Career Studies Certificates

Published 8:18 am Friday, March 26, 2010

In addition to two-year degree and year-long certificate programs, Paul D. Camp Community College offers a number of Career Studies Certificate programs that take less than a year to complete. Designed to address short-term training needs of citizens in the College’s service area, the Career Studies Program options range from 9 to 29 credit hours. Following are a few examples.

Legal Office (27 credit hours)

This program is designed to provide entry-level and specialized legal office skills for individuals preparing for positions in a legal office or for those presently in business who desire to increase their knowledge or update their skills. Occupational objectives include positions in private law firms, mortgage companies, banks, title insurance companies, private corporations, government, and administrative agencies. Required courses include Word Processing I, three Administrative Support Technology (AST) electives, Business Law I, Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts, Business Communications, Records and Database Management, Legal Transcription, Law Office Administration and Management, and Legal Transactions.

Medical Office Billing Clerk (28 credit hours)

This program is designed for persons seeking employment as a medical office billing clerk or for those presently in business who desire to increase their knowledge or update their skills. Occupational objectives include Certified Reimbursement Specialist, Medical Office Billing Clerk, Medical Office Trainee, Office Services Trainee, and Skills upgrading for Office Personnel. Courses in this program include Medical Terminology, Medical Office Procedures, Medical Office Insurance, Medical Coding, Medical Law and Ethics, Business Communication, Bookkeeping and Insurance, two Medical Software Application courses, and Medical Reimbursement, plus one credit of on-site training.

Phlebotomy (27 credit hours)

This program offers foundational courses to prepare a laboratory practitioner whose primary function is to obtain, process, and transport patient blood specimens. Although the emphasis is on venipuncture and micro-collection techniques, a wide range of topics are covered as they relate to the role of the phlebotomist in the medical laboratory. Including student participation in over 120 hours of supervised, clinical phlebotomy experiences in various healthcare settings, the program features courses in College Success Skills, Introduction to Medical Laboratory, Practical Writing I, Medical Terminology I and II, Basic Computer Applications and Concepts, Phlebotomy, and Principles of Public Speaking. Possible job sites include hospital laboratories, blood centers, clinics, private laboratories, physician’s offices, and veterinary clinics.

Pre-Nursing (28 credit hours)

The Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate offers foundational courses from the AAS in nursing

curriculum to prepare students for entry into the Nursing Program. Although completion of this certificate does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program, the career studies certificate provides a curriculum that accurately reflects the intentions and goals of the students enrolled. Taking the sciences and college composition courses in advance may enhance students’ application status into the RN program. This option includes all the courses within the Nursing Curriculum that can be completed prior to Nursing Program admission, with the exception of the Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts course. (Although this course is not listed in this career studies certificate, computer competency is required for all associate degrees, and this course covers all the competencies needed. It may be completed prior to Nursing Program admission.)

Courses in the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate include College Success Skills, Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Introduction to Microbiology, College Composition I, Principles of Public Speaking, Introduction to Psychology I and II, Developmental Psychology, and Bio-Medical Ethics.


Other Career Studies programs at PDCCC include American Sign Language; Bookkeeping; Child Care I and Child Care II; Computer Support Specialist; Entrepreneurship in Small Business Management; Fire Science; Hardware and Software Support; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Industrial Maintenance; Industrial/Residential Wiring; Leadership; Medical Office Specialist’ Nurse Aide; Professional Welder-Fabricator; Professional Welder-Pipe; Professional Welder-Plate; Religious Studies; and Word Processing Technician.

For more information on Career Studies Certificates and other options available at PDCCC, call 569-6700, or visit our website at