The Health and Sciences Division (HS) is a division at PPCC comprised of 24 departments working to meet the PPCC mission of providing high quality educational opportunities to all with a focus on student success and community needs.

PPCC can provide you the kind of advanced training you'll need to enter a variety of professions in the ever-expanding, high-paying fields of healthcare. Our accredited nursing program, considered one of the best in Colorado, stands as the centerpiece of the College's healthcare offerings, which also include radiology, dental assisting, phlebotomy and more.

What are PPCC's health-related programs?

For more information on other programs, continue to the end of listings.

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Allied Health

Associates of Applied Science

Allied Health degree students will take classes which will qualify them to complete the state EMT certification, Nurses Aid certification and almost all of the Phlebotomy Certification program classes.

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Certified Dietary Manager

Certificate Program

Our Certified Dietary Manager training program provides accessible, quality education and training for students to become experts in foodservice management and food safety.

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Clinical Office Assistant

Certificate Program

Whether you want to work in a physician's office or in a hospital outpatient clinic, the potential to obtain either a certification or degree is right here. You can work in the clinical areas with direct patient care and/or office administration.

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Dental Assisting

Associates of Applied Science
Certificate Program

PPCC prepares students for employment as chair-side dental assistants in a variety of clinical settings. Our graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board CDA Exam.

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Emergency Medical Technician

Certificate Program

PPCC’s EMS is committed to staying abreast of the latest standards and practices affecting emergency medical services in order to create a quality learning environment for students to become leaders and work ethically.

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Medical Assistant

Associates of Applied Science

A degree or certificate in Medical Assisting will provide you with a solid skill-set to become a vital member of the healthcare profession. At PPCC Medical Assistant students will learn to assist with clinical and administrative functions as employees within the healthcare field.

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Medical Coding Specialist

Certificate Program

Medical Coders review patieint information for preexisting conditions,, assign a appropriate diagnooses and procedure codes for patient care and billing purposes. They may advance into the area of Cancer Registrars who also review patient records and reports for accuracy and assign classification codes to represent the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and benign tumors.

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Medical Receptionist

Certificate Program

Medical Receptionists may work in a hospital, outpatient clinic or a doctor's office, the potential to obtain a certification is right here. Specialize in obtaining information for medical records as well as maintaining quality and security in both paper and electronic systems. You may take simple medical histories, initiate referrals to specialist, confirm insurance coverage and process insurance payments.

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Nursing

Associates of Applied Science
UCCS Dual Enrollment

PPCC prepares its nursing students with the skills, technical competence, and know-how needed to find a rewarding career. Graduates have a reputation of being caring, skilled and efficient nurse practitioners, who are highly sought after in today's health care industry. With our Nursing Program you will gain nursing skills that apply to all areas of the nursing industry.

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Nursing Assistant

Certificate Program

If you have a passion for bedside care, we can turn your passion into a career. Our Nursing Assistant program prepares you for a rewarding career in one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. Earn your certificate and start working in as little as ten weeks with our affordable, hands-on training program.

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Paramedic

Associates of Applied Science
Certificate Program

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students will learn to provide emergency medical care to sick or injured patients in a safe and accurate manner. Topics students will learn about ranges from Basic First Aid to Pediatric Care.

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Pharmacy Technician

Associates of Applied Science
Certificate Program

Both the certificate and associate degree in the Pharmacy Technician program at PPCC are designed to prepare graduates to take the PTCB exam. PPCC students will benefit from excellent clinical facilities and staff, state of the art labs, and experienced and accessible faculty.

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Phlebotomy Technician

Certificate Program

A certificate in Phlebotomy will provide you with the credentials many employers are looking for. Phlebotomist are the front line professionals who collect the specimens needed for analysis at such places as mobile blood centers, dedication donation centers, hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and many ambulatory care centers.

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Radiology Technician

Preparation Program

Radiology at PPCC prepares students to apply to the UC Health Memorial School of Radiology. Our staff are highly qualified in the healthcare field and have ongoing relevant experience in radiology. After successful completion of the program students are eligible to perform various radiological procedures in this growing field.

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Career Options

A wide variety of careers await you after you graduate Pikes Peak Community College with a degree or certificate from one of our Health and Sciences programs. For further information on specific career options, visit that Degrees and Certificates page.

  • Zoo Keeper
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Geochemist
  • Laboratory Research Assistant/Associate
  • Dental Assistant

Careers in Health and Sciences

Example Classes You Might Take

Teaches the anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and drug therapy of the immune, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. A discussion of pediatric implications as they relate to clinical physiology will also be covered. Students may take MOT 125, MOT 133 and MOT 135 in any order, but all three courses must be completed to meet the Basic Medical Sciences requirement.
Orients students to the work of pharmacy technicians and the context in which a technician`s work is performed. Students learn the concept of pharmaceutical care and the technician`s general role in its delivery. The development of new drug products is discussed as well as a variety of issues that touch on attitudes, value and beliefs of success for pharmacy technicians. Students gain an appreciation for the value of obtaining technician certification, and the benefits of technicians` active involvement in local, state, and national pharmacy organizations.
Includes fundamentals of the oral structures as they apply to oral histology, embryology, morphology, pathology, dental anatomy, and dental charting.
Includes basic information concerning infection and disease transmission in the dental office. Emphasizes knowledge of microorganisms, with an emphasis on aseptic techniques, sterilization, and hazardous communication management.
NUR 106 is the first medical/surgical nursing course. Building on NUR 109, this course provides for the acquisition of basic medical/surgical nursing theory, as well as application of mental health concepts, communication, collaboration, caring, and critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe, patient-centered care to a developmentally and culturally diverse adult patient population experiencing various medical/surgical interventions. Incorporates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings.