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Basic Health Care - FAQ

Do you still have questions about the program, careers after graduation, or how to get started? Take a look at the frequently asked questions or talk with an advisor to get the help you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

The basic health care certificate program can be completed as quickly as one year with full-time coursework. It can also be completed as slowly as once class at a time, which would take multiple years.

You will receive a certificate in Basic Healthcare. In addition to the certificate, you will:

  • Identify the requirements to work as a professional in related health care environments.
  • Identify needed abilities to function effectively at an entry in the health care setting.
  • Describe technical skills needed to work effectively and safely in their chosen health care track.

Mt. Hood Community College has several student resources on campus to help students connect with employers and find a job placement both during and after their time at MHCC. Learn more through career planning.

If you're 18 or older, you can start without a high school diploma or GED® certificate. But if you haven't finished high school, you can work on it here while beginning your career. Students under 18 without a diploma should talk with an advisor to get the assistance you need to get started.

It's best for all students, whether full-time or part-time, to take the placement test as soon as you're able to, especially if you're aiming for a degree or certificate. The test covers reading, writing, and math and is free. To schedule a placement test, contact testing services.

No, most required basic health care program classes are available in all regular academic terms, including summer. Please meet with an academic advisor to plan your path to graduation.

Yes, some classes are available at night or online, but it may take you longer to complete your program that way. Not all classes are available at night every term, so meet with an advisor to plan carefully.

Sometimes, yes. Some classes must be taken in order, and some have prerequisites. Check the catalog or talk to an academic advisor to plan your classes.

There's no special application for students in the basic health care certificate program, but you must apply to MHCC.

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