Health Technology

The Anoka Technical College Health Technology programs offers three awards: a Health Technology certificate; and two related certificates: Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate and Trained Medication Aide certificate.

Health Technology

The Anoka Technical College Health Technology certificate is a 26-credit program. Graduates are prepared with skills to secure an entry-level position in the health care field (nursing assistant, phlebotomist and home health aide) or transfer into other Anoka Tech Health Science Technology programs.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Interact in complex environment.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills.
  3. Communicate in diverse settings.
  4. Recognize teamwork/collaboration as an integral part of the health care delivery.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior.
  6. Provide safe, patient-centered care.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 26
 Techcal Education
19
 Must complete one of the following courses:
 
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 HLTH 1101  Trained Medication Aide (TMA)
3
 HLTH 1103
 Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
5
 Select from the following to equal nine (9) HLTH credits:
 HLTH 1000
 Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH 1005
 Anatomy & Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 HLTH 1101
 Trained Medication Aide (TMA)
3
 HLTH 1103
 Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide 5
 Select 10 credits from the following:
 
 ADSC 1055
 Electronic Health Records 2
 *BIOL 1106  Principles of Biology
4
 *BIOL 1130
 Human Biology
4
 *BIOL 2100  Anatomy & Physiology I
4
 *BIOL 2200  Anatomy & Physiology II
4
 COMP 1002  Computers Technologies for Communications
2
 EMED 1076  BLS for the Healthcare Provider
1
 *MATH 1010  Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals
1
 PSYC 1406
 General Psychology
4
 PSYC 1506  Lifespan Development
4
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
7
Seven (7) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 *ENGL 1107  Composition I
4
 The remaining three (3) credits may be selected from the following:
 SPCH 1120  Public Speaking
3
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
 SPCH 1500  Intercultural Communications
3

*Course has prerequisite, see course schedule.

Design your own sequence to work with your schedule.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

According to the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, people in entry-level health care careers are people who tend to:

  • Consider relationships important. They like to work in a friendly, noncompetitive environment. They like to do things for other people. They prefer jobs where they are not pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
  • Consider good working conditions important. They like jobs offering steady employment and good pay. They want employment that fits their individual work style. They may prefer doing a variety of tasks, working alone, or being busy all the time.
  • Have social interests. They like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They like to communicate with others: to teach, give advice, help, or otherwise be of service to others.
  • Have realistic interests. They like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like to work with plants, animals, and physical materials such as wood, tools, and machinery. They often prefer to work outside.

Employers look for entry-level health care personnel who like to help people and do not mind hard work. Employees must be responsible, compassionate, emotionally stable and cheerful. They also need to be tactful, honest, and discreet about patients’ private lives.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Report

Faculty

Cathy Bishop
763-576-4009

Teresa Dill
763-576-4136

Sara Rowe
763-576-4127

For service during summer hours, contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

 

The Anoka Technical College Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate is a five-credit course that introduces concepts of basic human needs, basic nursing and personal care skills, mental health and social needs, restorative services, resident’s rights and home health.

The skills are performed in a supervised laboratory and long term care clinical setting. The course meets the requirements of the federal government and the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Upon completion of the competency evaluation, students can be employed in a long-term care facility, hospital or home health agency.

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health; have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. The college will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the Commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Registration Process

Register online.

Program Sequence

TOTAL CREDITS 5
Technical Education Requirements
 
Course Number Course
Credits
HLTH 1103
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
5
TOTAL 5

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Books and Supplies

  • Nursing assistant book and skills packet (available through the Anoka Technical College bookstore).
  • Student photo ID card.
  • Black uniforms for the clinical training sites.
  • Watch with a second hand.
  • A box of non-latex exam gloves.

Reimbursable Expenses

Note from the Minnesota Department of Health regarding reimbursable expenses:

Nursing assistants who pay for the cost of their training and testing prior to employment are eligible for reimbursement. The nursing assistant has one (1) year from completion of the test to turn in receipts requesting reimbursement. The facility has 90 days to reimburse the nursing assistant. If the nursing assistant does not remain employed as a nursing assistant for 90 days, the nursing home is under no obligation to reimburse the nursing assistant. The first nursing home the nursing assistant stays at for at least 90 days would then be responsible to reimburse the nursing assistant if it has been one year or less since completion of the test. Only certified nursing homes or boarding care homes are required to reimburse a nursing assistant.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Teresa Dill
Department Chairperson
763-576-4136

The TMA - Trained Medication Aide is a three-credit, state-approved course (HLTH 1101) that can be taken alone or as part of a broader Health Technology program, such as the Health Technology certificate. The legal requirements concerning medication administration, general information, and administration skills of oral, rectal, and topical routes will be discussed.  The ten major body systems and how they are involved in the pharmacology of drug use will be studied.  The students will not administer medications on clinical, but will be ready to demonstrate their skills to the employing agency.  (Prerequisites:  Nursing Assistant) )

Faculty

Teresa Dill
Department Chairperson
763-576-4136

Award

Certificate

Start

Fall: August
Spring:  January

Contact

Cathy Bishop
763-576-4009

Teresa Dill
763-576-4136

Sara Rowe
763-576-4127

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710