Overview

The field of healthcare attracts individuals into careers designed to help people--from direct patient care--to support personnel who help to manage complex healthcare organizations and service providers. It is projected that over the next decade the greatest employment growth will occur in the healthcare field, as extended longevity, an aging population, and expanding insurance coverage increase the demand for health professionals.

Degrees & Certificates

Lower Columbia College offers associate degree and certificate options in the fields of Allied Health, Chemical Dependency Studies, Medical Assisting and Nursing. The Nursing program offers certificate and degree options in online and traditional classroom formats. A new direct transfer/major ready degree in Nursing enables graduates to complete their bachelor's degree at participating universities with only one additional year of study.

Careers

Careers in healthcare encompass a wide range of service providers including nurses, technicians, therapists, aides, support staff and more. Employers range from homes to clinics to large scale healthcare organizations across the nation. Salaries and degree requirements are varied. Many entry-level jobs require certification and licensure, as well as training programs, and/or an associate's or bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study that now fall under BIOLOGY DTA/MRP

For Pre-Medicine, Pre- Pharmacy, Pre- Chiropractic, Pre- Dentistry, Pre- Physical Therapy, and Pre- Veterinary, please reference the BIOLOGY DTA/MRP.

 

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Allied Health

Allied Health


The Allied Health program offers two certificate options. The Community Health & Wellness Advocate certificate provides training for multi-skilled care managers who help patients navigate the maze of health and social service providers. The Health Occupations Core Certificate provides training for entry-level healthcare employees.

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Community, Health and Wellness Advocate

Certificate of Completion (COC)


Chemical Dependency

Chemical Dependency Studies


The Chemical Dependency Studies program provides courses to meet the educational requirements of the State WAC 246-811-030 for licensure of Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP). The curriculum includes the understanding of the following topics specific to alcohol and drug addiction treatment of individuals: Pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs; treatment methods; record keeping and case management; cultural diversity; health issues; community resources; individual and group counseling; relapse prevention; working with specific groups, such as youth and families; and professional and ethical responsibilities.

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Chemical Dependency Studies

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)


Chemical Dependency Studies

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting


The Medical Assisting program (MEDA) helps students develop knowledge and skills necessary for employment in clinical and administrative-support areas of medical clinics. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This assures the highest standards in a medical assisting curriculum and qualifies the successful graduate to sit for the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

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Medical Assisting

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Medical Assisting

Certificate of Proficiency (COP)


Nursing

Nursing


The Nursing Program is committed to providing excellence in nursing education, that encompasses critical thinking, competencies in the role of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing, with an emphasis on life-long learning. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and  is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Options to continue on for a Bachelor's degree are available through the Lower Columbia Regional University Center.

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LPN2RN-eLearning

Associate in Nursing - Direct Transfer Agreement (AN-DTA/MRP)


Nursing

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)


Nursing Assistant

Certificate of Completion (COC)


Practical Nurse

Certificate of Proficiency (COP)


Registered Nurse

Associate in Applied Sciences - Transfer (AAS-T)


Registered Nurse

Associate in Nursing - Direct Transfer Agreement (AN-DTA/MRP)


Registered Nurse - LPN2RN (Campus-Based)

Associate in Applied Sciences - Transfer (AAS-T)


Registered Nurse - LPN2RN (eLearning)

Associate in Applied Sciences - Transfer (AAS-T)


Next Steps

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