Why Medical Specialties?
Many colleges and technical schools offer short, limited certificate programs in one area of medical expertise or another. The Medical Specialties program at Stevens-Henager College, however, provides hands-on training in a broad variety of valuable entry-level medical skills in just 20 months!
Our Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Medical Specialties is designed to train you in skills such as medical assisting, medical billing and coding, and pharmacy technology, so you’ll be a more well-rounded and attractive candidate to potential employers. With your degree and necessary professional certifications, you may be qualified to work in a number of different healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities.
As part of your program, you’ll fulfill a clinical externship at an actual medical site. Don’t worry; we’ll make all the arrangements! This externship will provide you with real-world experience under the supervision of practicing medical professionals that you can put on your résumé! In addition, your coursework will help prepare you for potential certification or licensing in various areas of medical specialties.1
The Associate’s degree program inMedical Specialties will help prepare you for a wide range of entry-level healthcare careers, including:
- Medical assistant
- Patient care technician
- Pharmacy technician
- Medical billing/coding specialist
- Nursing assistant
- Medical lab assistant
What You Will Learn
As a Medical Specialties student, you’ll learn valuable knowledge and skills that are vital to launching your medical career, such as:
- Medical assisting
- Limited-scope radiology/radiography
- Medical billing/coding
- Medical lab processes
- Pharmacy technology
- Medical records
- Nurse assisting
- Clinical processes and procedures
Preparation for Medical Certifications
When you graduate from the Medical Specialties program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the following certification exams:1
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
- Certified Electrocardiography Technician (CET)
- Insurance and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPHT)
- Radiology Practical Technician (DOPL)
- Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)
Sample Courses from the Medical Specialties Program
Here are several of the courses you may take during your Medical Specialties program.
Note: Courses are subject to change and vary by campus.
MED201 Anatomy and Physiology
Covers the anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body including but not limited to the integumentary system, the muscle and skeletal systems, the nervous system, the reproductive system, the digestive system, and the endocrine system. Upon completion students will be able to explain the basic organization and general plan of the body including cells, membranes, and tissues.
PHR200 Pharmacy Essentials
This course covers the essential concepts of pharmacy and pharmaceutical terminology. Topics include pharmacy rules of the state and how they impact the role of the pharmacy technician, regulatory standards in pharmacy practice, and ethical considerations for the pharmacy technician. Upon completions students will be able to identify the various categories of non-prescription products and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and perform counseling related to those items.
CSS101 Psychology of Motivation
This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers. Topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, resume writing, and a range of success skills. Upon completion, students will be able to produce a Standard APA formatted paper, navigate various online resources, and demonstrate multiple college and career success strategies.
MED106 Vital Signs and Emergencies
Presents the proper way of taking patients' vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height, and weight). Growth charting for children is also covered. CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Community First Aid and Safety are taught and certified through the American Heart Association.
Medical Specialties Accreditation
Stevens-Henager College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Courses leading to medical assisting certification in the Medical Specialties program at the Logan, Orem (Provo), and West Haven (Ogden) campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Medical Specialties Program Costs and Financial Aid
Unlike many colleges and universities, at Stevens-Henager College, your tuition covers everything you need to complete your Associate’s degree in Medical Specialties, without any hidden extra charges or fees. That means textbooks, learning materials, and tutoring are all included in the price of your tuition. We also provide medical scrubs and lab equipment, and we even include a laptop that you can use in college and keep after you graduate!
In addition, financial aid is available to those who qualify. Our friendly financial planners will meet with you one-on-one to help you find all the students loans and grants you may qualify for. We also have a limited number of scholarships2 offered through our Good Neighbor Initiative to help make your Medical Specialties degree more affordable. These scholarships aren’t based exclusively on grades.
Some of our scholarship awards include:
- 2017 “Your Future” Scholarships
- Healthcare Provider Scholarship
- First Time Degree Scholarship
- Single Parent Scholarship
- Scholarships for Other Minorities
- Professional Men’s or Women’s Scholarships
“I wanted to graduate ready for a career in a specific field soon as possible. I wanted to be more marketable than the person next to me. Stevens-Henager was the answer for me.”
AOS in Medical Specialties