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Are you ready to get started on a career in healthcare?

In as little as one semester you can be on your way!

Welcome to the Nursing and Allied Health Website for Bladen Community College! We offer a variety of courses to meet the growing demand in the job market for health care workers. These short-term trainings are focused on obtaining the knowledge base and hands-on skills you will need to obtain a job. Check out these courses!
• EKG Technician
• Medical Coding I & II
• Medical Office Assistant
• Medication Administration Aide
• Nurse Aide I
• Nurse Aide II
• Nurse Aide Refresher
• Pharmacy Technician
• Phlebotomy
(Click on the topic to get a course description or make a button for each topic with a photo related to the topic. Descriptions are below.)
EKG Technician

This course is designed and approved to prepare the student to become a certified EKG (ECG) and Technician/Monitor. The course will cover the anatomy and physiology of the heart, principles of EKG, dysrhythmia recognition of sinus, junctional/atrial rhythms, heart blocks and bundle branches and ventricular ectopy rhythms. Skills will include operating EKG equipment, running and mounting strips as well as reading and interpreting 22 types of cardiac lead tracings produced from 12 and five lead monitors and to understand the basics of capnography as it relates to heart function.

Medical Coding I & II
This course prepares an individual for entry level healthcare billing and coding positions. Course topics can include but are not limited to the roles and responsibilities of this position, managed health care, life cycle of an insurance claim, legal and regulatory considerations, coding regulations, reimbursement issues, claim instructions, medical terminology, filing commercial claims, insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Workers’ Compensation. Upon completion, students should also be able to utilize MS Windows and the Internet to effectively retrieve billing-related information and updates.

Medical Office Assistant
This course is designed to provide training in the skills required for a medical office assistant. Course topics may include but are not limited to preparation of medical records, health insurance and financial records of patients, understanding medical terminology, body systems, diseases and clinical procedures used in a medical office, preparation of medical reports, handling front office operations and/or assisting the physician and medical staff.

Medication Administration Aide
This course is designed to meet the training requirements for becoming qualified as a Medication Aide. The course will cover the six rights of medication administration for non-licensed personnel. Topics will include medication administration via the oral, topical and instillation routes, medical asepsis, hand hygiene, terminology, and legal implications. Upon completion, students should be able to take the competency exam and demonstrate skills necessary to qualify for listing on the North Carolina Medication Aide Registry.

Nurse Aide I
This course is designed to prepare graduates to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Emphasis on aging process including mental, social and physical needs of the elderly, patient’s rights, nutrition management, elimination procedures, safe environment, restorative services, personal and special care procedures and activities, human body structure and function and related common disease/disorders, communication and documentation, death and dying, and roles of the nursing assistant and health team members. A skill/competency evaluation is required. The course includes class, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and skill/competency evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide I by the N.C. Division of Facility Services. (estimated cost sheet)

Nurse Aide II
This course is designed to prepare graduates to perform more complex skills for patients or residents regardless of the setting. A skill/competency evaluation is required for documenting student competency. The course includes class, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and skill/competency evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide II by the North Carolina Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Registry. In all employment settings, the listed Nursing Assistant II will work under the direction and supervision of licensed personnel. PREREQUISITE: High School Diploma or GED and listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry. (estimated cost sheet)

Nurse Aide Refresher
The student is required by N.C. Board of Nursing to be a Level I Nursing Assistant and to list with N.C. Division of Facility Services and N.C. Board of Nursing. The course consists of primarily review and testing to assess student knowledge. Each student must complete course with passing academic and attendance requirements to maintain registry with N.C. Division of Facility Services and N.C. Board of Nursing. Hours and course content dictated by above listed governing bodies.

Pharmacy Technician
This course is designed to provide instruction in the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in the hospital and retail settings under supervision of a registered pharmacist. Topics include drug packaging and labeling, out-patient dispensing, hospital dispensing procedures, controlled substance procedures, inventory control, and non-sterile compounding. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic supervised dispensing techniques in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Phlebotomy
This course provides theory and clinical experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is placed on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for specimen collections on patients in various health care settings and may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians. (estimated cost sheet)
The administration and faculty in our health programs are committed to student-centered learning with a commitment to enrich the quality of life in our global community through education that is student-centered and future focused. The Nursing and Allied Health director and faculty employ intense remediation efforts to facilitate the learning curve from knowledge and comprehension based tests to analysis and synthesis questions on the national licensure exam. Faculty use evidence-based instructional techniques and stay current in nursing educational opportunities for active learning.
Instructors foster an environment promoted by the Institute of Medicine which mandates education for all health care providers in the areas of quality improvement, interdisciplinary collaboration, patient-centered care, informatics, evidence-based practice, and safe passage through the health care system. Customer-focused care is modeled through a caring environment in which the nursing team demonstrates caring and student-centered practices, thereby fostering an environment in which the student can grow.

Your faculty will collaborate with you for a personalized plan for your educational pursuit based on your learning needs. We start with you where you are. If you are looking for a career in healthcare, we will strive to facilitate your pursuit of your goals. Please access our individual web pages at any of the following links listed below for more information.

Associate Degree Nursing
LPN to RN Associate Degree Nursing
Practical Nursing -Diploma
Nursing Aide Diploma
EMS Services
Physical Therapist Assistant