Health Sciences Pathway
To meet the ever-expanding demand for qualified health sciences professionals, Jackson College’s Health Sciences Pathway offers a wide array of associate degree and certificate programs as well as concentrations and skill-sets. These programs combine classroom instruction, laboratory experience and clinical practice to assure that students obtain the most current and the highest level skills in their chosen health profession. Students interested in Health Sciences programs may obtain admission requirement information from their student success navigator.
This degree is designed for those who have already earned some form of health care certification or licensure, such as a certified nurse assistant, and are looking to obtain an associate degree in order to further their education or employment opportunities.
Cardiac sonographers use ultrasound to obtain images of the heart, called an echocardiogram. These images can help a doctor to diagnose any blockages or abnormalities in the heart or in the flow of blood within the arteries around the heart. Cardiac sonographers use their knowledge, technical skills and critical thinking ability to see the subtle […]
Dental hygienists work under the direction or supervision of a licensed dentist, and must be licensed by the state in which they practice. Clinical responsibilities of the dental hygienist in Michigan includes oral examination; scaling and polishing teeth; exposing, processing, mounting and interpreting x-rays; taking impressions and preparing diagnostic models; and other activities related to […]
EKG technicians, sometimes called cardiographic technicians, specialize in electrocardiography, or EKG testing. EKGs measure and record heart action and rhythm by graphically tracing electrical activity occurring during heartbeats. Technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms and legs, and then manipulate switches on an EKG machine to obtain a reading. Physicians use EKG readings in […]
Prepare to work with electronic health records (EHR) in a medical setting. An electronic health record is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. National Healthcareer Association Testing June 16, 2016 • 9:30 a.m. August 2, 2016 • 9:30 a.m. June 23, 2016 • 9:30 a.m. August 4, 2016 • 9:30 a.m. This testing is only for students […]
Emergency medical personnel provide medical care to patients in times of crisis and emergency. Paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. The paramedic performs many advanced procedures, including administering drugs, interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), performing endotracheal intubations, and using monitors, manual defibrillators and other complex equipment. Emergency medical technicians […]
A sonographer is the allied health professional who, for diagnostic purposes, uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create cross sectional images of the patient’s anatomy. Sonographers work in professional harmony with both the radiologist and the clinical physician. Sonographers are required to demonstrate a great deal of independent judgment.
Jackson College offers a health administration/insurance specialist degree program that will prepare students for both medical insurance coding and billing, and important business and administrative topics that were formerly included in the health management program. Students learn medical insurance coding and billing, with additional related requirements in both health-related topics and courses in accounting, business […]
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care practitioners trained to work in the business and clinical parts of a medical office, clinic or hospital. They assist physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists in helping their offices run smoothly. They may take and record patient history and personal information, measure vital signs, help with examinations, schedule appointments, prepare […]
For every instance that a patient receives care, a health care professional maintains a record of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes, with proper medical insurance codes. Medical billers and coders do not provide direct care, but they do communicate between medical offices, patients and insurance companies. They may clarify diagnoses or […]
Work in today’s growing health care field as a medical receptionist or medical secretary. They may transcribe dictation and prepare reports or articles for physicians or scientists. They also take simple medical histories of patients, arrange for patients to be hospitalized, or process insurance payments. National Healthcareer Association Testing Nov. 30, 2016 • 9:30 a.m. Dec. […]
Nurses work to promote health, prevent disease and help people cope with illness. Registered nurses (RN’s) provide care, treatment, counseling and health education to individuals, families and their communities. Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and home health aides. […]
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. Working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy technicians are often the first line of customer service in a retail pharmacy, receiving prescription requests from customers. Duties may also include customer service, operating a cash […]
Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research and blood donations. They provide a vital link in today’s health care field. A person’s blood is key in modern medical diagnosis and treatment and contains information that can be used to diagnose and treat many diseases. National Healthcareer Association Testing Nov. 30, 2016 • 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12, […]
Radiography is an allied health career that examines patients using radiation, ultrasound or magnetic fields. Radiographers, also referred to radiologic technologists, produce X-rays and use other imaging techniques such as CT and MRI, essential in diagnosing medical problems. They position patients for procedures, operate high-tech equipment, explain procedures and guard against unnecessary exposure to radiation. […]
Prepare for a career in respiratory care, in which skilled health care professionals focus on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disorders and diseases. Respiratory care practitioners, also known as respiratory therapists, assist in the care of patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary (relating to the heart and lungs) problems. The application deadline for admittance […]
Vascular sonographers utilize ultrasound equipment to evaluate a patient’s veins and arteries for any abnormalities. Ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging technique using high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Sonographers work with physicians to help diagnose disorders affecting a person’s blood flow, which could include checking for blockages in arteries […]