Careers in Allied Health

careers in healthcareWith a large number of hospitals, long–term care facilities, biomedical research centers and private clinics, the Puget Sound region is at the forefront of the healthcare industry. In fact, healthcare is one of the most important drivers of our economy, accounting for nearly 75,000 jobs in the Seattle area.

The passage of the Affordable Care Act and the nation's aging population have caused demand for skilled medical workers to increase significantly. To meet this demand, Seattle Central offers educational opportunities to develop the region's healthcare workforce. Our Allied Health programs provide the practical skills and specialized knowledge you need to build a successful career in the healthcare industry.

Allied Health

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Allied Health – Tracks:

  • Dental Hygiene – Dental hygienists are licensed professionals that focus on the prevention and treatment of oral diseases of the teeth and gums and work closely with other healthcare professionals.
  • Respiratory Care – Applying their knowledge of scientific principles and patient care, respiratory care practitioners work in a variety of healthcare setting to assess, treat and manage patients with heart and lung disorders.
  • Healthcare Services Management – Healthcare Services Managers are responsible for coordinating and managing healthcare organizations. With this degree track, you are qualified to work in hospital administration and management positions, medical care facilities, healthcare facilities and private offices.
  • Community Health and Education – Graduates in this track will be equipped to provide health education, health interventions and community prevention. Community Health Educators can pursue careers opportunities in nonprofit health organizations, public sector agencies, patient care centers, medical institutions and colleges.

Associate of Applied Science—Transfer (AAS–T) in Allied Health
This two–year degree creates a pathway for educational advancement by preparing students to enter a bachelor in applied science degree track, which will provide career opportunities for students interested in working in allied health professions.

Nursing (AAS–T)

This degree provides an opportunity to develop the skills and experience required for a career in nursing. Nurses are licensed professionals who provide expert medical care to patients in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing care facilities and in-home healthcare services.

Opticianry Licensed Dispensing (AAS)

Earning an AAS degree in Opticianry provides students with the technical and academic knowledge to prepare for the licensing exam—in less time than an Opticianry apprenticeship. Professional Opticians help people see more clearly by preparing and dispensing prescription eyewear and contact lenses.

Surgical Technology (certificate, with AAS–T option)

As registered professionals, surgical technology specialists perform important responsibilities caring for surgical patients. They work as part of surgical teams by assisting with operations.

Nursing Assistant – Certified (certificate)

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of healthcare settings including homecare and long–term care facilities. Students who successfully complete the program have an option to continue their academic and career growth in the nursing field.

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (certificate)

Dental Assistants support dental care providers by preparing and assisting with patient treatment. Once certified, expanded function dental assistants can perform more procedures such as placing and contouring dental fillings. Contact the Dental Hygiene Office at 206.934.3186 to learn more.

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