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Continuing Your Career As A Pharmacy Technician

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on June 08, 2021

As quality of life continues to improve here in the Portland area, the importance of high-quality pharmacies providing life-sustaining medicine grows with it. One of the key careers within pharmacies is pharmacy technicians, the staff who support the pharmacist and complete key tasks within the pharmacy. This career takes much less training than becoming a pharmacist, while still offering excellent pay and opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that pharmacy techs make on average $35,100 per year. However, since this profession is in very high demand, pay may come closer to $20 per hour. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Pharmacy Technician, institute for health professionals

Interested In Medical Coding? Take Anatomy and Physiology for Coders

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 24, 2021


Medical coders, also known as Medical Records and Health Information Specialists, are in high demand around the Portland area and beyond. With Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, as well as Adventist, Providence, and Legacy Good Samaritan, Portland is in many ways the healthcare hub of the state. Given the complexity of the healthcare and insurance world, these high-demand professionals have a relatively quick educational pathway to a job that makes on average $44,090 per year. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Medical Coding, institute for health professionals

Making a Career As A Dental Health Specialist

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 21, 2021


Portland’s population is constantly expanding and with it, there is a steady rise in the need for excellent dental care in our community. While any given practice may have one or a few dentists, each practice has excellent paying jobs like Dental Hygienists or Dental Assistants that require less extensive training periods than going through a full dental program.  

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals, dental assisting

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

How to Boost Immunity with Ayurveda and Yoga

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 05, 2021

by Instructor, Ann Wagoner

According to the ancients, there are many ways to boost immunity. By looking to the timeless wisdom of India in Ayurveda, the science of life, as well as to Yoga, we can find many simple practices to put in place. Yoga is much more than stretching, it is the union of the polarities of mind, body and consciousness that we can observe in the breath. In Ayurveda, the three pillars of health are: Food, Sleep and Self-Control. The food choices we make influence our health. We can let food to be our medicine. A healthy sleep routine promotes rest, rejuvenation and the removal of wastes from the body. Self-Control (Brahmacharya) is an aspect of health that is often overlooked.

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals, Ayurveda, Yoga

Classes You Can Take This Spring to Advance Your Career

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 22, 2021

Portland Community College offers various online non-credit courses through the Institute for Health Professionals (IHP) this spring. These courses help Portland students and people worldwide continue their education, whether they are pursuing roles in a yoga teaching or clinical research setting or are adding skills to an existing resume to pivot within the healthcare field. The world of healthcare is a wide-ranging one, and finding your place in it is easier with access to engaging, relevant spring online classes from PCC’s Institute for Health Professionals.

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Topics: Professional Development, CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals

What Herbalism is and Why It's Important Today

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 20, 2021

When you hear the word "herbalism," you may have a vague notion of what it means. But, when a friend or family member discusses how herbal treatments have helped them, you might be ready to explore more. Read on to see why practicing herbalism has become popular and what it can do to help the body and mind.

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Topics: CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals, Herbalism

Advance Your Career with Our 300-Hour Yoga Program

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 19, 2021

People are looking for ways to keep their bodies active while also keeping their bodies and minds more flexible and resilient. After taking a 200-hour yoga ayurveda training, graduates may continue advancing their yoga career while offering excellent classes to students.

PCC IHP’s 300-hour yoga teacher training class can further your understanding of yoga and prepare you to teach others.

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Topics: CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals, Ayurveda, Yoga

Understanding Herbalism in Ayurveda with KP Khalsa

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 10, 2020

KP Khalsa is one of North America's foremost experts on holistic medicine and Ayurveda, and he recently spoke with team members at Portland Community College's Integrative Healthcare program. His programming offers rigorous learning for those interested in a holistic approach to complement the use of herbs for treating bodies and minds.

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Topics: Healthcare, institute for health professionals

How to Become a Functional Nutritionist

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 31, 2020

Becoming a functional nutritionist is an exciting and rewarding career. Many people look into nutrition as a career path after a passion for health, wellness, and intentional diet choices, but there is so much to learn about how food, exercise, and other elements of our lives impact the health of our bodies. At Portland Community College, you can pursue a year-long preparation program in Functional Nutrition with a cohort of like-minded students who are also studying through live, online classes. This course is approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals as preparation for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board certification exam. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare, institute for health professionals

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