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IHP Director Discusses Prerequisites and Skillsets for Entry/Gateway Programming at the Institute for Health Professionals

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 03, 2020

With an extensive background in education, healthcare, and sales, Sheila Meserschmidt has been serving as the Director of the Institute for Health Professionals for 10 years. Her experience helps her to serve the department as it continues to grow to match the demand of the respective industries in Portland. Here she will share more about the upcoming programs, who can benefit from them, and more.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, CLIMB Center, Pharmacy Technician, Leaders, Optician ABO

How Sterile Processing Technicians Save Lives

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 02, 2020

Although hospitals and other medical institutions are heavily associated with nurses and doctors, several other health professionals, such as sterile processing technicians, are critical for delivering quality healthcare to patients in a safe, efficient manner.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Sterile Processing Technician, Pre-licensing, institute for health professionals

Upcoming Orientation for Dental Assistants, Plus Opportunities for Students Outside the Metro Area

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

PCC's Integrated Community Dental Assisting program (ICDA) has been working hard to help fill the demand for dental assistants in our community. Success and satisfaction has been experienced by the first two cohorts of students, within their externship dental offices and sponsors. We're accepting applicants to our next cohort, beginning with an orientation in January. Keep reading to learn more! 

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, dental assisting

How to Get Started as a Sterile Processing Technician: A Quick Guide Here...

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

One of the draws of the healthcare industry as a field of study or practice is the diversity of professions, roles, and work it offers. While not everyone may be attracted to jobs as physicians or nurses, there are numerous other positions that are equally integral to offering quality healthcare services - like a Sterile Processing Technician, for example.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Sterile Processing Technician

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

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

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