Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Health Careers at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Health Careers

Associate of Applied Science

Respiratory Care Program
Dental Hygiene
Emergency Medical Services

New! Medical Assistant Technology

Certificate Training

Medical Assistant Technology
Emergency Medical Technology - Basic
Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
Medical Coding Specialist

Professional Nursing Continuing Education

RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM - Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The Respiratory Care Program (Respiratory Therapy) is an AAS degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care through CAAHEP. Major emphasis is placed upon cardiopulmonary critical care technology. This program prepares graduates for the national credentialing examinations which lead to certification and registry. Extensive adult and neonatal critical care experience is included as a part of this program.

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DENTAL HYGIENE - Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

KVCC's Dental Hygiene program prepares graduates to provide a wide range of dental healthcare. The need for specialized, professional hygiene services and prevention oriented educational services is increasing. Dental hygienists are in great demand to provide dental health care in dental offices, civil service positions, school programs and various public health fields. Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board Examination and all regional board examinations for licensing. Upon successful completion of these exams, our graduates are fully qualified to practice as dental hygienists.

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

EMT's and paramedics are trained to perform critical emergency medical intervention for both the traumatically injured and the acutely ill patient. The Paramedic is the most advanced level and includes invasive procedures designed to access airway and vasculatures. The Paramedic curriculum encompasses a complex understanding of specific life-threatening conditions and a comprehensive depth of the critical care required by these patients. Paramedic level training offers both Certificate and AAS opportunities.

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The EMT-Basic course prepares you to serve in emergency response organizations. Emphasis is placed on medical and trauma emergencies and on the mastery and practical application of non-invasive skills. EMT-Basic consists of two courses: EMT 110 & EMT 115. This one-semester program includes lecture, lab, and clinical practice with nine semester hours of credit. It is offered each semester and begins in January, May, and September. It is usually scheduled three days (Summer) or four evenings (Fall and Winter) per week.


In the EMT-Paramedic program, students review all EMT-Basic skills and concepts. Students master intravenous therapy, trauma management, airway management, cardiology, EKG interpretation, and pharmacology. This year long program begins each Fall.

The Paramedic program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP): 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, Phone: (727) 210-2350, http://www.caahep.org/ as recommended by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP): 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, Phone: (214) 703-8445, http://www.coaemsp.org/.

The EMT-Paramedic program is three semesters in length and requires classroom, laboratory, and clinical coursework.

Statement of Purpose:

Basic EMT Certificate: The purpose of the EMT program is to provide entry level practitioners that have the knowledge, technical skills, and work attitudes expected of professional services.
Paramedic: The purpose of the Paramedic program is to provide an entry level, allied health professional who possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation for critical and emergent patients.

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MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNOLOGY - Certificate Program or NEW Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Employment for medical assistants is expected to grow by 31% from 2010 to 2020, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This can be attributed to a predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities. Technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment are also factors for the increased demand for medical assistants.

In this program you will be trained in a broad range of skills that are essential to a career in a medical office setting. As a medical assistant, you will be a multi-skilled professional dedicated to assisting in patient care management.

You will be trained to perform administrative and clinical/laboratory duties and may manage emergency situations, facilities, and/or personnel. Competence in the field also requires that you display professionalism, communicate effectively, and participate in continuing education programs.

This program offers both a Certificate and AAS option and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). For further information, please see the following: Medical Assistant Technology Certificate Program or Medical Assistant Technology AAS Degree.

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Upon successful  completion of the Medical Coding Specialist course of study, the student will be prepared to perform administrative procedures in the medical office or other health care facilities. The student will have a comprehensive overview of procedures and processes necessary for coding and billing health care claims on an outpatient level.  Upon completion of the required courses you will then be eligible for the 192 hours of externship.  Externship consists of practical experience in an out-patient setting. For more information, go to the Medical Coding Specialist.

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NURSING Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The KVCC Nursing Program prepares graduates for career opportunities in acute care hospitals, chronic care facilities, extended care, nursing homes, clinics, offices, and in home health. As an AAS degree recipient, you may transfer your credits to various four-year institutions for continued education in nursing. Program counselors can assist you with transfer information.

The KVCC Nursing Program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. It includes one semester of prerequisite coursework and four semesters of nursing coursework for the full-time student.


Upon successful completion of two semesters of nursing coursework, the student will receive a certificate in practical nursing and be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).


Upon successful completion of all four semesters of nursing coursework, graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be qualified to write the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

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