The Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Basic Allied Health Care was created in response to the region’s need for skilled healthcare workers. The Pathway Certificate consists of an evidence-based curriculum, including a minimum 33-hour internship that gives students a solid foundation in the allied health field. The program supports candidates to move into advanced training programs in the healthcare profession. This certificate provides students with the chance to gain entry-level skills in a high demand career field.

Click here to learn how this Career Pathway Certificate can lead you to an AAS Medical Assistant.  This Career Pathway also gains 'points' toward Southwestern's Nursing Program application.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 16 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Basic Allied Health Care is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy
MTH20Basic Mathematics4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
AH100 Introduction to Health Care Careers 2
AH111 Medical Terminology I 3
 Credits5
Winter
AH112 Medical Terminology II 3
AH121 Body Structures and Functions I 3
 Credits6
Spring
AH122 Body Structures and Functions II 3
AH152 Medical Law and Ethics 2
 Credits5
 Total Credits16

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and medical law and ethics.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of clinical practice.
  • Practice professionalism as it relates to health care.