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CBC Allied Health Students Succeeding Despite Pandemic

Posted Date: November 1, 2020
By: Megan Magensky

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Pasco, Wash. - Columbia Basin College reports they have now graduated every allied health student whose summer graduation plans were delayed by the pandemic.

Most of the delays were due to the inability to complete learning opportunities in local clinics and hospitals, because of COVID-related restrictions the past spring and summer.

Most people just think of doctors or nurses when they think about health careers, but CBC’s allied health programs include good-paying jobs like radiologic technician, surgical technician, phlebotomy, and bilingual medical interpreter. These programs at CBC are centered at the college’s Richland Campus near Kadlec.

Doug Hughes, CBC Dean for Health Sciences, says, “There are tremendous job opportunities. A lot of our programs see placement either during a clinical phase or after graduation and a lot of our programs actually see 100 percent job placement within the first year after graduation.”

Meanwhile, at Yakima Valley College, the finishing touches are being put on the college’s new West Campus Expansion, which will include brand new classroom space for allied health programs. Both YVC and CBC have nursing programs, of course, which are typically highly sought-after by students, with more applications than available seats each year. Allied health programs offer similar job placement and career satisfaction, but often see fewer applications than seats available.



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