Health Care Certifications
You may have seen Charter College on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country, but never considered what is happening inside. The school currently offers certificate programs in medical assistant and dental assisting. The curriculum is what they call a “blended learning” format, which means students learn both in the classroom and online, saving travel time and expenses, while also having the flexibility they need to balance family life with school.
The Charter College Medical Assistant training graduates can have careers in a variety of positions, including: medical assistant, clinical assistant, medical receptionist or medical office assistant. The program takes 10 months and employs a combination of clinical, technical and business skills, and it’s a hands-on format.
According to the Charter College website, to meet graduation requirements, all medical assistant students must pass, or attempt at least twice, a certification examination. Students who do not do so will not be considered a graduate. Students unable to pass the examination on the first attempt may continue to an externship. Charter College will sponsor students who take the national examination through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).
Highlights of the program include information, technical skills, and administrative skills required for entry-level Medical Assistant; training in front office computer technology and word processing and externship programs.
The Charter College Certificate in Dental Assisting is a 10-month program preparing graduates for entry-level employment in dental settings. Job titles include chairside dental assistant and dental x-ray technician. Dental assistants work under the supervision of dentists performing a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. Responsibilities may include sterilizing and disinfecting instruments and equipment, preparing and laying out materials, taking dental x-rays and processing x-ray film. During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist. Dental assistants perform a different role than dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform various clinical tasks.
The program’s highlights include didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in chairside assisting procedures; infection control and treatment procedures; and basic training in front office procedures.
Charter College is located at 19034 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Call 661-252-1864 or visit Chartercollege.edu.
Golden Oak Adult School
Certified Medical Assistant. The program includes classes from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. for 18 weeks and an externship for four weeks. You must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, plus take a pre-admission placement exam.
Pharmacy Technician. After completing this program you can gain an entry-level job, from assisting a pharmacist with mixing/packaging prescriptions to inventory control and billing. You need a high school diploma or the equivalent and the course includes more than 240 classroom hours over 18 weeks, as well as an externship of up to 120 hours. After completing the course, students sit down for the National Healthcareer Association’s CPht exam.
Phlebotomy Technician. To earn phlebotomy certification, a student needs 24 hours of basic and 24 hours of advanced didactic plus 40 hours of an externship. It prepares you for an entry-level position as a phlebotomist in a hospital, clinic, laboratory service center or doctor’s office. This program includes 48 hours of lecture and 40 hours of practical experience or “advanced” 48 hours of lecture for students who already have phlebotomy experience. Following the course, students take the National Certification Exam.
Golden Oak Adult School is located at 23201 Dalbey Drive in Santa Clarita. For more information, call 661-253-0583 or visit GoldenOakAdultSchool.com.
Hart District Career Pathways
Students in the William S. Hart Union School District are currently offered the ability to explore their options through the Career Pathways program. The majority of students in the district in grades 7-12 take at least one semester of career education courses by the time they graduate, according to Mariane Doyle Ph.D., Hart District director, Career Technical and Adult Education.
“Our mission is to provide all students with the opportunity to explore careers and identify the best post-secondary preparation options leading to their career choice,” Doyle said. “Our pathway options range from engineering to animal science to construction technology. We really provide a great variety for students and we are proud to now offer the STEM lab at Bowman!”
A grand opening was held at Bowman High School for a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab last month. When students complete online learning, they can now participate in hand-on activities in technical career fields.
The STEM lab will help students in the following areas of interest:
Emergency medical technician
Robotics and automation
Manufacturing and technology
Pharmacology and construction
“These modules are succinct, allowing students to explore multiple career pathways in short periods of time,” Doyle said. “This ‘out of the box’ approach to career exploration and development is ideal for alternative school students who are often kinesthetic learners who thrive by experiencing the process of learning. ‘Learning by doing’ supports the acquisition of academic content through hands-on mastery.”
In addition to the STEM lab, Bowman also aims to promote career and college readiness by providing an AP Computer Science class and a Culinary Arts program. Next year, an education pathway with a focus on child development will be offered and a Makerspace will be outfitted with the tools and equipment needed to support a Next Generation Science Standards curriculum being developed in the fall.
