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Health Sciences Division

The Division of Health Sciences offers programs in health care careers, which prepare students for entry-level positions.

Students can work in a variety of settings and enjoy security in knowing there is a great demand for health care professionals. Students enrolled in these programs will receive the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.). Explore the opportunities in the following fields…
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Anesthesia Technology

Anesthesia technologists support anesthesiologists, anesthesiologist assistants, nurses and other members of anesthesia care teams. The technologists’ main duty is maintaining anesthesia equipment. Typically anesthesia technologists clean, sterilize, test, calibrate and troubleshoot anesthesia equipment, in addition to keeping records of equipment inspections.

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Computed Tomography Advanced Practice Certificate

Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists are Radiologic Technologists with specialized training who use a rotating x-ray unit and sophisticated computers. Students enrolled in the Computed Tomography (CT) Technical Certificate will be full-time, 16 semester credit hours, for one semester.
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Emergency Medical Services

The EMS Academy offers EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic certificate programs. The EMT program is the entry-level, one-semester training program. EMTs who wish to advance their career must pass the Advanced EMT program which is also offered as a one-semester, 16 credit hour course. The paramedic program is the pinnacle pre-hospital professional licensure and is a 3-semester, competitive admissions program.

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Fire Science

Classes for the Columbia State's new Fire Science program begins Spring 2019. This certificate is designed to prepare current and future firefighters for careers and advancement in the firefighting profession. Click Fire Science program for more information.
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Medical Informatics

Medical Informatics graduates are ready for computer technician positions in healthcare settings.  Columbia State’s two-year Medical Informatics degree is open enrollment and offers three concentrations:  developer, technician and medical coder. 

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Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technician possesses the technical skills necessary to perform routine testing in the areas of hematology, serology, coagulation, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, and urinalysis in clinical laboratories of hospitals, clinics, and physician offices.
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Nursing offers a wide variety of career options. Nurses can work in hospital settings providing direct patient care in various areas from pediatrics to the emergency room. Columbia State's Nursing program prepares students to take their place in this field.
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Pre-Allied Health Sciences

The Pre-Allied Health Sciences pathway may be used by students seeking admission to a competitive entry health sciences program (Nursing, Radiology, Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Technology, Veterinary Technology).

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Pre-Clinical Lab Sciences

The Pre-Clinical Lab Sciences is a two-year academic pathway designed for students who intend to complete an Associate’s Degree and transfer directly to a 4-year institution to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.
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Pre-Imaging Sciences

Students who complete the Pre-Imaging Sciences degree at Columbia State combined with upper division coursework at a 4-year institution will be eligible to apply for credentialing examinations and/or licensure.
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Radiologic Technology

Upon successful completion of Columbia State's Radiologic Technology 22-month, full scope of practice program, eligible graduates have the opportunity for employment in hospitals, doctors’ offices, outpatient centers or other health care facilities.
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Respiratory Care

Respiratory therapists provide assessment, diagnostic evaluation, treatment and care for patients with breathing disorders. Columbia State's Respiratory Care program prepares students in artificial ventilation, resuscitation and airway management.
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Veterinary Technology

Columbia State has one of only two programs in the state of Tennessee for Veterinary Technology. This program offers students the opportunity to become a veterinary technician and receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

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