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Associate in Applied Science: Major in Nursing

The Associate in Applied Science with a Major in Nursing degree prepares graduates to provide direct patient care in a safe, effective manner across multiple settings and prepares students for licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). The course of study includes both theory presentation and supervised experience at affiliating health care agencies.

Students applying for any of the Health Science Programs must go through a separate application after being admitted to the college. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to each of these programs. The competitive admissions criteria is updated annually and students should review the current information for changes in the admissions process. Information packets detailing the application process for each competitive admissions program are available in the Enrollment Services Center and the Dean of Health Sciences Office.

Students will be required to participate in off-campus clinical facilities and therefore will need reliable transportation. The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

General Education.................. 30 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 9 credits ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits
SPC 205 Public Speaking - 3 credits
Select Humanities/Fine Arts courses totaling 3 credits from the course list.

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 15 credits BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credits
BIO 225 Microbiology - 4 credits
MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 credits PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 203 Human Growth & Development - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements... 38 Credits NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing - 6 credits
NUR 106 Pharmacologic Basics in Nursing Practice - 2 credits
NUR 162 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing I - 3 credits
NUR 165 Nursing Concepts & Clinical Practice I - 6 credits
NUR 211 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family - 4 credits
NUR 212 Nursing Care of Children - 4 credits
NUR 216 Nursing Seminar - 1 credits
NUR 265 Concepts Clinical Practice II - 6 credits
NUR 267 Nursing Concepts & Clinical Practice IV - 6 credits

Total Credits Required: 68 Credits


Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate Degree Nurse Transition

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may also apply to continue their education by taking a transition course and then taking the final two semesters of the ADN program. This will lead to the awarding of the Associate Degree in Applied Science: Major in Nursing and prepares students for the licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Students applying for any of the Health Science Programs must go through a separate application process after being admitted to the college. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to each of these programs. The competitive admissions criteria is updated annually and students should review the current information for changes in the admissions process. Information packets detailing the application process for each competitive admissions program are available in the Enrollment Services Center and the Dean of Health Sciences Office. The first semester of the LPN to ADN Transition Program is as follows:

NUR 201 Transition Nursing - 3 credits
SPC 205 Public Speaking - 3 credits
Select Humanities/Fine Arts courses totaling 3 credits from the course list

After successful completion of the first semester of the LPN to ADN Transition Program, the student will join the generic students for the last two semesters of the nursing program.


Diploma in Applied Science: Major in Nursing (PN)

The Diploma in Applied Science with a Major in Nursing (PN) prepares graduates to provide direct patient care in a safe, effective manner across multiple settings and prepares students for licensure examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN). The course of study includes both theory presentation and supervised clinical experience at affiliating health care agencies.

Students applying for any of the Health Science Programs must go through a separate application process after being admitted to the college. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to each of these programs. The competitive admissions criteria is updated annually and students should review the current information for changes in the admissions process. Information packets detailing the application process for each competitive admissions program are available in the Enrollment Services Center and the Dean of Health Sciences Office.

Students will be required to participate in off-campus training in working clinical facilities therefore students will need reliable transportation, since assigned clinical sites are off campus.

General Education.................. 17 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credits ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 11 credits BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credits
MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements... 28 Credits PNR 110 Fundamentals of Nursing - 5 credits
PNR 122 Pharmacology - 3 credits
PNR 128 Medical-Surgical Nursing I - 7 credits
PNR 138 Medical-Surgical Nursing II - 7 credits
PNR 154 Maternal, Infant, and Child Nursing - 5 credits
PNR 181 Medical Calculations - 1 credits
PNR 182 Nursing of the Older Adult - 2 credits

Total Semester-Hour Credits: 47 Credits


Pre-Allied Health Certificate

The Pre-Allied Health Certificate program provides students with the general academic background required to be successful in a variety of health care related fields. It is also designed to prepare students to meet prerequisites for admission into several health care specialty programs at ATC. Students will earn credits that help meet specific program prerequisites and apply toward program completion should the student be admitted to a selected program. Students should work closely with academic advisors to select courses that will help confirm their career choices and strengthen their academic skills.

