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.
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
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.
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.