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Allied Health Career Training Programs

Essex County College is offering a series of short term training programs in the rapidly growing Allied Health Career fields. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, these program are offered tuition free to qualified individuals. 

Remote instruction, with on-site clinical lab classes, begin May 19. Additional start dates are set for July 19, August 30 and September 6.

The College’s Area of Community, Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering classes to assist residents reentering the workforce through its Training, Inc. program.   Classes are being offered in Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Patient Care Technician (PCT).

Admission and eligibility requirements are available by contacting Tanya Wright (973-877-3012), Cathy Skelley (973-877-3287) or Carmen Pichardo (973-877-3172).

“These classes are perfect for dislocated workers and our underserved population seeking to enter the healthcare fields,” said Mitra Choudhury, Director of the College’s Training, Inc. “Our setup of 80 percent virtual instruction and with a number of scheduled class start dates, we will be able to train more students and provide them with opportunities to enter excellence growth fields,” she added.

“I’m very pleased Essex County College is able to offer this wonderful opportunity to our underserved residents at no cost to those who qualify. I urge our residents to take advantage of our short term allied health programs,” said College Interim President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye.

CNA is a 90 hour program. Upon successful completion of the training, students in the 300 hour CCMA and PCT programs will be able to enter their new fields certified by the National HealthCareer Association. 

The CCMA curriculum includes Medical Office, EKG and Phlebotomy training, with certification in all three. Students in the PCT program will take CNA, EKG, Phlebotomy and Patient Care Technician, and receive certification in all four.