Allied Health Education

The Allied Health department, part of the Health Sciences, Education & Wellness Institute at Bellevue College, offers several programs of study in professional and technical disciplines for healthcare. You are invited to explore the options for your future in healthcare by selecting Programs of Study. On this page:

Associate in Applied Science-T Degree
Allied Health

The Associate of Applied Science-Transfer Allied Health degree is a bridge between allied health certificates and a transfer degree. The degree is designed to prepare students to enter the allied health workplace with strong knowledge and skills in college-level math, science, social science and humanities. Degree completers are also eligible to enter related BAS programs at Bellevue College or other system colleges. Th e degree is designed to provide vertical mobility to individuals with professional certificates in Allied Health disciplines or to provide skills to individuals who have general education credits but no professional training. The degree also provides a link between a certificate, the associate degree, and an applied baccalaureate degree.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Locate and understand theoretical underpinnings of specialty within Allied Health
  • Appreciate the role of scientific inquiry and the changing nature of evidence-based medicine.
  • Work effectively as a member of health care team
  • Understand how Allied Health professions contribute to health care delivery.
  • Advocate on behalf of patients to diverse health care practitioners and patient care teams
  • Improve oral and written communications, spoken communication, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis to reflect expertise at the Associate’s level.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Major/Core Requirement

Complete one or more of the professional certificates in an Allied Health Discipline totaling at least 40 credits.
Certificate Credit Hrs.
Medical Administrative Assistant 49
Health Unit Coordinator 64
Phlebotomy Technician 40
Clinical Laboratory Assistant 45
Emergency Department Technician 50
Alcohol and Drug Counseling 46

General Education

Complete 26 credits of General Education from the following distribution areas:

Communications
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
Quantitative
Choose 5 credits from the Mathematics courses listed below:
Mathematics
107*, 130*, 131, 132, 138, 141,142, 148, 151, 152, 153, 208, 238, 240, 254, 255
Humanities
Choose 5 credits from the Humanities courses listed below:
Anthropology
208 (Cross Listed)
Art
101, 103 (Cross Listed), 105, 110*, 111*, 112*, 120*, 121*, 150*, 151*, 153*, 154*, 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 221*, 222*, 225, 230*, 235*, 240*, 242*, 245*, 247*, 253*, 254* 256*, 260*, 261*, 280*
Communication Studies
101, 105, 106, 107, 115, 119, 120 (Cross Listed), 121 (Cross Listed), 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 138, 141,143, 144, 145, 146, 151, 161, 163, 201, 202, 210, 216, 220, 240, 241, 250, 260, 261, 280, 285
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 115, 120, 121, 130,140, 152, 160 (Cross Listed), 180 (Cross Listed), 200, 210, 255, 257, 260 (Cross Listed), 285, 286, 287, 288
Dance
130*, 131*, 140*, 141*, 151*(Cross Listed), 152* (Cross Listed), 201*, 202*, 203*
Drama
101, 106, 141, 151*, 153*, 154*, 155*, 159* (Cross Listed), 161*, 200 , 210, 212, 215, 224, 241, 251*, 252*, 253*, 254*, 256*, 270, 280*, 281*, 284*, 285*
English
111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 131, 210, 215, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 228, 229, 237, 238 239, 241, 244 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 253, 254, 255, 260, 261, 263, 264, 265, 266, 276, 279
History
101, 102, 103, 110, 115, 120 (Cross Listed), 146, 147, 148, 207, 209, 210,211, 212, 214, 223, 230 (Cross Listed), 236, 242, 245, 250, 261 (Cross Listed), 280 (Cross Listed)
Humanities
224, 230
Music
100*, 101*, 102*, 103*, 104*, 105, 106*, 107, 109*, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115,116, 117, 118, 120*, 126*, 130*, 131*, 132*, 135*, 136*, 139*, 140*, 143*, 150, 151,152, 153, 156, 157, 158, 200*, 203*, 205*, 206*, 210, 211, 212, 240*, 243*
Philosophy
101, 102, 112, 115, 122, 145, 160, 201 (Cross Listed), 225 (Cross Listed), 247, 248 (Cross Listed), 260 (Cross Listed), 265, 267
Arabic
121, 122, 123
American Sign Language
121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
Chinese
121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
French
121, 122, 123, 131, 132, 133, 221, 222, 223, 231, 232, 233
German
121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
Italian
121, 122, 123
Japanese
121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
Spanish
121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
Social Science
Choose 5 credits from the Social Science courses listed below:
Anthropology
100, 106, 108 (Cross Listed), 180, 204, 206, 208, 209, 211, 212, 220, 222, 224, 232, 234 (Cross Listed), 235, 236
Business
101
Communication Studies
102, 230
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
100, 101, 102, 103 (Cross Listed), 104, 106, 109, 115, 120, 121, 130, 140, 152, 160 (Cross Listed), 180, 200, 201, 203, 205, 210, 241 (Cross Listed), 255, 257, 260 (Cross Listed), 285, 286, 287, 288
Economics
100, 201, 202, 250, 260 (Cross Listed)
Geography
100, 102, 105, 200, 207, 250, 258, 277
History
101, 102, 103, 110, 115, 120 (Cross Listed), 146, 147, 148, 207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 223, 230 (Cross Listed), 236, 242, 245, 250, 261 (Cross Listed), 280 (Cross Listed)
Humanities
224, 230
International Studies
150, 200, 201, 202 (Cross Listed), 204 (Cross Listed), 227 (Cross Listed), 261 (Cross Listed), 280 (Cross Listed)
Philosophy
102, 112, 122, 160, 201 (Cross Listed), 248 (Cross Listed), 260 (Cross Listed), 265 (Cross Listed)
Political Science
101, 121, 122, 123, 125, 155, 160 (Cross Listed), 175, 201 (Cross Listed), 202, 203, 204, 220, 221, 222, 223, 227 (Cross Listed), 230 (Cross Listed)
Psychology
100, 109, 110, 200, 203, 205, 209, 210, 220, 240, 250, 257
Sociology
101, 105, 122, 150, 201, 215, 230, 240, 246, 248, 250, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 258, 260, 262, 264, 265, 268, 270, 275, 278
Natural Science
Choose 6 credits from the Natural Science LAB courses listed below:(Laboratory component required, indicated by “L”):

Anthropology
205 (Cross Listed), 215(L) (Cross Listed)
Astronomy
100, 101(L), 201(L)
Biology
100(L), 108(L), 125, 135, 150(L), 160(L), 162(L), 211(L), 212(L), 213(L), 241(L), 242(L), 260(L), 275 (L), 276(L)
Botany
110(L), 113(L), 120(L)
Chemistry
100 (Cross Listed), 110(L) (Cross Listed), 121(L), 131(L), 140(L), 161(L), 162(L), 163(L), 261(L) 262(L), 263(L), 265(L), 266(L);
Environmental Science
100, 110 (Cross Listed), 207(L), 250(L);
Geography
205, 206(L)
Geology
101(L), 103(L), 106 (Cross Listed), 208(L)
Meteorology
101, 211
Nutrition
100, 101
Oceanography
101(L), 110 (Cross Listed)
Physics
100, 104(L), 105(L), 109(L), 114(L), 115(L), 116(L), 121(L), 122(L), 123(L), 225
Electives
Select additional courses from the Allied Health department or General Education to meet the degree total of 90 credits.
Important Notes and Conditions
  • A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.
  • The BOLDED numbers are shared (cross listed) courses with other departments. These courses can count only once for credit [Example: GEOG 106 is same as GEOL 106 and may only count as GEOG or GEOL]. Consult course catalog or meet with an advisor.
  • “P” grade not allowed in Written Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
  • Restricted: ANY college level courses not listed in any of the skill area, distribution or transferable electives (generally professional/technical and human development classes)
  • Cultural Diversity: Bellevue College requires that one of the distribution courses meet the colleges Cultural Diversity requirement. AHE140 meets the Cultural Diversity requirement.

