Courses support transition to healthcare career

Courses support transition to healthcare career

Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:36 pm

WCP 8.10.10 Persons interested in pursuing healthcare-related careers can get the training they need at a convenient location.
Pharmacy, electrocardiograph and phlebotomy technician classes will be offered this fall at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies will offer the courses and pre-registration is required.
To register, call ECOS at 731-881-7082 or for online registration, go to  http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecce/nondegree/home.php.
 The Pharmacy Technician Program class will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 2.
The registration fee is $999 and includes textbooks and lab supplies. This comprehensive 50-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.
Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.
Students will learn dosage calculations, intravenous flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.
 The EKG Technician Certification Program is planned from 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 1. The registration fee is $999, and textbooks are included.
 This comprehensive 50-hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG technicians and to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other national certification exams.
This course will include practice and background information on anatomy of the heart and physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and echocardiography.
Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hands-on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices. 
 The Phlebotomy Technician Program class is slated for 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Dec. 1 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 20. There will be no class Nov. 24. The registration fee is $1,599 and includes textbooks.
 This 90-hour program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis.
Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely.
Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy, physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice, and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods.
There is no outside externship rotation included with this program.
 For complete course descriptions, schedules, locations and registration information, visit the Web site at  http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecce/nondegree/healthcare.php or call ECOS at 731-881-7082.

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