Emphasis: Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

General Education..................... 13 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Credits ENG 160 Technical Communication - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 105 Personal/Interpersonal Psychology - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 7 Credits BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology - 4 credits
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra - 3 credits

Additional Requirements.... 3 credits AHS 102 Medical Terminology - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 16 Credits


Emphasis: Radiologic Technology

General Education..................... 13 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Credits ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 7 Credits BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits

Additional Requirements.... 3 credits AHS 102 Medical Terminology - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 16 Credits


Emphasis: Surgical Technology

General Education..................... 17 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Credits ENG 160 Technical Communication - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 105 Personal/Interpersonal Psychology - 3 credits
-OR-
PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 11 Credits BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology - 4 credits
-OR-
BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
-AND-
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credits

BIO 225 Microbiology - 4 credits
MAT 101 or higher - 3 credits

Additional Requirements.... 3 credits AHS 102 Medical Terminology - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 20 Credits


Pre-Nursing Certificate

The Pre-Nursing Certificate allows students to experience providing basic patient care in one course, AHS 117 – The Care of Patients. After successfully completing AHS 117, students may be eligible to test to become a certified nursing aide (CNA). Certified nurse aides, also called nursing assistants, provide basic patient care including monitoring patient vital signs, providing personal hygiene care, serving and assisting with meals, helping with mobility, and functioning as part of the nursing team. Nursing assistants may work in hospitals, private duty, assisted-living facilities, hospices, home health, and nursing homes. To be able to provide direct care to residents of South Carolina Medicaid-Certified nursing facilities, a person must be a certified nurse aide (CNA). Certification comes from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The student who successfully completes the Pre-Nursing Certificate will also have the necessary requirements to apply to the DAS Nursing and AAS Nursing Programs. To receive points for admission, the student must score "A's" and "B's" in courses.

General Education..................... 21 Credits BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
BIO 225 Microbiology - 4 credits
ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits
MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits
PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements.... 4 Credits AHS 117 The Care of Patients - 4 credits

Total Credits Required: 25 Credits


Perioperative Nursing Certificate

The Perioperative Nursing Certificate has been designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to practice safely within their defined scope of practice to promote, protect and improve the health in the operating room. The student will complete the certificate with the necessary skills to function as an entry-level Perioperative Nurse.

DISCLAIMER:

This Certificate program is an organized series of credit courses consisting of 9 credit hours and concentrates on study in a particular field. The certificate is intended to provide the graduate with the training necessary to receive a job in the applicable field. Courses are non-transferrable and are considered the beginning and ending of certification. The certificate does not build into any other diploma or degree.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Admission to the college and the successful licensure in Georgia and South Carolina as a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license

Employment Opportunities:

  • Operating Room in any hospital or surgical center setting

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Students must have evidence of valid AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and preclinical orientation as applicable
  • Completed health physical including required immunizations
  • A criminal background check is required for clinical experiences
  • Students must be able to attend all clinical experiences
  • A negative 10-panel drug screen is required; random drug screens may be performed throughout the program

Course Requirements..................... 9 Credits SUR 114 Surgical Specialty Practicum - 7 credits
SUR 120 Surgical Seminar - 2 credits

Total Credits Required: 9 Credits


Associate in Applied Science: Major in Radiologic Technology

The Associate in Applied Science with a Major in Radiologic Technology degree prepares entry-level individuals to take and successfully pass the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and to develop good communication and strong interpersonal skills to be able to competently perform within the healthcare environment.

Students applying for any of the Health Science Programs must go through a separate application process after being admitted to the college. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to each of these programs. The competitive admissions criteria is updated annually and students should review the current information for changes in the admissions process. Information packets detailing the application process for each competitive admissions program are available in the Enrollment Services Center and the Dean of Health Sciences Office.

Students will be required to participate in off-campus training in working clinical facilities and therefore will need reliable transportation to get to these locations.

General Education.................. 29 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 9 credits ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits
SPC 205 Public Speaking - 3 credits
Select Humanities/Fine Arts courses totaling 3 credits from the course list

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 11 credits BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements... 63 Credits RAD 102 Radiology Patient Care Procedures - 2 credits
RAD 103 Computed Tomography - 2 credits
RAD 104 Introduction to Physics - 1 credits
RAD 110 Radiographic Imaging I - 3 credits
RAD 115 Radiographic Imaging II - 3 credits
RAD 121 Radiographic Physics - 4 credits
RAD 130 Radiographic Procedures I - 3 credits
RAD 136 Radiographic Procedures II - 3 credits
RAD 155 Applied Radiography I - 5 credits

RAD 165 Applied Radiography II - 5 credits
RAD 176 Applied Radiography III - 6 credits
RAD 201 Radiation Biology - 2 credits
RAD 205 Radiographic Pathology - 2 credits
RAD 230 Radiographic Procedures III - 3 credits

