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5 Things You Should Know About Professional Medical Coding

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 09, 2019

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, the importance of medical coders cannot be underestimated. This in-demand career allows healthcare offices and hospitals to run smoothly and provide patient care. Although not directly involved with patients as a coder, you will play a vital role in ensuring that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can continue to do their jobs well.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Medical Coding, institute for health professionals

Instructor Spotlight: Andrew Bruce, Master Optician

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 05, 2019

With a background as an optician dating back to his teenage years in his home country of England, Andrew Bruce is highly skilled in the industry and is honored to be a Master Optician. The Optician ABO Test Prep course that he instructs will be his first with Portland Community College. Continue reading to learn more about his experience and passion.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Optician ABO, PCC Stories

Cross-Cultural Experience in China Improves Curriculum for PCC Dental Assisting Program

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 26, 2019

Earlier this year PCC employees Stacy Bone (Institute for Health Professionals) and Ginny Jorgensen (Integrated Community Dental Assisting Instructor) traveled to China with A-dec, a leading dental equipment manufacturer located in Newberg, Oregon. Bone said her goal was to help educate and encourage dentists to utilize the benefits of having a dental assistants working chair-side, a practice that isn’t yet common in China. Bone and Jorgensen connected with Chinese audiences and shared best practices during demonstrations for prospective dental assistants.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, institute for health professionals, dental assisting, PCC Stories

9 Things to Know About Ayurveda

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 25, 2019

When it comes to natural medicine, Ayurveda is an ancient practice that has shown results over thousands of years. The primary goal of Ayurveda is to improve health through holistic approaches to healing. By taking an Ayurvedic training, it is possible to gain personalized benefits for your health. The first step of any training is to learn the basics. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Ayurveda

Fall/Winter Ayurveda Chai Recipe - and effects of various kitchen spices

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 18, 2019

The following is a special chai recipe offered by our Ayurvedic Yoga Health Program Instructor, Ann Wagoner. This balancing (Satvic) tea is wonderful in fall. Add spices for your constitution (Dosha). 

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Topics: Ayurveda, Yoga

5 Steps to Becoming a Patient Access Specialist

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 06, 2019

Patient access specialists are frontline healthcare workers who provide routine and essential services in all medical settings. These include medical offices, hospitals, clinics and other facilities.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Patient Access

5 Ways Dental Assistants Add Value to a Dental Office

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 22, 2019

Dental assistants are an integral part of the day-to-day operations within a dental office. They provide patient care, as well as support for the dentist as they conduct exams and certain procedures. A recent survey by the DALE Foundation indicates how valuable dental assistants are and how they contribute to dental offices. 
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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, dental assisting

5 of the Latest Trends Transforming the Clinical Research Field

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 16, 2019

Clinical research is constantly evolving. There are always new findings, practices and technologies transforming the way clinical research is conducted and managed. Staying on top of the latest trends and changes is key if you’re a clinical research professional or someone interested in entering the field.

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Topics: Healthcare, Clinical Research

Upcoming Fall Courses from the Institute for Health Professionals

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 20, 2019

Each term, PCC's Institute for Health Professionals offers professional development courses, in addition to its longer term certification programming. This fall, PCC IHP offers one-day courses in mindfulness, cultural competency, motivational interviewing and several introductory courses for the Interpersonal Neurobiology program. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Mental & Behavioral Health

Watch: Interpersonal Neurobiology Webinar for Fall 2019

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 23, 2019

One of PCC IHP's popular fall programs combines Neuroscience + Psychology + Mindfulness + Relationship Studies. Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology draws upon ideas like Attachment Theory and Complexity Theory to explore complex interpersonal human relationships.

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Integrative Healthcare

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