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healthcare and wellness

there’s a lot more to health care than meets the eye. yes, we offer several nursing options, but we also offer programs that touch a multitude of other health care areas inside and outside of hospitals. the field of health care is one of the most diverse and includes exciting opportunities such as pharmacy, human and social services, paramedic, health information management and so much more. the medical field continues to grow and thrive and is in need of committed professionals with both technical skills and interpersonal skills.

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programs of study

associate degree nursing – lpn to adn (hybrid) option

the lpn to adn hybrid/online option of the associate degree nursing program prepares individuals to assume greater leadership and management responsibility in providing direct care to patients and working closely with other health professionals to be sure that the entire healthcare team is meeting the patient’s needs. registered nurses work in rapidly changing and exciting environments. they use computers for daily documentation and medication administration. registered nurses are continually learning about new advances in healthcare and better ways to treat patients.

associate degree nursing – nc ribn

The RIBN program provides four years of nursing studies. Students are enrolled in both NC A&T State University (NC A & T) and DCCC for the first three years of the program, taking the majority of coursework at DCCC. Classes at NC A&T State are online for the first three years. Students can work as nurses after their third year of study and successfully passing the NCLEX-RN.

associate degree nursing – traditional option

become a registered nurse (rn) the associate degree nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care. students practice in a dynamic environment. they learn to meet the individual needs that impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. students in the associate degree nursing program learn by participating in class, the campus lab and clinic, and in clinical health care agencies.

cancer information management

the cancer information management curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a cancer data collection system consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation requirements. graduates may be eligible to take the national certifying examination to become a certified tumor registrar (ctr). the examination is given by the national cancer registrars association.

central sterile processing

the central sterile processing curriculum prepares students for sterile processing and central service supply professions. students develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store, and issue both sterile and nonsterile supplies and equipment for patient care. students learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process.

cosmetology

the cosmetology curriculum provides students with the competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. the curriculum provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills. course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, and product knowledge.

dental assisting

not currently enrolling students

dental assisting, diploma (pending accreditation approval from the commission on dental accreditation of the american dental association)

the dental assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures. becoming a dental assistant is more than acquiring the knowledge and developing the skills; it is about becoming a professional healthcare worker. dental assisting is a career that requires dedication, personal responsibility, integrity, and a commitment to continuing education and community service.

emergency medical science

the emergency medical science curriculum prepares students to become paramedics. the program can provide an associate degree for those desiring career enhancement. the course of study provides basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies.

emergency medical science - bridging option for currently credentialed paramedics

through the bridging program, currently credentialed paramedics receive 47 semester hours of credit toward the a.a.s. degree. the remaining course work to complete the a.a.s. in emergency medical science requires 26 additional semester hours of work outlined below. students must take 25% from the required semester hours of the degree to meet the residency requirements of dccc, or challenge exams in ems prefix courses for residency hour requirements.

esthetics technology

the esthetics technology curriculum provides students with the competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the art of skin care. the curriculum provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills. course work includes instructions in all phases of professional esthetics technology, business/human relations, and product knowledge.

health information technology

the health information technology curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information. graduates of dccc’s cahiim accredited health information technology program are eligible to sit for the registered health information technician (rhit) exam.

healthcare interpreting

we will offer the healthcare interpreting certificate over the next few semesters. this continuing education program consists of three courses: medical technology for interpreters, interpreting in a healthcare environment, and cultural health habits. completion of this certificate prepares students to test for both the national board of certification for medical interpreters (nbcmi) and the certification commission for healthcare interpreters (cchi).

human services - substance abuse

the human services technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in the institutions and agencies that provide social, community, and educational services. students take both core and specialization courses that prepare them for specific human services areas.

human services technology

the human services technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in the institutions and agencies that provide social, community, and educational services. students take both core and specialization courses that prepare them for human services areas.

medical assisting

the medical assisting curriculum prepares students to become multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures. the goal of the medical assisting program is “to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.” (from the commission on accreditation of allied health education programs standards and guidelines for the accreditation of educational programs in medical assisting, std ii.)

medical laboratory technology

the medical laboratory technology curriculum prepares students to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology that are used in health maintenance and the diagnosis/treatment of disease. the mission of the medical laboratory technology program is to prepare students for successful employment as medical laboratory technicians.

nurse aide

the nurse aide curriculum prepares students to work under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals in nursing care and services for persons of all ages. topics include growth and development, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management, family resources and services, and employment skills.

pharmacy technology

the pharmacy technology program prepares students to assist pharmacists in duties that a technician can legally perform, while functioning within the prescribed boundaries of the pharmacist and the employment agency. students prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications in unit-dose or medi-card form, and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

phlebotomy

this course teaches students to obtain blood and other specimens for the purpose of laboratory analysis. course work includes proper specimen collection and handling, communication skills, and patient data. graduate find employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other health care settings and may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians.

practical nurse education

become a licensed practical nurse (lpn) the practical nurse education curriculum teaches students the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. students are also prepared to continue their education to become registered nurses. students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. graduates can apply to take the national council licensure examination (nclex-pn), which is required for practice as a licensed practical nurse.

rn to bsn options

DCCC has articulation agreements with the area’s best BSN program schools, including The University of North Carolina system schools—UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A&T. An articulation agreement is an official contract between two institutions that allows a student to apply credits earned in one school’s programs to achieve advanced standing, entry, or transfer into programs at the other school.

surgical technology

the surgical technology curriculum prepares students to assist in the care of surgical patients in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. students apply theoretical knowledge to the care of surgery patients and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations. students must complete a minimum of 120 scrubbed surgical cases to complete the program in compliance with the core curriculum of surgical technology. students are prepared for entry-level employment as surgical technologists upon graduation.

therapeutic massage

the therapeutic massage curriculum prepares students to work in direct client care settings. students learn manipulation, methodical pressure, friction and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness . courses include human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition, and psychology.

possible careers

staff nurse
clinical nurse
medical records analyst
addiction counselor assistant
pharmacy technician
cosmetologist
esthetician
licensed massage therapist

dccc is accredited by the southern association of colleges and schools commission on colleges to award certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. contact the commission on colleges at 1866 southern lane, decatur, georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of davidson county community college.