Healthcare

Healthcare Administration

The Health Administration program offers an articulation agreement that applies to the A.S. degrees with the Social and Psychological Sciences option, for students seeking admission to the fully online Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (B.S.H.A.) program at Montana State University Billings.

The Health Administration Program is designed to educate and prepare individuals to be health care leaders who can meet the challenges of health care in our region, advance the quality of care delivered to all and meet anticipated workforce needs in a variety of positions in health administration.

The program offers the ability to enhances the depth and quality of education through partnerships in the community, provides a variety of instructional formats responsive to the needs of students, including online, offers both a field experience and an internship as well as finishes with a six credit senior internship. Students will develop skills and can apply the conceptual foundation and competencies learned in the classroom and develop skills in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, organizational management, human resources, outcomes evaluation, creative thinking, and technical areas. Careers in health administration include a wide range of management and administrative positions in health-related organizations and health service delivery systems.

Medical Administrative Specialist

Medical Administrative Specialist A.A.S. Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare the student for employment in hospitals, medical offices, insurance companies, nursing homes, and public health agencies, often leading to careers in office management. The position of an administrative medical assistant requires skills in medical knowledge, computer technology, oral and written communications, and an awareness of effective office procedures. Positive interpersonal relations and team work are integrated into classroom activities. 

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Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting is a one-year Certificate of Applied Science. Students completing the program will have computer competency in basic Microsoft Office including skills in hardware, software, internet, Windows Word and Excel. Students will be able to communicate ideas in various venues including written and oral, using a variety of media. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge of office systems in two of the following areas:  Professional Office Procedures, Records Management, Customer Service, Medical Transcription or Medical Coding.

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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing C.A.S. Certificate of Applied Science uses specialized knowledge and skills that meet the health care needs of people in a variety of settings under the direction of qualified health professions. The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment. Students learn practical nursing skills through independent study, lectures, simulation demonstrations, and practice in the skills lab. Under instructor supervision, students also provide patient care in a variety of health care settings. The program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX) LPN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing. Upon passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN. This program will not begin until Spring 2018 with prerequisites offered starting Fall 2017.

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Pre-Pharmacy

Associate of Science Transfer Degree Via Articulation Agreement with the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  This degree program is specifically designed for students seeking admissions into the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana–Missoula. Upon completion of this degree, students desiring a professional (Pharm. D.) degree in Pharmacy Practice or Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences are eligible to apply for admissions into UM-Missoula’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Note: Students in this program must also complete the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and complete 20 hours of volunteer or paid service in a pharmacy, or other health care, or social field. This program satisfies the two-year pre-professional requirement and offers eligibility for application to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the UM–Missoula and does not guarantee admission. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses.

Registered Nursing

The Associate of Science degree program prepares graduates to function as members and leaders of health care teams in various health care environments. The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing. After passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Registered Nurse (RN). The Associate of Science Registered Nursing degree program is ACEN accredited.

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