Allied Health Programs at Southwestern

The Allied Health programs at Southwestern are designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of medical settings. Rural hospitals serve as health care centers, often combining long-term skilled care with hospital care. Rural health aides are prepared to transcribe physician's orders, assemble charts, and perform medical clerical/medical records tasks as well as provide personal and basic patient care in homes, hospitals, long term care, and assisted living facilities under the supervision of an RN or LPN. Basic nursing assistants (when certified by the Oregon State Board of Nursing as Certified Nursing Assistants) provide personal and basic nursing care to clients and patients in homes, clinics, assisted living facilities, skilled and acute care settings under the supervision of licensed health care professionals.

Allied Health Course Descriptions    

Nursing Program at Southwestern


Associate of Applied Science Medical Assistant

The Associate of Applied Science Medical Assistant prepares students in the first year of the curriculum to perform initial clerical duties in hospitals, medical clinics, and other medical facilities. The second year adds skills in medical terminology, management, and clinical skills with emphasis on the role of the medical assistant in the medical care delivery team.

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate general knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics,
  2. demonstrate proficiency in medical office administrative practices, and
  3. demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of clinical practice.

For more information, contact:

Jade Stalcup
Sumner 4
541.888.7443


Certificate of Completion Phlebotomy Technician

The Certificate of Completion Phlebotomy Technician prepares individuals for entry level positions in clinical laboratory settings, such as medical center clinical laboratories, reference laboratories, research laboratories, physician office laboratories and regulatory agencies. The program includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control, laboratory orientation, and a practicum/externship in an approved laboratory.

For more information, contact:

Jade Stalcup
Sumner 4
541.888.7443


Certificate of Completion Pharmacy Technician

The Certificate of Completion Pharmacy Technician program prepares individuals for employment in hospital and retail pharmacies.  Pharmacy Technician is a category of support personnel and denotes a skilled worker who has been trained to assist the pharmacist in preparing and dispensing medications.  This category of support personnel is spelled out in Oregon Administrative Rules 855-41-205 under the auspices of the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy.

For more information, contact:

Jade Stalcup
Sumner 4
541.888.7443


Certificate of Completion Rural Health Aide

The Certificate of Completion Rural Health Aide program is designed to prepare students for the unique workplace requirements of rural hospitals that often serve as health care centers, combining long term care with hospital care. These graduates will be cross-trained as basic nursing assistants (eligible for CNA certification as outlined by the Oregon State Board of Nursing) and as hospital unit clerks. They will be prepared to care for clients in a variety of medical settings as well as be prepared to transcribe physician’s orders, assemble charts, and perform medical clerical/medical records tasks. Much of the certificate course work can apply to nursing program requirements.

For more information, contact:

Jade Stalcup
Sumner 4
541.888.7443

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