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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
Johnson College’s Center for Professional Development has recently established a partnership with Revolutionary Education to provide the opportunity for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program to take place on campus. The 120 hour certificate program will prepare graduates to become nursing assistants and they will be eligible for National Nurse Aide Assessment Program testing. The program includes training in physical care skills, psychosocial skills, and the roles of a nurse aide. Graduates will be prepared to provide assistance with daily living activities, restorative support, and basic mental health needs. They will study the rights of clients, legal and ethical behavior, and how to work as part of a healthcare team. The program is taught by Pennsylvania certified nurses.
Revolutionary Education Center has joined with Johnson College to be able to expand an existing program, provide more accommodating facilities, and enlarge class size. Jeffrey Roughgarden, Continuing Education Manager at Johnson College is excited about the partnership. “Our campus can provide these CNA students with a professional atmosphere and will also expose them to our other Allied Health program offerings,” said Roughgarden. Students will utilize classrooms and lab space as well as another building owned by the College. These spaces will be used for trainings and will be arranged with hospital beds and other equipment used by certified nurse aides in the field.
There is a demand for CNAs in our region. From home health to nursing homes, these health care professionals are valued in Northeast Pennsylvania. Also, “99.9 % of Revolutionary students are hired once they successfully complete the program,” said Stefanie Dwinchick, Program Coordinator at Revolutionary Education Center.
The CNA Certificate can be obtained through one of three flexible schedule options. The day program will take place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for five weeks. The evening program will take place Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for five weeks. The weekend program will be held for ten consecutive weeks on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CNA classes are now forming for March and April. The tuition cost is $3,000 and students may be eligible for funding. Please visit www.johnson.edu/revolutionary-education-cna to explore the program overview and details.
Other Allied Health programs at Johnson College include Pharmacy Technician and Medical Transcription. The Pharmacy Technician program is a 160 hour certificate program that prepares students for the role of the pharmacy technician in the pharmacy setting through an overview of medications used to treat specific body systems, a breakdown of the different classifications of drugs, and review of the basic sciences at the core of pharmacy practice. The Medical Transcription program introduces students to the fundamentals of medical transcription to meet the challenges of the evolving medical field. This program delivers proven, practical training in the skills and technology essential to student success, including medical terminology, Microsoft Word for medical professionals, proofreading, editing, speech recognition technology, and more. For more information on these programs, please visit www.johnson.edu/continuing-education/allied-health.
Johnson College Power (JPOW), a student organization at Johnson College had an idea for a class gift that was not the purchase of something new, but the restoration of an existing space on campus. The group of students decided to start fundraising to renovate that space into a student lounge in the Moffat Student Center. Students from the 2014 and 2015 graduating classes raised $3,200 since the fall of 2013 to put toward the renovations. The funds went toward the painting of the room, décor, new furniture, and a TV. This new addition on campus now serves as space for commuters, student meetings and hanging out. The organizer’s advisor and Associate Director for College Advancement, Janine Tomaszewski, is proud of the work the students have completed over the last year and a half. “The students wanted to give back to the campus by providing a student lounge that will be utilized for years to come,” she explained. “Everyone at Johnson College is proud of their accomplishment.”