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Why Health Sciences?

Do you enjoy using critical thinking and problem solving skills to help make healthcare decisions for a diverse population of people? Are you a competent and compassionate communicator? There are careers within the School of Health Sciences that may be suitable for you. Health Science careers require caring for individuals in a variety of settings utilizing cutting edge technology, promoting health and wellness, as well as encouraging healthy life styles. The School of Health Science offers a variety of courses, certifications and degrees for many health care occupations. Courses range from a few months of study, to one and two-year AAS degrees. CBC also offers an RN to Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.

A Dental Hygienist has an important job in the field of dentistry. A hygienist helps to prevent the decay of teeth as well as loss of teeth due to gum infection and bone loss. A graduate of our program will assess the oral health of patients by taking x-rays, provide oral hygiene instruction, provide teeth cleaning and learn how to place fillings. Graduates will be prepared to take their written National Board Exam and three clinical board exams to receive a license to practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene is the degree awarded to graduates of the program.

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This program will train you to work in the out-of-hospital setting on ambulances or fire engines with the goal of stabilizing patients suffering trauma or medical emergencies. This program starts every Spring and Fall and lasts 15 weeks.

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Learn principles of firefighting, an all hazards career that manages wild land and structure fires, hazardous materials and rescues. You will build skills and learn the social, political and economic concepts related to fire science while learning how to protect and support your community. This program is open enrollment, you may start at any time.

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Become prepared for entry-level careers in sterile processing and materiel management. You will be trained to decontaminate and sterilize therapeutic and diagnostic equipment, surgical instrumentation and medical supplies for reprocessing. Gain extensive hands-on training during this two-quarter program.

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You will be a valuable team member in a medical office after being trained in patient care and front office skills typically in an
outpatient office, clinic or ambulatory care setting. Choose from a short-term certificate as a Medical Secretary (front office skills only) or continue to get a one year certificate or AAS degree as a Medical Assistant. After successfully completing the program, you will be able to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants. Upon certification you will be eligible for the MA-C license in through the state of Washington.

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Current Radiologic Technologists or licensed ARRT’s will be able to take advanced classes to learn Computed Tomography (CT), Bone Densitometry, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Mammography.

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Nuclear medicine is a branch of radiology that uses radioactive materials to image the body and in some cases to cause a therapeutic effect. Nuclear medicine technologists prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients for imaging or therapeutic purposes. They work in hospitals, imaging centers and sometimes in physician offices. Career options include cross-training into other modalities of radiology, specialization within nuclear medicine, becoming a supervisor or manager and becoming a medical physicist or health physicist.

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CBC nursing graduates are proud to consistently achieve one of the highest rates of passage of first-time candidates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for association degree prepared registered nurses in Washington State.

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Individuals who have completed the ADN program and obtain a Washington State RN license are eligible to apply to CBC’s RN-BSN program to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. This program allows working nurses to continue their education online with occasional face-to-face meetings in a classroom. Furthering their skills in the nursing industry will allow them to broaden the scope of their practice and take on leadership/management tasks.

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Individuals who have completed an LPN program and have obtained a Washington State LPN license are eligible to apply to CBC’s LPN to BSN program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This program allows working LPNs to continue their education online throughout the week with laboratory and clinical courses offered in person on the weekends. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination and earn a Registered Nurse license. 

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Nursing Assistant students who successfully complete this ten-week program of course work, labs and clinical hours will receive a Certification of Completion from DSHS and be eligible to take the NNAAP examination.

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The paramedic program is substantially more training than the EMT program and covers additional skills in advanced lifesaving care in the out-of-hospital setting. This program starts every June and January and lasts 18 months.

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Individuals who are a current RN are able to take this advanced training to work alongside surgical professionals in the operating room. Students will be educated in patient care before, during and after surgery.

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Learn knowledge and skills to function as a member of a laboratory healthcare team in a variety of settings through this two-quarter program. You will learn how to draw blood, collect and prepare specimens, provide clear instructions to patients and more.

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Radiologic technologists work directly with patients and physicians performing sophisticated diagnostic x-ray procedures including film and image processing with a variety of technological equipment. After successfully completing the program, you will be able to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification.

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¿Hablas español? Do you want to build on your bilingual skills and work in the healthcare field? Certified medical interpreters work in a variety of clinical settings, facilitating communication between patients and the healthcare team.

The three-quarter program in Spanish Medical Interpreting prepares students with foundational skills in interpreting and bilingual medical terminology. The program combines in-class instruction with real-world experience in healthcare clinics. The program starts every fall quarter and applicants must pass an entrance test to be accepted. 

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Work alongside surgeons and other operating room (OR) professionals as you provide patient care during invasive surgeries in a variety of specialties. Surgical technologists set up the OR, prepare the sterile field, perform counts, pass instruments and supplies and ensure safety throughout the operation.

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Fast Facts School of Health Sciences

95%

First time pass rate on RN NCLEX exam in 2019

20%

Of all new jobs through 2026 will be in healthcare

57

Partnerships with clinical facilities - hospitals, clinics, labs, dental and doctor offices

6

Nationally accredited healthcare degree programs

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