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Clinical Medical Assistant Program- 140 Classroom Hours + 160 Clinical Externship Hour -Section 4520

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.
Prerequisite: Must attend MandatoRy oRientation on Wed jan. 16, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Green Valley Center, Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Staff
Jan 23 - May 10 (No Class: Feb 11, 18, Apr 1, 3, 5)
$2,599 -Section 4520

EKG Technician Certification Program  Section 4570

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).
Prerequisite: Must attend Mandatory Orientation on Thu Mar. 21, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Green Valley Center, Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Tue & Thu 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Staff
Mar 26 - May 21  $1,199  Section 4570

Medical Terminology  Section 4560
Upon successful completion of 50 hours of Medical Terminology students earn a Certificate of Competency. The student will learn basic word structure, abbreviations, body systems, basic anatomy and physiology. (Book included).
Prerequisite: Must attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION on Mon Mar. 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Green Valley Center, Room 6, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Mon 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Bush
Fri 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Bush
Session 1: Mar 25 - Jun 5
(No Class: Apr 1, 3, 22 and May 27)
Section 4560


Pharmacy Technician Program   Section 4530

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 classifications, “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.)
Prerequisite: Must attend Mandatory Orientation on thu jan. 17, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Green Valley Center, Room 3, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Tue & Thu 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Staff
Jan 22 - Mar 12   $1,399  Section 4530

Health Career Pathways  Section 4100

This is a great opportunity while you are enrolled in your HSE/diploma program to get your foot in the door at Cabrillo College. Cabrillo College offers courses for careers in the Health Fields that have lucrative pay and are meaningful fields for the community. These include Medical Assistant, (a 3 semester course), Radiologic Technology, Dental Assistant, Nursing, and a free certificated class that includes an internship for working as an administrative assistant in a dental office. There will be guest speakers and a tour of the Cabrillo College state of the art health facilities where you will be taking your health career classes. When you obtain your diploma or HSE from Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education at graduation you will also receive a certificate of completion for Health Career Pathways.

Green Valley Center, Room 3, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Mon-Thu 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Kaskey
Jan 14 - Jun 6 (Labs at Cabrillo TBD) Free 
(No Class: Jan 21, Feb 11, 18, Apr 1, 2, 3, 4, 22 and May 27)
Section 4100


Acute Care  Section 4540

Upon successful completion of 58 hours of combined theory, lab skills and supervised clinical acute care experience, students earn a Certi cate of Competency, as an Acute Care Certi ed 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: Veri cation 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.
(No Textbooks Required)
Prerequisite: Must attend Mandatory Orientation on Wed. Mar. 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Theory/skills instruction: Green Valley Center, Room 6, 294 Green Valley Road,  Watsonville
Tue & Wed Thu  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Scrimo  $225
Apr 16 - May 22  Section 4540
Clinical instruction: Watsonville Community hospital, 75 Nielson Street, Watsonville
Tue & Wed 1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Scrimo

Certified Nurse Assistant Program  Section 4700

This program trains students to work as a Certified Nurse Assistant for a skilled nursing facility using the American Red Cross CNA test. Instructor will register and schedule test. Students must pass a basic Reading/Math assessment prior to attending this orientation and must provide a copy of their high school diploma or GED prior to registration. (Books not included). Partial scholarships may be possible for students. Prerequisite: Must attend Mandatory Orientation on Mon. Feb. 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
Theory instruction: Green Valley Center Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Mon/Tue/Wed 11:30 noon - 5:30 p.m. Staff   $1,200  Section 4700
Feb 27 - May 6
Clinical instruction: Watsonville Post Acute and Nursing Center, 525 Auto Center Drive
Tue & Wed 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Staff

Clinical Dental Assisting Program   -300 classroom Hours +
Clinical Internship (200 Hour minimum) S
ection 4580

This program is intended to prepare students who are serious about a new career  as a Clinical Dental Assistant. The program will train students, among many topics, basic oral anatomy, how to assist the Dentist during treatment and how to take dental radio graphs. This is an accelerated program that includes 300 hours of classroom lecture/lab time; clinical internship with a local dental office/s. Students who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and four certifications recognized by the Dental Board of California. Some portions to be attended in San Jose for weekend courses. To Be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must complete vaccinations, (Hep B and Tetanus) have a GED/HiSET or high school diploma or are in the process within 10 units of graduating or 1 test left for the GED/HiSET. (No Class: Apr 2, 3, and 4).
Prerequisite: Must attend MandatoRy oRientation on tue jan. 8, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Theory instruction: Green Valley Center Room 6/7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Tue/Wed/Thurs 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Valdivia   $4,800  Section 4580
Jan 15 - May 22

Vocational EL Healthcare-Caregiver Training/VEL Entrenamiento de Enfermeria-Cuidador de Salud  Section 99720

Students will learn the skills and the vocabulary necessary to work as a caregiver. Class Modules include: Infection Control, Patient Care, Nutrition, Human Body, Safety, Transfers, and Commuication. Course curriculum includes First Aid CPR Certification. Prepare for jobs in healthcare and caregiving. Certificates of Completion are awarded upon successful completion of all modules. This class is for Intermediate High and Advanced EL students./ Los estudiantes aprenderán inglés y al mismo tiempo las habilidades y el bocabulario necesario para trabajar como proveedor de cuidados. Los módulos de clase incluyen: Control de infección, atención al paciente, nutrición, cuerpo humano, seguridad, transferencias,, y comunicación. El curso incluye certificación de primeros auxilios CPR. Prepárese para un empleo en la rama de enfermería. Certificados del curso serán otorgados al terminar todos los módulos. Esta clase es para estudiantes que estan en clases avanzadas de inglés.
Institute of Language and Culture (ILC)
Room 2, 320 Rodriguez St., Watsonville
Tue, Thu/Mar, Jue  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Bush
Aug 14 - Dec 20  Section 99720

Vocational EL Healthcare-Personal Assistant/ VEL Entrenamiento de Enfermeria-Asistente Personal  Section 99725
An introduction to the English language skills necesarry for an entry level personal care attendant position. The class will prepare Beginning High to Intermediate Low EL students with communicative language, expressions and basic directives on how to assist patients and their  families in the home or assisted living environment. Class topics include: care attendant skill building, preventing incidents, nutrition, elder patient challenges and interfacing with family members./ Una introducción a las habilidades del idioma inglés necesarias para un puesto de asistente de cuidado personal de nivel de entrada. La clase preparará estudiantes de inglés del nivel principiante a entermedio bajo con lenguaje comunicativo, expresiones y directivas básicas sobre cómo ayudar a los pacientes y sus facilias en el hogar o en el entorno de vida asistida. Los temas de la clase incluyen: desarollo de habilidades de asistente de atención, prevención de incidentes, nutrición, desafíos del paciente anciano e interacción con los miembros de la familia.
Schapiro Knolls
33 Minto Road, Watsonville
Tue/Mar  12:00 noon. – 3:00 p.m.   Allen
Aug 14 - Dec 18  Section 99725