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THE BENEFITS OF
HEALTHCARE COURSES

The growing field of healthcare provides a large variety of fascinating and essential job opportunities. Continuing Education and Customized Training  offers short-term open enrollment courses leading to national certification as technicians in Pharmacy 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.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation

Program Leads

Meriem Aman

Health & Human
Services Coordinator

Email Address

651-423-8612

Melissa Troska

Melissa Troska

Administrative Assistant
Customized Training

Email Address

651-423-8629

Gina Zimmer

Gina Zimmer

Administrative Assistant
Customized Training

Email Address

651-423-8279

Healthcare Programs

Nursing Assistant Course

Nursing Assistant

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.

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 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 speaker
  • Must be in good physical condition. Nursing assistants frequently move patients and have other physically demanding tasks, such as bathing, grooming, toileting, walking, exercising, and feeding patients.
  • Must attend mandatory class sessions.
  • Must complete and pass a knowledge test and a skills test to be added to the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry.  Please note that Testing is not included in the cost of the Nursing Assistant Course.
  • For hybrid courses, applicants must provide their own computer and internet access to participate in online courses.

Financial Assistance:

This course is approved under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allowing qualifying participants to receive tuition reimbursement. To determine your eligibility status, please contact your local CareerForce center.

Please note that courses offered through Continuing Education and Customized Training are not Financial Aid eligible; however, as noted above, you may seek funding or assistance from an outside source such as a Government Program, Workforce Agency, Employment Center or Employer.

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Nursing Assistant Exams

Nursing Assistant Exams

Examination Eligibility: You are eligible to apply to take the Minnesota Nursing Assistant state competency exam for certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Minnesota if  you have completed a state-approved nursing assistant training  program within the past 24 months. You will be required to take the both the Knowledge exam and the Skills exam.

Criteria to Waive the Nursing Assistant Training Requirement: You have previously completed a state-approved nursing assistant training program, have taken and passed the Nursing Assistant Competency Exam (both the Knowledge and Skills exams), and are on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry with an expired registry status. You will be required to take the both the Knowledge exam and the Skills exam.  You will be considered a test-out candidate or challenge candidate.

OR:

You are a candidate who does not meet either of the eligibility routes listed above. You will be required to take the both the Knowledge exam and the Skills exam as a test-out candidate or challenge candidate.

Examples are:

  •  If you trained in another country.
  • If you have not taken a nursing assistant training program.
  •  If you have not worked as a nurse aide in the last 24 months.

TEST OUT/CHALLENGE CANDIDATES: Test out/challenge candidates MUST complete and submit to Meriem Aman or Melissa Troska via email a Test-Out or Challenge Candidate Application – Form 1101MN.

Testing Information:

You must pass both parts in order to be certified and listed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry.
A Minnesota candidate handbook can be accessed at www.hdmaster.com

The Knowledge based Examination consists of seventy (70) multiple-choice questions in English. An Oral Examination is also an available option that students are responsible for enabling on their TMU profile.  Please contact Headmaster at: 1-888-401-0462 with questions.

Students must have access to TMU in order to test.   https://mn.tmutest.com

During the Skills Evaluation you will be asked to perform a set of randomly selected skills.
You will be rated on your performance of these skills by an Evaluator based on the Headmasters criteria.

ADA/disability accommodation requests for the NA registry test must be submitted with the required documentation and approved by the test vendor Headmaster at least 14 days in advance of your test date. Use the online Accommodation Form to request accommodations and submit documentation. For ADA questions related to NA testing, please contact Headmaster at 888-401-0462

 

  • Payment of all fees are due at the time of registration. Pre-registration is required.

Testing FAQ:

  • You do not need to take the Knowledge and Skills tests on the same day.
  • ADA accommodation requests must be submitted with required documentation and approved at least 14 days advance of your test date. Refer to the candidate handbook.
  • The testing site and testing teams are not responsible for your personal belongings.
  • If you fail a test, you will need to register for a new test date and pay again.
  • If you are late, do not bring the required mandatory ID, or are otherwise unprepared, you will not be allowed to test and will be considered a no-show. No-shows forfeit their testing fees and must register and pay again for another test date.
  • You must provide one form of ID that meets the following mandatory requirements: US GOVERNMENT-ISSUED, NON-EXPIRED, SIGNED, PHOTO-BEARING ID. Refer to the candidate handbook for examples and exceptions.
  • If you are unable to access your TMU account, go to https://mn.tmutest.com, click Forgot Password and enter your Email. If you need further assistance, please call Headmaster at 888-401-0462.

