College To Host Information Session For Allied Health Non-Credit Certificate Programs

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EDISON — An information session for those interested in a career in the allied health field will be held at Middlesex County College on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. It will be in L’Hommedieu Hall, room 205. The closest parking is in lot 6.

“If you are looking for an exciting career in the medical field helping people, allied health is an excellent option,” said Lynn Lederer, director of professional and community programs at Middlesex County College. “Jobs in the allied health field are growing. This information session will give you an introduction to certificate programs in Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician, and Health Information Coding. You’ll have the opportunity to meet instructors, get an overview of the programs, and ask questions.”

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The Medical Assistant Certificate is an 11-course program that prepares you to perform a variety of tasks under the direction of a physician. Medical assistants handle basic lab tests, assist with examinations, as well as schedule appointments, code medical records, billing and patient education. It is a career that is projected to be one of the fastest growing in the nation.

The EKG Technician performs Electrocardiograms, which monitor the heart. Technicians work in hospitals, private medical practices, nursing homes and insurance companies. This program consists of one 12-session course. It is offered on 12 Saturdays, or a more concentrated session is offered Monday through Friday during the fall.

The Phlebotomy Certificate prepares you to draw and process blood. It consists of three courses, including an externship. Many students enhance their employment opportunities by becoming both a Phlebotomy and EKG Technician.

The Health Information Coding Certificate prepares you to work in medical records departments where you interpret information from doctors, classify it and assign appropriate codes. These are necessary for statistics, billing and quality assurance. A nationally mandated electronic system of medical records will be adopted over the next five years by the medical field and this brand new program will assist you in learning the new technology and protocol.

For complete descriptions of these programs and others, visit www.middlesexcc.edu/profcom. The non-credit courses booklet is posted and the allied health information is on pages 24-35.


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