Allied Health

The Allied Health Program at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Allied Health or Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Allied Health Concentration.   Upon completion of one of these programs, students will be contributing, productive and successful participants in the health sciences arena.  During the course of study, students are able to attain skills leading to entry level employment while completing pre- and co-requisite coursework for MWCC health science programs such as nursing, medical laboratory technology, physical therapist assistant, pharmacy technician, medical coding and dental hygiene and assisting.

Allied Health Certificate (AHC)

This program is an excellent option for individuals seeking employment in the healthcare field.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101College Writing I 3
BIO 152 or 199Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (or Anatomy and Physiology I) 4
Career Electives (see list below)  5-6
Spring
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics 4
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
Career Electives (see list below)  5-7
 Total Credits: 24-27

See the allied health general information for technical standards.

The following courses are suggested electives for students interested in completing a degree in PTA or Liberal Arts, Exercise and Sport Science Track (LAX). SPC 113 Speech (formerly THE113), is highly recommended for LAX majors.

Year 1
FallCredits
EXS 102 or PTA 104Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology (or Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology) 3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care 3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition 4
Spring
EXS 203Exercise Testing And Program Design 14
 Total Credits: 14
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Upon completion, students will be eligible to sit for the personal trainer exam. Students must pay the costs incurred for their certifications

Career Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 104Reflexology3
CHC 110Reiki: Traditional Usui Method3
CHC 202Yoga II3
CHC 204Yoga III4
EKG 101Ekg: Concepts And Practice3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
EXS 203Exercise Testing And Program Design4
HEA 103Medical Interpretation4
HEA 115Nurse Assistant Theory3
HEA 116Nurse Assistant Practicum2
HEA 117Acute Care CNA Training3
HEA 118Home Health Aide2
HEA 119Rehabilitation Aide Training3
HCC 111Emergency Medical Technician I (Evening Only)4
HCC 112Emergency Medical Technician II (Evening Only)4
MAS 201Medical Machine Transcription3
MLT 103Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology I (Formerly CLS103)4
MLT 105 & 106 Intro to Med Lab II & Practicum4
PLB 101Introduction To Phlebotomy3
PLB 203Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum4

See Allied Health program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry level employment in the healthcare field prior to matriculating into a selective program.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Interdisciplinary Studies with an Allied Health Concentration Degree.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Allied Health Concentration (IDSH)

A Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

This concentration is for those who anticipate applying to a healthcare program, allowing them to complete general education requirements prior to program acceptance. Most of the MWCC healthcare programs have selective admissions requirements (see Selective Admission Requirements). Acceptance into this Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration does not guarantee admission into a selective healthcare program but does offer an opportunity to explore career options.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101College Writing I 3
BIO 152 or 199Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 14
Career Electives (see list below)  5-6
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
Spring
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
ENG 102College Writing II 3
Career Electives (see list below)  5-7
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 3
Year 2
Fall
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
PER 126 or PER 130 3 2-3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Lab Science Elective 2 4
Business Elective 4 3
Spring
ISC 220Community Service Learning Capstone 63
Lab Science Elective 2 4
Humanities Elective 7 3
General Elective  6
 Total Credits: 61-65
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 BIO 152 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiologyis recommended for Practical Nursing program

2

BIO 205 Microbiology recommended
Lab Science Electives: 4 credit course in AQS, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, or PHY

3

PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer

4

Preferred electives include MGT 105 Leadership And Management For The Health Care Professional
Business Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT, PLS

5

General Electives: See General Electives exceptions. 

6

Capstone Course

7

Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, THE

Career Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 104Reflexology3
CHC 110Reiki: Traditional Usui Method3
CHC 202Yoga II3
CHC 204Yoga III4
EKG 101Ekg: Concepts And Practice3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
EXS 203Exercise Testing And Program Design4
HEA 103Medical Interpretation4
HEA 115Nurse Assistant Theory3
HEA 116Nurse Assistant Practicum2
HEA 117Acute Care CNA Training3
HEA 118Home Health Aide2
HEA 119Rehabilitation Aide Training3
HCC 111Emergency Medical Technician I (Evening Only)4
HCC 112Emergency Medical Technician II (Evening Only)4
MAS 201Medical Machine Transcription3
MLT 103Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology I (Formerly CLS103)4
MLT 105 & MLT 106 (co-requisites)4
PLB 101Introduction To Phlebotomy3
PLB 203Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum4

