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Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Training Program  NEW!

This DPH approved 125 hour program introduces you to the fundamental nursing assistant skills and information and prepares you to take the state (MA) examination to become a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Nurse Aide) to be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry and also become a Home Health Aide.  Emphasis is placed upon communication, safety and infection control procedures and basic personal care skills for patients/residents in sub-acute, long term care and in an individual’s home.  Other topics include vital signs, documentation and the legal and regulatory practices.  This full-time daytime program is held at the Riverwalk, Monday-Friday from 8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. for five weeks and includes classroom instruction, skills practice and clinical experience at a local long term care facility under the supervision of a registered nurse.  This is a great option to enter the in-demand direct care field and can also serve as a gateway to other health care professions.  Winter/spring sessions scheduled for February 27th-March 31st and April 24th-May 26th.  Program fee $1,279 plus $86 materials fee.  For more information email Nancy Tariot at ntariot@necc.mass.edu or noncredit@necc.mass.edu.

Information sessions for the winter session (February 27th-March 31) will be held on the following dates from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the Lawrence Riverwalk in room 424:

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 – New Session Date Just Added
  • Monday, February 13, 2017 – New Session Date Just Added

Information sessions for the spring session (April 24-May 26) will be held on the following dates from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the Lawrence Riverwalk in room 424:

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017

It is strongly recommended to attend one information session to find out more about this fabulous program!

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Fundamentals 

Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) assist MassHealth consumers (elders and individuals of all ages with disabilities) with activities of daily living in their  home.  Perfect for those interested in working to provide direct care and assist consumers to live independently, this program provides the basic skills and knowledge to enter this in-demand, fast growing field which also serves as a gateway to other health care professions.  This 28 hour intensive daytime program includes the role and responsibilities of the PCA, consumer rights, confidentiality and ethics, communication, best practices for infection control and reducing worker injury, basic first aid and CPR plus life skills, resume writing and interview preparation.  This program is taught in English at our Riverwalk location.  You must be eligible to work in the United States.  For more information contact Dianne Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu. 

Information Session to be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the Lawrence Riverwalk.  Attendance is strongly recommended. 

Instructor: Pat Demers

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 8 sessions, 4/24-5/10

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $369

CRN: 104 Course Number: HLTH1015 Section: RWA 

ServSafe Certification – Food

Safe food handling is critical to keeping customers and co-workers safe.  Offered in association with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ServSafe is a comprehensive eight-hour course that provides an overview of basic sanitation policies and procedures and prepares you to pass the ServSafe Certification exam given during the last class.  Students who pass the exam will be awarded the ServSafe Certification by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Instructor: Heidi Riccio, Certified ServSafe Instructor.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 2 weeks, 5/16-5/23 (IMPORTANT: Please note that the dates of this course have changed from what was originally advertised. The dates advertised here on the website are accurate.)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $159 + $71 materials fee

CRN: 252 Course Number: SVSF1004 Section: RWA

Health Care Provider CPR

Intended for the healthcare provider who cares for patients in a variety of settings, this course teaches CPR for victims of all ages. Topics include ventilation with a barrier device, bag-mask device, oxygen, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). Includes the adult signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and choking. Students are encouraged to register early, obtain their books from our office one week prior to class start, and become familiar with the contents prior to the start of class. Lunch on your own.

Book and training shield included in materials fee and available in the classroom!

Instructor: Joao Laranjeira, experienced EMS and AHA instructor with extensive experience in Emergency Medical Services, EMS management and clinical standards

Course Information: Select One

Course One

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., one day, 5/20

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $69 + $17 materials fee

CRN: 110 Course Number: HCPR1002 Section: RWC

Course Two

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., one day, 6/3

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $69 + $17 materials fee

CRN: 111 Course Number: HCPR1002 Section: RWD

Course Three

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., one day, 7/8

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $69 + $17 materials fee

CRN: 112 Course Number: HCPR1002 Section: RWE

Course Four

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., one day, 8/5

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $69 + $17 materials fee

CRN: 113 Course Number: HCPR1002 Section: RWF

Medical Interpreting Certificate Program

There is a critical need for trained medical interpreters!   This 60-hour program provides working knowledge of medical interpreting, including standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical terminology/vocabulary.  Open to all languages, students must be fully bilingual and must be fluent in English and one other language.  Course is designed for those preparing for entry level careers as medical interpreters as well as for working interpreters preparing for the National Board Certificate exam.  This program meets the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification training requirement and prepares you to pass the certification exam.  For information on certification prerequisites visit http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion from the college.

Please register early, as a brief language assessment is required and conducted by phone.  This program is offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, a leader in the medical interpreter training field and is taught by an experienced medical interpreter.  Fee includes binder and all course materials.  Not eligible for tuition waivers.  Bring bag lunch.   Contact Dianne Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu for more information.

Information Session being held Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our Lawrence Riverwalk location.  Come join us to find out more about this fabulous program!  Please note:  Language assessments will take place at the end of the information session!  If you are unable to stay for the assessment at the end of the information session, a telephone assessment will be done the week before the class starts.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 10 weeks, 3/11-5/13

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $1,065 fee (includes materials)

CRN: 143 Course Number: HLTH1003  Section: RWA

Advanced Directives and Living Wills: Who Will Speak for You?

In the event of illness or disability, is there someone you trust who can speak for  you and communicate how you wish to be cared for if you are unable to do so?  Learn the different types of Advanced Directives including Massachusetts Health Care Proxy and the “Five Wishes”.  Class held at Merrimack Valley Hospice’s main office at the Riverwalk (360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Entrance I, 4th floor) in Lawrence.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, one eve, 4/25

Location: Riverwalk (Building 9, Entrance I, 4th floor)

Cost: Free

CRN: 223 Course Number: HLTH1008 Section: OB


End of Life Care: Become a Hospice Volunteer – Merrimack Valley Hospice

Learn to make a profound difference in someone’s life!  Using lecture, real life stories and small group exercises you will learn how to provide practical help and emotional support to those with life limiting illness and their loved ones.  At the end of this in-depth comprehensive 5 week training, you will receive a certificate and become part of a very special group – ordinary people making an extraordinary difference!  Class includes 5 live classes and 5.5 hours of online study.  Class held at Merrimack Valley Hospice House at 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 5 weeks, 3/1-3/29

Location: Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA

Cost: Free

CRN: 144 Course Number: HLTH1007 Section: OA

Reiki I

Promote your physical, emotional, and spiritual healing by triggering your body’s own ability to heal itself.  Instruction in working with energy & the chakra system,  hand positions for both self-healing & client healing.  Attunement & certificate upon completion.  Limit 8

Instructor: Angela Sakakeeny, Reiki Master

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., one day, 3/25

Location: Riverwalk 

Cost: $105 + $20 materials fee

CRN: 146 Course Number: HLTH1009 Section: RWA

Reiki II

Learn the Reiki symbols which increase the power of the hands-on healing technique & learn distance healing.  Learn more about chakras and the flow of energy by doing more extensive hands-on work.  Attunement & certificate upon completion.  Limit 8

Instructor: Angela Sakakeeny, Reiki Master

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., one day, 4/29

Location: Riverwalk 

Cost: $105

CRN: 147 Course Number: HLTH1010 Section: RWA


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