“The Hart District provides myriad opportunities for students to engage in STEM,” Doyle said. “From career pathways ranging from Medical Science to Computer Networking, to elective courses including Nanoscience and Anatomy and Physiology, students can engage in STEM at every school in the district. Further, we have STEAM pathways and programs that integrate the Arts in our STEM work. For example, Arroyo Seco’s STEAM Makerspace has always included art and design.”
Career Pathways are similar to choosing a major in college. And the courses are for students planning a post-secondary education, as well as for those who plan to enter the work force following high school.
The Hart District website explains Career Pathways as:
A sequence of courses within your area of interest
A way to connect your career interests from high school to college and/or career
An educational road map guiding you to the high school courses and post-secondary options most relevant to your chosen career destination
A method to acquire the depth of knowledge and skill linked with specific post-secondary programs that will lead to a certificate or degree and/or career
Classes offered in the Hart District Career Pathway program are:
Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Building and Construction Trades
Culinary Arts and Hospital
Engineering and Architecture
Health Science and Medical Technology
Information and Communication Technologies
Manufacturing and Product Development
Marketing, Sales, and Service (Entrepreneurship)
For more detailed information on Career Pathways, visit the website, PathwayToMyFuture.org.
Technical Career Education
The Career Education program at College of the Canyons aims to meet student demand for information that is applicable to familiar jobs and everyday life.
“It is a rigorous and relevant experience that allows students to learn by doing. Students are provided the opportunity to build the comprehensive skill sets required to be successful in the workplace today and tomorrow,” says the Career Education page on the website Canyons.edu.
Courses are taught by experienced instructors and working professionals and the classes are available day and night in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and hybrid.
College of the Canyons’ School of Applied Technologies includes Computer Networking, Electronic Systems, Water Technology, Construction, Construction Management, Surveying, Welding, Manufacturing, and Auto Technology.
The Construction Technology program and Automotive Technology are taught at COC’s Canyon Country campus, and some of the classes for Water Technology and Construction Management are offered in Canyon Country, as well.
The Construction Management Program at COC offers both an Associate in Science Degree and a Certificate of Achievement.
The only difference between the Degree and the Certificate is the completion of the college’s general education requirements. The Degree is 33 program units plus 27 general education units, for a total of 60 units, and the Certificate program is 33 units.
Construction Management Technology
The Construction Management Technology program is designed to prepare students with the foundation needed to meet the current technological requirements of the construction workplace. The program has two tracks: one for those interested in transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Construction Engineering Technology or Construction Management; the other option is for those students already employed in the construction industry or who plan to enter the industry after completion of a certificate or associate degree. The certificate and associate degree curriculum seek to provide students with the industry-identified skill competencies for entry into the field.
According to the COC website, upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment in construction management.
College of the Canyons offers both an Associate of Science degree and two Certificates of Achievement: MLR Automotive and MLR Automotive minoring in Diesel.
To receive a Certificate of Completion majoring in MLR Automotive Technology, students must complete all of the required courses, as well as nine units from the elective courses.
To receive a Certificate of Completion majoring in MLR Automotive Technology with a minor in Diesel, students must complete all of the required courses, as well as three units from the elective courses.
Students from this program will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment in the automotive industry. To receive a Certificate of Completion AND the associate degree, students must, at minimum, complete all of the required courses, 17 units, as well as nine units from the elective courses, plus one unit from CWE 188 Cooperative Work Experience Education. That is a total of 27 program units. There are a minimum of 27 general education units required. The associate degree requires you to have at least 60 units before earning the award. That leaves another six units that you can fulfill by taking additional automotive technology courses or other courses offered by the college.
For Teens: COC Summer Institute Automotive Technology
One of the popular Summer Institute programs takes place at College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus. Automotive Technology is offered from July 9-13, 2018. Students entering grades 6-8 can sign up for one of the Summer Institute’s programs.
In Automotive Technology, the young teens will experience what it is like to work in an auto shop. They will learn how to maintain and repair a vehicle, as well as safely handle the most common roadside emergencies. They will use top-of-the-line industry tools and equipment while performing shop tasks just like the professionals. Students will build a real, working, battery-powered 4-cylinder model engine to take home. The model is complete with moving parts, lights and realistic engine sounds. Valves open and close, spark plugs fire and pistons drive the crankshaft, just like a real internal combustion engine.
For information about the Summer Institute Programs for students entering grades 6-8, visit http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/CommunityEducation/Pages/2018%20Summer-Institute.aspx