Allied Health Sciences

Programs of Study

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Spokane Falls Community College offers a two-year program to prepare hearing instrument specialists for immediate employment in hearing health care establishments. After successful completion of the program, all state educational requirements (Washington State Department of Health) will have been satisfied as a duly authorized "Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser." Hearing instrument specialists find a variety of professional experiences available to them, including independent contracted employment, professional consulting establishment ownership and technical support of related professions.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

SFCC offers a two-year program which includes study in anatomy and physiology, social science, occupation-based therapy courses and practical clinical experience in area health care facilities affiliated with the college. The technical courses for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program are not designed to transfer to four-year schools. Occupational therapy assistant duties include: a) designing therapeutic activity based treatments that are within the plan of care proposed by the occupational therapist b) evaluating and training patients to use adaptive equipment that will make life easier; c) assisting the occupational therapist with data collection for evaluation purposes; and d) keeping records and reporting to the occupational therapist on the patient's progress.

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Orthotics & Prosthetics

The primary objective is to train technicians knowledgeable in general laboratory procedures, woodworking, metal, leather, plastic and plaster to assemble components with the skill that the profession requires. Orthotics-prosthetics is one of today’s rapidly growing health-related professions. There are many job opportunities in hospitals and private facilitates locally, across the country and in foreign countries. A certificate is awarded at the completion of the orthotics program and at the completion of the prosthetics program. An A.A.S. degree in orthotics-prosthetics technician is granted to students who successfully complete both programs.

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Physical Therapist Assistant

SFCC offers a two-year program to prepare physical therapist assistants for immediate employment in physical therapy facilities. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, but is not designed to transfer to four-year schools. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapy practitioners work with the entire spectrum of the patient population and are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals and medical centers, rehabilitation centers, pediatric facilities or schools systems, private physical therapy clinics, home health care agencies, convalescent centers and extended care facilities.

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