The College and Its Mission
Since its founding in 1981, Pioneer Pacific College (PPC) has attempted to provide vocational training programs in growth industries. PPC has four convenient locations throughout Oregon. The College strives to improve the lives of students by offering quality college-level career training programs that give students and alumni the foundation for success in the workplace and in future education and training.
Pioneer Pacific College offers programs in business, culinary arts, healthcare, and paralegal—four high-demand industries projected by the U.S. Department of Labor to experience higher than average growth from 2014 through 2024. Programs are offered at four campuses in western Oregon: Beaverton, Portland, Springfield, and Wilsonville.
Students pursuing careers in the healthcare industry may choose between many degree, diploma, and certificate program options. Because Pioneer Pacific College offers programs for many different schedules, making it easier for students to begin preparing for their future.
The demand for healthcare professionals in Oregon and across the country, combined with our job search assistance, helps to ensure that graduates have opportunities to enter the workforce as trained professionals.
The Associate of Occupational Science (A.O.S.) in Medical Assisting program emphasizes the administrative, laboratory, and clinical tasks that keep medical offices running smoothly. Students learn computer skills, basic accounting, medical insurance, billing and recordkeeping, skills in addition to a full-range of clinical competencies like phlebotomy, cultures, and injections. These skills are combined with hands-on laboratory work that simulates the equipment, facilities, and records associated with medical clinics or doctors’ offices plus a 180-hour externship where students gain firsthand experience in an actual healthcare setting.
The Associate of Occupational Science (A.O.S.) in Medical Assisting with Limited X-Ray program focuses on the content areas described above. It also provides limited X-Ray training concerning the chest, head, spine, and upper and lower extremities to help prepare students for licensing examinations.
Upon graduation, students from both programs are eligible to take the National Certified Medical Assisting exam. Graduates of the A.O.S. in Medical Assisting with Limited X-Ray must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s Limited Scope Exam to obtain a limited permit.
The Medical Assisting Diploma, unlike the A.O.S. program, does not include the emphasis on computer skills, many of the general education courses or the full-range of clinical and lab competencies. This program includes many of the elements of the A.O.S. in Medical Assisting program including emphasis on clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills, a 180-hour externship, a limited X-Ray training option, and some preparation for certification examinations.
The Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Diploma
This program can help students obtain licensure necessary to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. In addition to classroom learning, the LPN program provides clinical training in interdisciplinary settings at community health facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to the Oregon State Board of Nursing to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s certification exam for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Additional healthcare programs: In addition to the Medical Assisting and LPN programs, Pacific Pioneer College offers the following healthcare programs:
- Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Healthcare Administration
- A.S. in Radiologic Technology
- A.O.S. in Medical Coding
- A.O.S. in Medical Office Administration
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Healthcare Administration
- Certificate in EKG & Phlebotomy Technician
- Certificate in Limited X-Ray
- Certificate in Medical Transcription
- Diploma in Medical Billing
Pioneer Pacific College participates in the following Federal Programs: Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS loan and Federal Pell Grants for those who qualify.
Healthcare faculty members at Pioneer Pacific College are individuals, who have often worked in the field and who are committed to making a difference in their students’ lives.
Pioneer Pacific College’s main campus is located in Wilsonville, Oregon. There are also campuses located in Beaverton, Portland, and Springfield (near Eugene). Its campuses offer facilities, equipment, and resources such as career services, academic guidance, and library services and are designed to help students achieve their career goals.
To be eligible for admission to any program at Pioneer Pacific College, an applicant must have a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED). Students who have completed an associate degree or above at an accredited Institution may submit official college transcripts in lieu of a high school diploma or GED.
In addition to meeting the general requirements above, applicants are required to take an assessment for placement purposes. The exam measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and are used to ensure that applicants accepted have the requisite skills and support to meet the rigors of 100-level English and Algebra.
Practical Nursing and Radiologic Technology students are required to take the placement assessment regardless of prior post-secondary education or test scores.
For additional information regarding admissions requirements, prospective students can call an Admissions Officer toll-free at 866-772-4636.
Application and Information
Prospective students are encouraged to visit one of Pioneer Pacific College’s campuses, tour the facilities, and talk with an Admissions Officer about their interests and goals. This visit allows students to learn more and to ask specific questions regarding the curriculum and career field(s) being considered.
Once the initial enrollment process has been completed, applicants are scheduled to meet with a Financial Aid Officer regarding the details of their personalized financial assistance plan. Financial Aid Officers are available to meet with students at any time, from pre-application and beyond. Once students have been accepted, they are then scheduled for orientation and can begin taking the first steps toward their career.
Pioneer Pacific College Health Career Institute 27375 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Majors & Degrees
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business Administration And Management|
|Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Medical Insurance Coding|
|Medical Office Management|
|Medical Radiologic Technology|
|Legal Professions And Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
|Other early decision plan||Not reported||Not reported|
|Transfer||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
Tuition & Fees
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