Certificate of Achievement:
Clinical Lab Assistant

Brief Description

Clinical lab assistants perform laboratory work such as processing and testing specimens, reporting the results, and performing data entry. This is an entry-level position available in many medical settings. Graduates of this program should have a hiring advantage over applicants with no laboratory training.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Apply the theory associated with laboratory testing in the areas of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, toxicology, serology and urinalysis
  • Interpret and use terminology and abbreviations associated with clinical laboratory testing and processing
  • Prepare laboratory specimens following quality assurance and quality control protocols, perform basic tests, and interpret, record, and report results in the areas of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, toxicology, serology and urinalysis
  • Accurately communicate test results to healthcare personnel
  • Communicate respectfully and professionally with co-workers, health care professionals, customers, patients, and their families
  • Practice responsible and confidential communications and apply an understanding of clinical lab laws and ethics as required in health care practice
  • Recognize and respect cultural influences and practices

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare 5
AHE 110 Medical Terminology 5
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare 2
AHE 130 Human Systems 5
AHE 140 Professional Relationships in Healthcare 3
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare 5
AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy 5
AHEL 120 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory 5
AHEL 122 Advanced Clinical Laboratory 5
AHEL 128 Clinical Laboratory Practicum 5

Certificate of Achievement
Emergency Department Technician

This program is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements to serve as an Emergency Department Technician. This entry to mid-level position assesses and manages a wide range of emergency conditions including respiratory, genito-urinary, and cardiac emergencies. They also assist in wound care and the application of orthopedic splinting devices. Also necessary is familiarization with specialized medical equipment and the ability to communicate effectively with other medical personnel, the patient, and the patient’s family in emergency situations.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Possess clinical skills, knowledge, and competency performance as an Emergency Department Technician in emergency situations in a hospital setting
  • Assess emergency situations and perform necessary procedures
  • Assist physicians and other healthcare workers
  • Utilize specialized medical equipment
  • Assist with wound care, orthopedic splinting, specimen collection
  • Assist with patient monitoring for cardiac, respiratory, nervous, and genito-urinary emergencies

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare 5
AHE 110 Medical Terminology 5
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare 2
AHE 130 Human Systems 5
AHE 140 Professional Relationships in Healthcare 5
AHEE 120 Emergency Department Skills 3
AHEE 122 Emergency Department Diagnostics 3
AHEE 124 Emergency Department Procedures 3
AHEE 128 Emergency Department Practicum 5
AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy 5
AHEP 100 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
BTS 161 Business Software Essentials 5
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare 3

Certificate of Achievement
Health Unit Coordinator

This health professional is responsible for maintaining and supporting a healthcare facility. Their duties include setting up hospital admittance charts, performing data entry, ordering lab tests and x-rays, transcribing physician orders, maintaining patient records, and managing facility communications.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills & abilities:

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic human anatomical structure and body functions
  • Interpret, understand, and use basic medical and laboratory terminology
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic computer applications
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Interact and communicate with a diverse client base, with sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Demonstrate the ability to use an electronic admitting system for admitting, discharging, and transferring pre-operative and post-operative patients
  • Demonstrate the ability to check patients into a doctor’s office, including complete knowledge of insurance types and restrictions and proficiency in medical billing and coding

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare 5
AHE 110 Medical Terminology 5
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare 2
AHE 130 Human Systems 5
AHE 140 Professional Relationships in Healthcare 5
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare 3
AHEA 100 Medical Law and Ethics 3
AHEA 102 Introduction to Medical Administration 5
AHEA 104 Introduction to Billing and Coding 5
AHEA 106 Medical Computer Systems 5
AHEA 110 Health Unit Coordinator I 5
AHEA 112 Health Unit Coordinator Ii 5
AHEA 118 Health Unit Coordinator Practicum 5
BTS 104 Keyboarding Review & Speed Building 1
BTS 161 Business Software Essentials 5

