Area of Instruction
Caregiving/Long Term Care Aide
Degrees & Classes
Average annual wage $33,259
Wage potential $39,645 annually
The average annual wage in this field is $33,259, with an earning potential of about $39,645 per year.*
Employers in Whatcom County expect this growth to be higher than that which is reflected in the WorkForce Explorer. Whatcom County is seen as a Regional healthcare center, and combined with the aging population, increased retirements, increasing lab work developed and available, and the expanded use of lab tests in pre-employment screening, labs have had to develop several locations to meet this need with expanded hours.
Once completed, students are allowed to apply for State licensure as a Health Care Assistant, Level A. Phlebotomy falls, is listed as “In Demand” with growth projections in Washington State through 2017 of 17.9%, according to the WorkForce Explorer.
Through additional courses and increased on-the-job skills training, the graduate is provided with a career pathway up to a Category F Health Care Assistant and Category G (hemodialysis technician). Most of the course content can also be applied to other jobs, such as a Medical Biller and/or Medical Coder, and into positions of Medical Office Supervisor.
|HO 157||Introduction to Phlebotomy Skills||4 credits|
This course introduces the principles of phlebotomy and covers basic anatomy and physiology, asepsis, disease processes, equipment and supplies, collection procedures and quality assurance, as well as medical and legal issues associated with phlebotomy practice. The course includes practice and performance of venipuncture and finger-stick methods. Students must have a high school education or equivalent, ability to apply college level reading and writing, and converse in the English language. Students must also demonstrate background in medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, either through previous schooling or work-related experience. Manual dexterity to perform skills is essential to the successful completion of the course. A supply kit and book must be purchased in the bookstore prior to the course.
|HT 160||Phlebotomy Externship||3 credits|
Per the requirements of WAC 246-826-130, the Phlebotomy student will demonstrate competency and be evaluated in a laboratory setting to perform venipuncture procedures successfully, utilizing appropriate equipment with correct technique in a medical lab setting, all within approved medical safety standards.
|BIO 105||Essentials of Anatomy Physiology||5 credits|
The student will develop a basic knowledge of the structure and function of the various body systems. The course emphasizes the essential structure and function of the normal human body, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding for future study in health occupations. Integration of each system to other systems and the whole organism as well as application of key concepts to health and disease are emphasized.
|BIO 127||Diseases of the Human Body||4 credits|
Introduction to the effects of system diseases on the human body. Course includes discussions of selected diseases, including causes and treatments. Course also includes an overview of principles of pharmacology and description/purposes of selected laboratory tests.
|HT 126||Fundamentals of Medical Terminology||5 credits|
The student will gain a basic knowledge of medical word building. The course will address root words, prefixes and suffixes and terms which are used in diagnostic, operative, and symptoms relating to the various systems of the body. Emphasis on correct spelling and pronunciation of selected common eponyms.
|BUS 230||Medical Office Procedures||5 credits|
Medical Office Procedures is an introduction to healthcare administration. This course gives students transferable skills that will aid them in attaining employment within healthcare, as well as a global understanding of the differences within the various healthcare systems. A strong emphasis will be placed on interpersonal skills, appropriate communication and customer service skills when working in a diverse office team environment. The student will learn the duties in the medical office, computerized medical office procedures as well as exercises in judgment, independent action, and coping with interruptions. In addition to computerized appointment scheduling and billing, students learn about the major insurances with ICD and CPT coding. This course is designed to give an overview of the various areas within healthcare administration that most healthcare professionals will be expected to understand and know when seeking a job. Although healthcare operations may vary, a basic level of understanding in administration is vital for all healthcare professionals. (Note: this course meets the communications general education requirement for the medical coding and billing generalist program only).
|CAP 105||Computerized Touch Keyboarding||2 credits|
A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.
|HLTH 133||HIV/AIDS: For Healthcare Professional||1 credits|
This workshop is designed for the professional needing seven hours of HIV/AIDS education for licensure or professional update. The program utilizes a multi-media approach and meets Washington State certification requirements.
|HLTH 155||First Aid Fundamentals||1 credits|
This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.
Students who have successfully completed: General Biology w/Lab (BIOL& 160), Human A&P 1 (BIOL&241) and Human A&P 2 (BIOL&242) will have satisfied BIO 105, HT 126 and BIO 127.
Prior to registration for HO 157 Intro to Phlebotomy Skills, admitted students must complete and submit evidence of the following requirements:
Students will be required to create an online account with Certified Background and pay a fee of $89.00 for the background check and drug screen.