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Interested in finding a job but don't have a lot of Time to spare? Enroll in a Prairie State College non-credit career-focused class and learn the skills to get a job in less than a year.

Paralegal Certificate Course

Learn to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to: legal terminology, documents, ethics and the litigation process; introduction  to the evidentiary predicate; identifying relevant authority; introduction to legal research and practice; and legal writing and appellate procedure. Job-hunting techniques also will be discussed for this field. There are no prerequisites. No senior discount.

Home Inspection (Now Approved for Indiana)

Home inspection careers require passing the state home inspector examination for Illinois or Indiana. Learn what is needed to pass the exam. There is an onsite field day prior to final examination. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. Textbooks are included in the course fee and are distributed at the first class. Attendance is mandatory per state regulations.

CDL Truck Driver Training Program--WIA APPROVED

This program provides the highest quality training in the shortest time possible. In the classroom, students are introduced to the operating rules and regulations that govern trucking operations. Hands-on driver training teaches students safe operating practices in all phases of handling a truck tractor semi-trailer combination vehicle. This program also prepares students for the State of Illinois CDL (Class A) test and job placement in the over-the-road trucking industry.

CDL Endorsements Course - Hazardous Materials (Hazmat), Doubles/Triples and Tankers

This 36-hour course provides an overview of safety relating to transporting hazardous materials along with safe driving techniques when driving with more than one trailer.  Students must already have their CDL licenses, or currently enrolled in the CDL Training program, in order to participate in this course.

CDL Truck Driver Training with Endorsements Program

This 196- hour program is designed to provide the highest quality training in the shortest Time possible. Students are introduced to the operating rules and regulations that govern trucking operations along with Hazardous Materials (Hazmat), Doubles/Triples and Tanker endorsement requirements. Topics covered include overview of safety relating to hazardous materials, safe driving techniques with more than one trailer, coupling and uncoupling procedures, and operation of safe operation of tank vehicles. Students prepare for the State of Illinois CDL (Class A), Hazardous Materials (Hazmat), Doubles/Triples and Tankers tests. 

A CDL along with these endorsements provides students a broader range of opportunities within the truck driving industry. 

Forklift Operator Training - 40 Hour Certification Course --WIA APPROVED

Students learn the operation of industrial forklifts used in warehousing and distribution centers and the types of equipment used for material handling. The course includes instruction on pre-shift inspection, stacking and un-stacking pallets from a rack system, simulated loading of a semi-trailer, and how to move loads around a dock area safely and efficiently. The OSHA-10-hour safety training course is part of this certification course. Students will receive a certificate of completion for Forklift Operation, a certification card for completing the Forklift Operators Training, and a certification card for completing the OSHA 10-hour safety training course.

Victim Advocacy Certificate Course

This online course prepares students to work in victim advocacy arenas, domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, crisis hotlines, and with state and county governments to assist crime victims in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward recovery. Topics include: legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victim's rights, jurisdiction and venue, ethics, effects of victimization on the victim, victim advocate skills, guardianships, and crisis intervention. Also, counseling skills for victims of assault, battery, robbery, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and homicide are covered. Job search strategies and placement possibilities discussed. A high school diploma or GED is a prerequisite. No textbook required. No senior discount.

Pharmacy Technician --WIA APPROVED

This 50-hour course prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading, and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement. Textbook is included.

Dialysis Technician--WIA APPROVED

This 50-hour course prepares students for entry-level employment in a kidney dialysis center. Course content includes medical terminology, anatomy, renal function, and principles of renal dialysis. Additionally, students are provided with training to help prepare them for the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT) exam. Textbook is included.

Medical Central Service Technology--WIA APPROVED

This course prepares participants for the national exam for Central Service for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution. Learn how to properly sterilize and store medical instruments. Participants are prepared  for all positions within the Central Sterile Processing Department. A hands-on clinical tour at St. James Hospital familiarizes students with the environment and procedures.

Health Unit Coordinator--WIA APPROVED

This program prepares students to be a health unit coordinator and interface daily with multidisciplinary hospital team members, answer phone calls, and manage medical orders for inpatients. This program covers how to transcribe doctor orders, coordinate workflow for a nursing unit, and order necessary lab work and diets. Students will be introduced to processes that involve daily care of patient's medical records, retrieving clinical lab results, and understanding patient privacy. 

 

Medical Terminology
Health Unit Coordinator
Microsoft Office
Keyboarding

Home Services Worker--WIA APPROVED

This program prepares students to provide in-home care for individuals who choose to remain in their home, but need assistance with daily care. Care of the person includes assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing, and toileting.  Care of the home includes light housekeeping, cooking, shopping and other homemaking duties.

Medical Administrative Assistant--WIA APPROVED

This program prepares students to enter the health care field as a medical office assistant.  Students learn how to  assist patients and help with organizational needs by performing a variety of office support or business functions. Students are introduced to appointment scheduling, insurance billing, answering telephones, and preparing correspondence.

 

Medical Terminology
Medical Administrative Assistant
Microsoft Office (Office 2010)
Keyboarding
Computerized Medical Billing
Spanish I

Medical Billing/Coding Specialist--WIA APPROVED

Preparing students to transform verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations is the goal of this course. Students review records, calculating charges for patient's procedures and service and preparing itemized statements and submitting claims to third party payers. Medical Coders are responsible for the collection of physician charges and patient data to ensure that claims are submitted to insurance carriers accurately and in the most efficient manner.

 

Medical Terminology
Pathophysiology
Introduction to Health Information Technology
Introduction to CPT-4 Coding
Introduction to ICD-10 Coding
Insurance Procedures
Computerized Medical Billing
Microsoft Office (Office 2010)
Keyboarding

 

Clinical Medical Assistant Program - - WIA APPROVED

140 Classroom Hours Plus Clinical Externship

Instruction includes 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 pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology, including proper administration of medications, and proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture, 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. Textbooks included. Clinical Externship Hours: 160 hours. 

 

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.