Continuing Healthcare Education program to host information session May 8

Students will have a chance to learn more about Amarillo College’s Continuing Healthcare Education programs during an information session May 8.

At the session, students will be able to talk to instructors, see hands-on demonstrations and receive step-by-step registration instructions. Students who attend are encouraged to bring a copy of their shot records, but it is not required.

“It is important to see all the options that are available, and it is important to talk to an adviser so they can tell you what the best path is to take to reach your goals,” said Roxann Martinez, a certified nursing assistant student.

The event will be open to the public, and anyone interested in the health care program is invited to attend.

“There are a lot of benefits,” said Will Ratliff, an advising associate for the program. “Students will have the chance to talk to instructors and ask questions. We will have a SimMan Manikin so students can see hands-on demonstrations, and all students will receive advising packets for attending.”

The Center for Continuing Healthcare Education offers a variety of entry level courses, including Certified Nursing Assistant, Medication Aide and Phlebotomy.

Instructors say the courses are designed to help students gain the necessary skills for entry-level jobs in a short amount of time. Most of the entry-level courses can be completed in 12 weeks or less.

“One of the hardships about people coming to college is that people don’t know about college,” CNA instructor Michele Rute said. “I’m very glad that Will has started having these sessions. They tell students what their expectations are and how long the classes will take. Continuing Education is great for those people who are not sure what they want to do and don’t want to bite off a whole lot at once.”

Other courses offered by the center include Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, CPR for health care providers and and CPR/First Aid. The program has six programs and will add three more this fall.

The center is approved by the Texas Nurses Association as a provider of continuing nursing education. The TNA is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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