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The Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Health Care Career Core was designed based on the 2001 Institute of Medicine report "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century" recommended that all health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics. These five core competencies are taught within an interdisciplinary student-centered environment.

Click here to learn how this Pathway Certificate can lead to an AAS Medical Assistant.   For more information contact the administrative assistant, Sumner Hall, Rm 4 541-888-7443 or the director at 541-888-7298. Click here to view more information about the Nursing & Allied Health program.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 14 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Health Care Career Core 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 course, depending on a students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AH100 Introduction to Health Care Careers 2
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 1 3
HIM110 Health Information Technology 5
 Total Credits14

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Provide patient-centered care: Identify, respect, and care about patients' differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs; coordinate care, listen to, clearly inform, communicate with, and educate patients; share decision-making and management; and continuously advocate disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams: Cooperate, collaborate, communicate, integrate care in teams to ensure that care is continuous and reliable.
  • Employ evidence-based practice: Integrate best research with clinical expertise and patient values for optimum care, and participate in learning and research activities to the extent feasible.
  • Apply quality improvement: Identify errors and hazards in care; understand and implement basic safety design principles, such as standardization and simplification; continually understand and measure quality of care in terms of structure, process, and outcomes in relation to patient and community needs; and design and test interventions to change processes of care with the objective of improving quality.
  • Utilize informatics: Communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making using information technology.