Certificate of Achievement
Medical Administrative Assistant

The Medical Administrative Assistant (formerly Medical Office Reception) program prepares students to serve in integral roles in the medical office. The program prepares students with core knowledge to understand the general medical profession. This program further specifies knowledge and skills to function in an administrative capacity with reception, basic medical documentation, basic medical billing & coding and electronic medical record keeping.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Read, spell, understand and pronounce basic terms of medical terminology and apply them appropriately
  • Demonstrate competence in operating a personal computer system and its applications
  • Communicate respectfully and professionally with co-workers, health care professionals, customers, patients, and their families
  • Practice responsible and confidential communications and apply an understanding of laws and ethics as required in health care practice
  • Recognize and respect cultural influences and perceptions
  • Work within an integrated system of jobs and professions that make up the health care delivery system

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare 5
AHE 110 Medical Terminology 5
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare 2
AHE 130 Human Systems 5
AHE 140 Professional Relationships in Healthcare 5
AHEE 120 Emergency Department Skills 3
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare 3
AHEA 100 Medical Law and Ethics 3
AHEA 102 Introduction to Medical Administration 5
AHEA 104 Introduction to Billing and Coding 5
AHEA 106 Medical Computer Systems 5
BTS 104 Keyboarding Review & Speed Building 1
BTS 161 Business Software Essentials 5

Certificate of Accomplishment:
Phlebotomy Technician

Brief Description

The phlebotomy technician program prepares students to certify and work as a phlebotomist in the clinical or laboratory setting. The program is designed to incorporate foundation courses in Allied Health education with focused courses in basic and advanced phlebotomy skills. The program includes required lecture, laboratory and practicum components to meet state and national standards for certification and employment.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
  • Select correct blood collection tube for ordered test
  • Select best vein for blood draws
  • Use alternative techniques such as capillary punctures or bleeding times
  • Use correct labeling and documentation techniques
  • Communicate respectfully and professionally with co-workers, health care<\li>
  • Practice responsible and confidential communications and apply an understanding of laws and ethics as required in health care practice
  • Recognize and respect cultural influences and perceptions
  • Work within an integrated system of jobs and professions that make up the health care delivery system

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare 5
AHE 110 Medical Terminology 5
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare 2
AHE 130 Human Systems 5
AHE 140 Professional Relationships in Healthcare 3
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare 5
AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy 5
AHEL 112 Advanced Phlebotomy 5
AHEL 118 Phlebotomy Practicum 5

Certificate of Completion:
Nursing Assistant Certified

Brief Description

The Nursing Assistant Certified certificate consists of 130 hours of didactic education, training in a skills laboratory, and clinical experience in both a nursing home and hospital. Students learn skills that prepare them to provide basic assistance to patients in hospitals and nursing homes. Th is course is approved and certified by both WA Department of Social and Health Services and Department of Health. Students who successfully complete the Nursing Assistant Certified training program are eligible to take the NNAAP Exam and to become licensed in WA State.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills & abilities described below:

  • Identify basic needs of adults and apply that knowledge while providing daily care to residents, patients, and clients
  • Recognize emergency situations and procedures and respond appropriately
  • Employ safety and infection control procedures
  • Communicate effectively with residents, patients, clients, and other members of the health care team
  • Apply critical thought in new situations
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Recognize and respect cultural influences and perceptions
  • Recognize and respond to the individual needs of residents, patients and clients in a culturally sensitive manner
  • Use the principles of restorative and rehabilitative care

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NAC 106 Nursing Assistant Foundations 4
NAC 107 Nursing Assistant Technical Skills 1
NAC 108 Nursing Assistant Practicum 2

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Last Updated October 8, 2015