Program available at/via: [Walla Walla][Clarkston]
Department Overview: The purpose of Allied Health & Safety Education (AHSE) is to create a learning environment to support a variety of educational, personal enrichment, and career development goals in the field of health and safety. The clientele served by AHSE comprise a wide age group at a variety of educational levels and differing learning outcomes seeking that range from obtaining and maintaining job skills, training for new careers, and personal growth.
The Allied Health & Safety Education department provides a variety of public and health education programs which prepare the student for certification in the following certificates or degrees: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate, Fire Science - 1 year Certificate, Fire Science AAS degree (No longer accepting students), Phlebotomy Certificate, Patient Navigation Certificate, Medical Assistant Certificate and Nursing Assistant Certificate. The Nursing Assistant course is currently offered on both Walla Walla and Clarkston Campus.
The following is a list of courses offered to help students obtain certificates or enrichment necessary for entering or remaining in the healthcare workforce. The educational courses are: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Heartsaver First Aid/CPR, Home Care Aide, Ongoing Training and Evaluation Program (OTEP), Patient Navigation, Nurse Delegation, Nursing Assistant Review, Pharmacology, Success Strategies for Healthcare Education, and Medical Terminology.
New educational conferences or course offerings are considered based on the needs of the public and student community.
Industry Description: According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there is a demand for Allied Health and Safety professionals that is distinct from medicine and nursing. The growth and longevity of the population has increased the demand for trained workers in a variety of health-related occupations. Currently, first responders health service jobs represent the fastest growth categories in the State of Washington.
- Entrance Requirements: High school diploma or GED (with exception of the Nursing Assistant course)
- Meet specific reading, writing and language proficiency requirements through placement testing.
- Pass a criminal background investigation (for courses with a practicum component)
- Complete required current healthcare worker vaccinations and Tuberculosis screening (for courses with a practicum component)
Other Information: Depending on the course or degree, funding may be available through Financial Aid, sponsoring agencies, or scholarships. The WWCC Foundation may provide scholarships as well. Scholarships | Paying for College | Walla Walla Community College | WWCC and Financial Aid portal may be a resource for funding Financial Aid | Walla Walla Community College (wwcc.edu). Non-degree courses are not eligible for Federal Financial aid unless the course is part of a degree.
CoursesAllied Health & Safety EducationEmergency Medical TechnicianPhlebotomy