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Health Careers Center Programs

Below is a summary of our programs.   Additional information can be found in our course book.

CERTIFIED HOMEMAKER-HOME HEALTH AIDE (CHHA) NEW!

This program is designed to prepare individuals to meet the requirements necessary to become Certified Home-Health Aides in New Jersey and for successful entry-level employment.   The Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aide program is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.  Participants will also receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.

The curriculum is divided into the following areas of study:

  • Introduction to the role of the UAP in nursing care settings

  • Foundations for working with people

  • Safety

  • Systems and related Care

  • Home-Care Module

Clinical Hours:

  • Length of CHHA Program: 76 hours; Fall Term and Spring Term; Class Times Tuesday -Thursday 3pm-8pm

This seventy-six hour course is approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and requires 60 hours of classroom instruction and 16 hours of clinical instruction.


ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY (EKG)

The Electrocardiography (EKG) course is designed to instruct students in the limited structures and functions of the cardiovascular system and the circulation of blood through the heart and lungs. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to successfully perform Electrocardiography (EKG) as directed by a licensed physician. Legal and ethical aspects regarding the technical performance of EKG are taught and practiced in detail along with patient’s rights, education and safety. Selected cardiac conditions and arrhythmias are presented, illustrated, and discussed. EKG lead placement and 12 Lead, three channel EKG instruction is given both in theory and practice.

Length of Program:

  • Days/hours may vary; This course is offered on a space-available basis.

  • A total of 36 hours of instruction is required: 18 hours of theory, lecture and lab and 18 hours of clinical experience


LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (PART-TIME & FULL-TIME)

The Licensed Practical Nurse program prepares students in the basic skills and knowledge required for a career as a practical nurse.  The New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Board of Nursing have approved the curriculum for the LPN program.

The full-time curriculum is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I - 12 weeks - Basic Nursing Concepts and Skills

  • Phase II - 17 weeks - Caring for the Adult Patient with Alterations in Physical Health

  • Phase III -15 weeks - Caring for Patients in Specialty Areas

Length of Full-time Program:

  • Full-time: 11 months

  • Term: August to June

  • Class: 5 days per week/8:30AM - 3:30PM

  • Clinical: 7:00AM - 2:30PM

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The Part-time curriculum is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I - 24 weeks - Basic Nursing Concepts and Skills

  • Phase II - 34 weeks - Caring for the Adult Patient with Alterations in Physical Health

  • Phase III -30 weeks - Caring for Patients in Specialty Areas

Length of Part-time Program:

  • Part-time: 2 years

  • Term: August to June

  • Class: 3 days per week; 6:30PM - 9:30PM

  • Clinical: Every Saturday 7:00AM - 2:30PM


LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE REFRESHER 

The LPN refresher course is a 12-week course meeting 2 evenings per week from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Health Careers Center, of Mercer County Technical Schools. This 96 hour class is structured to meet the needs of Practical Nurses who are licensed (or whose license has lapsed with approval from the Board of Nursing) to re-enter nursing practice. 48 hours of theoretical instruction will be presented to correspond with 48 hours of clinical experience. Instruction will include; review of nursing concepts and skills, review of legal and ethical status, implementation of the nursing process, review of Pharmacology, and transitioning to advancement and leadership in Nursing. Laboratory emphasis is placed on updating familiar skills with clinical emphasis placed on the management of clients in an inpatient setting. THIS IS NOT A NCLEX REVIEW CLASS. Participants will receive a completion certificate at the conclusion of the program. 

Length of program:

  • 2 evenings per week

  • 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

  • 12 classes at Health Careers Center

  • 12 clinical experiences at affiliated facility


MASSAGE THERAPY (PART-TIME & FULL-TIME)

The Massage Therapy course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills for successful entry-level employment in areas that offer health maintenance, preventive and/or restorative benefits of massage therapy.  The Massage Therapy program is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more.

The program incorporates the following areas of study:

Phase I

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Massage - I

  • Introduction to Massage Theory and Techniques

  • Professional Standards and Business Practice

  • Introduction to Clinical Experience

  • Introduction to Eastern Massage Modalities and Practices

Phase II

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Massage - II

  • Massage Theory and Techniques

  • Related Massage Modalities

  • Business Practice

  • Lab/Clinical Experience

 

Length of Part-time Program:

  • 600 hours

  • Term: August to June

  • Class Times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm and 14 Saturdays (pre-assigned dates) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Clinical: Time to be scheduled

Length of Full-time Program:

  • 600 hours

  • Fall Term: August to December or Spring Term: January to June 

  • Class Times: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

  • Clinical: Time to be scheduled


VENIPUNCTURE

This course is designed as a basic course in venipuncture and related lab testing.  Upon completion of the course, the student will successfully perform venipuncture and obtain lab samples for testing as directed by a licensed physician. Universal precautions and principles of infection control are taught and practiced. Patient’s rights, education, positioning, and safety are taught and practiced. Instruction covers capillary sticks, skin puncture, and preparing lab slides. Butterfly techniques and multiple tube drawings are taught, illustrated, and practiced. Students practice venipuncture techniques on pediatric and adult training arms.

Length of Program:

  • Days/hours may vary; This course is offered on a space-available basis.

  • A total of 36 hours of instruction is required: 18 hours of theory, lecture and lab and 18 hours of clinical experience.

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HIB Contacts

To report an incident of Harrassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), please contact a specialist below.

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Anne Benoit

ABenoit@mcts.edu or 609-586-5144, Ext. 2146

 

Back-Up Coordinator

David Lugo

DLugo@mcts.edu or 609-737-9785, Ext. 4012

 

District Specialist

Dana HiceDePugh

DHicedepugh@mcts.edu or 609-570-3400

 

Adult Evening School Specialist

Mary Smith-Jones

MSmith-Jones@mcts.edu or 609-586-5146

 

Assunpink Center Specialist

Megan Ferdetta

MFerdetta@mcts.edu or 609-586-5144, Ext. 2140

 

Health Careers Center Specialist

Sharon Nemeth

SNemeth@mcts.edu or 609-586-5144

Kelly Pike

KPike@mcts.edu or 609-587-7640

 

STEM Academy/Career Prep Specialist

Marcie Tandy

MTandy@mcts.edu or 609-570-3406

 

Sypek Center Specialist

Lance Simek

LSimek@mcts.edu or 609-737-9785, Ext. 4140

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