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Allied Health Care Programs

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Welcome to MVCC's Allied Health programs!

The term "allied health care" is used to identify a cluster of health professions exclusive of doctors and nurses. Allied health professions are clinical health care professions distinct from medicine, dentistry, and nursing.  These professionals tend to work in teams to make the health care system function by providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care, as well as support services that are critical to the other health professionals they work with and the patients they serve.  MVCC offers a variety of allied health programs, from specialty certifications to associate degrees.

Certificate programs

MVCC's Allied Health certificate programs provide students with the knowledge and skills required to provide individualized quality health care in a specialty area.  Generally, MVCC’s certificate programs require three semesters of training (fall, spring, summer) and can be completed in one year. They are designed to develop or enhance employment skills.  MVCC’s specialty certificate programs include:

Allied Health Care - Medical Coding & Billing: The Allied Health Care Certificate prepares students for positions as medical coders and billers in a variety of health care settings or consulting companies, insurance companies, and billing services.  Many of the courses can be applied toward an MVCC associate degree.

Medical Assistant: The Medical Assistant Certificate provides medical assistant students with the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to assist the physician or nurse practitioner with routine procedures.

Surgical Technician: The Surgical Technician Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in surgical technology, working closely with surgeons, registered nurses, anesthesiologists, and other hospital personnel.

Degree programs

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare students to enter the work force with specific occupational skills. The Associate in Science (AS) degree is designed to prepare students who plan to continue their education at a four-year college. MVCC’s two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees include:

Medical Assisting: MVCC’s AAS in Medical Assisting program builds on the certificate program with the addition of courses with enhanced communication and the sciences. Students enrolled in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program are able to enter the degree program while building on previously learned information. The inclusion of coursework in accounting and law in health care will increase the ability to fulfill the role of medical assisting in a variety of settings.

Radiologic Technology: The primary mission of MVCC Radiologic Technology A.A.S. degree program is to educate diagnostic technologists who are professionally competent and certified to practice within the ARRT scope of practice, contribute to the imaging sciences, are committed to professional development through life-long learning, and meet the employment needs of the community.  The program is committed to students' success by providing a quality curriculum and a diverse learning environment through partnerships with the health care community.  The competency-based program requires a minimum number of clinical competencies and completion of all academic course work prior to graduation.  The required clinical internship involves learning the art and science of medical radiography through demonstrations, case studies, and supervised practice of routine diagnostic procedures using state-of-the-art equipment throughout the entire two years of education.  Eligibility requirements for ARRT certification in Radiography will - effective January 1, 2015 - call for candidates to have earned an associate degree from an accrediting agency recognized by the ARRT.