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THE BENEFITS OF
HEALTHCARE COURSES

The growing field of healthcare provides a large variety of fascinating and essential job opportunities. MTC offers short-term open enrollment courses leading to national certification as technicians in Pharmacy, EKG and Phlebotomy. We also offer continuing education courses for EMTs, paramedics, nurses and other health care professionals in gerontology, pain management, mental health and many more areas.  Practical fundamental knowledge such as CPR and HIPAA training is available in-person or online for all members in the healthcare field.

Our training programs provide:

  • Flexible scheduling, and group training available
  • Set your own pace—learn at home or on the go with online courses

You can have a successful, fulfilling career in the health care industry without spending years in school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, of the 20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2010-20, healthcare professions account for almost 50% of the fastest growing occupations.

Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

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Program Leads

Jana Kashmark

Jana Kashmark

Health & Human
Services Coordinator

Email Address

651-423-8092

Healthcare Programs

Certified EKG Technician (CET)

Not only are job prospects for the health sector growing, but as our population ages, many patients require more tests for chest pain and heart disease. As an EKG Technician you will perform non-invasive electrocardiogram (EKG) procedures. An EKG monitors a patient’s heart electrical impulse. You will identify abnormalities in EKG tracings and recognize arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms.

This 64-hour program consists of:
  • Cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • Proper safety and operation of EKG equipment
  • Performing an EKG reading
  • Obtaining vital signs
  • Using a Holter Monitor
  • Introduction to 12-lead EKG
  • CPR instruction

Successful completion will allow students to enter into a career as an electrocardiogram technician and take the National Healthcareer Association certified EKG Technician (CET) exam.

Work Environment

To be successful as an EKG technician, an individual must enjoy working with people, be able to respond to potential emergency situations, possess critical thinking and decision-making skills and be able to follow detailed procedures. EKG technicians work in doctor’s offices or cardiovascular clinics and hospitals as part of a medical team.  Technicians typically work in situations that can be stressful for the patient, since the patient may have had a recent stroke or ongoing chest pains.

Admissions Requirements or Prerequisites

  • 18 years of age with a High School diploma or GED
  • Ability to physically position patients and accurately place EKG electrodes

Potential Job Titles

  • EKG technician
  • ECG technician
  • Telemetry technician
  • Nursing station technician
  • Monitor technician

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

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Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

With the need for prescription medications growing each year, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase rapidly through 2016. The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work under supervision of a licensed pharmacist carrying out duties such as assisting patients, filling prescriptions, and keeping pharmacy records.

This 50-hour program consists of:
  • Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
  • Dosage calculations and conversions
  • Dispensing of prescriptions
  • Drug compounding
  • Inventory control
  • Billing and reimbursement

Successful completion will allow students to enter into a career as a pharmacy technician, and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Pharmacy Technician exam.

Work Environment

To be successful as a pharmacy technician, an individual must enjoy working with people, be attentive to detail, and be well-organized. Pharmacy technicians work alongside pharmacists. They are often employed at hospitals, retail/community pharmacies, in-patient and out-patient hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and other businesses that sell drugs. Pharmacy Technicians also work in healthcare call centers assisting customers or entering data for prescriptions. Pharmacy technicians should be willing to spend a lot of time standing and may be required to work evenings and weekends. Many technicians and aides work part-time.

Admissions Requirements or Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have high school diploma or GED

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Q&A’s for Pharmacy Technician job seekers.

Q: Why do pharmacy technician programs differ and what do I need to do to work as a Pharmacy Technician in Minnesota?

A: In order to work as a pharmacy technician in MN, the state says you must be 18 and have a HS diploma or GED. Each state has its own requirements.

When you look for a job, many employers will be looking for certification as a CPhT. The DCTC course will issue a “certificate” that you completed the course, and will prepare you for an entry level position and the certification exam. Certification is achieved by passing a national examination conducted through a professional organization, The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Today, there are no specific education requirements for taking this exam. Even if you complete a two year course, you will still need to pass this national certification exam to be certified. Your certification, CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) is good for 2 years and you will be required to do 20 units of continuing education. The certification of CPhT is good in all states. See www.ptcb.org for more information.

Once you are employed in MN as a pharmacy technician, the state of MN requires that you register with the MN State Board of Pharmacy. In addition to completing continuing education, new technicians registered after January 1, 2013 must have also completed, or will complete an “educational component”.

The “education component” can be achieved any of these 4 ways:

  • Military or public health training,
  • an ASHP approved program – will have internship components and is a minimum of 600 hours,
  • a MN Board of Pharmacy approved program – will have an internship component,
  • or an employer based training program (minimum of 240 hours)

The DCTC course does not qualify as the “education component” because we do not have an internship component today. However, our 51 hour program has been approved by the MN Board of Pharmacy in June of 2013 to count towards the didactic portion of an employer based training program. See www.phcybrd.state.mn.us for more information.

Q: Do you need a two year degree or an ASHP approved program to work as a pharmacy technician?

A: Not necessarily. If you look at job postings, probably 90% want you to be certified. Again, that means passing the national exam. So if you take the DCTC short-term training course you will be prepared for an entry level job and prepared for the national exam. If you then go to work for an employer that has an employer based training program meeting the MN Board of Pharmacy guidelines, you will then have met that “education component”. Employer job qualifications will differ.

Note: By the year 2020, you will need to have completed an ASHP/ACPE certified program (600+ hours and externships) to qualify to take the PTCB national certification exam, but it is not a requirement today.

Q: Do you have to be certified to get a job as a pharmacy technician?

A: Not necessarily. Certification may or may not be a requirement by the employer. The vast majority of employers want you to be certified either before you are hired or within “x” months of being hired. Being certified should increase your chances of getting a job and may result in a higher wage.

Note: Currently, the state of MN has no requirement that you be certified.

Q: Do you need to register with the state and have an “education component”?

A: Yes. Any new pharmacy technicians, registered with the state after January 2013 must have completed or will complete an “education component”.

CPR & First Aid Courses

  • Meet the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines
  • Teach critical skills and knowledge needed to respond to and manage an emergency situation
  • Available with or without a First Aid component

Delivery Options

  • Hybrid (online and in-person)
  • This blended CPR training from the American Heart Association (AHA) has an online self-paced study portion, instructor led skills practice, and in-person skills test. You must complete the skills practice and skills test within 60 days of taking the online course.
  • Classroom (in-class)
  • These CPR courses are instructor led, with hands-on training.

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BLS For Health Care Providers: CPR/AED (Classroom or Hybrid)

This course is offered as a 5-hour classroom or hybrid (online and in-person) course. It is designed for those currently working in the health care field. You will learn valuable skills; such as, responding to life threatening emergencies; adult, child, and infant rescue techniques; chest compressions and ventilations; and using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). This course is designed for students in DCTC’s Allied Heath programs and current health care professionals.

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Heartsaver® CPR/AED (Classroom or Hybrid)

This course can be taken in the classroom or hybrid (online and in-person). It is designed for people who don’t currently work in the health care field, but wish to learn the critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency situation until medial professionals arrive. You will learn adult CPR and AED and the procedures for relieving a choking adult. This course can include modules on child and infant CPR that meet the requirements under Hannah’s Law, for all teachers and assistant teachers working at child care centers.

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Heartsaver® First Aid and CPR/AED (Classroom or Hybrid)

This course can be taken in the classroom or hybrid (online and in-person). It covers the basic life support skills taught in the Heartsaver® CPR course. In addition, you will learn first aid skills, such as, how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock, and other first aid emergencies.

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Heartsaver® First Aid (Hybrid)

This course is offered hybrid (online and in-person). It covers first aid skills, such as, how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock, and other first aid emergencies.

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

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EMT & First Responder

Fisdap, in cooperation with Inver Hills Community College and three Minnesota EMS agencies (Allina Health, Gold Cross Ambulance and North Memorial Hospital), has developed coursework to transition EMS providers to the National Education Standards. Learn more about these online, interactive courses.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Refresher Training

Refresher training is required every two years, by March 31, for emergency medical technicians to maintain certification. This 24-hour lecture and skills course is designed to refresh and develop the most current skills and knowledge necessary for recertification. This course emphasizes safety concerns, patient assessment, airway management, trauma and medical emergencies. During this course you may also earn your AHA recertification in CPR. This course meets the approval of the Emergency Medical Service Regulatory Board (EMSRB) for EMTs.

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EMT

First Responder Refresher Training

Refresher training is required every two years for individuals who are currently certified as First Responders.  This 16-hour course is designed to refresh and develop the most current skills and knowledge necessary to maintain certification through the Minnesota Emergency Medical Service Regulatory Board (EMSRB) as a First Responder.

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Paramedic

It can be challenging for paramedics to find enough quality educational opportunities to meet re-certification requirements and still learn something new. Our course is designed to meet both Sate of Minnesota re-certification requirements as well as the National Registry Section 1 requirements. This class consists of 48 concentrated hours of lecture and skills sessions as well as discussion, all designed to refresh skills and introduce new innovations in the industry.

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation

Health Care Basics

Basic Health Care Courses

Healthcare workers in all sectors need basic building blocks of fundamental knowledge.

  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Terminology
  • Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • Universal Precautions
  • Cultural Competence, Ethics and Professionalism in Healthcare
  • Dementia Care
  • Intro to Pharmacology

Courses for Medical Professionals

For those already in the medical field looking for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), these self-paced online courses run for six weeks, two lessons each week, and include exams and discussion areas and are eligible for contact hours.  Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a certificate from Allegra Learning Solutions for continuing education units to help maintain credentials.

  • Certificate in Brain Health
  • Certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Certificate in End of Life Care
  • Certificate in Gerontology
  • Certificate in Healing Environments
  • Certificate in Healthy Aging
  • Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health
  • Certificate in Integrative Mental Health
  • Certificate in Meditation
  • Certificate in Pain Assessment and Management
  • Certificate in Perinatal Issues
  • Certificate in Spirituality, Health and Healing
  • Certificate in Stress Management

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Limited Scope X-Ray Certification

The limited scope x-ray operator program provides students with the information and strategies necessary to successfully complete their limited scope x-ray operator examination.

This 6-week on-line program consists of:
  • Radiography physics
  • Principles of radiographic exposure
  • Positioning
  • Digital processing
  • Radiation safety

Successful completion will prepare students to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam. The examinations offered by ARRT are the gold standard proficiency assessments currently available to professionals in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy. Minnesota law requires individuals to pass the core components of this exam before they can become certified and take x-rays.

Work Environment

To be successful as a limited scope x-ray operator, an individual must enjoy working with people in a medical setting such as doctor’s offices, small clinics, chiropractic or pediatric offices. The majority of people who take limited x-rays are medical assistants (CNA), medical lab technicians (MLT) or others that work in a clinic or doctor’s office and are now asked to take x-rays.

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Instructors

Gene Frank, eugene@genefrank.org

Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant Exams

  • National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP)
  • Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide (NA/HHA)

Examination Eligibility

Nursing Assistant Candidate:

You have successfully completed a state-approved Nursing Assistant training program within the past two years. You must take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) written exam and skills evaluation.

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Candidate:

You have successfully completed a state-approved Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide training program within the past two years. You must take the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide (NA/HHA) written exam and skills evaluation.

Home Health Aide Candidate:

You must have completed a state-approved Home Health Aide training program, have previously taken and passed the NNAAP written exam and skills evaluation, or are on the MN Nursing Assistant Registry and are now seeking Home Health Aide certification. You will only be required to take the NA/HHA written exam (Home Health Aide candidates do NOT need to take the skills evaluation).

Test-Out Candidate (applies to Nursing Assistant candidates only):

Examples for not meeting the three (3) eligibility routes listed above include:

  • Nurse aide or nursing assistant trained in another country
  • Candidate never trained as a nursing assistant
  • Candidate who has not worked as a nursing assistant in the last two years
  • Nursing assistant from another state who does not qualify for reciprocity
  • Student nurse or graduate nurse candidate

Cost

NNAAP or NA/HHA written (or oral) exam and skills evaluation | $190

RE-TEST written (or oral) exam | $100

RE-TEST skills evaluation | $115

  • Payment of all fees are due at the time of registration. Pre-registration is required.
  • PearsonVue fees are paid by DCTC.
  • Registration must be completed and full payment made by the end of business on the day prior to the examination.
  • Registration and/or payment will not be accepted via mail or on the morning of the examination.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds and exam rescheduling must be communicated by phone, fax, e-mail or in person no later than two business days prior to the date of the examination. Refunds will not be issued after that date.

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Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course

Introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum, and basic nursing skills in long-term care and/or home care environments. Instruction consists of a classroom or online setting, and skills labs. Skills are taught in a simulated laboratory setting utilizing demonstration and role-playing. Upon successful completion of classroom or online studies, the student will participate in 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility.

The course meets the objectives of the federal and state statutory requirements for nursing assistant training. Upon completion of the program the student will be eligible to take the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Competency Exam for placement on the Minnesota Department of Health Registry.

Prerequisites

  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age to register
  • Students should be fluent English speakers
  • Students must also request a criminal background clearance prior to clinical
  • A Mantoux test with negative results must be done by the first day of class

Cost

$879 (Does not include the $20 background study). Course fee includes a malpractice insurance fee, textbook/course packets and lab kit.

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Phlebotomy

The Phlebotomy Technician program prepares students to collect blood specimens from patients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in outpatient or inpatient health care facilities.

This 40-hour classroom program consists of: 
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology (as applicable to phlebotomy)
  • Safety procedures
  • Customer service skills
  • Overview of laboratory processing
  • Blood collection procedures
This program provides 100-hours of clinical experience at local health care industry partners:

After successful completion of both portions of the program, the student will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Phlebotomy certification exam.

Work Environment

To be successful as a phlebotomist, an individual must enjoy working with people, be attentive to detail, and have excellent manual dexterity. Needles and blood will be a regular component of the position’s responsibilities. Phlebotomists typically work in hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician’s offices, blood banks, pharmaceutical firms, home health agencies, research institutions and public health clinics.

Admissions Requirements or Prerequisites

  • Criminal background check
  • Must provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination for the following:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Tubercle Bacillus (TB)
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Seasonal flu shot

Potential Job Titles

  • Phlebotomist
  • Lab Care Technician
  • Plasma Center Technician

Instructors

Kathy Miller | kathleen.miller@dctc.edu

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“I knew I wanted to help people. The Minnesota Training Connection’s Health Care program gave me the direction and skills to take my passion for people and shape it into a meaningful career. ” Jasmine T.

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