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Pharmacy Technician 101: Is it Right for You?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 26, 2022

While there have been shortages in various working fields in the past few years, pharmacies have been particularly hard-hit. The constant need for staff to help people receive their much-needed medications while running a tight ship puts them under a lot of strain. While pharmacists are crucial, it's also important to understand just how vital the role of pharmacy technicians is to Portland. Understanding this role helps you determine if this is your right-fit career in health and medicine.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers

The Essential Role of Sterile Processing Technicians (and How it Can Help Your Career)

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 10, 2022

Hospitals and other clinical care facilities can only operate because they maintain meticulous attention to cleanliness. People expect hospital spaces to be clean to prevent complication risk due to exposure to outside bacteria or viruses.

As a result, healthcare settings employ Sterile Processing Technicians who are very well versed in how to completely, carefully, and quickly sterilize clinical spaces to be ready for use by another patient. For people who are naturally clean and sanitize every surface in their home, this can be a natural fit as a career. It is a rewarding chance to do good with your natural tendency toward cleanliness and an opportunity to enter the healthcare field with only a short training program.

Let's look more in-depth at the role of becoming a Sterile Processing Technician and how a one-term training course can jumpstart a career in the healthcare field.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers

How a PCC Student Became a Pharmacy Technician in the Pandemic

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 25, 2021

Pharmaceuticals is a growing field, and the demand for pharmacy techs is high. It is a field that never has a shortage of work. However, just like in other industries, current events have made working in the pharmacy even more difficult than it was before. 

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Topics: Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Pharmacy Technician, institute for health professionals

Explore the Optician Assistant Training program at PCC

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on May 03, 2021

There's a growing field in Portland that you've got to see to believe! No, really! At PCC you can get started in a career as an Optician Assistant after just one term in the Optician Assistant Training program. On the last day of class you can turn your resume in to a potential employer. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, institute for health professionals, Optician ABO

What Future Optometrists Need to Know About ABO Certification

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 19, 2020

If you're considering becoming an optometrist, you've likely heard about the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification. The ABO is a non-profit organization that administers certification exams for dispensing opticians and contact lens technicians. But do you need an ABO certification to work in optometry? And more importantly, what is an ABO certification? 

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

What Exactly Does a Medical Coder Do?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on May 27, 2020

For each medical diagnosis, procedure, or office visit, there is a code that is used to tell insurance companies what was done. Specific people at medical facilities are responsible for determining which codes to enter. They are often tasked with related duties as well. These people are commonly referred to as medical coders.

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Medical Coding

How to Become a Certified Professional Medical Coder

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on April 27, 2020

There's no better time to start a career in healthcare. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that some of the fastest-growing occupations over the next decade will be in the healthcare industry. More specifically, it's anticipated that there will be a 15% jump in medical coding jobs alone.

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

7 Ways Patient Access Specialists Make Life Better for Hospital Patients

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 13, 2020

If you've ever been to the hospital, you've likely dealt with a patient access specialist. Patient access specialists (PAS) are typically the first point of contact. Their job is to help, direct, and comfort the patient. Often, a PAS will be responsible for scheduling, billing, and taking you to your appointment. They are also responsible for calling the insurance company, getting your messages to the doctor, and being there to generally answer any question you may have. Portland Community College is proud to offer training to anyone looking to join the profession.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Patient Access, Portland Community College

How Much Does a Clinical Research Assistant Make?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 06, 2020

Clinical Research Assistants (CR Assistants) spend their time performing trials for new treatments, diagnostic devices, and medications. They also work with patients directly in a healthcare atmosphere. They have important responsibilities that include: 

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Clinical Research, institute for health professionals, Portland Community College

Instructor Spotlight: Andrew Bruce, Master Optician

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 13, 2020

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. Continue reading to learn more about his experience and passion for the Optician Assistant Training program.

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

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