Upcoming health occupations courses designed for fast track into workforce

03.26.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development division offers short-term courses throughout each semester for people needing certifications in the employment areas of certified coder and certified nurse aide (CNA).

Beginning in April, four CNA training sessions will be available from April 1 to May 11 at the North Campus, April 15 to June 24 and April 30 to June 5 at the South Campus, and April 16 to May 21 at the Central Campus.

This training will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and abilities to care for residents of long-term care facilities. Each student will learn how to provide safety and preventive measures in the care of residents as well as how to function as a member of the health care team. Those who complete the training will be prepared for entry-level employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and doctor's offices. He or she will also be eligible to take the State of Texas Certified Nurse Aide Certification Exam.

Those who have trained in CNA, but may need a refresher, are invited to attend the 24-Hour CNA Refresher Course from April 17 to April 19 at the South Campus. Course topics will include Department of Aging and Disability (DADS) mandated course material, in addition to training in geriatrics and the care of residents with a dementia disorder, including Alzheimer's disease.

Lectures will consist of updates on current state required topics, to include, but not limited to, care of the resident with dementia, body systems, safety, infection control, and basic patient care. Also included will be hands-on practice on selected skills, such as vital signs, personal care, lifting heavy objects, and resident safety.

The 24-hour course will consist of three eight-hour sessions. All class hours must be attended to complete this course. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be presented with a certificate that will meet the requirements of DADS for completion of the required 24-hour continuing education credit for certified nurse aides.

An ICD-10-CM Coding Workshop will be offered from April 25 to April 26 at the Central Campus. This workshop will include ICD-10 guidelines and coding exercises and will count for 16 American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) continuing education units.

An AAPC Certified Coder 40 Hour Boot Camp will be offered from May 18 to May 22 at the South Campus to those who have at least one year of coding experience. This course will include a review of primary coding rule and principles, along with a medical terminology section designed for coders. Coding exercises will be completed both in class and as homework. Participants will learn how to master advanced coding issues and how to deal with modifiers, ancillary services, and number of challenging coding scenarios.

The course will include the AAPC Certified Professional Coder certification exam, which will be administered within 30 days of the last class day.

To register for any of the CNA or certified coding courses, visit http://www.sanjac.edu/continuing-professional-development/corporate-and-workforce/health-occupations.

About the Continuing and Professional Development division
This noncredit division of the College provides training for both current and future employees in the professional and technical job sectors, as well as provides participants with open enrollment course options to enhance their lives. Professional and technical training is available through contract training, open enrollment and grant funding. For more information, call 281-476-1838. 

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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