overview

Medical Assistants are versatile health care professionals that have specific training to work in a physician’s office or clinic. Medical Assistants may perform administrative skills and basic clerical functions, including writing business letters and memos, filing patient records, scheduling, preparing requisitions, telephone services, transcription, monitoring third-party reimbursement, and medical coding. Additionally, Medical Assistants are proficient in many clinical skills, a few of which are obtaining vital signs, sterile technique, assisting with physical examinations and minor surgery, administering injections, laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and sterilization of equipment by autoclaving.

For up to date information consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Program Outcome Information

  • Outcomes from 2016
  • Student Retention – 100%
  • Exam Pass – 83.33%

Accreditation

This certificate is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.Caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350. The optional associate of applied science degree in medical assisting requires the student to complete 28 additional credits for a total of 94 credits.

Contact

Cami Pangrazi, cpangrazi@yvcc.edu 509.574.4913

Medical Billing & Coding

Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised practice, this certificate prepares students for a career as a billing and coding specialist. Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in medical billing and coding. Simulation of a front office reception and business area in the allied health laboratory allows for realistic practice. Supervised practice in local physician’s offices, hospitals, and clinics provides actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions as billing and coding specialists.

This certificate program is 68 credits in length. Students may complete the course of study in four quarters of full-time attendance. Part-time study is also available. The end point of the certificate program will be supervised practice in a community facility.

The 100-credit associate of applied science degree in medical billing and coding will add coding content particular to the hospital and clinical settings as well as education to prepare a student for the clinical and supervisory roles. A program application is required for both program options, with twenty students accepted annually by use of a competitive point system.

Career Overview

Health care in America has undergone tremendous change in recent years, especially with regard to reimbursement for medical services. Currently, reimbursement for health care services is dependent on the assignment of codes to describe diagnoses, services, and procedures.  Medical coding specialists learn the translation of written documentation of disease, injuries, and/or procedures into alphanumeric classifications.  In addition to the application of codes, professional reimbursement specialists must learn the medical billing process, which includes the application of the above codes to conform to individual insurance requirements and electronic application of billing procedures.

Program Chair/Instructor

Sandy Erlewine  serlewine@yvcc.edu​  509.574.4913

Medical Interpretation

Medical interpretation is a complex skill. Designed for the Spanish/English bilingual student, this certificate teaches the framework to understand the role of medical interpreter, the professional criteria to respond to a variety of interpreting situations, and the concrete skills to allow the interpreter to provide effective interpretation and cultural advocacy.

The curriculum uses participatory training techniques, such as role play, to include the student in an active learning process.

The medical interpreter program is a short-term certificate program. The certificate will include the following coursework.

Program Chair/Instructor

Sandy Erlewine  serlewine@yvcc.edu​   509.574.4913

Pharmacy Technician

Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, this certificate prepares students for a career as a pharmacy technician. Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in pharmacy technology. A simulation of a pharmacy drug preparation area in the allied health laboratory allows for hands-on practice of essential psychomotor skills. Clinical practice in hospitals and retail pharmacies provide actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of pharmacy settings.

This certificate is 64 credits in length. Students may complete the course of study in four quarters of full-time attendance. Limited part-time study is also available. A program application is required, with twenty students accepted annually by use of a competitive point system. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive a pharmacy technician certificate.

Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy is an exciting entry-level health care career that provides ample employment opportunities and excellent exposure to the many areas of the health care industry. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations. Some explain their work to patients and provide assistance when patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn. Our program takes two quarters to complete. We accept 25 students each Spring and Fall and hold the Lab instruction on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses.

To qualify for registration:

Spring 2019 Application Acceptance Period is Closed.

To submit complete qualifications you will need to submit a copy of your High School diploma or GED and a copy of your Hepatitis B immunizations (3 shots). Submissions are evaluated weekly. The first 25 complete submissions will qualify for the Phlebotomy Program.

Career Overview

For up to date information consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact

Allied Health Program Assistant 509.574.4913 alliedhealth@yvcc.edu

Program Acceptances

Number of Annual Acceptances by Program and Quarter

Care Navigation unlimited acceptances annually
Medical Assisting 40 acceptances annually 20 each Fall and Spring
Medical Billing and Coding 20 acceptances annually 20 each Winter
Pharmacy Technician
20 acceptances annually
20 each Fall
​​Phlebotomy 50 acceptances annually​
​Surgical Technology
10 acceptances annually
10 each Fall

Contacts

Allied Health
Phone: 509.574.4913
Yakima Campus