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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Oregon

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 04, 2018

Considering becoming a dental assistant? You’re not alone. The industry is continuously growing, with an estimated 65,000 more dental assistants needed by 2026. Dental assistants play a significant role as a member of the dental health care team, increasing the efficiency of the dentist in a number of ways. They provide patient care, take x-rays, assist with dental procedures, and handle other routine tasks.

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Topics: dental assisting, Healthcare

Orientations for Entry-Level Healthcare Programs

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 29, 2018

During the next few months PCC's Institute for Health Professionals will host orientations for several of our entry-level healthcare programs in advance of our winter and spring terms. These orientations are a great opportunity to learn about the requirements for each program. You can learn about the related job markets, expected starting wages, and can ask important questions about application requirements for each. The good news - healthcare jobs are in high demand and you can't go wrong with one of these programs. Below we'll offer a summary of each orientations with a link enabling you to RSVP, plus our internal contact if you have additional questions.

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Topics: Healthcare

Dental Schools, Organized Dentistry Work to Address Shortage of Dental Assistants

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 02, 2018

The following post was written by Melody Finnemore and originally published by the Oregon Dental Association. It features IHP's Professional Development and Dental Health Education Coordinator Stacy Bone and is republished here with permission from the ODA. 

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Topics: dental assisting, institute for health professionals, Healthcare

Ayurveda and Yoga Offer an Infinite Well of Wisdom to Tap and an Unlimited Number of New Discoveries to Make

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 05, 2018


Ann Wagoner is a yoga therapist, has taught yoga for over 25 years and is a certified practitioner of Ayurveda. She researched protocols and herbs for the prevention of cancer recurrence and is a NAMA presenter. She is also a student of Rama Jyoti Vernon and publishes yoga books. We recently asked her about her experience with Ayurveda, and what inspires her about teaching and the subject matter. 

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Topics: Ayurveda, Yoga, Integrative Healthcare, Portland Community College, Healthcare

[Infographic] Is a Pharmacy Technician Job in Your Future?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on June 28, 2018

Are you exploring entry-level healthcare opportunities and interested in looking into becoming a Pharmacy Technician? 

A pharmacy technician works under a pharmacist's direction in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical companies and other health care facilities. They fill orders for patients, manage third party insurance reimbursements and complete an array of other related tasks. The Institute for Health Professionals Pharmacy Technician Program is a two part course totaling 

160 hours and combines online learning with onsite lab practicums.

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Topics: Pharmacy Technician, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Healthcare

The Impact and Practices of Attachment and Bonding

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on June 21, 2018

Perinatal mood disorders, including postpartum depression or anxiety disorders, affect 15 to 20 percent of new mothers every year. New moms with these conditions can have a variety of symptoms, including:

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Topics: Healthcare, Interpersonal Neurobiology

6 Reasons to Take Your AHA BLS, ACLS and/or PALS Training at PCC IHP

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on June 14, 2018

At the PCC Institute for Health Professionals (IHP), we pride ourselves on providing a wide variety of thorough, engaging, and student-focused courses for today’s health professional. Since 1997, IHP has been the preeminent American Heart Association (AHA) training center in the Oregon region. Our high quality AHA courses include Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge through cardiology continuing education or receiving your first American Heart Association Certification, our program is designed with the student in mind. Here are six reasons why you should consider PCC Institute for Health Professionals for your certification needs.

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Topics: Healthcare, AHA & Cardiology

The Business Case for Adding Soft Tissue Release Tools & Techniques

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on May 10, 2018

Christine Binnendyk, LMT, brings more than 20 years of study and training in anatomy and movement to PCC CLIMB as the instructor of our course on Soft Tissue Release Tools. She is a sought after expert in addressing pain patterns caused by “soft tissue issues,” and is eager to share techniques to help people reduce pain and help wellness professionals expand their client services.

The Soft Tissue Release Certificate program at PCC teaches licensed massage therapists, Pilates and yoga teachers, somatic therapists, and other wellness professionals soft tissue release techniques at an in-depth level, allowing them to deliver their own Wellness Workshops.

The following Q&A with Christine offers a closer look:

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Topics: Healthcare

Mindfulness as a Practical Tool for Anxiety and Depression

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on April 19, 2018

Mindfulness is the practice of being self-aware and truly present. While everyone has the ability to be “mindful,” it takes time and persistence to unlock the positive impact that mindfulness can have on mental health.

PCC’s Institute for Health Professionals has mental and behavioral health classes that include mindfulness as a tool, which can be extremely valuable and empowering when treating patients with anxiety and depression.

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Topics: Healthcare, Mental & Behavioral Health

Grow Your Practice (and Ease Your Own Pain) with Soft Tissue Release

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on April 10, 2018

Many CLIMB programs help small businesses to expand opportunities and develop additional revenue streams. One of our latest workshops enables body and movement professionals to teach individuals and group classes the sports massage techniques of soft tissue release.  

Soft tissue release techniques are safe and effective manual therapies designed to ease pain — for both you and your clients. Whether you are a massage therapist or athletic trainer, a yoga instructor or a nurse, you can use these techniques in your practice and even on yourself to treat a wide range of painful conditions.

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Topics: Healthcare

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