Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) nursing assistant and pharmacy technician program enrollment is now open. Courses are scheduled to begin the second week of July, 2016. Nursing assistant students are trained in a classroom setting with 55 hours of instruction and 20 hours of clinical hands-on experience. The classroom curriculum is based on lecture and interactive DVDs in which the student gains a real world insight for their future career. Students who successfully complete 11 weeks of training are eligible to take the state licensure exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Program director, Rachel Walker states, “The best benefit of the program is the student can take the state certification exam at the college and not have to go out of town to other testing sites.”
There continues to be a demand for Certified Nursing Assistants in long term care and home health careers. According to Julie George, Skills Training Coordinator, “Many students begin jobs immediately after program completion. Instructors are highly trained and enthusiastic about the participants and their ability to begin a new career.” Training is available in January, April, July and October.
Pharmacy Technician students receive 12 weeks of training to include the practical skills preferred by employers. Successful completers are prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. “Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications,” according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Ed. Training is offered January and July of each year. To request a packet of specific information, contact the NACC Skills Training Coordinator, Julie George 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, extension 2214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.