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New Courses at Union County College Prepare Students to become Nationally Certified Healthcare Professionals

Nicole Torella, Manager of Publications and Communications, Office of College Relations, Union County College

Friday, January 25, 2013 • 6:40pm

Even in a weak economy, the job outlook for many healthcare professions remains strong and several new and improved certificate programs are being offered at Union County College this spring. These non-credit courses can be completed in less than a year and prepare students to take national certification exams which are highly regarded by hospitals and other hiring healthcare facilities.  New and improved certificate programs for spring include Medical Office Assistant with Specialties and Patient Care Technician.

The new Medical Office Assistant with Specialties certificate program prepares students for jobs as medical office assistants in physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, and medical centers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations in the coming years. This is a 221 hour program and students must first complete Anatomy and Physiology, Parts 1 and 2 which start the last week in January. The other courses required to receive the Medical Office Assistant certificate include EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Procedures.

In response to healthcare employer demands, the Patient Care Technician certificate has been updated and this program prepares students to administer basic medical care to patients and to sit for national certification exams. Multi-skilled patient care technicians provide quality care to patients by assisting with ADLs (activities of daily living), taking vital signs, assisting with medical exams, and treatment. This is a 300 hour program and students must first complete Anatomy and Physiology, Parts 1 and 2 which start the last week in January. The other courses required to receive the Patient Care Technician certificate include EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacology and Drug Interaction, Medical Office Procedures, Basic Certifications Package, and Patient Care Technician Parts 1 and 2.

For more information about these classes or other allied health programs, contact program chairperson Lori Fragoso (908) 709-7452 or Lori.fragoso@ucc.edu. To register for these classes call (908) 709-7600 or visit the Continuing Education office in person. You can also visit www.ucc.edu/noncredit for the complete spring brochure, office hours, or to download the registration form.

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