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Get the hands-on training and experience you need to be successful in a healthcare career. At FVTC we have programs that will prepare you to become a dental hygienist, nurse, occupational therapist or health information technician.

Health Science

Programs


Dental Assistant (TD)

33 Credits Location: Appleton

As a dental assistant, you are an integral member of the dental health team. With this diploma, you’ll be ready to give chairside assistance and conduct lab procedures under the direction of the dentist. Learn how to disinfect and sterilize dental instruments, record dental histories and vital signs, and manage dental and medical emergencies. You will also become familiar with dental procedures, equipment and radiographs. Your training will prepare you to perform basic office and laboratory procedures. At the end of this program, you’ll be ready for the national certification examination.

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Dental Hygienist (AAS)

70 Credits Location: Appleton

Dental hygienists play an important role in helping patients maintain oral health and prevent oral diseases. You will learn how to inspect the mouth, remove stains and deposits from teeth, apply preventative agents, and prepare clinical and diagnostic tests. You’ll also learn how to take dental x-rays and perform many other services related to oral care. You’ll get training in counseling patients about nutrition, oral hygiene and dental care, and will gain skills in reviewing medical history, administering screening exams, assessing periodontal health, exposing x-rays and administering local anesthesia. With this training, you’ll be prepared for credentialing exams and a great career as a dental hygienist.

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Exploring Health Careers (C)

12 Credits Location: Appleton

If you want to pursue a health care career but aren’t sure which program is right for you, this certificate can help. Learn more about job opportunities, pay and benefits. Discover what additional education you will need and what steps to take to get into the program you choose. You’ll learn the people skills necessary for health professions and some of the medical terminology involved in health care work. This program will help you make an important career decision.

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Gerontology (C)

7 Credits Location: Online

Whether you are pursuing a professional career involving care for the elderly or are a family caregiver or volunteer, this certificate program will give you the knowledge and skills needed to be able, compassionate and resourceful. You’ll learn about the physical and psychosocial aspects of aging, as well as public policy, community resources, and safety concerns. This certificate program will prepare you to serve the growing elderly population.

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Health Information Technology (AAS)

67 Credits Location: Appleton

Want a career in the dynamic field of health care, but without the patient interaction? With this degree, you deal more with the patient's health care information than with patients. You’ll learn how to collect, code, manage and maintain the health data necessary for proper reimbursement, statistical and quality purposes. You’ll learn how to manage electronic health information in an electronic health record (EHR). You’ll train on current coding and chart management software and you’ll gain valuable field experience that will be helpful as you seek employment.

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Medical Assistant (TD)

33 Credits Locations: Appleton, Chilton, Oshkosh, Waupaca

With this diploma, you become an essential part of the health care team. Your role is to take vital signs, assist the physician with examinations and minor office procedures, and administer medications. This career combines business and administrative duties with clinical laboratory functions. You’ll learn the necessary office skills as well as specimen collection, basic lab tests and microscopic work. The program includes a supervised practicum experience, allowing you to apply what you’ve learned in a real world environment.

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Medical Coding Specialist (TD)

27 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

Medical coding specialists translate verbal descriptions of disease, injury and procedures into numerical designations. The accurate recording of this information is critical for the reimbursement of health care claims, medical statistics and research. You will gain an understanding of the anatomy, signs and symptoms of diseases, and medical procedures. You will also learn how to analyze medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures. Upon completion, you could work in a variety of health care settings or for a health insurance company.

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Nursing - Associate Degree (AAS)

70 Credits Location: Appleton

From the fundamentals to the latest procedures and technology, this degree prepares you for a career as a registered nurse. You’ll learn to provide care to people of all ages with common physical and mental health problems. Your high-tech training includes plenty of hands-on experience with a wide range of clinical skills, health assessments and medication administration. In addition to a significant emphasis on patient care, you will also learn about drug classifications and their effect on the body, as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Throughout your training, you’ll practice critical thinking, leadership, team building and accurate communications, which will prepare you to work effectively in a variety of environments and with diverse patient populations. Electives allow you to pursue specific areas of interest. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to take the National Council of State Board's examination to become a registered nurse.

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Nursing Assistant (TD)

3 Credits Locations: Appleton, Chilton, Clintonville, Oshkosh, Waupaca

A nursing assistant is an essential member of the health care team. This program will help you learn how to provide for the personal care and comfort of people with health problems. You will learn to bathe, dress, feed, mobilize and transport people; obtain pulse and temperature; and report observations and reactions to the health care team. Nursing assistants prepare equipment, take care of the patient’s room and keep patient records. In this role, you may assist clients with dementia and rehabilitation needs, and provide restorative care to help them maintain their independence. Upon completion, you’ll be ready to take the certification exam. You will have a variety of employment options as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

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Nursing Pathway, LPN to ADN (AAS)

71 Credits Location: Appleton

If you are currently a practicing LPN in the state of Wisconsin and want to continue your education to become a registered nurse, this program is designed for you. You can apply 19 credits from your practical nursing program to give you a major jump start. Then continue your training with the latest procedures and technology. You'll get plenty of hands-on experience with a wide range of clinical skills, health assessments and medication administration. Our state-of-the-art health simulation environment gives you access to a variety of life-like training opportunities to build your confidence and skills. Throughout your training, you’ll practice critical thinking, leadership, team building and accurate communications, which will prepare you to work effectively in a variety of environments and with diverse patient populations. Electives allow you to pursue specific areas of interest. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to take the National Council of State Board's examination to become a registered nurse.

