Healthcare Occupations Training

By on January 8, 2015
Spring 2015 Healthcare Occupations Training

The healthcare field is projected to be the largest source of new jobs in Missouri through 2016.

Gain a competitive edge through St. Louis Community College’s healthcare occupations training programs. Students are able to prepare for state and national certifications, enter the workforce directly, and enhance skills.

Central Sterile Processing Technician certification training [more information] (in partnership with MK Education) helps students establish a foundation in central service workflow and concerns, basic job knowledge, skills and job responsibilities. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take a national certification exam as well as gain entry-level employment as a central sterile processing technician. Two tiers are available for this program. Tier 1 ($2,000 fee) is for the individual working in the field who only need the 100 hours of classroom instruction. Tier 2 ($2,625 fee) is for the individual entering the field who need both the classroom instruction and 400 hours of externship. The fee for either the first or second tier includes books, materials, lab fees and the Tier 2 externship. A payment plan option is available through MK Education.

Pharmacy Technician certification training [more information] (in partnership with MK Education) prepares the student for entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician. The course provides 105 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of externship experience. Students will learn about the top medications dispensed in the United States, and be introduced to the basic concepts of pharmacy calculations for proper medication dispensing. The $2,100 course fee includes books, materials, lab fees and externships. A payment plan option is available through MK Education.

Phlebotomy [more information] prepares students for entry-level employment. The course includes classroom, lab instruction and clinical experience. An additional 120 hours of clinical experience is required. Course content includes basic anatomy pertinent to blood collection, as well as communication skills, specimen processing, related interdisciplinary tasks, lab experience of blood drawing techniques and practical experience of blood drawing techniques in the clinical setting. The course fee is $1,400.

Nurse Assistant for Nursing Homes training [more information] prepares students for employment in long-term care or a skilled nursing facility. The course exceeds the required 75 hours of classroom instruction, and also includes 100 hours of on-the-job training. Students learn basic nursing skills, fire safety, disaster training, nursing home resident safety and rights, the social and psychological problems of nursing home residents, methods of caring for mentally confused residents, food service, personal care, elimination, restorative nursing, infection control and special procedures. The course fee is $699.

Individuals must register in person for these programs in Room 322/324 in the G Tower at the college’s Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave. For more information, contact Diane Sterett at 314-539-5754 or visit the [more information] links above.

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Pat Matreci is the community relations media coordinator for St. Louis Community College.

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