About the Allied Health Program

The Allied Health Department at the College of Rural and Community Development offers a wide variety of education and training for careers in the fast growing health care industry. Some programs can be completed in one semester, allowing students to gain employment in entry level positions. Other programs will take two or more years and will provide the student with the credentials to move into higher-paying careers in health care. All of our programs include both classroom learning and hands-on experience to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education. Many programs include a practicum experience in a medical office, dental office, laboratory or hospital. Program faculty work closely with their students to match their career goals to education pathways.


Allied Health Program Areas

Students in the Allied Health program can choose from a number of specialized program areas. Students who complete an occupational endorsement or certificate can go on to complete their AAS degree and eventually pursue a Bachelor's degree.

Occupational Endorsements




Rena Bower, Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Dental Hygiene Program Head

Community and Technical College
Room 430, 604 Barnette St. Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907-455-2834
Email: rlbower2@alaska.edu


Jenifer Filotei, Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Dental Assistant Program Head

Community and Technical College
Room 434, 604 Barnette St.
PO Box 758040 Fairbanks, AK 99775-8040
Phone: 907-455-2891
Fax: 907-455-2865
Email: jafilotei@alaska.edu


Shawn Russell, Assistant Professor of Allied Health
Department Co-Chair
Healthcare Reimbursement program head for KUC

Kuskokwim Campus
PO Box 2391
Soldotna, AK 99669-2391
Phone: 907-260-9525
Fax: 907-260-3762
Email: smrussell@alaska.edu


Cathleen Winfree, Assistant Professor
Department Chair
Coordinator, Certified Nurse Assistant Program

Community and Technical College
Room 417A, 604 Barnette St.
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907-455-2876
Fax: 907-455-2865
Email: cmwinfree@alaska.edu

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