Deadline for Short Term Health Science Programs Approaching

2013-09-11 | 2013-09-11 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations, 9/11/13 - Matthew E. Killebrew, Director; (662) 621-4157 - mkillebrew@coahomacc.edu
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Students who are interested in taking classes at Coahoma Community College to become nationally certified as EKG Technicians have just a few more days to turn in your applications. Sept. 20 is the final day to turn in your applications for the eight-week, short term program offered by CCC’s Health Science Department.

Graduates of the program are required to take the National Health Association’s EKG Certification Examination that will help open the doors to a wide variation of employment. As a Certified EKG Technician, you’ll operate machines that record the electrical activity of a patient’s heart. EKG rhythms provide important data for the diagnosis of heart conditions.

“Electrocardiograms evaluate the heartbeat, how the heart works and allows the physician to diagnose any problems that a patient might be having,” said CCC Instructor and Health Sciences Short Term Program Coordinator Tony Brooks. “The EKGs are used to identify things such as heart attacks or congestive heart failure – the doctor will make the final determination of the reading, but the EKG tech can alert them to problems.”

An EKG Technician can not only setup and administer EKGs and stress tests; they can also prepare patients for ambulatory monitoring, schedule appointments and transcribe a physician’s interpretation of the tests.

The program includes eight weeks of classroom room instruction that incorporates actual clinical study where students will be performing EKGs and completing real world training. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5 and 9 p.m., plus clinical rotations, and estimated costs and fees for the course are less than $500.

For those students who would like to double-down and make themselves even more appealing to potential employers, following successful completion of the EKG program, students are eligible for admittance into the Phlebotomy program that begins in January at the half the cost. Normally $600, the 16-week program is discounted to $300 for students who have completed the fall EKG Technician requirements.

Getting the Phlebotomy certification will broaden the opportunity for job placement according to Brooks who said those applicants that can provide multiple services are in demand. Potential areas of employment include hospitals, medical laboratories, medical clinics and physician’s offices. Graduates have also found work with insurance companies, traveling and collecting blood in the homes of potential clients.

“Although we are not responsible for finding the graduates jobs, more than 60 percent of our students are working post completion of the program.” said Brooks, who added that Health Science students are completing the programs at rate of 88-90 percent. He also added that 92 percent of those students are passing the national certification exams.

Phlebotomy students will learn how to safely draw, transport and analyze blood and become familiar with the medical laboratory environment and its equipment.

“We teach the phlebotomy student how to draw blood, where to find the veins and we help them perfect their skills,” Brooks said. “Students get lots of practice in the lab on mannequins before they ever get close to a real person.”

Prospective students could enroll and complete both courses and be job ready by next summer. And, with the national certification that comes with completion, you skills and job opportunities will go wherever life may lead you.

“We feel like we offer something special to our students because we offer that national credential,” said Health Sciences Vice President Dr. Martha Catlette. “Students have something that can show, not only that they graduated from Coahoma, but they’ve also achieved this national certification.

Applications for the Phlebotomy program are due Nov. 8.

At least half of each program’s fees are due on the first day of class and financial assistance is not available for these short courses, for more additional information, call (662) 621-4159.