Mercer County Community College’s Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) is offering courses in the upcoming semester for those seeking training in healthcare professions.

New this winter is Introduction to Pharmacovigilance, which covers the foundation of safety surveillance and emphasizes concepts applicable to domestic and international regulations. It also covers practical components of pharmacovigilance that can be applied to all pharmaceutical safety related areas, including drugs, biologics, vaccines and devices. The course is offered Thursday nights or Saturday mornings beginning Thursday, February 7.

Also new is the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program, a 90-hour course from Monday, February 25, to Wednesday, April 24, which is then followed by a 60-hour externship in June. Those who complete the entire certificate program will be fully prepared to take the national certification exam.

The center also offers a certificate in Medical Billing/Coding, with courses starting January and February. Certified coders typically earn 20 percent more than those who are not certified, according to the CCS. The program prepares individuals for the two national certification exams, with courses scheduled so that students can complete the certificate in one semester.

“Continued job growth is anticipated for Certified Nurse Aides (CNA), who typically provide patient care in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, pediatrics, and some hospitals,” says the CCS.

Mercer’s CNA program, which starts on Saturday, January 26, prepares participants for the New Jersey certification exam. The application is available for download at www.mccc.edu/ccs/healthcareers.

Those who complete the CNA program may take a course to become certified as a Homemaker-Home Health Aide, while at the same time earning credits toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree at the college. This spring, MCCC is expanding its CNA program to its Trenton campus at 102 North Broad Street. More information is available by emailing Carol Clark at clarkc@mccc.edu.

Several new emergency training courses are available this winter, all of which will be offered at the Dempster Fire Training Center in Lawrenceville. They include NECI 911 Basic Dispatcher certification course for 911 officers on Monday, April 1, and Emergency Medical Dispatcher on Monday, April 8, which requires a Health Care Provider Level CPR card prior to enrollment.

Other new emergency training courses include Integrated EMT Refresher/Transition courses on Wednesdays, March 13, 20, and 27; Assessment and Treatment of Trauma on Friday, April 19; and Pediatric Emergency Pre-hospital Professionals on Friday, May 3.

For those interested in a career dealing with animal welfare, the CCS is offering a New Jersey Certified Animal Control Officer course beginning on Saturday, January 26, and an Animal Cruelty Investigator course starting on Saturday, March 23. Both courses meet for seven sessions.

For more course information, including registering for these and other career courses and certificate programs, contact the CCS at 609-570-3311, E-mail ComEd@mccc.edu, or visit www.mccc.edu/ccs. Get the CCS’s latest news by visiting www.facebook.com/ccsmercer.

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