RAD 235 Radiography Seminar I - 1 credits
RAD 256 Advanced Radiography I - 6 credits
RAD 266 Advanced Radiography II - 6 credits
RAD 276 Advanced Radiography III - 6 credits

Additional Course Requirements... 3 Credits AHS 102 Medical Terminology - 3 credits
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers - 3 credits

Total Semester-Hour Credits: 92 Credits


Diploma in Applied Science: Major in Expanded-Duty Dental Assisting

The Diploma in Applied Science with a Major in Expanded-Duty Dental Assisting prepares the student to work closely with the dentist as a chair-side assistant, office manager and laboratory assistant providing preventative and restorative care.

Students applying for any of the Health Science Programs must go through a separate application process after being admitted to the college. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to each of these programs. The competitive admissions criteria is updated annually and students should review the current information for changes in the admissions process.

Information packets detailing the application process for each competitive admissions program are available in the Enrollment Services Center and the Dean of Health Sciences Office.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A program graduate is eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant.

Students will be required to participate in off-campus training in working clinical facilities and therefore will need reliable transportation to get to these locations. Students may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens or infectious diseases when in the clinical setting and are required to follow written infection control protocol. Students may obtain a copy of policies associated with bloodborne pathogens and infectious disease by contacting the EDDA program coordinator, Mrs. Amelia Johnson.

General Education.................... 13 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credits ENG 160 Technical Communications - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 7 credits BIO 112Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 105 Personal/lnterpersonal Psychology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements... 38 Credits AHS 113 Head and Neck Anatomy - 1 credits
DAT 105 Dental Charting and Documentation - 3 credits
DAT 113 Dental Materials - 4 credits
DAT 115 Ethics and Professionalism - 1 credit
DAT 118 Dental Morphology - 2 credits
DAT 121 Dental Health Education - 2 credits
DAT 122 Dental Office Management - 2 credits
DAT 123 Oral Medicine/Oral Biology - 3 credits
DAT 124 Expanded Functions/Specialties - 1 credit
DAT 127 Dental Radiography - 4 credits
DAT 154 Clinical Procedures I - 4 credits
DAT 164 Clinical Procedures II - 4 credits
DAT 177 Dental Office Experience - 7 credits

Total Semester-Hour Credits: 51 Credits


Diploma in Applied Science: Major in Surgical Technology

The Diploma in Applied Science with a Major in Surgical Technology will provide students with the surgical technologist skills needed for employment in medical facilities. Upon successful completion, the student will be eligible to take the national certification exam administered through The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Students applying for any of the Health Science Programs must go through a separate application process after being admitted to the college. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to each of these programs. The competitive admissions criteria is updated annually and students should review the current information for changes in the admissions process. Information packets detailing the application process for each competitive admissions program are available in the Enrollment Services Center and the Dean of Health Sciences Office, and the college website.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). Graduates are eligible to take the national accreditation exam.

Students will be required to participate in off-campus training in working clinical facilities therefore students will need reliable transportation, since assigned clinical sites are off campus.

General Education................... 17 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credits ENG 160 Technical Communications - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 11 credits BIO 112 Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
BIO 225 Microbiology - 4 credits
MAT 101 or higher - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 105 Personal/Interpersonal Psychology - 3 credits
-OR-
PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements... 35 Credits AHS 102 Medical Terminology - 3 credits
SUR 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology - 5 credits
SUR 102 Applied Surgical Technology - 5 credits
SUR 103 Surgical Procedures I - 4 credits
SUR 106 Advanced Surgical Procedures - 2 credits
SUR 110 Introduction to Surgical Practicum - 5 credits
SUR 113 Advanced Surgical Practicum - 6 credits
SUR 116 Basic Surgical Procedures - 3 credits
SUR 120 Surgical Seminar - 2 credits

Total Semester-Hour Credits: 52 Credits


Associate in Applied Science: Major in General Technology Emphasis in Paramedic

Paramedics provide the most advanced care of all EMS professionals. Responsibilities of a Medic include pre-hospital emergency care according to established medical protocols, a variety of emergency medical interventions for children and adults, the ability to triage, and to provide continuing care while en route to an emergency medical facility. The objective of Aiken Technical College’s Paramedic program is to equip Paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to perform in the capacity of an entry level paramedic. The Associate Degree program will prepare individuals to perform advanced level assessments, stabilization, and transportation of sick and injured patients in a pre-hospital environment. This program places a high emphasis on skills and leadership abilities being developed in order to provide quality care in unpredictable environments.

