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What to Expect as a Patient Access Specialist

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 13, 2018

We’ve all faced the dread that comes with going to a doctor or hospital. And in some cases, a poor first impression is all it takes someone for someone to turn around and leave, even if it means missing out on necessary treatment. That first impression is everything - and it’s what you’ll be able to provide as a patient access specialist.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Patient Access, institute for health professionals

Meet Your Instructor: Kimberly Phillips

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 12, 2018

Meet Your Instructor: Kimberly Phillips, BA, MOT, CCRP
Kimberly Phillips is an instructor in the Foundations of Clinical Research program.  She teaches courses on protocol overview, sample protocols, project management, data analysis/publication, and safety monitoring. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Clinical Research

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: Healthcare, dental assisting

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: Healthcare, institute for health professionals, dental assisting

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: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Stories & News, Integrative Healthcare, Portland Community College, Ayurveda, Yoga

Cardiology-Focused Training Offers Countless Rewards

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

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people participate in American Heart Association (AHA) trainings every year, and many of these courses are available at Portland Community College’s Institute for Health Professionals. These cardiology-focused trainings help nurses, doctors, medics, and even professionals in non-healthcare settings be ready to support or save a life at a moment’s notice. The American Heart Association is the top provider of these trainings in the United States, offering evidence-based strategies that help in a cardiac event.

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Topics: Healthcare, AHA & Cardiology, institute for health professionals, American Heart Association

Ayurveda Primer - The Confluence of Rest, Rejuvenation, Luster, Breath - and a Healthier You

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 20, 2018

by Ann Wagoner

Many factors inspire people to detach from outside stressors and embark along the path of an inward search. The need isn’t new, and it’s been explored for over thousands of years by cultures around the world. But, where to begin the journey? 

The ancient teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga are excellent conduits to guide us to deeper understanding. PCC’s Ayurvedic Yoga Health Advisor program combines ancient healing knowledge with contemporary applications about the inner workings of the mind, body and consciousness. When we can find our hearts and minds in a place of deep relaxation and vast awareness, we can discover our true potential and experience remarkable healing.

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Topics: Healthcare, institute for health professionals

[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: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Pharmacy Technician

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

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