MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies Expands its Health Careers Curriculum for Spring

12/4/09


West Windsor, N.J. - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the health care field is expected to generate more new jobs than any other industry through 2016. Mercer County Community College's Center for Continuing Studies remains on the cutting edge of health careers training, offering affordable tuition and flexible scheduling, with new courses added regularly based on industry demand. Classes are held on Mercer's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, and may be taken individually or as a complete series.

MCCC's "Pharmacy Technician Program" equips students with skills for both retail and hospital settings. Seven classes, offered from Jan. 13 to June 26, include a broad spectrum of critical topics including pharmacy law and ethics, billing and insurance practices, terminology, drug dosages and calculations, and therapeutic response to medication. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Current pharmacy technicians and qualified students are eligible to take Mercer's new Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam Prep course from May 4 to 18 to review material for the national exam that will soon be required.

"Basic Dental Office Skills" is a new four-session course from Jan. 20 to Feb. 10 for those seeking an introduction to the field of dentistry. The curriculum, including dental terminology, anatomy and procedures, is a prerequisite for "Preparation Course for Dental Radiologic Technologists," a 14-session, 73-hour evening course that requires laboratory practice and experience at an approved clinical site. Classes will be held February 24 to May 26.

Also new is the "EKG Technician Certification" from Mar. 8 to Apr. 28. This comprehensive 50-hour program prepares students to work as EKG technicians and to take the ASPT- Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other national certification exams. The curriculum covers the anatomy of the heart, physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient care, electrocardiography and echocardiography.

In another new course, "Intravenous (IV) Therapy" from Mar. 13 to 20, healthcare professionals will get an update on the necessary skills to administer IV therapy with a focus on anatomy and physiology, the latest equipment and necessary supplies.

Training options for careers in fitness continue to expand. "Personal Training Certification" is offered twice in full-day Sunday sessions Jan. 24 to Feb. 28 and Mar. 14 to Apr. 25. For those seeking advanced knowledge, Mercer offers "Flexibility for Performance" on Feb. 20, "Business Selling Skills for Personal Fitness Trainers" on Feb. 20, and "Nutritional Concepts of Today" on Feb. 21.

Other popular noncredit programs in the healthcare field include Certified Nurse Aide from Feb. 6 to May 1. The Gerontology Certificate Program offers four courses starting in February that cover the general issues of aging, a holistic approach to aging, senior housing options and strategies for counseling the elderly.

The center's Certificate in Medical Billing/Coding Program teaches the skills required for administrative work in a medical office or hospital setting, with classes starting Jan. 11 and continuing through June.

For more information, contact the MCCC Center for Continuing Studies at (609) 570-3311, by email at ComEd@mccc.edu, or by visiting the website here.

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