Columbia College

1001 Rogers, Columbia, MO, 65216

(573) 875-8700

Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs.

Through its network of campuses in 34 nationwide locations, the Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, Mo., and the Online Campus, the college serves more than 31,000 students annually.

In addition to offering associate and bachelor’s degrees, the college also offers master’s degrees at the main campus, selected extended campuses and online.

http://www.ccis.edu

Degree Programs Offered

  • Advanced Nursing
  • Environmental Services
  • Financial Services
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Medical
  • Mental and Social Health
  • Nursing
  • Office Support and Operations

Careers

Administration
Health Information Technology
Medical Careers
Mental and Social Health
Nursing
Support Services

Accountants

Accountants help ensure that a hospital runs efficiently and its financial records are kept accurately. Accountants analyze and communicate financial information. They prepare, analyze and verify financial documents to provide information to hospital administrators. Many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

5.90%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Billing and Account Collectors

Billing and account collectors’ duties include keeping track of overdue accounts, receiving payment and posting payment to a patient’s account.

Salary

$25—40K

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks

Bookkeepers and accounting clerks perform a number of tasks, such as posting transactions in ledgers, correcting financial errors and preparing financial statements.

Salary

$25—40K

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Chief Executives

Chief executive officers direct the hospital or health system and develop plans and policies to lead the organization. Chief executives also coordinate activities at the highest level of management with the help of managers and supervisors.

Salary

$100K

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists

Compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists conduct programs of compensation and benefits and job analysis for employer. They may specialize in specific areas, such as position classification and pension programs.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

8.79%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Executive Secretaries

Executive secretaries provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing reports or handling requests for information. They also prepare correspondence, greet visitors, arrange conference calls and schedule meetings. Executive secretaries may also train or supervise lower-level clerical staff.

Salary

$40—60K

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

General and Operations Managers

General and operations managers plan, direct or coordinate the operations of an organization. They develop policies, manage operations and plan the use of material and human resources. They review financial statements and reports and may oversee staffing. An organization may also call this positions a chief operating officer or general manager.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

9.49%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Health Care Marketing Managers

Health care marketing managers work in the public relations, communications or policy creation departments of hospitals, health care organizations, biotech companies and federal health agencies.  They plan, direct or coordinate marketing policies and programs to determine the demand for services offered by a hospital.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

17.90%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Health Care Recruiters

Health care recruiters, also known as human resources specialists, assist in finding qualified professionals to fill positions in the health care industry. They may write and place job ads, participate in job fairs, review resumes and job applications, conduct interviews and check references for job applicants. Health care recruiters understand the health care field and are proficient in keeping track of the various applicants’ credentials, certifications and licensure.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

13.73%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Hospital Billing Clerks

A hospital billing clerk is a hospital office employee responsible for coding and entering medical records, communicating with insurance companies and billing patients. Hospital billing clerks use computer software and knowledge of insurance and billing practices to correctly translate verbal descriptions of diagnoses and procedures into numerical codes.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

9.64%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Human Resources Managers

Human resources (HR) managers maintain employee records, ensure proper compensation and work safety, and manage overall employee hiring, evaluation and labor relations. They also develop, implement and oversee training programs or procedures.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

9.75%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources Specialists

Human resources specialists maintain employee relations on behalf of a company. They screen, recruit, interview and place workers. They are charged with ensuring that employees are satisfied and work to the best of their ability.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

9.07%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Medical Secretaries

Medical secretaries perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Your duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

16.64%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Medical and Health Services Managers

Medical and health services managers plan, direct or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, or similar organizations. Through review and analysis, managers may help reduce risk and improve service.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

18.36%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Physician Liaisons

The position of a physician liaison is relatively new in the medical field, but very important in the changing landscape of medicine. These liaisons are primarily responsible for developing relationships with physicians in order to facilitate beneficial referring practices for both health care companies and patients. They work with primary care doctors and instruct them regarding cardiologists in their network to whom patients should be referred; develop ways to consolidate and increase referrals, implement strategies to reduce red tape in receiving referrals, and create reports based on their work; and build relationships with physicians and other health care leaders to develop new client accounts, maintain existing accounts and develop long term relationships with current and prospective clients/physicians.

