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Courses for Healthcare Professionals and Personal Health on Tap this Fall at MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies


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.

Nursing faculty Lori Kelty and Lisa Dunn in the Certified Nurse Assistant Lab at the Trenton Campus. The 90-hour program is offered at both campuses and prepares students for employment in long-term care and assisted living facilities, hospitals and rehabilitation centers. 
“Nutrition Buzz – Myth and Reality” will be taught by Barbara Spalding, MA, MS, RDN, Sept. 15 and 29. It is one of numerous personal health courses offered this fall.

Other healthcare certificate programs this fall include Medical Billing/Coding Specialist, which starts with “Medical Terminology: A Short Course” Sept. 15-Oct. 5 and “Basic Anatomy" Sept.  17-Oct. 22; “Phlebotomy Technician” Sept. 28-Nov. 23; “CT Scan” (online) Sept. 20-Dec. 19; the Gerontology Certificate Program, starting with “The Study of Aging” Sept. 17-Oct. 15; and “Case Management and Counseling Older Adults” Oct. 6-27.  New in the Gerontology program is a course entitled “Care for the Caregiver” Sept. 29-Oct. 13, which is open to family caregivers as well as healthcare professionals.

For area residents seeking to improve their lifestyle, CCS has just what the doctor ordered.  Personal interest classes include a new course entitled “Nutrition Buzz – Myth and Reality,” taught by Barbara Spalding, MA, MS, RDN, Sept. 15 and 29.  Other wellness classes include “Stress Release for Self-Care” and “Stress Release for Others,” taught by Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Oct. 31; “Mastering Change, Transitions, and the Ability to Make Powerful and Effective Choices,” taught by Natasha Sherman Nov. 3-24; “Developing Meditative Skills for Balance and Well-Being,” taught by Ruth Golush, Ph.D., Nov. 4; “Holistic Techniques to Improve Your Health,” taught by Sangita Patel Nov. 3-17; and “Introduction to Guided Aromatic Meditation” taught by Gemma Bianchi Dec. 3 and 10.

Most classes are offered in the evening and on Saturday.  CCS offers hundreds of professional and personal interest classes, including many online options that begin every month.  For information on course offerings, visit www.mccc.edu/ccs.  CCS is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccsmercer.

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Glenn Kraft