ATC’s program is comprised of a variety of instructional methodologies designed to accommodate all styles of learning. Training is accomplished through a variety of current pre-hospital paramedic educational resources, interactive simulation lab, scenario based training, forensic autopsies, clinical experiences, community involvement, alternative tissue labs and a host of subject matter experts.

Upon completion of the Paramedic Program students will receive certifications in:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Advanced Medical Life Support
  • Trauma Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Advanced Burn Life Support
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation

Upon successful completion of the Program the student will be eligible to test for the NREMT cognitive and psychomotor exams which enable the student to obtain a State License.

Students applying for any of the Health Science Programs must go through a separate application process after being admitted to the College. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to each of these programs.

Students will place into the Paramedic program according to their previous level of licensing.

Admission to the Associate in Applied Science with a Major in General Technology Emphasis in Paramedic is restricted to those who have met the prerequisite requirements and/or have the permission of the program coordinator.

In order to enter the General Technology program, the following courses must be successfully completed with a grade “C” or higher: ENG 032; RDG 032; MAT 031. Prior to enrollment in the EMS pathway, students must place into MAT 110.

General Education.................. 19 Credits

MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
ENG 160 Technical Communications - 3 credits

Other Requirements 6 credits CPT 101 Introduction to Computers - 3 credits
PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Humanities 3 credits PHI 110 Ethics - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements...

Emergency Medical Technician: Advanced240 hrs (12 credits)Lec/lab/total
EMS 111 Intermediate Emergency Care5 credits4-3-5
EMS 120 Pharmacology3 credits3-0-3
EMS 271 Advanced Emergency Operations4 credits3-3-4

Emergency Medical Technician: Paramedic1260 hrs (22 credits)Lec/lab/total
EMS 151 Paramedic Clinical I2 credits0-6-2
EMS 210 Advanced Emergency Medical Care I5 credits3-6-5
EMS 231 Paramedic Clinical II2 credits0-6-2
EMS 232 Paramedic Internship I2 credits0-6-2
EMS 213 Advanced Emergency Medical Care II4 credits2-6-4
EMS 241 Paramedic Clinical III 2 credits0-6-2
EMS 242 Paramedic Internship II2 credits0-6-2
EMS 222 Paramedic Internship III3 credits0-9-3

Secondary Specialty(12 credits)Lec/lab/total
AHS 144 Phlebotomy Practicum5 credits1-12-5
AHS 155 Special Topics in Health Care3 credits1-6-3
AHS 177 Cardiac Monitoring Applications4 credits2-6-4

Other Course Requirements:

Emergency Medical Technician: Basic200 hrs. (7 credits)Lec/lab/total
EMS 110 Emergency Medical Technician5 credits4-3-5
EMS 212 EMS Field Internship2 credits0-6-2

Total Credits Required: 72 Credits


Emergency Medical Technician: Basic Certificate

This academic credit program provides instruction and practice in dealing with medical and traumatic emergencies. Topics include medical, legal and ethical issues, obtaining vital signs, airway management, oxygen administration, airway devices, CPR and AED operation, scene and patient assessments, physical examination, obtaining a medical history, pharmacology, medical emergencies such as heart attack, respiratory distress, strokes, diabetics and poisonings, traumatic injuries such as bleeding control, wound care, shock management, splinting fractures, motor vehicle collisions, and head and spine injuries. Also included are IV maintenance, obstetrics, childbirth, special patient populations, ambulance operations including communication, documentation, infection control, HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials), weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and mass casualty incidents and more. Use of diagnostic equipment, operation of stretchers and ambulances and skills related to prehospital emergency care will be covered in lab sessions and in internship on a 911 ambulance.

Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician program will be eligible to challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ (NREMT) practical and written certification examinations and are immediately employable upon certification.

Prior to enrollment in the EMS pathway, students must place into MAT 110.

