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Career Training

Get what it takes to grow in your field or take on a second career. Develop and enhance workplace skills by earning credentials and improving productivity essential for success in high-demand areas to maintain a competitive advantage.

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  • Dental Assistant

    Over the last year, 450+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for a dental assistant is $36,389 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Prepare yourself for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare fields. 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, and 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 jobs, this course is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a formal Dental Hygienist program. This course is designed to prepare you for the DANB Radiology Health and Safety Exam.

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9/4-12/16 (no class 10/21, 11/27), 6-8:30pm, Richland, $1,299, CED 116
    *This program is eligible for a 5-month payment plan. Continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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  • Medical Administrative Assistant

    Over the last year, 1,700+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for a medical secretary is $32,824 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Prepare to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the health care industry. This program covers important background information on the medical assisting profession and interpersonal skills, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, basics of insurance billing and coding, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, medical records management, and management of practice finances. This program is intended to provide you with a well-rounded introduction to medical administration so that you can gain the necessary skills required to obtain a medical administrative assistant position in the health care field.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10/1-12/17 (no class 10/22, 11/26, 11/28), 6-8:30pm, Richland, $999, CED 568
    *This program is eligible for a 4-month payment plan. Continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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  • Medical Terminology

    This 20-hour medical terminology program is a comprehensive guide to identifying, analyzing, and understanding the basic word structure, root words, suffixes, and prefixes. In addition, this program will provide instruction in the organization of the human body and the associated systems, major drug classifications, diagnostic tests and treatment procedures, medical abbreviations and symbols and common medical terms. This program is intended to provide students with a well-rounded introduction to medical terminology enabling a student to better comprehend medical terms.

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 10/14-11/18 (no class 10/21), 6-8pm, Richland, $499, CED 172
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  • Personal Trainer Certification

    Over the last year, 350+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for a fitness trainer is $35,128 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Whether for a career move or for personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Our course is a great way to prepare to be a successful, nationally Certified Personal Trainer. This collegiate course is for candidates wanting in-depth instruction and hands-on experience with a top veteran instructor to master the career skills & knowledge to be a successful trainer. This course consists of 15 hours of in-class lecture and 15 hours of hands-on practical training labs with role-playing drills on exercises, presentation skills, etc. to help you professionally master the position. Required Textbook: Fitness Professional’s Handbook (7th Edition) with Web Resource, ISBN: 9781492523376. An e-book version is also available for purchase, ISBN: 9781492535935

    • Level 1 – Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully complete the written and practical exams. CPR/AED required.
    • Level 2 – Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully complete your Level 1 exams followed by a 30-hour internship that will help you connect with local employers.

    Saturdays, 10/12-11/26 (no class 11/16), 9am-4pm, Richland, $749, CED 546
    *This program is eligible for a 3-month payment plan. Continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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  • Phlebotomy

    Over the last year, 375+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for a phlebotomist is $34,734 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Phlebotomy I provides in-class lecture 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 along with didactic training to assure quality specimens. A certificate of completion is awarded to students maintaining a minimum of 75% in each area measured. Class size is limited to 12 students. The course textbook must be purchased prior to the first class. Required Textbook: Phlebotomy Essentials (6thEdition), ISBN: 9781451194524

    Phlebotomy II encompasses 100 clinical hours at a local hospital. 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. Hospitals require the following, which is not covered in the cost: scrubs, malpractice insurance, PA criminal background check, FBI background check, child abuse clearance, urine drug screen, Hepatitis B vaccination, and certain immunizations and health tests. The College will provide a photo ID.

    Phlebotomy I: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/9-11/18 (no class 10/21), 5:30-8:45pm, Richland, CED 180.01
    Phlebotomy II: Dates and times will vary, Hospital, CED 181.01
    $1,558
    *This program is eligible for a 5-month payment plan. Continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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    Phlebotomy I: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10/1-12/17 (no class 10/22, 11/26, 11/28), 5:30-8:45pm, Richland, CED 180.02
    Phlebotomy II: Dates and times will vary, Hospital, CED 181.02
    $1,558
    *This program is eligible for a 5-month payment plan. Continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Technician Professional Development Courses

    Ethics in the Social Sciences

    This course is designed to offer an introduction to values and ethics in the social sciences and helping professions, including topics related to moral reasoning, research in the social sciences, ethics theory, multicultural perspectives, intellectual property/legal perspectives, and ethical decision-making models. Students will be challenged to develop their own ethical identity and judgment, and to reflect on personal values through course readings, class participation, and case study assessments; with the goal of becoming ethical thinkers and informed decision makers. 4.5 CEUs awarded upon completion.

    8/26-12/17, Online, $396, CED 816
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    Introduction to Chemical Dependency & Addictions

    This course is designed to introduce students to the effects these drugs have on the individual and on our society. It will help the student gain an understanding as to what addiction is, the different drugs that are used, how to work with those who have physical and psychological addictions, and what treatments are available for the addict. It will also introduce students with those who have overcome their addictions, and an opportunity for question and answer. The class will help the student be better prepared professionally, by developing further their functional skills in knowing what addiction is, and its effects on societies around the world. An emphasis will be on some of the issues surrounding addiction; how it can affect the lives and relationships of the abuser, and how substance abuse relates to our changing world. 4.5 CEUs awarded upon completion.

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 8/26-12/17, 3:15-4:30pm, Central Park, $396, CED 817
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    Drugs in Society

    This course is intended to engage and educate students about topics and issues relating to drugs in society. Students will be encouraged to examine the motivation for drug use, the social implications of drug use, legal ramifications and factors affecting how drugs interact with the human body (psychologically and physiologically). The history and culture surrounding drug use and abuse, key information regarding specific types of drugs, and reviews of drug treatment, education and prevention approaches will also be explored throughout the course. 4.5 CEUs awarded upon completion.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8/26-12/17, 3:15-4:30pm, Central Park, $396, CED 818
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    Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling

    This course is designed to introduce students to the effective ways to help counsel those caught up in the cycle of addictions. It will help them broaden their understanding as to what addiction is, how to counsel those who have physical and psychological addictions, and what evidence-based treatments are available for the addict. It will also introduce students to the concepts of motivational enhancement and interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, skills training and 12-step facilitation. The class will help the student be better prepared professionally, by going through step-by-step treatment in developing further their functional skills in knowing what addiction is, and its effects on societies around the world. An emphasis will be on some of the issues surrounding addiction counseling; how to be effective in their work with those caught in addiction, and how you can use the tools learned to effectively address substance abuse. 4.5 CEUs awarded upon completion.

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/26-12/17, 4:45-6pm, Central Park, $396, CED 819
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  • Veterinary Assistant Information Session

    Learn about our program taught by retired Veterinarian, Dr. Regina Allen. Program objectives, clinical hours, payment options, and the spring schedule will be discussed.

    Thursday, 12/12, 6pm, Richland
    RSVP by calling 814.262.3815 or emailing Continuing Education.