Single mothers will be going back to school this fall just like their children.
Jefferson State along with partners Women’s Foundation of Alabama, Childcare Resources, and Ascension St. Vincent’s is offering Career Scholarships for its Patient Care Technician program.
“Jefferson State is excited to help bring this program to women hoping to get into the healthcare field,” Center for Workforce Education Director Leah Bigbee said. “It is important for us to provide a skilled workforce to business and industry, and this program will provide industry recognized credentials to students and provide businesses with qualified employees.”
Classes will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Jefferson State’s Five Points location, with a mandatory orientation session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1.
There will also be clinical rotations. Classes and clinicals run from Sept. 1 through Nov. 17.
Career Success Workshops and career coaching are also mandatory components of the program.
Scholarships include program registration fees, books and a transportation stipend.
Applicant requirements include:
- Single mother with a child currently or previously enrolled in Head Start.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Interest to begin a career in a medical field.
- Ability to dedicate extended time and effort to study in/out of class and complete a clinical rotation at a health care facility.
- Purchase scrubs for clinical rotations and be up-to-date on immunizations.
The Patient Care Technician course is designed to prepare entry-level graduates that promote and protect the health and safety of patients through the delivery of compassionate, quality health care services, and the promotion of health care standards.
Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to work under the supervision of licensed professional personnel, and alongside other health care providers in a variety of settings.
Students will complete valuable work-based learning in the form of clinical rotations with Ascension St. Vincent’s for this program.
Entry-level opportunities include hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care and assisted living facilities, hospice, home care, and other health care facilities.
Patient care skills/course objectives:
- knowledge and skills in medical and surgical asepsis
- basic anatomy and physiology
- cardiac monitoring
- healthcare worker interpersonal skills
Upon successful completion of this program, students will sit for the Patient Care Technician Certification offered through the National Healthcareer Association. Also, a Certificate of Completion from
Jefferson State will be issued.
“The generous support of the Women’s Foundation of Alabama allows Jefferson State to provide this training program to our community, and we are thankful for our partners, Childcare Resources and Ascension St. Vincent’s, for this remarkable partnership to help women obtain high demand careers,” Bigbee said.