The Anoka Technical College Health Technology certificate provides students with skills to secure an entry-level position in the health care field or allows students to engage in coursework that transfers easily into different health programs available at Anoka Tech.

Program Details

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The Anoka Technical College Health Technology certificate is a 26-credit program that provides students with skills to secure an entry-level position in the health care field (nursing assistant and home health aide) or allow students to engage in coursework that will transfer into the different health programs offered at Anoka Tech.

  • Interact in complex environment.
  • Apply critical thinking skills.
  • Communicate in diverse settings.
  • Recognize teamwork/collaboration as an integral part of the health care delivery.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior.
  • Provide safe, patient-centered care.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, people in entry-level health care careers are people who tend to:

  • Consider relationships important. They like to work in a friendly, noncompetitive environment. They like to do things for other people. They prefer jobs where they are not pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
  • Consider good working conditions important. They like jobs offering steady employment and good pay. They want employment that fits their individual work style. They may prefer doing a variety of tasks, working alone, or being busy all the time.
  • Have social interests. They like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They like to communicate with others: to teach, give advice, help, or otherwise be of service to others.
  • Have realistic interests. They like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like to work with plants, animals, and physical materials such as wood, tools, and machinery. They often prefer to work outside.

Employers look for entry-level health care personnel who like to help people and do not mind hard work. Employees must be responsible, compassionate, emotionally stable and cheerful. They also need to be tactful, honest, and discreet about patients’ private lives.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Take a virtual tour and review the list below to get an idea of what it's like to be a student at Anoka Tech.

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Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

Seven general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student are required to take:

Course Number Course Title  Credits
ENGL 1107 Composition I  (Goal 1&2)  4
SPCH 1200 or 1500 Interpersonal Communications/Intercultural Communications (Goal 1&7) 3

Technical Education

Select one of the following courses:
Course Number Course Title Credits
 HLTH 1101 Trained Medication Aide (TMA)
3
 HLTH 1103 Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
5
 Select nine credits from the following courses:
 HLTH 1000 Disease Conditions 2
 HLTH 1005 Anatomy & Physiology 4
 HLTH 1040 Medical Terminology 2
 HLTH 1101 Trained Medication Aide (TMA) 3
 HLTH 1103 Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide 5
 HLTH 1110 Introduction to ECGs 1
  Select ten credits from the following courses:
 ADSC 1055 Electronic Health Records 2
 *BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology
4
 *BIOL 1130 Human Biology 4
 BIOL 2100 Anatomy & Physiology I
4
 BIOL 2200 Anatomy & Physiology II
4
 COMP 1002 Computers Technologies for Communications
2
 EMED 1076 BLS for the Healthcare Provider
1
 MATH 1010 Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals
1
 PSYC 1406 General Psychology 4
 PSYC 1506 Lifespan Development
4

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Cathy Bishop
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CBishop@anokatech.edu
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Teresa Dill
tdill@anokatech.edu
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Jean Jurek
JJurek@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

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Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

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Start Dates:

Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January
Summer semester: May/June

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Contact

Cathy Bishop
CBishop@anokatech.edu

Teresa Dill
TDill@anokatech.edu

Jean Jurek
JJurek@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

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