Health Services at SMC

Health Services

Health Services Programs
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Fire Science
Medical Assisting
Health Information Technology
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Phlebotomy

Contact Information

Dr. Melissa Kennedy
Dean of School of Nursing and
Health Services
Email: nhs@swmich.edu
Phone: 269-783-2133

Start your career in an in-demand health field at SMC!

SMC’s health services programs are designed to prepare students with all the skills they need to excel on the job through hands-on training and thorough instruction.

Most programs are taught in the newly renovated Nursing and Health Education Building, which features advanced classroom technologies such as state-of-the-art mannequins that can mimic almost any “real life” situation, health information software that simulates real applications, a fully functional medical office and more.

Programs feature hands-on clinical applications and experiences, and many programs offer internship opportunities, ensuring students graduate with resume-worthy experience.

Health Services Fast Facts

  • The Department of Labor Statistics expects an increase in the demand of all health service-related careers from now until at least 2026.
  • 100% of SMC health services graduates are employed after completing their degree or certificate.
  • All health services programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and their respective governing bodies.

Health Services Programs

FIRE SCIENCE

An associate degree in fire science can be beneficial for gaining employment as a fire or emergency service professional, as many organizations require candidates to have post-secondary training. It can also be used as a stepping stone to advanced degree programs in fire science teaching, management or consulting. SMC also offers a certificate in Fire Science.

The fire science program at SMC teaches firefighting techniques using skills and equipment commonly used by municipal fire departments. Students will learn fire prevention, how a building’s design and materials influence fires, how to determine the origin and cause of a fire and much more. Students will also gain an understanding of how to execute emergency medical procedures.

MEDICAL ASSISTING

Medical assistants aid health professionals by administering basic health tasks such as drawing blood, taking a patient’s vitals and explaining medications as well as by performing office duties such as filing medical paperwork, scheduling appointments and more.

Students in SMC’s medical assisting program will learn all the skills they need to confidently pursue employment as a medical assistant. Coursework covers clinical, diagnostic and lab procedures; pharmacology; medical terminology; an introduction to diseases; insurance claims processing; and office administration. All students apply their skills in an internship before graduation.

Curriculum Guides

Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting

Certificate in Medical Assisting-Clinical

Certificate in Medical Assisting-Office

Required Gainful Employment disclosure: Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended each of the certificate programs is linked below.

Medical Assisting-Clinical Gainful Employment Disclosure

Medical Assisting-Office Gainful Employment Disclosure

Job Outlook-Medical Assistant

Average Salary: $33,610
Expected Job Growth: 29% (Much Faster Than Average)

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Health information technology (HIT) is the coding, filing, securing and sharing of healthcare information. HIT is a solid career you can begin with only an associate degree. Learn more about the Health Information Technology program here.

Job Outlook-Health Information Technology

Average Salary: $40,350
Expected Job Growth: 13% (Faster Than Average)

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG) TECHNICIAN

Electrocardiogram (ECG) technicians administer electrocardiograms, which track the electrical activity of a patient’s heart. ECG techs do this by attaching electrodes to a patient and running an ECG machine. The results are provided to doctors for analysis.

SMC’s specialty credential in ECG technician will teach students how to correctly operate equipment, apply and run the leads, obtain a reading and recognize normal and abnormal rhythms. Students are eligible for the national certification exam upon successful completion of the program.

Job Outlook-ECG Technician

Average Salary: $20,800
Expected Job Growth: 39% (Much Faster Than Average)

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide pre-hospital medical care in emergency situations.

Students in SMC’s EMT program will learn how to administer emergency care through both classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Michigan Department of Public Health licensure exam for EMTs.

Job Outlook-Emergency Medical Technician

Average Salary: $34,320
Expected Job Growth: 15% (Much Faster Than Average)

NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA)

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide crucial support to healthcare teams by assisting with basic tasks such as making beds; dressing, feeding and bathing patients; helping patients walk; and measuring vital signs. They are often employed in nursing homes and home health care agencies.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to complete the nurses’ aide certification exam.

Job Outlook-Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Average Salary: $28,530
Expected Job Growth: 11% (Faster Than Average)

PHLEBOTOMY

Phlebotomists draw blood from patients so that lab work can be performed to detect diseases and other health issues.

Students will learn to draw blood and apply their skills in a clinical experience. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam.

Job Outlook-Phlebotomy

Average Salary: $34,480
Expected Job Growth: 25% (Much Faster Than Average)