Salary

$58K

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. They also analyze training needs.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

14.54%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Computer Network Architects

Computer network architects design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. They perform network modeling, analysis, and planning and may also design network and computer security measures. Computer network architects are also researchers and may recommend new hardware and software.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

1.42%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Computer Support Specialists

Computer support specialists provide technical assistance, support and advice to users within the hospital. They are a troubleshooter who finds problems and provides technical support for hardware, software and systems. They respond to questions from users and run automatic diagnostics programs to resolve problems. Some specialists install, modify, clean and repair computer hardware and software. Computer support specialists may write training manuals and train computer users on how to use new computer hardware and software.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

9.01%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer systems analysts develop, test, expand or modify computer systems to improve efficiency and do new things. When problems occur, they review information and performance indicators to locate problems and correct errors by fixing codes. They also work with health care administrators to make sure you all agree on the best ways to solve problems and provide new technology to staff.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

18.45%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Computer and information systems managers design, install and support a hospital’s computer systems. They are responsible for local area networks, wide-area networks, network segments and Internet and intranet systems. They maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems and monitor networks to ensure they are available to users. Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate and implement network security measures and are responsible for maintaining network efficiency.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

18.36%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Health Information Managers

Health information managers handle patient records, a very important and confidential job. They play a part in the quality of a patient’s health care by organizing the medical data. They are also skilled in health care databases and database systems, as well as medical classification systems. HIMs have great knowledge of how financial information relates to clinical data, medical legal issues and security systems.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

18.36%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Information Security Analysts

Information security analysts protect the security of the computer network. They plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security of networks and confidential information. They ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will keep digital files and vital electronic files safe and respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

41.74%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Medical Librarians

Medical librarians are information specialists who provide assistance in finding medical documents. Clinical trials, medical treatments or procedures, as well as other pertinent information that applies to the medical industry are common documents sought after by these librarians. Medical librarians are specialized in using databases and reference materials to conduct research for medical information. They can work in medical school libraries, corporations, non-profit organizations or government agencies. Medical librarians commonly have training in the sciences, health or medicine.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

2.00%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Medical Records Coders

Coders are administrative workers in the health care industry who review patient medical care files and assign codes to each procedure for insurance billing purposes. Coders may earn professional certification from an accredited medical coding organization.

Salary

$25—41K

Job Growth

11.51%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Medical records technicians and health information technicians compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. They process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the health care industry’s numerical coding system.

Salary

$25—41K

Job Growth

11.51%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Medical Transcriptionists

Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other health care professionals make and convert them into written reports. They may also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. Transcriptionists interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.

Salary

$25—40K

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Project Managers IT

Project managers direct the design and development of new application programs for specified projects. They modify and maintain existing applications to meet objectives. They also plan and analyze assigned projects, establish schedules and project parameters and set procedures.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

12.00%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examinations and drawing blood.

Salary

$25—41K

Job Growth

17.24%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants provide health care services under a physician’s supervision. They perform tasks that are usually performed by doctors. They conduct physical exams and provide treatment, and counsel patients. Physician assistants may prescribe medications.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

25.48%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Child Life Specialists

Child life specialists are trained to provide care to children and adolescents who may be facing issues such as medical procedures or illness. They may work in hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices. These professionals are trained to identify children with needs and help address those needs through play or counseling. Child life specialists may also provide support to the families of children who are facing illness or injury and require medical care.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

6.00%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Clinical Psychologists

A clinical psychologist’s primary tasks are the assessment and treatment of mental health issues, including emotional or social disorders. A clinical psychologist’s job responsibilities may include development and supervision of mental health programs. Clinical psychologists can work in private practices, mental health organizations and hospitals with individuals, families, couples or groups of all ages.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

16.61%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Health Care Social Workers