See Allied Health program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Interdisciplinary Studies is a good alternative if you have not decided on a career or transfer program. However, once you have decided, it is suggested that you change your program of study as soon as possible.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students should become familiar with the admission requirements and application deadline of their intended selective program. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Emergency Medical Technician Training (XEMT) (non-degree program)

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). EMTs and paramedics provide vital attention, caring for and transporting the sick or injured to medical facilities. In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics typically are dispatched to the scene, where they determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition. Following strict rules and guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. For more information, please call 978-630-9110.

Credits
HCC 111Emergency Medical Technician I (Evening Only)4
HCC 112Emergency Medical Technician II (Evening Only)4

Technical Standards EMT

EMT students enrolling in EMT courses (HCC 111 Emergency Medical Technician I (Evening Only) (Evening Only) and HCC 112 Emergency Medical Technician II (Evening Only) (Evening Only) )  must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate in a verbal and written format.
  • Gather and draw conclusions from data acquired from patient treatment.
  • Lift heavy loads (patients or equipment) that may exceed 100 pounds.
  • Manipulate gauges and valves associated with, for example, oxygen delivery.
  • Manipulate small devices such as syringes, IVs, resuscitation equipment, etc.

Program length

Typically, these courses can be completed in one semester. HCC 111 Emergency Medical Technician I (Evening Only) (Evening Only) meets the first seven weeks of a semester and HCC 112 Emergency Medical Technician II (Evening Only) (Evening Only) meets the second seven weeks.

Certification

Upon completion of HCC 111 Emergency Medical Technician I (Evening Only) (Evening Only) andHCC 112 Emergency Medical Technician II (Evening Only) (Evening Only) with a final grade of 73 percent or better, students are eligible to take the state certification exam (the practical exam costs $150, the written exam costs $80, and a $130 host site fee.)

Transfer options

Students can use these credits as career electives in MWCC’s Allied Health programs (AHC & IDSH). Consult with your academic advisor.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Phlebotomy Training (XPLB) (non-degree program)

A phlebotomist is skilled in blood collection and the preparation of certain specimens for diagnostic laboratory testing, as ordered by a physician. This program prepares individuals for careers as phlebotomists in various health care settings such as hospitals, physician offices, HMOs, surgical centers, and independent laboratories. Students study the profession’s history; medical terminology; venipuncture; arterial puncture; microsampling; special blood collection procedures; OSHA and safety procedures involving blood borne pathogens; basic computer applications; basic pre-analytical and post-analytical laboratory procedures, and point of care testing; and electrocardiography procedures. Course objectives and competency are accomplished through formal coursework, laboratory practice, and a clinical practicum (a three week, 40 hour per week commitment). Starting in the fall 2011, a $150 fee for the practicum will be assessed. Upon completion of this certificate, students are eligible to sit for the certification exam. For more information, please call 978-630-9110.

Credits
PLB 101Introduction To Phlebotomy3
PLB 203Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum4

Technical Standards1 for XPLB

Students entering this program, must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation

Helpful hints

This is a great professional development opportunity for those already in the healthcare field.

Transfer options

PLB 101 Introduction To Phlebotomy and PLB 203 Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum  can be used as career electives in the Allied Health programs (AHC & IDSH). Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance (for ), and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see Selective Program Requirements). Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations. Due to the limited availability of practicum sites, students will be charged a special fee.

A 78 average in PLB is required to go on to the Clinical internship and internships are limited to the amount of clinical sites willing to train a student.  Clinical sites will be awarded based on attendance, grades, professionalism and ability to perform phlebotomy.  A student who successfully completes PLB101 must register for PLB 203 within two years or they need to retake PLB101.

Career options/Earning potential

After passing the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam, graduates can become recognized as a Phlebotomy Technician (PBT). The exam fee is $135 through ASCP.

For career options, please click here.

Program Competencies for  AHC and IDSH

Program Competencies are those outcomes outlined in the Institutional Effectiveness and Learning Outcomes Assessment section.

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure and clear understanding of the various disciplines and the proper foundation to pursue a variety of career choices.

Technical Standards1 for IDSH and AHC

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

 
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  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person's life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.