General Education.... 10 Credits MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
ENG 160 Technical Communications - 3 credits

Emergency Medical Technician: Basic200 hrs (7 credits)Lec/lab/total
EMS 110 Emergency Medical Technician5 credits4-3-5
EMS 212 EMS Field Internship2 credits0-6-2

Total Credits Required: 17 Credits


Emergency Medical Technician: Advanced Certificate

This academic credit program provides instruction and practice in dealing with medical and traumatic emergencies. Topics include medical, legal and ethical issues, obtaining vital signs, airway management, oxygen administration, airway devices, CPR and AED operation, scene and patient assessments, physical examination, obtaining a medical history, pharmacology, medical emergencies such as heart attack, respiratory distress, strokes, diabetics and poisonings, traumatic injuries such as bleeding control, wound care, shock management, splinting fractures, motor vehicle collisions, and head and spine injuries. Also included are IV maintenance, obstetrics, childbirth, special patient populations, ambulance operations including communication, documentation, infection control, HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials), weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and mass casualty incidents and more. Use of diagnostic equipment, operation of stretchers and ambulances and skills related to prehospital emergency care will be covered in lab sessions and in internship on a 911 ambulance.

Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician program will be eligible to challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ (NREMT) practical and written certification examinations and are immediately employable upon certification.

To be accepted into this program, candidate must have current Basic EMT Licensure.

Prior to enrollment in the EMS pathway, students must place into MAT 110.

General Education.... 10 Credits MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
ENG 160 Technical Communications - 3 credits

Emergency Medical Technician: Advanced240 hrs (12 credits)Lec/lab/total
EMS 111 Intermediate Emergency Care5 credits4-3-5
EMS 120 Pharmacology3 credits3-0-3
EMS 271 Advanced Emergency Operations4 credits3-3-4

Total Credits Required: 22 Credits


Patient Care Assistant Certificate

DISCLAIMER:

This certificate program is an organized series of credit courses, consisting of 19 credit hours and concentrates on study in a particular field. The certificate is intended to provide the graduate with the training necessary to receive a job in the applicable field. Courses are non-transferrable and are considered the beginning and ending of certification. The certificate does not build into any other diploma or degree.

First Semester

AHS 117 Certified Nursing Assistant - 4 credits
AHS 163 Long-Term Care - 5 credits

Second Semester

AHS 143 Phlebotomy Skills - 6 credits
AHS 179 Cardiac Monitoring Practicum - 4 credits

Total Credit Hours: 19 Credits

Mission Statement: The Patient Care Assistant Program offers a certificate that has been designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to practice safely within their defined scope of practice to promote, protect and improve the health of diverse communities. The student will graduate with the necessary skills to function as an entry-level patient care technician.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Admission to the college and the successful completion of the Work Keys Assessments (Reading for information, Applied Math and Locating Information). Applicants may also opt to take the COMPASS exam as part of the admissions process.
  • Applicant must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old (unless taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment process).

Type of Program:

  • The program is offered at various times and is completed in one semester
  • Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the Competency Exams for state certification in Phlebotomy, Electrocardiography and Certified Nursing Assistant (must be taken within one year of completion of courses). An 80% competency is required in all core courses

Type of Degree:
Certificate

Employment Opportunities: Hospitals, doctors' offices, medical clinics, nursing homes, home health

  • This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a position as a patient care technician, which is an unlicensed, assistive person working under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse.

Mandatory Requirements once accepted into the program:

  • Students must have evidence of valid AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and preclinical orientation as applicable.
  • Completed health physical including required immunizations prior to starting the PCA program.
  • A criminal background check is required for clinical experiences.
  • Students must be able to attend all clinical experiences.
  • A negative 10-panel drug screen is required. Random screens be performed throughout the program.
  • After registering for the PCA program, students are required to attend a scheduled mandatory orientation meeting.

Electronic Health Records Certificate

DISCLAIMER:

This certificate program is an organized series of credit courses, consisting of 17 credit hours and concentrates on study in a particular field. The certificate is intended to provide the graduate with the training necessary to receive a job in the applicable field. Courses are non-transferrable and are considered the beginning and ending of certification. The certificate does not build into any other diploma or degree.

First Semester

AHS 171 Introduction to Medical Coding - 4 credits
AHS 118 Medical Coding and Insurance - 5 credits

Second Semester

AHS 172 Medical Coding and Classification Systems - 5 credits
AHS 174 Medical Coding Practicum - 3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 17 Credits

Mission Statement: The Electronic Health Records Program offers a certificate that has been designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to work with computerized records kept by insurance companies, physician's offices, hospitals and other health care facilities.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Admission to the college and the successful completion of the Work Keys Assessments (Reading for information, Applied Math and Locating Information). Applicants may also opt to take the COMPASS exam as part of the admissions process.
  • Applicant must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old (unless taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment process).