Health care social workers provide individuals, families and groups with the support they need to cope with serious illnesses. They advise and support family care givers, provide patient education and counseling, and make referrals when needed. They may also provide care and manage treatment plans designed to promote health, prevent disease and address barriers to access to health care.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

20.91%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Mental Health Counselors

Mental health counselors work as primary mental health caregivers. They conduct mental health assessments, develop individualized treatment plans and lead therapy sessions. They may make treatment referrals as needed.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

22.72%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists are physicians who diagnose, analyze and treat mental health disorders.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.20%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Counselors provide all-around counseling and treatment. They work under the direction of a patient’s doctor as they provide counseling and treatment to those with mental health or substance abuse issues. They may work with people who have alcohol, tobacco, drug or other problems, such as gambling or eating disorders. Counselors may work with individuals, families or groups.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

28.95%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) plan, direct and coordinate the daily patient care activities in a clinical practice. CNSs ensure adherence to clinical policies, protocols, regulations and standards.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

18.00%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Informatics Nurse Specialists

Informatics nurse specialists explore how technology, computers and research influence the practice of nursing.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

24.00%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide care to sick, injured, recovering or disabled patients and may be supervised by a registered nurse. LPNs administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients’ charts. They also observe patients, note changes in a patients conditions and take basic vital signs like blood pressure and temperature . Providing care also may include dressing wounds, treating bedsores, sterilizing equipment and supplies.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

7.81%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Nurse Anesthetists or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Nurse anesthetists prepare and administer anesthesia, monitor patient’s vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. CRNAs may assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, physicians or dentists.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

7.44%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Nurse Midwives

Nurse midwives diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process. Midwives may work independently or as part of a health care team. Nurse midwives may provide preventive care to women.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

19.30%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners diagnose and treat both sudden and long-term conditions. They may do physical exams, physical therapy or order tests and therapies for patients. NPs order, perform or interpret results of blood tests, EKGs and X-rays. They use these tools, along with patient symptoms and medical history to develop the right diagnosis.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

27.93%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Nursing Assistants

Nursing assistants provide basic care to patients under the direction of a nurse. Nursing assistants help patients eat and bathe. Nursing assistants may dress, groom or move patients. They give medications or treatments and answer patient calls, apply clean dressings or bandages under the direction of a nurse or physician.

Salary

$25K

Job Growth

9.60%

Education Required

Postsecondary non-degree or equivalent

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

Instructors teach about nursing in classrooms and clinical settings. Nursing instructors lead, develop and organize teaching programs. They keep informed about developments in the field of nursing and may collaborate with other faculty to address teaching and research issues.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

32.90%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses

Psychiatric mental health nursing is a specialty within nursing. Psychiatric mental health registered nurses work with individuals, families, groups, and communities, assessing their mental health needs. The PMHN develops a nursing diagnosis and plan of care, implements the nursing process, and evaluates it for effectiveness.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

26.00%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Registered Nurses

Registered nurses (R.N.s) care for sick and injured patients. Registered nurses will assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Registered nurses monitor and record patients’ conditions and report any changes to physicians. They maintain detailed reports, record vital signs, and order, interpret and evaluate tests to identify and assess patients’ conditions and work closely with patients and their families.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

15.81%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers

Housekeeping and janitorial supervisors directly supervise and coordinate work activities of cleaning personnel in hotels, hospitals, offices, and other establishments.

Salary

$25—41K

Job Growth

10.43%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Hospital Housekeeping Cleaners

Hospital housekeepers are responsible for sustaining a sterile environment by routinely clean patient rooms, nursing units, surgical areas, administrative offices, laboratory areas, waiting areas and public restrooms, as well as launder all hospital linen. Using various cleaning chemicals and disinfectants, housekeepers wipe equipment, clean furniture, polish floors and vacuum carpets. They make beds, empty trash and restock medical supplies. Housekeepers also collect dirty laundry from all patient areas and distribute the clean linen and hospital gowns back to the appropriate floors.

Salary

$25K

Job Growth

5.69%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Janitors keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. They perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. They may repair furnace and boiler, perform routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

Salary

$25K

Job Growth

9.69%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

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