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Community Ed Plans July Classes for Health Careers
June 24, 2014

Walters State’s division of Community Education will offer a variety of classes at the Morristown and Sevier County campuses, beginning in July. The schedule is as follows: 

CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers: 5-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 1 and July 24, on the Sevierville Campus and 5-9 p.m., Thursday, July 17 on the Morristown Campus. This American Heart Association course is for students needing the BLS for healthcare providers CPR certification. To enroll, students must currently be working in the medical field or enrolled in a medical related course. The fee is $50. 

Clinical Medical Assistant: 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and select Saturdays, July 15-Oct. 16 on the Morristown Campus. This program trains 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 topics including pharmacology and the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements.  This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hand on labs and a 160-hour clinical externship at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140-hour program; submit to a background check, drug screening and other requirements. Upon completion of the externship, students will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical assistant (CCMA) national certification examination. The exam is a separate expense. The course fee is $2,409. 

Phlebotomy Technician: 5:30-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursday, July 29-Oct. 2 on the Sevier County Campus. This 10-week program is designed to provide didactic and clinical instruction in venipuncture. The 70-hour program prepares students for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipuncture safely. Classroom work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures, hands-on specimen practice and clinical training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. The program also includes lab exercises; live blood draws and practice with a training arm to prepare students to function at an entry-level job. Externships will be offered as a separate class and will be optional. The fee is $814. 

For more information on any of these classes, contact Patty Harmon at Patty.Harmon@ws.edu at or 865-774-5851.