patient care assistant Certification

Take your first step towards a career in health care by becoming a Patient Care Aide!

certified Nursing Assistant Program

Nursing Assistants are a hugely in-demand career that will guarantee you success!

Medication aide

After certifying as PCA or CNA, take one more step and become Medication Aide!

Vocational Training

 

CPR Certification Training 

Course Code: MED100

 

Focus on a hands-only approach to CPR. This type of cardiopulmonary resuscitation is generally recommended for use on teens and adults who suddenly collapse. It's easy to learn, easy to teach, and can help faculty and students save a life.  This course is for Heartsaver or BLS Training and Renewals.

Length of Course: 1 day 

Total Hours: 4
 

BLS Training or Renewal Schedule:

September 5, 2019 (Thursday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

September 21, 2019 (Saturday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

October 1, 2019 (Tuesday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

October 12, 2019 (Saturday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

November 2, 2019 (Saturday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

November 14, 2019 (Thursday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

December 4, 2019 (Wednesday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

December 14, 2019 (Saturday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Heartsaver Training or Renewal Schedule:

September 3, 2019 (Tuesday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

September 14, 2019 (Saturday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

October 3, 2019 (Thursday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

October 19, 2019 (Saturday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

November 4, 2019 (Monday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

November 16, 2019 (Saturday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

December 7, 2019 (Wednesday): 9:00AM - 1:00PM

December 17, 2019 (Tuesday): 5:00PM - 9:00PM

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PCA-Patient Care Assistant Certification Program

Course Code: MED101

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) assist the elderly or ill with activities of daily life. Graduates of our program will often find themselves employed in hospice care, nursing homes, or private work as companions. This quick 1-week program could be your first step towards a lifelong career in healthcare! Our job placement team will ensure you get placed in a facility either during or after your certification. Classes available monthly. Enroll now and save your spot!

Schedule: 9am-5:30pm (Monday-Friday)

Length of Course: 1 week 

Total Hours: 40

Course Schedule:

September 23 - September 27, 2019: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

October 7 - October 11, 2019:  Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

November 4 - November 8, 2019:  Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

December 2 - December 6, 2019:   Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

*Requirements (for job placement):

- 18 years of age or older

-  A work authorization

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CNA-Certified Nursing Assistant Certification Program

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Course Code: MED102

 

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are the second most in-demand career in the entire healthcare industry. Our program is all-inclusive, covering classroom instruction as well as live practice doing clinical work! We teach you, place you, and find you work when the program is done! Our next class will begin almost every month; enroll today to reserve your spot!

Classroom Hours: 80 hours 
9:00am - 5:30pm (Monday - Friday)

 

Clinical Hours: 40 hours

6:45am - 3:15pm (Wednesday - Tuesday)

 

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Total Hours: 120 hours

Weekday Course Schedule:

September 16 - October 9, 2019:  Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

October 14 - November 6, 2019:  Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

November 11 - December 11, 2019: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM 

     *One week off for Thanksgiving (November 25 - November 29)

Weekend Course Schedule:

October 12 - December 14, 2019: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

      *One weekend off for Thanksgiving (November 30 - December 1)

 

CNA Refresher Course Schedule (4 Hours Each):

September 7, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM

September 19, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

October 10, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

October 26, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM

November 7, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

November 16, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM

December 5, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

December 21, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM
 

Job Placement:

Upon graduation from the program, Astar will match you with a home health care company or assisted living facility for a position as a nurse aide (if desired).  These jobs vary in locations and pay so please let us know what area you would like to work in.  These jobs often offer benefits such as 401k plans, healthcare, and paid vacations in addition to having flexible schedules and hourly pay rates. 

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CMA-Certified Medication Aide Certification Program

Course Code: MED103

 

A Medication Aide (MA) is allowed to administer medications in assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, drug clinics, group homes, shelters and penitentiaries.   Job duties of a medication aide include preparing, administering and maintaining medications, assisting clients with self-administration of prescribed medications, asepsis, basic pharmacology and documentation.  Adding a registered medication aide certification onto a current CNA license can increase hourly wages.

Classroom Hours: 48 hours 
9:00am - 3:30pm (Monday - Thursday) 

 

Clinical Hours: 20 hours

6:45am - 3:15pm (Monday - Thursday)

6:45am - 11:15am (Wednesday)

 

Length of Course: 3 weeks

Total Hours: 68 hours

Weekday Course Schedule:

September 16 - October 3, 2019: Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

October 14 - October 31, 2019: Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

November 11 - December 5, 2019: Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

      *One week off for Thanksgiving (November 25 - November 29)

January 6 - January 23, 2020: Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

Weekend Course Schedule:

September 14 - October 20, 2019: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

November 2 - December 15, 2019:  Saturday & Sunday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

      *One weekend off for Thanksgiving (November 30 - December 1)

CMA Refresher Course Schedule (4 Hours Each):

September 7, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM

September 19, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

October 5, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

October 26, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM

November 7, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

November 16, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM

December 12, 2019 (Thursday): 6:00PM - 9:00PM

December 21, 2019 (Saturday): 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Job Placement:

Upon graduation from the program, Astar will assist you in getting interviews with an assisted living facility for a position as a medication aide (if desired).  These jobs vary in locations, pay and schedules so please let us know what area you would like to work in.

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Medical English Program

Course Code: MEDESL

 

Astar’s Medical English program is a sub-specialty for career-specific language acquisition.  The communication and functional needs of medical professionals are unique, contextualized and focused.  This course will introduce the student to the technical vocabulary, communication techniques and communication contexts needed to successfully function as a caregiver.  This class makes a great preparation program for non-native English speaker who is interested in continuing their education into one of Astar’s caregiver classes including Patient Care Aide (PCA) and Nursing Assistant.  This course will introduce students to the relevant English vocabulary, functional conversations, pronunciation and advanced listening skills needed for the medical/long term care-giver.  Furthermore, the course focuses on the main stages of medical and care-taking communication including active listening, verbal expression, record keeping, voice management, reading and understanding written instructions and non-verbal expression.

Schedule: 9:00am - 12:00pm (Monday - Friday)

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Total Hours: 60

Course Start Dates: 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, 7/1, 8/5, 9/3, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2

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