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Students in the Healthcare Specialist program are able to study a wide variety of certification options, including Dementia Care, Phlebotomy, Personal Training, Pharmacy Technician, and more! 

Students receive clinical hands-on practice in actual healthcare settings, with a mix of classroom and time in the lab.  For example, Pharmacy technician labs use actual state-of-the-art equipment; Phlebotomy students receive hands-on training with a 100 hour externship in an approved lab setting; and Outpatient Insurance Coding students use software and coding manuals that are actually used by hospitals and insurance companies for billing and coding procedures, so no matter which certificate path you choose, you will be well prepared to enter the workforce.

The Healthcare Specialist program is also where students who would like to apply for one of the selective programs get started, and get a great foundation in the healthcare industry.  Students in this program receive individualized instruction and advising, and individual attention is given to students who are struggling, which make Ivy Tech a well-respected provider of healthcare workers in the community.

Students who are admitted to the program will be required to pay for and submit to a criminal background check, drug testing and physical exam. The details and process will be provided at an orientation. Please contact the program faculty for more detailed information.

Our Graduates

Graduates from the Healthcare Specialist program are currently working in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, as well as many other areas. The Healthcare Specialist program works very closely with local hospitals, pharmacies and clinics to be sure our students get the best education possible and the very best jobs possible.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

PROGRAM CURRICULA: Review the courses you will take in this program.


Central Service Technician
(21 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Electrocardiography Technician
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Medical Office Administration
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Outpatient Insurance Coding
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Personal Trainer
(24 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Pharmacy Technician
(21 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Phlebotomy Technician
(17 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Pre-Nursing Studies
(17 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Workforce Certifications

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Dementia Care

Qualified Medication Aide (QMA)

Home Health Aide

Technical Certificate

Healthcare Specialist - Clinical Support*
(30 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science - Clinical Support**
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science - Patient Care Technician 
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Gainful Employment Information

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

*Choose a minimum of 1 certification and additional Healthcare Specialist statewide electives to meet the 30 credit hour minimum degree requirement. **Choose a minimum of 2 certifications and a minimum of 1 concentration electives to meet the 60 credit hour minimum degree requirement.

Program Locations

Healthcare Specialist programs offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.