College of Health Professions
The department of Clinical Science, Respiratory Care, and Health Care System Administration offers different programs. As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for health information technicians also increases. Employment is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2008 because of the rapid growth in tests, treatments and procedures available. Many graduates are employed in hospitals, but job growth is projected to be greatest in physicians' offices and clinics, nursing homes and home health agencies.
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Programs at Ferris State University include both an associate degree and a baccalaureate degree program. The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is five semesters in length and leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree.
The Respiratory Care field offers challenge and mobility. Working as a member of the health care team, you will participate in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the heart and lungs. You will be prepared to give patients both emergency and long-term life support in a continually changing environment.
As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for skilled health care managers also increases. Employment is expected to grow faster than average with the fastest growth in home health agencies, residential care facilities and practitioners' offices and clinics.
As the health care industry continues to grow and expand, the demand for health information managers also increases. Employment is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2010 because of rapid changes in health care regulations that require individuals skilled in the interpretation of health data. Individuals with an interest in computers, health care and business will find that health information management is a challenging and fulfilling career option. Many graduates are employed in hospitals, but job growth is projected to be greatest in physicians' offices and clinics, nursing homes and home health agencies.
Medical Technologists perform laboratory analyses to help the physician detect, diagnose and treat disease. Technologists work with sophisticated laboratory instruments and computers that must be kept in optimal operating condition to give the most accurate results.
Accurate, consistent and accessible recordkeeping has never been more important in the health care industry. Coding and billing are critical to the successful operation of hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations and veterinary clinics. This certificate identifies students' skills and gives them the specialized knowledge that is needed to meet the demand for coding and billing in today's health care industry. The Medical Office Assistant provides opportunity for entry-level employment or immediate career advancement for medical record clerks. It is ideal for individuals who want to work in a doctor's office or clinic and do not want to take more advanced science-based coursework. The phlebotomy certificate provides students with the knowledge and skill to be able to obtain blood samples for medical tests accurately and safely. Graduates of the phlebotomy certificate will be able to become nationally certified.
As the health Care industry continues to grow, the demand for unit clerks in hospitals, nursing homes, and other inpatient settings also increases. Unit clerks are responsible for assuring that tests are ordered and reports placed on the patient's chart, assuring that the record is complete and available to the health care providers, and providing clerical assistance.
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