West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) is a go-to resource for those interested in healthcare and healthy living. This fall the center will offer certificate courses to help health professionals enhance their credentials, provide a foundation for those considering a new healthcare career, and inspire area residents interested in nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
CCS is located on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Most courses are taught at the Conference Center at Mercer and in other classrooms around the campus. Courses are also offered at the Trenton Campus, 102 N. Broad Street.
For those with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, pharmacy, chemistry, biology, medical technology and related disciplines, CCS’s Certificate of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs is proving to be a key credential for jobs in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. According to CCS Director Steven Bassett, the program is now being offered online in response to requests from working professionals. And, job prospects are bright. “Due to increased demand, companies have been reaching out to us and say they will be looking at these job candidates before they have even finished the program,” Bassett said.
This fall, the first course in the sequence, “Foundations of Clinical Development,” will be offered online Sept. 19-Nov. 14, followed by “Fundamentals of Clinical Research Monitoring and Study Coordination” Nov. 21- Jan. 6. Also offered this fall is “Regulatory Affairs: Regulations and Compliance.” (Call 609-570-3311 for dates.) “Clinical Data Management” will be offered this spring. Through an articulation agreement with Drexel University’s College of Medicine, participants who complete the certificate can earn up to 12 credits for Drexel’s master’s program in Clinical Research Organization and Management.
Job prospects are also strong for those who earn their certificate as Certified Nurse Aides (CNA). Offered at both the West Windsor and Trenton campuses, this 90-hour course prepares students for employment in long-term care and assisted living facilities, hospitals and rehabilitation centers. The course, which will be held Sept. 19-Dec. 12, will prepare students to take the NJ State Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. An additional 10-hour course, “Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs” will be held Sept. 19 and 26.
Those interested in the Clinical Development certificate program or the CNA program who have been unemployed for six months or more or those who are underemployed may be eligible for a U.S. Department of Labor and the New Jersey Ready to Work grant through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Grantees must be able to document that they have job offers contingent upon their successful completion of training. To learn more about this program, call CCS at 609-570-3311 or visit the state’s website at www.rtwnj.org.