Healthcare Career Certification Programs

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The Center for Business and Industry - Healthcare Education offers instructional programs which are excellent starting points for individuals wishing to embark on a rewarding career in the healthcare field.

Programs include:

Nurse Aide
The Nurse Aide Program is an intensive 128 hour course. This program prepares the participant with the entry-level skills needed to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Competency Examination (NNAAP) for placement on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry and begin a successful career as a Nurse Aide in a long term care facility, hospital or other healthcare setting. This course is an excellent starting point in the healthcare field. Potential funding available through PA CareerLink. Visit for more information.

Free Information Sessions
Please click on date to register. Registration is required to attend. Information sessions are held at the Fowler Family Southside Center from 6-7PM

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Pharmacy Technician Training & Exam Prep Program
This 30 hour comprehensive program provides entry level pharmacy technician training and prepares students for their CPhT Certification Exam. Those who pass the ExCPT or PTCE Exam are granted the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). The program is excellent for both experienced and non-experienced individuals who wish to work in the field of pharmacy and expand their employment opportunities by earning the title of CPhT.

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ICD-10 Medical Coding
ICD-10 Medical Coding standards will be fully implemented by October 2015. Take the training now to ensure you and your organization have a seamless transition and uninterrupted government reimbursements. Training is available for new coders and professionals.

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IV Therapy for LPNs Training
As of February 1, 2013, the Pennsylvania State Board recommendations for LPN IV Therapy training to meet the growing need for patient care involving peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and other centrally inserted intravenous (IV) access devices. Approved by the State Board of Nursing, the program covers key topics and clinical skills mastery and is designed for currently licensed LPNs. Training is offered: twice a year, with day or evening options, in the fall and spring, at the Fowler Family Southside Center. The next session of this program will be offered in the Fall 2014 semester.  Dates and registration information is provided below:

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Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists - Certification & Review
Certification Course provides licensed dental hygienists with with the basic concepts of pain management in the dental practice, including a review of essential anatomy and neurophysiology, the pharmacology of anesthetic and vasoconstriction agents, client assessment, armamentarium, local anesthetic complications and their management. Instruction and practice of local anesthesia delivery techniques will occur in a clinical lab setting. This program has requirements that need to be completed two weeks prior to course start date.  Please check the program flyer for specifics.

Review Course re-familiarizes the hygienist with the solutions, instruments, and techniques for safe, effective local anesthesia. We will review topical and injectable local anesthetics agents, appropriate use of local anesthetics/vasoconstrictors based on the dental procedure and patient's medical history, and proper procedures and techniques for the administration of local anesthesia. Please wear scrubs for the lab portion of the class. CEUs: 3.0.

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Personal Care Home Administrator
Northampton Community College's "Personal Care Home Administrator" program is officially approved by the Department of Public Welfare - under 55 PA Code 2600.64 (a) (2) This program satisfies the Pennsylvania requirements for obtaining (100 hrs) training for certification as a Personal Care Home Administrator. It consists of 20 individual modules, covered in 31 evenings of training. This program is offered in the Spring semester only.

Please visit the DPW website at for information regarding the Personal Care Home Administrator Program Scholarship or call the Director of Training at 717-787-9160. Scholarship must be applied for and approval received PRIOR to beginning the 100-hour Personal Care Home Administrator Course. This program will be offered in Spring 2015.  To be notified when the program opens, please click here.

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