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    Continuing Education

    Allied Health Certificates

    Lackawanna College’s Continuing Education Department offers a variety of non-credit Allied Health certificates that can jump start your career in a rewarding occupation focused on helping others.

    EMT and EMR Certification Programs

    The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is a 175-hour program offering both didactic and practical training to prepare candidates for an emergency medical response. The training includes:

    • Basic knowledge and skills needed to provide safe patient care in a variety of scenarios
    • Introduction to specialty situations such as hazardous materials, terrorism, or mass casualty
    • Safe patient packaging and transport to an appropriate medical facility
    • Professional interaction and communication with advanced emergency providers both in the field and hospital setting.

    The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is a 56-hour program, which includes both didactic and skill sessions designed to prepare the candidates for the initial stabilization and lifesaving management of medical and trauma emergencies while awaiting the arrival of an emergency medical team. The candidates are also educated on how to assist the members of the emergency medical team to provide safe, efficient patient care and transport to an appropriate medical facility.

    On successful completion of these courses, candidates are eligible to take the National Registry EMR or EMT practical and written examinations which are the standards for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    Courses are taught by expert paramedics, pre-hospital registered nurses, and EMT’s. The EMT course also offers observation time on an EMS unit and/or medical facility to enhance learning of assessments, vital signs, and patient communication.

    This program is currently offered exclusively at our Scranton campus.

    For more information, please contact Candace Burcheri at (570) 504-7928 or visit the EMS Academy page.

    Nurse Aide Training Program

    Under the supervision and direction of Registered Nurses who are experienced in long-term care, the Lackawanna College Nurse Aide Training Program is a 172-hour program with hands-on, supervised clinical experience.

    The program is accredited by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education for 140 hours, which includes 96 hours of classroom and laboratory training and 44 clinical hours in a long-term care facility.

    The program offers 32 additional specialized hours that includes training in CPR, tours in local long-term facilities, and practice laboratory hours.

    Upon successful completion of all program components, students will be eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination. Those who pass both the written and skills portion of the test will be placed on the Nurse Aide Registry.

    This program is currently offered at our Scranton campus and Lake Region Center.

    For more information, please contact Laurie Mielo at (570) 961-7813 or please visit the Nurse Aide page.

    Certified Phlebotomy Technician Program

    Phlebotomists are Allied Health professionals who draw blood from patients for diagnostic, therapeutic, or donation purposes. Phlebotomists are responsible for preparing patients and obtaining high-quality specimens for transport to the lab. A competent clinical phlebotomist must have good manual dexterity, special communication skills, good organizational skills, and a thorough knowledge of lab specimen requirements and departmental policies.

    This is a 17-week program, consisting of classes two days per week for a total of 200 classroom/lab hours. In addition, a clinical component is included at a pre-arranged location and consists of a minimum of 100 Venipunctures and 5 Dermal punctures. This is the minimal requirement to sit for the ASPT National Certification Exam, which is given following successful completion of the course.

    This program is currently offered at the Scranton campus, Hazleton Center, and Towanda Center.

    For more information, please contact Katie Lavelle at (570) 961-7882.

    Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Program

    A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled Allied Health professional whose responsibilities may include administrative/office duties along with clinical skills consisting of obtaining patient vital signs and histories, performing phlebotomy and lab procedures, and performing electrocardiograms (ECGs) on patients. A competent Clinical Medical Assistant must have proficient multi-tasking skills, special communication skills, exceptional organizational skills, and good manual dexterity.

    This 30-week program consists of classes three days per week for a total of 376 classroom hours. In addition, each student will be required to complete 74 lab hours in school plus 160 externship hours in a clinical setting. After the successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to sit for the NHA (National Healthcareer Association) National Certification Exam.

    This program is currently offered exclusively at the Towanda Center. For more information, please contact Christine Martin at (570) 265-3449.

    Medical Administrative Assistant

    Medical Administrative Assistants are Allied Health professionals that may also be referred to as a Medical Office Secretary or Medical Office Assistant. The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant will perform administrative tasks to help keep the physicians’ offices and clinics running efficiently. A competent Medical Administrative Assistant must have proficient multi-tasking skills, special communication skills, and exceptional organizational skills. Training in this program includes medical terminology, managing appointments, communications skills, managing office finances, computer operations, health information management and protection, health insurance and reimbursement, and medical office management.

    This 12-week program consists of classes three days per week for a total of 105 classroom hours and 15 in-school lab hours. In addition, there is an externship component consisting of a minimum of 70 hours in a clinical setting. After successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) National Certification Exam.

    This program is currently offered exclusively at the Towanda Center. For more information, please contact Christine Martin at (570) 265-3449.