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As we have all seen and experienced over the past few years, our communities need passionate and flexible healthcare workers in the ever-changing and rapidly growing healthcare landscape. The Allied Health Department of the UAF Community and Technical College offers 8 health programs that work to facilitate the growth of student health workers that our community needs.

Here is a brief overview of the programs offered:

Dental Assistant: During this in-person program, students receive classroom and hands-on experiences designed to prepare them for pursuing clinical or administrative careers in a variety of dental settings. The faculty has extensive experience in the field and training is completed in the CTC’s state-of-the-art dental clinic and laboratory. This program is offered as a 2-year associate’s degree or a one-year certificate program.

Health Care Reimbursement: This program can be completed entirely online, in person, or a mix of both. Students are trained in medical billing and coding, making them valuable assets in a variety of settings. The certificate program prepares the student to be effective in a real environment; they also become eligible to take national certification exams. For students seeking additional steps towards the healthcare reimbursement certificate, the CCT also offers Professional Endorsements (OEs) in medical billing and medical coding.

Medical and Dental Reception: In this program, students can learn online, in person, or in a hybrid format. Students learn the important administrative tasks required in a clinical office. They are also taught that greeting patients and giving them a good first impression is one of their most important jobs. The CTC offers an OE Medical Reception Office. The one-year medical and dental reception certificate builds on the EO, requires an 80-hour internship, and fully prepares students for entry-level employment.

Medical Assistant: This program prepares students for the dynamic post of medical assistant. They are taught clinical and administrative tasks that enable them to function effectively in a variety of clinical settings. In addition to classroom instruction, students travel to the community for hands-on training at doctor’s offices, clinics, and other facilities. It is offered as a nationally accredited one-year certificate program; it is also offered as an associate degree.

Medical Scribe: This is the most recent program offered by Allied Health. Through online, in-class and hands-on learning, students are ready to take on the role of medical scribe. They learn how to document a patient-provider encounter in the real-time electronic health record. It is offered as a one-year certificate program and as an EO. Both will prepare students for entry-level employment as a medical scribe.

Nursing Assistant: In this program, students are trained to become members of the nursing team. Nursing aides can work and are needed in a variety of settings. This career also paves the way for students who wish to pursue a nursing education. This program lasts one semester and is approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing. Students are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Aide Exam upon completion of the program. Course materials can be delivered online or in person. In addition to classroom learning, the program includes a 52-hour clinical practicum component.

Nursing: This three-semester program is offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage with a cohort right here at the CLC. This bachelor’s program consists of 6 pre-requisite semesters and 4 nursing program semesters. This community is just one of many who need well-trained and passionate nurses. Graduates of this program will be provided with the tools to work effectively in a number of clinical settings and will be eligible to take the national exam, the NCLEX.

Phlebotomy: This specialized training program is completed in one semester. Training is completed during a 5-credit course that focuses on learning, testing and practical skills during the first half of the semester and on a 100-hour phlebotomy externship during the second half. . It prepares students to work in laboratories in hospitals, medical clinics and private laboratories. Additionally, students will be eligible to take the national certification exam.

Radiologic Technology: This associate’s degree is offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage in cooperation with the CTC and the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Students will learn in-class and online as well as 1200 hours of clinical experience. Graduates will be prepared to perform general radiological procedures and will have the opportunity to receive additional diplomas in specialized imaging such as nuclear medicine, ultrasound, etc. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to apply for national certification.

The aim of UAF Community and Technical College is to prepare graduates who are ready to work through community-based education. The CTC is home to a diverse selection of educational programs and specialist departments, including the Allied Health Department. The team of professors, auxiliaries and staff from the Allied Health Department work hard every semester to develop quality health workers who are trained with the community of Fairbanks and Alaska in mind. Professors are in contact with industry partners throughout the year to ensure their needs are met and to facilitate student internships.

Cathy Winfree, RN BSN, was born and raised in Fairbanks. Cathy has worked and taught in several parts of Alaska. Working as a registered nurse in the health field was my first passion and my first career path. Today, she is focused on educating and sharing that passion with healthcare students. She can be reached at: [email protected]

Megan Wollitz, DNP, FNP-BC Megan works in the Department of Allied Health at the CLC as a faculty member. In addition, she works as a nurse practitioner in the community of Fairbanks. She is passionate about caring for her patients and her commitment to shaping the next generation of healthcare workers. She can be reached at: [email protected]

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