Health Care

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* Proof of High School Diploma and/or GED are required for all Health Career Courses

Mandatory Acute Care I Orientation for FALL 2017 

Students who are interested in this class MUST attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION where students learn what is necessary to take this class. Students must have current state Nursing Assistant License. Prefer students who are currently working as Nursing Assistants, plus the time, commitment to fulfill the health and background check required by Watsonville Community Hospital (where clinical rotation is held).


ILC- Institute of Language and Culture

Room 2, 320 Rodriguez St., Watsonville 
Wed   Aug 16   5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Staff 


Acute Care

Upon successful completion of 58 hours of combined theory, lab skills and supervised clinical acute care experience, students earn a Certificate of Competency as an Acute Care Certified Nursing Assistant. This allows the student to work as an Acute Care CNA in the hospital, sub-acute hospital or Hospice settings. Requirements:Current CNA state license, current American Heart Assoc.-CPR. Current First Aid card. Before clinical: Verification of vaccinations for MMR or blood titer. Current PPD or (if positive PPD) current chest x-ray report. Physical and drug testing. As required by Watsonville Community Hospital. 58 CEUs available.

(No Textbooks Required).


Theory/Skills Instruction

ILC- Institute of Language and Culture

Room 2, 320 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville

Tue & Wed    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Staff
Aug 22 - Sep 13         $225       


Watsonville Community Hospital

75 Nielson Street, Watsonville
TBD           STAFF

Clinical Instruction

Watsonville Community Hospital

75 Nielson Street, Watsonville

Tue & Wed   1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Staff
Oct 17 - Nov 1

EKG Technician Certification Program

This comprehensive 50 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASPT - Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing. Additionally, students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.

(Textbooks included).
Green Valley Center

Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Tue & Thu   6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.     Staff
Oct 10 - Nov 30                  $1,199

(NO CLASSES: Oct 31, Nov 23) 

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Program

First come first serve. Space is limited to 2 students- a waitlist for future classes is available! become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in only 10 weeks! This EMT program empowers students with a solid foundation of knowledge in emergency care. Students master a wide range of skills ranging from in-depth patient assessments, to bleeding control, spinal immobilization, and so much more! Curriculum also includes 24 hours of Clinical Ride-Alongs, Weekly Open Labs, NREMT Exam Preparation, and job acquisition support. If you're looking for an exciting and meaningufl career path, then start your journey now as an EMT!

(Books and Lab fees not included).

The Defib This

1543 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
Mon & Wed      5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.    Licata

Sat                   9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.    Licata

Sep 11 - Nov 18                                   $1,000


Tue & Thu        5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.    Licata

Sun                  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.    Licata

Sep 12 - Nov 19                                   $1,000


Clinical Medical Assistant Program - 140 Classroom Hours + A Clinical Externship 

This 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 among other things 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 phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements. Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Health career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

Green Valley Center

Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville

Mon, Wed, Fri      6;00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     Staff

Oct 2 - Feb 7                             $2,599

Pharmacy Technician Program

This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classification, “the top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispersing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

(Textbooks included).

Green Valley Center

Room 3, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville 

Tue & Thu       6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.    Staff

Oct 24 - Dec 14                              $1,199

Restorative Nurse Assistant

Upon successful completion of 16 hours of theory and written tests, lab skills and a field trip to Watsonville Hospital Physical therapy Department , students earn a Certificate of Competency, as a Certified Restorative Nurse Assistant. this allows the student to work with the physical and/or occupational therapist in the skilled nursing home. An RNA's job provides: exercise and encouragement to the residents as they learn to perform their own ADL's. Students must be current state certified licensed nursing assistants or currently enrolled in WASC Adult Education's Certified Nurse Assistant I Program. 16 CEUs available.

(No textbooks required).


ILC- Institute of Language and Culture

Room 2, 320 Rodriguez St., Watsonville

Tue & Wed      5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Staff

Sep 19 - Oct 14                      $100

Field trip TBD to Watsonville Hospital Physical Therapy Department


WASC SPRING 2017 Brochure
FALL 2017

First Aid Standard/CPR (Adults only)

This comprehensive course trains individuals to prevent, prepare for and respond to any type of workplace or home emergency. Participants will learn and practice adult CPR and first aid skills. Students should wear comfortable clothing. The certificate is valid for two years.

(Materials included) DATES TBD.

Green Valley Center

Room 6, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville

Fri    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.    Tapiz  

Session 1: Sep
Session 2: Oct
Session 3: Nov
Session 4: Dec


Vocational EL Healthcare/Caregiver Training

Upon successful completion of all madules 1-6 the student will receive a Certificate of Completion as a Home Health Caregiver. Students must understand, read and speak at an intermediate to advanced English level.

Vel entrenamiento de enfermeria/Cuidador de salud

Después de terminar exitosamente todos los Módulos 1-6 el estudiante recibirá un certificado de Home health Caregiver. Los estudiantes deben entender, leer, y hablar inglés a nivel intermedio a avanzado.

ILC - Institute of Language and Culture

Room 2, 320 Rodriguez St., Watsonville


Tue & Thu/Mar & Jue 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Bush
Aug 17 - Dec 21 ( NO CLASS: Sep 4)

Aug 17, 21, 24 and 28: Module 1 - Introductions, Goal Setting, Healthcare Team, Confidentiality, Residents Rights, Abuse, Ombudsman
Aug 31, Sep 7, 11, and 14: Module 2 - Interpersonal Skills 6 Principals of Care, the human body, Diseases, Infection Control
Sep 18, 21, 25, 28 and Oct 2: Module 3 - Body mechanics, positioning Clients, Providing Basic Care

Oct 5, 9, 12, 16, and 19: Module 4 - Intake-Output, Taking vital signs, weight and measurements, safety, nutrition

Oct 23, 26, 30 and Nov 2: Module 5 - Range of Motion, Activities of Daily Living, Charting, Assessments

Nov 6, 9, 13, and 16: Module 6 - Pain, Death and Dying, Resumes, Cover letters, Job interviews