MCCC Announces New Program to Train
Direct Health Care Providers


A new noncredit program at Mercer, "Direct Health Care Provider," will prepare participants in one semester for jobs in the health care field. According to Linda Martin, MSN, director of Mercer's Nursing Education program, the state-approved curriculum will ready students for the certification exam as either a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) or Home Health Aide (H.H.A.).

State certification is required for aides seeking employment in New Jersey nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices and agencies offering home health care services. "County data indicates a shortage of workers in these areas," Martin said. "This program will help to fill that gap, as well as give our own nursing students a chance to gain practical experience in the field while they study for their degree."

MCCC will partner with Lawrenceville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which will serve as the clinical site for hands-on training. The program will start with a maximum of ten students in its pilot semester this fall, with plans to expand in size and add a training site at Mercer's James Kerney campus in downtown Trenton.

Johnson and Johnson has awarded the college $20,000 to equip a lab that will serve as the program's hub, with items including mannequins, beds, trays and side tables, as well as a Hoyer lift for patient transport. "The idea is to furnish the lab so that it looks like a typical patient room in a nursing home setting," Martin said.

The program's core course, which is required for both certifications, is "Unlicensed Assistive Personnel." Classes will be held Tuesdays, Aug. 28-Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Additionally, students may choose to take "Certified Nursing Assistant," which meets for three sessions from Oct. 9-Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m.; and/or "Home Health Aide," which meets for five sessions from Oct. 30-Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m. (Students who take all three classes will be prepared for both exams.) Among the topics to be covered are patient hygiene, patient communication, transfer techniques, nutrition, patient safety and evacuation, and psychosocial issues.

A high school diploma or GED, and a clear understanding of written and spoken English are required. All applicants must attend an information session on Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. For questions or additional information, call (609) 570-3311 or email

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