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Healthcare Courses Beginning Soon at DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center

Clifton Forge, VA (Jan. 10, 2018) - Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is offering three healthcare workforce programs this semester – EKG, Health Information and Dialysis Technicians - at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista.

Students completing the EKG Technician course will be prepared to sit for the ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams. The course includes important practice and background information in anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography, and stress testing. Additionally, students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs, including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.

The EKG class starts January 29 and will meet from 6:00-9:30 PM on Monday and Wednesday evenings through March 19 in Room 908 at the RRC. The $999 tuition includes textbooks.

The Health Information Technology (HIT) course includes a comprehensive overview of human body systems, health information terminology; communication in healthcare, privacy laws, ethical issues and the role of HIPPA in the digital electronic health record (EHRs). Students will review basic computing, computer architecture, data organization, programming languages, networking, hardware components, software applications, the HITECH Act and the concept of “meaningful use.” Students will document system interfaces and integration requirements, databases, applications, and operating systems. Includes approaches to select, assess and configure EHRs, how to conduct workflow analysis, functions of all layers of the ISO OSI models, data standards; components of health IT standards (including HL7 and TC215) for health information exchange, and a review of enterprise architecture models. Students will review project management principles, tools and techniques.

A 100-hour clinical externship is also included upon the successful completion of this program. Students who complete the HIT program would be qualified to sit for the following national HIT-Pro certification exams: 1) Technical/Software Support Staff competency exam; 2) Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist competency exam and 3) the Implementation Support Specialist competency exams.

HIT classes start February 20 and will meet from 6:00-9:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through May 24 and six Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM from March 3 to May 19 in Room 910. The $2450 tuition includes textbooks.

Students enrolled in the Dialysis Technician course will learn how to operate kidney dialysis machines, prepare dialyzer reprocessing and delivery systems as well as maintain and repair equipment, under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses. Dialysis technicians work with patients during dialysis procedures and monitor and record vital signs as well as administer local anesthetics and drugs as needed. Additionally, they may also be involved in the training of patients for at-home dialysis treatment. This program does not include a national or state certification as part of its overall objectives. Additionally there is no student internship or clinical rotation offered as part of this program.

Classes start March 13 and will meet from 6:00-9:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through May 1 in Room 908. The $999 tuition includes textbooks.

To register or for more information, call DSLCC Workforce Solutions at (540) 863-2899 or email communityed@dslcc.edu. The RRC is located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista.

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