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HealthCare Training

Careers in healthcare continue to grow in the Bristol County. Get started in a career that you care about and where you can advance and thrive in the years to come.

If you are unemployed and previously worked in a healthcare profession, we can help! We offer job search assistance with a healthcare focus. Or, if you are interested in starting a new healthcare career, we can get you started!

For courses running every semester please go to Noncredit courses.

We are currently recruiting for the following programs:

Home Health Aide

Home Health Aides are typically trained on the job by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, experienced aides, or their supervisor. Aides are instructed on how to cook for a client, including special diets. Other training includes basic housekeeping tasks, such as making a bed and keeping the home sanitary for a client, and how to respond to an emergency, including basic safety techniques. With the BCC Home Health Aide training program, you will have a flexible way to enter the healthcare field. For already Certified Nursing Assistants wishing to expand their knowledge, this is the perfect program to enter the growing field of home health care.

What is the job market for Home Health Aides?

Between the years of 2008 and 2018, the employment of home health aides is projected to grow by 50%, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the media hourly wage for a home health aide is $9.22. Home health aides and personal and home care aides held about 1.7 million jobs as of 2008.

What are the requirements to enter the Home Health Aide program?

  • None

Nurse Aide Training Program

By being a certified nursing aide, you make yourself more available for employment opportunities in nursing homes, private homes, and hospitals. The Nurse Aide Training program teaches basic nursing skills through online lectures, face-to-face practice in a fully equipped nursing lab, and clinical placements in healthcare settings. Nurse aides provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff, performing duties such as feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming or moving patients.

What is the job market like for Certified Nursing Aides?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment at nursing facilities is expected to grow more than 24 percent until 2018, much faster than other industries. That’s an expected increase of nearly 400,000 jobs. Nurse aides can expect to earn an average hourly wage in the area of $11.54. Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Certified Nursing Aides are nursing care facilities, general medical and surgical hospitals, community care facilities for the elderly, home health care services and employment agencies.

What are the requirements to enter the Certified Nursing Aide program?

  • Mandatory submission to a C.O.R.I .check to identify any criminal offense history.
  • Consent to drug/alcohol testing two weeks before classes begin.
  • Proper documentation of immunization records.

EKG Technician Certificate

This comprehensive 40-hour EKG Technician Certificate will help you become a member of the health care team by gaining the skills to perform an Electrocardiogram in a hospital, clinic lab, or physician’s office. Course topics will include: anatomy and physiology of the heart, diseases of the heart, proper lead placement, operating the EKG monitor, Holter monitors, Cardiac Pacemakers, Basic reading of EKG recordings, Identifying artifacts, Troubleshooting and Professionalism.

What is the job outlook for EKG Technicians?

EKG Technicians earn between $14 and $17 per hour. You can work for the following; Hospitals, private physicians offices, clinics, nursing homes.

What are the requirements to enter the Certified Nursing Aide program?

  • High school diploma or High School Equivelancy Certificate equivalent.

Personal Care Assistant

Personal Care Assistants assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person’s home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes, etc…) and preparing meals. PCAs may also provide assistance at non-credited care facilities and advise those in need regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities. The BCC PCA course contains standard tests used in combination with performance checklists to determine the students’ successful completion of each module.

What is the job outlook for Personal Care Assistants?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Personal Care Assistant is the second fasting growing occupation in Massachusetts. The median hourly wage for a PCA was $9.44 as of May 2010. PCAs are often employed by individual and family services, home health care services, vocational and rehab services and employment services.

What are the requirements to enter the Personal Care Assistant Program?

  • None

Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate

Ophthalmic assistants work with ophthalmologists to provide eye care to patients. They're responsible for conducting eye tests, measuring vision and testing eye muscular function, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These professionals may also apply eye dressings and show patients how to properly use contact lenses.

What is the job outlook for Ophthalmic Assistants?

As of 2008, medical assistants earned $20,600 to more than $39,570 annually, according to the BLS. Because ophthalmic assistants are a specialized type of medical assistant, they can usually demand higher wages.

What are the requirements to enter the Personal Care Assistant Program?

  • High school diploma or High School Equivelancy Certificate equivalent.

Certified Personal Trainer

The Certified Personal Trainer course provides potential personal trainers with the information, instruction, education, and experience needed to become safe and effective personal trainers. This class will prepare you to take the American Council on Exercise (ACE) national certified personal trainer exam. The course consists of lecture, discussion and some practical experience. CPR certification is included in this course - date to be determined.

What is the job outlook for Personal Trainers?

As a national average, trainers make between $60 and $250 an hour, with the majority being in the lower bracket. If you work in a gym, your place of employment will take a percentage of the hourly fee charged to the client. Some fitness centers pay trainers flat hourly fees of $7 to $10 to “walk the floor,” introduce new members to the machines and talk to potential clients to see if they can sell a training package.

What are the requirements to enter the Personal Trainer Program?

  • High school diploma or High Schcool Equivelancy Certificate.

Pharmacy Tech National Preparation

The Pharmacy Technician profession has become indispensable to the healthcare field. Pharmacy Techs help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. Due to the growing demand for Pharmacy Techs, certification has become an important issue for many industry employers and some state legislatures. This test preparation course through BCC focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to pass the National Certification exam as well as preparing students for the competitive field of pharmacy technicians.

What is the job outlook for Pharmacy Technicians?

With the number of middle-aged and elderly people growing, the demand for prescription drugs and pharmacy workers is expected to boom throughout the next decade. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for pharmacy technicians was $13.32 as of 2008. Job opportunities are expected to remain good, especially for those with previous experience, formal training, or certification.

What are the requirements to enter the Personal Care Assistant Program?

  • High school diploma or High School Equivelancy Certificate.

Medical Interpreter

This course is open to all languages, but students must be able to fully comprehend and communicate in both English and at least one other language. Because a selective interview is required before acceptance, students must register at least 2 weeks in advance. The College will issue a certificate upon satisfactory completion of this course and participants receiving a certificate will be given the opportunity to interview with Transfluenci for potential free-lance employment as interpreters. Bring an audio digital recorder to class. Textbook required, available at the Fall River campus bookstore. This program meets requirements of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) for national certification.

What is the job outlook for Medical Interpreters?

Hospitals, Schools, Interpretation Companies, Government agencies. Average hourly rate, Approximately $17. Translators are usually paid by work, page, or project. Their wages also vary widely

What are the requirements to enter the Medical Interpreting field?

  • High school diploma or High School Equivelancy Certificate.

Medical Coding and Billing Specialist

Medical coding is essential for accuracy in classifying patient information for databases, registries, financial reimbursement, and maintaining patients’ medical histories. Accurate coding protects patient health and efficient use of resources. It’s a perfect career choice that puts you in high demand with excellent opportunities for growth in the field.

What is the job market for Medical Coders?

Employment growth is driven by the need for increased accuracy in the billing and statistical reporting of medical care. In addition, as the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase, as will the related medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed, this will lead to an increase in claims and therefore increase the need for medical coders. With the Federal requirement to implement the use of electronic health records, more professionals will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management. This can better position you for a career move into the information technology and data management fields.

A medical coder can expect to earn anywhere between $16,000 and $42,000 per year.

What are the requirements to enter the Medical Coding program?

  • High school diploma or High School Equivelancy Certificate.

For more information please call 508.678.2811, ext. 2154

Contact Details

The BCC Workforce Center
Workforce & Community Center
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2154

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