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Dental Assistant (C.A.S)
Working chairside, as a team with the dentist, you will make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair. You hand the dentist the proper instruments, take and process X–rays, make impressions and restorations, and instruct patients in oral healthcare.
Other duties include clerical and administrative tasks to help the office run smoothly. Infection control is a crucial responsibility of dental assistants to protect patients and the dental health team.
The Dental Assistant program at Great Falls College MSU is accredited by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education.
Dental Hygiene (A.A.S.)
Dental Hygienists are licensed oral health professional whose primary roll is to prevent oral disease that can affect patients’ total health.
Dependent on state licensure regulations services performed varies. Hygienists are trained to perform oral health assessments, expose radiographs, remove deposits, apply cavity preventative agents such as fluorides and sealants, administer local anesthesia and provide education on proper oral hygiene techniques, tobacco cessation, and good nutrition.
As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), you will provide emergency care in prehospital settings. Medical emergencies include automobile accidents, heart attacks, poisonings, managing emotionally disturbed patients, and childbirth.
Your goal is to rapidly identify the nature of the patient’s illness or injury and establish priorities demanding urgent medical attention. After stabilizing the patient’s condition, proper medical procedures are initiated at the scene or en route to the hospital with radio support.
After successful completion of all prerequisite and EMS technical core courses, students will be able to apply for the National Registry Certification Examinations at the EMT-Paramedic level.
Health Information Coding Specialist (C.A.S.)
Health information coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries and procedures into alphanumeric designations used for data retrieval, analysis, and claims processing.
Upon completion of the Certificate in Health Information Coding Specialist, students will be prepared to begin a successful career as a health information coding specialist. Students are prepared to sit for the National Certified Coding Associate exam administered through AHIMA (www.ahima.org).
Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)
The Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare individuals to organize and evaluate health records for completeness and accuracy.
The Health Information Technology program is offered completely online and students are required to complete one clinical internship in a geographical location close to their home. You can earn this degree from home or anywhere you have access to a computer. The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).
Upon completion of the AAS degree in Health Information Technology, students will be prepared to begin a successful career as a health information technologist. Students will be able to sit for the National Registered Health Information Technologist exam administered by AHIMA (www.ahima.org)
Medical Assistant (A.A.S.)
Medical Assistants are specially trained to work in ambulatory medical settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and surgical centers. These multi-skilled allied health personnel can function in both administrative and clinical areas. Upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for the certifying examination through the AAMA.)
The Medical Scribe Apprentice program prepares individuals to function as entry-level Medical Scribes with the ability to document physician/patient encounters using current electronic health record systems effectively.
Upon completion of the CTS program, students will be eligible to sit for the certification exam (MSCAT -- Medical Scribe Certification and Aptitude Test) through the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS). Once they have successfully passed that exam, they will be credentialed as Certified Medical Scribe Apprentices (CMSA). They will then need to complete 200 hours of clinical employment. Once the supervised clinical hours are completed satisfactorily, full recognition of the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) will be awarded.
Paramedics are high-level emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Paramedics working in metropolitan areas typically work in conjunction with ambulance services, hospitals and local government. Paramedics in rural areas typically work on a volunteer basis in conjunction with local emergency services, fire departments and hospitals. Employment opportunities are best for paramedics who have received advanced training. Advanced training may include continuing education.
Paramedics can also work as managers, supervisors and directors of emergency services. Although additional training is required, many nurses and doctors often start out as paramedics.
Paramedics often work in team environments. One paramedic may drive the ambulance while another paramedic tends to the medical needs of the injured individual en route to the hospital or medical facility. Paramedics may also work with helicopter flight crews, helping to transport seriously ill or injured patients to nearby trauma centers.
Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.)
As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you will work directly with patients under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. There is a high demand for Physical Therapist Assistants and many opportunities for you to find employment in clinical settings, administrative roles and in educational settings.
A Physical Therapist Assistant instructs and supervises therapeutic exercises for patients, and may perform tasks such as massage, electrical stimulation, and much more. Through careful reporting, you will help the Physical Therapist assess the patient’s response to treatment. This career will give you the opportunity to interact and educate healthcare providers, patients and their families, and caregivers. The ideal student will be someone who enjoys working directly with patients and interacting with health care professionals on a daily basis.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Practical Nurse (C.A.S.)
Nurses are a vital part of the healthcare system. As a Practical Nurse, many of your duties will require complex procedures and the use of precision instruments and equipment. Your direct care will impact the life of the patient, as well as their families and friends.
Practical nurses have a wide variety of skills including administering medications, preparing and giving injections, inserting catheters, and starting intravenous fluids. You will also be responsible for much of the hands–on bedside care of patients.
This program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing, and graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination. Because of the high percentage of program graduates passing the national licensure exam, our program is ranked #1 in all regions of the United States.
Registered Nurse (A.S.)
Registered nurses (RNs) perform many jobs. RN's provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
Typical RN Job duties:
- Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
- Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
- Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
- Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
- Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
- Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
- Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
- Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
- Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.
Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments
As a Respiratory Therapist, you are called upon breathing problems occur. You will evaluate, treat, and care for heart attack victims, premature infants, and patients with chronic lung problems such as asthma and bronchitis. Respiratory Therapists provide temporary relief from chronic ailments and administer emergency care where life is threatened, making this a rewarding career.
Working under a physician’s direction, you will set up and operate mechanical ventilators and other devices, assist patients with breathing exercises, give medications, and test patients lungs. With the increase of home therapies, Respiratory Therapists teach patients and their families how to live with pulmonary disorders.
Successful completion of this program will prepare you to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level examination. You must take and pass this exam in order to practice as Respiratory Therapist in the State of Montana.
Surgical Technology (A.A.S.)
As a Surgical Technologist, you will work as an integral part of the surgical team with surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists. Other common titles are Operating Room Technologist or Scrub Tech.
Your job is to prepare the operating room prior to each surgery. Making sure the necessary instruments, supplies, and equipment are ready and available to the surgeon and nurses. During the operation, you will be responsible for passing instruments to the surgeon, assisting with equipment, and handling sponges, needles, and supplies.
Other duties may include handling specimens taken for laboratory analysis, cleaning and restocking the operating room, and sterilizing equipment. You may also transport patients and prepare them for surgery.
Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to take the national examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).