LHU Clearfield to offer career development programs


CLEARFIELD, Pa. - In partnership with Condensed Curriculum Instruction (CCI), Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus is offering four career development training programs geared toward the healthcare industry. They include Clinical Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Electronic Health Records Management, and Phlebotomy Technician. All courses are held in the evening and begin on October 7. Once completed, students will be eligible for national certification exams (not included in the course) in each of the fields of study. The deadline to register for all courses is September 30,2013.

Clinical Medical Assistant Program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including proper lead placements, professional work place behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare. To be eligible for the 160 hour clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour in-class program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements.

Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions. The purpose of this 70 hour course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. Clinical aspects of this course covers the following key areas: a review of general anatomy and physiology, including head, neck, face and oral cavity; tooth morphology; periodontal disease; infection control; and more. Administrative aspects of the training include the history of dentistry and dental assisting; legal aspects of dentistry; and introduction to the dental office.

Electronic Health RecordManagement (EHRM) Program prepares students to understand and use electronic records in a medical practice. Electronic health record professionals are educated in the implementation and management of electronic health information using common electronic data interchange systems such as HL7, CDISC, and DICOM. The course will include topics such as medical terminology, confidentiality and HIPPA, use of Medcin software, code sets, and more. Students will participate in 95 hours of classroom and computer lab training focusing on the necessary components consistent with maintaining the medical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health record and database.

Phlebotomy Technician 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 and physiology, blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. Note: This program is 90 hours of classroom training and there is no outside externship included.

Students may register for these programs by visiting the LHU Clearfield website (http://www.lhup.edu/clearfield/programs/extended.htm ) or by contacting Casey Friberg at 814-768-3405.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.