Type of Program:

  • The program is offered at various times and is completed in two semester

Type of Degree:
Certificate

Employment Opportunities: Insurance companies, physician offices, clinics, hospitals and other helathcare facilities.

Mandatory Requirements once accepted into the program:

  • A criminal background check is required for clinical experiences.
  • Students must be able to attend all clinical experiences.
  • A negative 10-panel drug screen is required. Random screens be performed throughout the program.
  • After registering for the PCA program, students are required to attend a scheduled mandatory orientation meeting.

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate trains the student to work as a health care specialist under the supervision of a registered pharmacist to properly prepare and dispense medications, perform dosage calculations, maintain patient records/profiles and enter data into record systems.

Students will be required to participate in off-campus training in clinical facilities. Therefore, students will need reliable transportation since assigned clinical sites are off campus.

The Aiken Technical College Pharmacy Technician Certificate is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

General Education................. 6 Credits ENG 160 Technical Communication - 3 credits
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements... 26 Credits PHM 101 Introduction to Pharmacy - 3 credits
PHM 110 Pharmacy Practice - 4 credits
PHM 113 Pharmacy Calculations - 3 credits
PHM 114 Therapeutic Agents - 3 credits
PHM 118 Community Pharmacy Seminar - 1 credit
PHM 124 Therapeutic Agents II - 3 credits
PHM 152 Pharmacy Technician Practicum I - 2 credits
PHM 164 Pharmacy Technician Practicum II - 4 credits
PHM 250 Special Topics in Pharmacy - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 32 Credits


Medical Coding Certificate

The medical coder is a health information professional trained to assign diagnostic and procedural codes, applying classification systems for optimal reimbursement in a variety of health care settings. The medical coder will establish a familiarity with other coding and classification systems utilized in nontraditional health care settings as well as reimbursement-related issues and skills including DRG assignment/validation, federal reimbursement systems and operations of third party payers and billing departments. Students completing the program are encouraged to sit for the national certification examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and/or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

After acceptance to the college, students must complete an additional application and be accepted into the medical coding program. Certain prerequisites must be completed prior to a student being admitted to this program or taking any of the HIM courses listed below. See the Enrollment Services Center or program coordinator for further information.

Hands-on coding practice will be achieved in virtual lab settings, and when possible, at clinical sites located throughout the community.

General Education..................... 10 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Credits * ENG 160 Technical Communication - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 7 Credits MAT 101 Beginning Algebra - 3 credits
* BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology - 4 credits

Other Requirements 3 Credits * AHS 102 Medical Terminology - 3 credits

* - Must be successfully completed prior to taking any HIM courses.

Major Course Requirements.... 27 Credits CPT 101 Introduction to Computers - 3 credits
HIM 110 Health Information Science - 3 credits
HIM 130 Billing and Reimbursement - 3 credits
HIM 135 Medical Pathology - 3 credits
HIM 140 Current Procedural Technology I - 3 credits
HIM 150 Coding Practicum I - 3 credits
HIM 216 Coding and Classification I - 3 credits
HIM 225 Coding and Classification II - 3 credits
HIM 227 Senior Professional Competencies - 3 credits

Total Semester-Hour Credits: 40 Credits


Medical Assistant Certificate

The Medical Assistant Certificate Program prepares the student to assist the physician in performing selected diagnostic tests as well as business office procedures.

Students applying for the Medical Assistant Program must go through a separate application process after being admitted to the college. There are additional requirements in order to qualify for admission to this program. The admission criteria is updated annually and students should review the current information for changes in the admissions process. Information packets detailing the application process for each admission program can be downloaded from the ATC website or are available in the Enrollment Services Center and the Dean of Health Sciences Office.

In addition, the student must complete a physical exam, provide proof of immunizations, pass a background check, pass a drug screen check and have student liability insurance.

The Aiken Technical College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Students will be required to participate in off-campus training in working clinical facilities therefore students will need reliable transportation, since assigned clinical sites are off campus.

General Education.................... 13 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credits ENG 160 Technical Communications - 3 credits

Physical Science, Natural Science and Mathematics 7 credits BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements... 27 Credits AHS 102 Medical Terminology - 3 credits
MED 103 Medical Assisting Introduction - 3 credits
MED 105 Medical Assisting Office Skills I - 5 credits
MED 107 Medical Office Management - 4 credits
MED 112 Medical Assisting Pharmacology - 2 credits
MED 114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures - 4 credits
MED 156 Clinical Experience I - 6 credits

Total Semester-Hour Credits: 40 Credits


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