FCC’s Allied Health programs prepare students for employment in health-related fields.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seven of the nation’s 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related. Health care will generate 3 million new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016, more than any other industry.
Allied health professionals comprise more than 60 percent of the entire health care work force. FCC's programs include:
Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been in use since the late 1950s, and health professionals still advocate that mouth-to-mouth breathing combined with chest compressions is effective at circulating blood and saving lives. Students learn techniques like foreign body airway obstruction relief and basic first aid procedures including treatments for shock, fractures, bleeding, environmental emergencies and many others. Some of the CPR classes we provide include:
- CPR for Family and Friends
- Heartsaver CPR
- Heartsaver Pediatric CPR
- CPR: Healthcare Provider
- CPR: Healthcare Provider Renewal
- Heartsaver AED
- Certified Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) help individuals with healthcare needs perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and provide bedside care, including basic nursing procedures. Nursing assistants in Maryland must complete a nursing assistant course approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. FCC’s approved CNA course:
- Includes classroom, nursing laboratory, and supervised clinical experiences.
- Qualifies students to apply for CNA status with the Maryland Board of Nursing
- Prepares students for the Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) licensing examination.
- Dental Assistant
Dental assistants are a vital part of any dental office. They work closely with the dentist and perform a variety of services such as organizing appointments, sterilizing equipment, and taking x-rays. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assistants are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations from 2006-16. FCC offers a variety of courses to prepare for or advance a career in the dental assistant field. Additional Resources
- Medical Billing
Professionals in the medical billing field are responsible for obtaining payment from insurance companies and others for services provided such as office visits, surgeries, hospital stays and more. FCC’s medical billing course provides introductory-level skills to begin a career in this growing field.
- Medical Coding
Medical coding professionals help ensure accurate medical data. They utilize a standardized system to translate written descriptions of diseases, medications and symptoms into numeric and alphanumeric descriptions that are used in hospitals. Changing government regulations and the growth of managed care have increased the amount of paperwork involved in filing insurance claims, putting technicians with a strong background in medical coding in particularly high demand. Medical coding is one of the fastest growing allied health careers, and FCC’s class provides a foundation for medical coding and prepares students to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) national certification test. Additional Resources
- Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy technicians aid licensed pharmacists in providing medication and other healthcare products to patients. In retail or mail-order pharmacies, technicians usually verify prescription information, count medication, label bottles, price and file prescriptions, establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claims, and stock and inventory medications. In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities. They are responsible for reading patient charts, maintaining patient profiles, preparing and delivering medicine to patients, and assembling a 24-hour supply of medicine for each patient. FCC”s Pharmacology Technician program:
- Prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.
- Reviews medical terminology specific to pharmacies, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names.
- Teaches dosage calculation, I.V. flows, drug compounding, dose conversion, dispersing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement methods.
- Phlebotomy Technicians
Laboratories depend on phlebotomy technicians to collect patient test samples in producing quality laboratory results. To do this, phlebotomy technicians must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and reliable manner. A career in phlebotomy requires accuracy and an ability to work well under pressure and communicate effectively. FCC’s Phlebotomy Technician program:
- Prepares students for the American Society for Clinical Pathology exam.
- Teaches the proper methods for collecting blood specimens from clients.
- Helps students understand all aspects related to blood collection while developing comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely.
- Covers the terminology, anatomy and physiology associated with phlebotomy.
- Certified Personal Trainer
FCC offers the American Council on Exercise’s exam review to become a personal trainer. The course prepares students to take the ACE personal trainer test on-site following the completion of the instructional content. Topics covered include everything from safe instruction to essentials of the client-trainer relationship. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness workers is expected to increase 27 percent over the 2006-2016 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is because more people are spending time and money on fitness, and more businesses are recognizing the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees. Additional Resources