Health Sciences

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Type: Short Certificate

Length: 2 semesters of Full-time attendance


The Reid State Health Science Program prepares students for a career as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Medication Assistant and Phlebotomist. Students are able to qualify for each certification upon successful completion of course instruction in each area within two semesters of training. 

The Health Sciences Short Certificate is designed to prepare the graduate to recognize situations that require Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) first aid, and effectively implement emergency procedures when needed. Graduates will be able to apply medical terminology in verbal and written communication.

It is also designed to train individuals to properly collect and process blood and other clinical specimen for laboratory testing and to interact with healthcare personnel, patients and the general public.

The health sciences clinical is a supervised practicum within the clinical setting that provides laboratory practice in health sciences.

Emphasis is placed on collection techniques, specimen processing, workflow practices, referrals, and utilizing 

information systems. Math, English, asepsis, and computer applications for Health Sciences are also included.

In addition to CPR Certification, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Phlebotomist Certification Examination certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC), the Nurse Aide Certification Examination certified by the Alabama Department of Public Health, and the Medication Aide Certification Examination certified by the Alabama Board of Nursing, and National Council State Board of Nursing.


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