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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, Integrative Healthcare, institute for health professionals

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: Entry Level Healthcare Careers, institute for health professionals

What to Expect From Our Functional Nutrition Program for Healthcare Professionals

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on July 24, 2020

More and more people are realizing that nutrition is a key factor in good health, and this is creating a demand for professionals who can provide guidance in how to use it to its fullest. This goes far beyond the idea of using food to control weight. Nutrition has been linked to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, digestive concerns, and more. It makes sense that while bad nutrition can increase risks, good nutrition can decrease them and may even help people heal from certain conditions.

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

5 Reasons to Enroll in 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

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

Yoga is an ancient practice that works to unite the mind and body through the use of meditation and physical poses, as well as other disciplines originating in ancient India. Many people who practice yoga consider taking their knowledge to the next level. With the Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour course (RYT-200), you will get into the background, underpinnings, and physical forms of yoga, but the more extensive training certification from the Yoga Alliance is the RYT-500, which requires 300 additional hours of training.

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

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

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: Stacy Bone, Dental Health Education Program Coordinator

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 12, 2020

Stacy has been with PCC coordinating dental health education courses over the past three years. She was a dental assistant for 14 years before completing her degree in 2012 at PSU in Community Health Education.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals, dental assisting, PCC

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

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

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

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