N.J. - With excellent employment prospects in the allied health
field, Mercer County Community College's Center for Continuing
Studies is offering myriad certification prep courses to prepare
entry-level and seasoned health care professionals. The Center
also offers short-term classes to update skills. Taught by
experts in their fields, most classes meet at the West Windsor
Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Individual courses may be taken
on a non-certificate basis.
Back by popular demand is "Certificate in Drug Development
& Clinical Research," a three-course series which
consists of Foundations of Clinical Research and Study Design,
Sept. 15-Nov. 17; Data Management, Sept. 16-Oct. 30 and Regulatory
and Legal Issues in Drug Development (dates to be determined).
All participants must have a bachelor's degree in health care
or science. Students who complete the certificate program,
and who apply and gain acceptance to Drexel University College
of Medicine, will be awarded nine credits toward their Master's
Degree in Clinical Research Organization and Management.
New this fall is a 24-session "Phlebotomy Technician
Program," preparatory course designed to train professionals
in how to conduct blood collection procedures and laboratory
analysis. Classes will take place Sept. 28-Dec. 14 on Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays on Oct. 16,
Nov. 6 and Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Classes will not
meet Nov. 11 and 25. Also,
for the first time, a four-module Veterinary Assistant Certificate
Program will be offered beginning Sept. 14 for those seeking
an entry-level career in the field of veterinary medicine.
Caring for the elderly and addressing issues associated with
aging remains in the forefront for many in the health professions.
The Center's "Certificate in Gerontology" program
will meet the needs of both practitioners and personal caregivers.
Three core courses will be offered: "Introduction to
Gerontology," Sept. 11-Oct. 9; "Cognitive Changes
and Memory Loss," on Saturdays Oct. 16-Oct. 30 from 9
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (class will not meet on Sept. 18 and Oct.
2) and "Holistic Aging," on Tuesdays Nov. 9-Nov.
30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. To earn a certificate, participants
must complete a capstone final project, which allows them
to explore an issue or idea in depth.
A "Certified Home Health Aide for CNA's" program
is on docket on Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30
p.m., for the certified nurse aide who seeks further career
advancement. For novices, the basic fundamentals will be covered
in the Center's "Certified Nurse Aide Program" on
Saturdays Nov. 6- Feb. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (classes
will not meet Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and 15). A mandatory
free information session will be held on Wednesday, August
4 at 6 p.m. at the conference Center. Please check CCS's website
for other dates. For an application, visit www.mccc.edu/ccs/CNA.
Offerings in other fast growing areas of health care include
a "Certificate in Medical Billing/Coding Specialist"
Sept. 13 -Jan. 24, "Basic Dental Office Skills"
Sept. 15-29; a "Preparation Course for Dental Radiologic
Technologists" Oct. 6-Jan. 26 (classes will not meet
Nov. 24, Dec. 22 and 29); a "Pharmacy Technician Program,"
Sept. 15-Dec. 15, and a "Pharmacy Technician Certification
Board Exam Preparation" course, Nov. 4-Dec. 2 (classes
will not meet Nov. 11 and 25). Also scheduled is an "EKG
Technician Certification Program" which runs Oct. 11-Dec.
1 (class will not meet Nov. 24).
For further information and to register for noncredit courses,
call (609) 570-3311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fall 2010 bulletin is available online at www.mccc.edu/ccs.