Health Care

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate

This six credit-hour certificate program prepares individuals to deliver safe, competent and quality care under the supervision of a registered nurse. The course includes basic nursing skills necessary to provide direct care to patients with special emphasis on skills and knowledge required to care for residents in long term care and sub acute settings. Clinical experience is held off campus.

Students are required to provide their own transportation. Students successfully completing the program are eligible to sit for the IDPH certification examination and enter the State of Illinois Nurse Aide Registry. Opportunities for employment are found in settings such as long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospitals, and private duty.

After completing the Bridge to Healthcare Program, the class you could take is…

CNA 101 Nursing Assistant Training - 6 credits
Provides theory and training in the basic skills essential to the practice of health care workers who will assist the nurse in the care of patients in a variety of health care settings. Includes simulated practice and opportunity for clinical application. Approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Regulations; successful completion is required for application for the Nurse Aide Competency exam.

Health Care Office Assistant Certificate

This 20 credit-hour certificate program is designed for the individual who is interested in working in a medical facility at the front desk. The certificate offers the skills necessary to work as an office assistant in a medical office or any other health care-related facility. Administrative duties could include patient and visitor reception, appointment scheduling, appointment confirmation calls, maintaining files, insurance verification, insurance claims processing, billing and collections, health care records management, and other clerical front desk duties.

After completing the Bridge to Healthcare Program, the class you could take is…

HSC 105 Introduction to Health Care Today - 2 credits
Familiarizes student to the health care delivery system including an introduction to the organization, structure, function and issues related to the health care environment. Emphasis placed on the importance of effective communication skills for health care professionals, team building, professionalism and diversity in the health care center.

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HSC 112 Medical Terminology - 2 credits 
Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.

Medical Assistant Certificate

This concentrated 40 credit-hour certificate program is designed for the individual who is interested in becoming a medical assistant in a physician's office or other outpatient health care setting. The curriculum provides training in a variety of administrative and clinical tasks to facilitate the work of the physician. Administrative duties include patient communication, computer skills and record keeping. Clinical duties include assisting with examinations, treatments, diagnostic testing, patient education, and preparation and administration of medications.

After completing the Bridge to Healthcare Program, the class you could take is…

HSC 105 Introduction to Health Care Today - 2 credits 
Familiarizes student to the health care delivery system including an introduction to the organization, structure, function and issues related to the health care environment. Emphasis placed on the importance of effective communication skills for health care professionals, team building, professionalism and diversity in the health care center.

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HSC 112 Medical Terminology - 2 credits 
Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.

Phlebotomy Certificate

This 8 credit-hour certificate program consists of lectures, student laboratories and clinical internship arranged in a local health care facility. This certificate is useful for a number of health care professionals interested in developing the skills and techniques involved in the collection of blood from patients or donors for diagnostic testing. In addition, ethical and legal responsibilities, effective communication skills and safe practice are studied.

Phlebotomists are employed in hospitals, hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics, blood banks, commercial laboratories, or similar facilities. Phlebotomy has become a fast-growing health occupation and is considered a profession with a standardized educational curriculum and accepted routes for national certification.

After completing the Bridge to Healthcare Program, the class you could take is…

HSC 112 Medical Terminology - 2 credits
Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.

Emergency Medical Services: EMT Basic Certificate

The 7 credit-hour certificate program provides entry-level emergency medical care knowledge and skills associated with the delivery of Basic Life Support (BLS) as defined by the State of Illinois EMS Act and the EMS Rules. Meets all requirements of the Federal Department of Transportation EMT-B training curriculum and has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Division of EMS and Highway Safety. This program is offered at Northwest Community Hospital.

After completing the Bridge to Healthcare Program, the class you could take is…

EMS 110 Emergency Medical Technician Training - 7 credits
Provides entry-level emergency medical care knowledge and skills associated with the delivery of Basic Life Support (BLS) as defined by the State of Illinois EMS Act and the EMS Rules. Meets all requirements of the Federal Department of Transportation EMT-B training curriculum and has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)Division of EMS and Highway Safety.

Prerequisite: Admission into either the Emergency Medical Services program or the Paramedic program.