Careers in health care are as widely diverse as the thousands of local residents employed in the field, and the training required to do their jobs well.
Atlantic Cape Community College offers multiple pathways for area residents considering a career in health care.
For quick entry into the workforce, Atlantic Cape’s Health Professions Institute has many training programs ranging from the six-week Certified Nurse Aide training, to a seven-month Medical Assistant certification. These programs provide hands-on training at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, including classroom simulation and clinical experiences in area health care facilities.
Amy Mascitelli took this route when she relocated to Egg Harbor Township from North Carolina in 2014. Although she had worked in the field before, she was not nationally certified, and she could not find a job.
“I decided to enroll in the Medical Assistant program because that program leads to national certifications in Medical Assistant, CPR, EKG and Phlebotomy,” Mascitelli says.
Her decision paid off. Within three weeks of completing her training in January, Mascitelli started her career as a Medical Assistant at AtlantiCare.
She credits her instructor and the comprehensive training for her success.
“The hands-on component of the class was tremendous and put everything in perspective. And our instructor went above and beyond to get us placed in internships geared toward our interests,” she says.
Atlantic Cape hosts a ‘baby shower’ to welcome SimMom to the nursing simulation lab.
Many HPI programs also lead to credits that can be applied to a degree if the student wants to continue their education.
For those interested in earning an associate degree in a medical field, the college offers Associate in Applied Science degrees in Nursing and Radiologic Technology.
The Nursing program prepares students for first-level positions as Registered Nurses by providing curriculum composed of theoretical and clinical study. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates have the educational requirements necessary to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RN Licensure.
Radiologic Technology is a cooperative program designed with the Shore Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology. The program meets the needs of students desiring licensing and employment in the community as a Radiologic Technologist.
For more information on health career training at Atlantic Cape, visit www.atlantic.edu.
- Stacey Clapp
- Health Professions Institute (Noncredit)
- Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)
- Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs
- Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA)
- Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
- EKG/Monitor Technician
- Emergency Medical Technician Certification (EMT)
- ICD-10 Medical Coding
- Inpatient Coding
- Patient Care Technician
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Prep
- AAS Degree Programs (Credit)
- Radiologic Technology
Simulation Lab Offers Hands-on Training
With a pair of high-tech simulators—SimMan and SimMom—Atlantic Cape Nursing students can run through a series of customizable scenarios they may encounter when working in a hospital. Atlantic Cape’s renovated simulation lab allows students to assist in “delivering” a newborn and prepares them how to react if the mother begins to hemorrhage or the baby experiences shoulder dysplasia.
“During simulation scenarios, students are performing in the role of the RN. This allows for a more realistic experience and hones their critical thinking skills and builds confidence in their abilities in a safe and controlled environment,” says Debbie Seaman, Senior Nursing Lab Manager.
The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Atlantic City Campus has SimMan3G and Advanced Life Support simulators for students in noncredit courses to train on through a U.S. Department of Labor grant (a TAACCCT 3 grant administered through the Northeast Resiliency Consortium). In the Health Professions Skills Lab, Certified Nurse Aide and Certified Home Health Aide students train on bedside patient care and patient transport equipment used in area health care facilities. EKG and phlebotomy stations and equipment provide a realistic setting to administer tests commonly performed by EKG Technicians, Phlebotomists, Patient Care Technicians and Medical Assistants. Simulation equipment will enable Emergency Medical Technician students to develop technical and critical thinking skills as they work with lifelike simulators exhibiting symptoms of cardiac arrest, stroke and other emergent conditions.
- Stacey Clapp