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Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse Refresher (C)

7 Credits Location: Appleton

If you are a licensed practical nurse who has been out of the nursing workforce for more than five years, this program will help you update your skills and clinical performance to return to the nursing field. Your training will cover the nursing process, infection control, medication update, recent trends, the aging population and communications. A precepted clinical experience will help prepare you to return to caring for patients.

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Nursing, Paramedic to ADN Pathway (AAS)

60 Credits Location: Appleton

If you’re currently a practicing paramedic in the state of Wisconsin and want to continue your education to become a registered nurse, this program is designed for you. You can apply the credits from your paramedic diploma to give you a head start. Then continue your hands-on experience using a wide range of clinical skills, health assessments and medication administration. Our state-of-the-art health simulation environment gives you access to a variety of life-like training opportunities to build your confidence and skills. Throughout your training, you’ll practice critical thinking, leadership, team building and accurate communications, which will prepare you to work effectively in a variety of environments and with diverse patient populations. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the National Council of State Board's examination to become a registered nurse.

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Nursing, Practical (TD)

30 Credits Location: Appleton

A career as a practical nurse can be a rewarding opportunity to provide caring medical support to individuals and families across the lifespan. You’ll learn how to assist with health assessments and medication administration, and will have ample opportunities for hands-on experience to develop your clinical skills. You’ll also learn about drug classifications and their effect on the body, as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles. An emphasis on critical thinking and communications will help you become a skilled nurse who is able to adapt to a variety of environments and work with diverse patient populations. Under supervision, you’ll be able to manage and direct care in various health care settings. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the National Council of State Board's licensing exam to become an LPN.

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Nursing, Registered Nurse Refresher (C)

7 Credits Location: Appleton

Are you a registered nurse who’s been out of the nursing workforce for five years? This certificate will allow you to practice current nursing skills and give you the clinical experience you need to return to caring for patients. Your training will examine the nursing process, infection control, medication update, recent trends and more. You’ll also complete a precepted clinical as part of your training.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)

70 Credits Location: Appleton

In this career field, you will work with clients of all ages who have developmental, physical, social or emotional challenges that interfere with their daily living. Under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist, you will show people how to care for themselves, work, play, learn and enjoy leisure activities. Your training will include medical terminology, medical and psychosocial conditions, and the skills you’ll need to assess and provide treatment interventions. You will also learn how to apply creativity, teamwork and problem solving skills to treatment plans. Hands-on lab work and clinical experiences give you ample opportunity to develop your skills. Upon completion, you will be ready to take the national certification examination.

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Personal Care Worker (C)

2 Credits Location: Appleton

If you want to provide assistance to clients in their assisted living facilities, homes or are a family caregiver or volunteer who assists someone in the home, you will find this program very helpful. You’ll learn the proper ways to assist someone with bathing, dressing, grooming and personal hygiene. You’ll also explore topics like nutrition, mobility, infection prevention, communication, challenging behaviors, emergencies and family dynamics. You’ll have a good foundation to be a skilled personal care provider.

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Pharmacy Technician (TD)

37 Credits Location: Appleton

If you're ill or injured, you have access to an enormous variety of therapeutic medications, and you trust your pharmacy to correctly interpret and fill your prescriptions. Pharmacy technicians contribute to our safety by assisting pharmacists in a variety of technical tasks. If you're attentive to detail, organized, a good communicator, and like math, science, and working with people, a career as a pharmacy technician may be your prescription for success.

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Phlebotomy Technician (C) New

17 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

As a phlebotomy technician, you’ll collect blood for testing and analysis in a clinical laboratory. Your training will include the study of anatomy, blood collection procedures, proper storage and handling of blood samples, and safety precautions. Great jobs can be found in clinical laboratories, hospitals, community health centers, physician’s offices, blood donation centers and other health care facilities.

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Therapeutic Massage (TD) New

27 Credits Location: Appleton

The Therapeutic Massage technical diploma will provide you with training for a professional career in massage therapy or will enhance your skills and knowledge if you’re already in the healthcare field. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy with specific attention focused on the musculoskeletal system and will receive a high degree of technical training with emphasis on massage techniques and therapy applications. Hands-on and practical business application will be part of your experience through the student-operated on-campus clinic. Upon successful completion, you’ll be prepared for the exam to obtain the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services massage therapy and bodywork therapy license. Financial aid approval is pending for this program.

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TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship

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