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Phlebotomy I

Phlebotomists collect blood for diagnostic laboratory testing. This course provides lectures and hands-on student laboratory. Topics of discussion include universal precautions and safety, special collection procedures, handling and processing of specimens, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and communication skills. You will learn manual skills to perform venipuncture and skin puncture techniques and the didactic training to assure quality specimens. A certificate of completion is awarded to students maintaining a minimum of 75% in each area measured. You must successfully complete both Phlebotomy I and Phlebotomy II to qualify for national certification exam application. Class size is limited to 12 students. Cost does not include uniforms, malpractice insurance, Hepatitis B vaccination (very highly recommended), or book. The course textbook must be purchased prior to the first class and is available at the College book store.
Mondays & Wednesdays, 09/08-11/12, 5-9pm, Richland, $929, CED 180.01
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10/07-12/23*, 5-9pm, Richland, $929, CED 180.02
*No class 11/11, 11/25 & 11/27
Required Textbook: Phlebotomy Essentials, ISBN: 978-1605476377

Phlebotomy II

Improve and practice clinical skills one-on-one, with a clinical instructor or Phlebotomist, in a clinical setting. The College's clinical instructor will schedule all clinical hours individually at local hospitals. Clinical hours may encompass varied shifts: Monday-Sunday. You must successfully complete Phlebotomy I and Phlebotomy II to qualify for the national certification exam application. Class size is limited to 12 students. Hospitals require the following, which is not covered in the cost: uniforms, malpractice insurance, criminal background check (also FBI background check if PA resident less than 2 years), child abuse clearance, urine drug screen, CPR certification, Hepatitis B vaccination (recommended), and certain immunizations and health tests. The College will provide a photo ID. Prerequisite: Phlebotomy I.
11/17/14-01/23/15, Hospital, $629, CED 181.01
12/29/14-02/27/15, Hospital, $629, CED 181.02

Pharmacy Technician

This comprehensive program will prepare you to work as a pharmacy technician in retail or other pharmacy settings and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.  Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, you will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 09/09-11/18*, 6:00-8:30pm, Somerset, $999, CED 111
*No Class 11/11

Dental Assisting

Prepare yourself for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare positions - Dental Assisting. Become familiar with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and obtain training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. Administrative aspects include the history of dentistry and dental assisting, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, policies and guidelines. Clinical aspects include introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure, primary and permanent teeth, the oral cavity and related structures, proper patient positioning, dental hand-pieces, sterilization and other areas. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program. Additionally, this course is designed to prepare students to sit for the DANB Radiology Health and Safety Examination (RHS).
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 09/16-12/02*, 5:30-9pm, Richland, $1,299, CED 116.01
*No class 11/11, 11/25 & 11/27
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 09/02-11/06, 5:30-9pm, Blair, $1,299, CED 116.02

EKG Technician

This comprehensive certification program prepares you to function as an EKG Technician and to take the ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing. Additionally, you will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.
Mondays & Wednesdays, 09/08-11/19, 6-8:30pm, Richland, $999, CED 114

Clinical Medical Assistant

This program is ideal if you want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.  This program will train you to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.  Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle.  You will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider.  To be eligible for the clinical rotation, you must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.
Mondays & Thursdays, 5-9pm, AND Saturdays, 9am-1pm, 09/08-12/01*, Richland, $2,399, CED 541
*No class 11/27 & 11/29

Veterinary Assistant

This 100 hour program introduces you to the exciting and growing field of veterinary medicine. Learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This program also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during examinations. Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are also emphasized to provide the student with the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office.  You will enjoy learning through classroom lecture as well as hands on labs. Note: this program does not include a national or state certification or a clinical rotation as part of its overall objectives.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9pm, AND Saturdays, 9am-4pm, 08/26-11/20*, Richland, $1,899, CED 112.01
*No Class 11/11
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-9pm, 09/09-12/11*, 5-9pm, Blair, $1,899, CED 112.02
*No Class 11/11, 11/25 & 11/27