West Windsor, N.J. – For those seeking a solid career choice during a tough economy, the healthcare sector continues to offer job opportunities. This winter, Mercer County Community College's Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) offers numerous options for training in the health professions. Classes are held on the college’s West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Most classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends to provide flexible scheduling for adult students.
New this winter is Introduction to Pharmacovigilance, which covers the foundation of safety surveillance and emphasizes concepts applicable to the domestic and international regulatory settings. It also covers practical components of pharmacovigilance that can be applied to all pharmaceutical safety related areas, including drugs, biologics, vaccines and devices. This course is offered Thursday nights or Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 7.
Also new this winter is the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program, a 90-hour lecture course from Feb. 25-April 24, which is then followed by a 60-hour externship in June. Those who complete the entire certificate program will be fully prepared to take the National Certification Exam. A free information session on the Phlebotomy Technician program will be held on Monday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer.
CCS also offers a Certificate in Medical Billing/Coding, with courses starting January and Feburary. Certified coders typically earn 20 percent more than those who are not certified. The MCCC program prepares individuals for the two national certification exams, with courses scheduled consecutively so that students can complete the certificate in one semester.
Continued job growth is anticipated for Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs), who typically provide patient care in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, pediatrics and some hospitals. Mercer’s Certified Nurse Assistant program, which meets on Saturdays starting Jan. 26, prepares participants for the New Jersey certification exam. The application is available for download here.
Those who complete the CNA program may take an additional course to become certified as a Homemaker-Home Health Aide (while simultaneously earning credits toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree at Mercer). This spring, MCCC will expand the CNA program to its Trenton campus at 102 North Broad Street. More information is available by emailing Carol Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several new emergency training courses are available this winter, all of which will be offered at the Dempster Fire Training Center in Lawrenceville. They include NECI 9-1-1 Basic Dispatcher (April 1), which is a certification course for 9-1-1 officers, as well as Emergency Medical Dispatcher (April 8), which requires a Health Care Provider Level CPR card prior to enrollment.
Other new emergency training courses include Integrated EMT Refresher/Transition courses held March 13, 20 and 27, Assessment and Treatment of Trauma (ATT)-BLS on April 19, and Pediatric Emergency Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP)-BLS on May 3.
For those with a passion for the welfare of animals, CCS offers two courses approved by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services: New Jersey State Certified Animal Control Officer (Jan. 26) and Animal Cruelty Investigator (March 23). Both courses meet for seven Saturday sessions.
For more course information, including registering for these and other career courses and certificate programs, contact the Center for Continuing Studies at (609) 570-3311, email ComEd@mccc.edu, or visit the MCCC website. Get the CCS’s latest news by visiting the Facebook page.
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