Careers in Allied Health
Health care is one of the region's most important economic sectors, accounting for nearly 75,000 jobs in the Seattle area. With more people able to access health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act, demand for skilled medical workers is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. Much of this care will be delivered by Allied Health practitioners with expertise learned in the types of programs offered by Seattle Central, a premier education and training ground for the region's health care workforce. Enroll today to get the practical skills and specialized knowledge you need to build a successful career in the industry.
- Dental Hygiene – Dental hygienists focus on the prevention and treatment of oral diseases of the teeth and gums and work closely with other health care professionals. Seattle Central recently expanded this program to offer a bachelor's degree in Allied Health.
- Respiratory Care – Respiratory care practitioners treat and manage patients with heart and lung disorders. This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and was recently expanded to offer a bachelor's degree in Allied Health.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.–T) – This health career track creates a path of educational advancement for students interested in working or advancing in their chosen professions. After completing the general education transfer requirements, students will select classes that meet their career goals and the A.A.S.–T degree requirements. Professional / technical certificates also meet some of the Allied Health requirements.
Nurses provide expert care to patients in a wide variety of settings. This program prepares students to become Registered Nurses (R.N.) and is approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Opticians prepare and dispense prescription eyewear and contact lenses. This program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and is the only accredited associate degree program in opticianry on the West Coast.
Surgical technology specialists are part of an operating room team who care for surgical patients. Upon completion of the program, students take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technology. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
This course of study prepares Dental Assistants to perform expanded function procedures such as placing and contouring dental fillings. Contact the Allied Health Division for program availability.