Preparing for the Test:

Cancellation Policy:

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

Do not remove yourself from the test event in TMU. You must contact Meriem Aman in order to cancel your registration and get a refund, if applicable.  Meriem Aman can be reached via email at: meriem.aman@dctc.edu

If you are late,  do not bring required mandatory ID and/or do not have the proper testing attire, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TEST AND YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED A “NO-SHOW”. No-shows forfeit their testing fees and must repay to re-register for another test date.

For testing questions, please contact:

Meriem Aman
meriem.aman@dctc.edu

 

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Medication Aide

This course will review the information required for unlicensed personnel to administer medications while under the direction and supervision of a licensed registered nurse. You will learn legal and ethical issues related to medication administration, body systems and medications for each, administration of non-parental medication, and other required skills.

 

What is Minnesota State Medication Aide Training?

Minnesota State provides the required training to work as a Medication Aide in a skilled nursing facility. Students will develop an understanding of drug administration with this comprehensive training program. Available in two formats, classroom and hybrid, the Minnesota State curriculum offers consistency and customized training options to meet any needs. A wide variety of exercises and activities let students apply their knowledge to healthcare settings. The class includes a new textbook specifically designed for the medication aide. The training and supplemental resources will also prepare participants for written and skills exams by building knowledge and developing skills competency. This course requires a minimum of forty-eight hours of instruction. This class is a hybrid class which includes both online and in-person course work.

A Medication Aide Certificate of Achievement is earned upon completion of the course and meeting all course guidelines. This course provides the state approved Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel program. This class is WIOA Certified.

 

What Pre-Requisites are there for students?

Minnesota law governs the qualifications required to work as a medication aide in a licensed nursing home. To work as a Medication Aide in a skilled nursing facility, students must have completed a nursing assistant training program approved by the Minnesota Department of Health before enrollment in a trained medication aide program. These employees are not required to take the nursing assistant exam, nor to have ever been on the nursing assistant registry. A person who challenges the Minnesota nursing assistant exam or transfers in from another state, for example, would not be eligible. It is the responsibility of the facility to document completion of an approved nursing assistant training program. Students will apply classroom learning in the laboratory setting promoting safe medication administration.

This training fulfills the Minnesota State Statute requirements for a standardized medication administration training program for unlicensed personnel in nursing homes offered through a Minnesota postsecondary educational institution.

Minnesota law governs the qualifications required to work as a medication aide in a licensed nursing home. If you question your eligibility or the eligibility of your employees, please read the Minnesota State Statute requirements.

 

Financial Assistance:

This course is approved under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allowing qualifying participants to receive tuition reimbursement. To determine your eligibility status, please contact your local CareerForce center.

Please note that courses offered through Continuing Education and Customized Training are not Financial Aid eligible; however, as noted above, you may seek funding or assistance from an outside source such as a Government Program, Workforce Agency, Employment Center or Employer.

 

FAQs about Medication Aide Training

 

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BLS 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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Limited Scope X-Ray or Bone Densitometry Certification

The Limited Scope X-Ray or Bone Densitometry operator program provides students with the information and strategies necessary to successfully complete their Limited Scope X-Ray or Bone Densitometry Operator Certification examination.

This 6-week on-line program consists of:
  • Radiography physics
  • Principles of radiographic exposure
  • Positioning
  • Digital processing
  • Radiation safety
  • Bone densitometry (for those who request this)

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 or Bone Densitometry 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

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

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • 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
  • Must complete Accuplacer test for Reading with a score of 233 or higher before being allowed to register for this class. See the following link for more information on the Accuplacer test: https://www.dctc.edu/support-services/accuplacer/

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. Continuing Education and Customized Training 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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