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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Housatonic Community College to offer fall healthcare programs

BRIDGEPORTHousatonic Community College will offer non-credit certified nurse assistant and patient care technician programs this fall.
The CNA program, which consists of classroom instruction, laboratory work and hands-on training (36 hours of each), will prepare students to take the state CNA certification exam.
The course will cover providing all aspects of personal care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse.
The 108-hour PCT Program, which adds another layer of skills to those learned in a CNA program, prepares students to perform patient care activities that include such things as lab tests, electrocardiograms, simple dressing changes, phlebotomy, and physical and occupational therapy safety.
The program involves a combination of lecture, hands-on practical laboratory exercises, and real-world clinical experience at an off-campus medical facility.
“Offering these programs reflects HCC’s commitment to preparing students for careers that are in demand,” said Deborah S. Kuchmas, director of workforce and non-credit programs. “Nursing careers are projected to grow 17 percent over the next eight years.”
The two programs will provide a career ladder pathway that will enable unemployed individuals and underemployed health care workers to develop the skills necessary to seek higher-level positions in healthcare facilities, Kuchmas said.
The creation of the PCT program comes just in time to meet a growing demand for these medical professionals, Kuchmas said.
A new CNA/PCT Lab has been built at HCC to accommodate the new programs, Kuchmas said.
The lab will enable students to practice the skills learned in class. The PCT students must be currently state registered as a CNA.
The PCT program starts Sept. 13 while the CNA program starts Sept. 14. Tuition for the CNA program is $674, and, for the PCT Program, $1,299.
For more information, or to apply to the program, contact Continuing Education at 203-332-5057.

Editor's note: The information in this post was provided by Housatonic Community College



Blogger hangrt said...

A phlebotomist can also be competent to work with non-profit agencies in blood drives, and are sought after at nursing homes, federal and state govt facilities, and private health care companies. Getting phlebotomy training gives you a serious advantage against the competition.

March 7, 2011 at 12:30 AM 
Blogger hangrt said...

To earn such responsibilities, you’ll have to go through the process of phlebotomy training and after that, you’ll most likely want to complete the certification exam so that you can obtain full certification status.

March 31, 2011 at 5:32 AM 

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