“The specific information will help people decide whether their niche might be clinical, where they would provide direct patient care, or a more administrative job, where they would be dealing with insurance or records paperwork.”
Kennesaw’s continuing education programs include certificates for certified nursing assistants, phlebotomy technicians, EKG technicians, medical assistants, medical billing and coding specialists, pharmacy technicians, medical interpreters and personal trainers.
“Because our population is growing and aging, jobs will continue to be created in health care,” Vancza said. “For instance, more personal trainers might be needed for post-rehab patients after joint surgeries or strokes.”
A certificate will get you in the door in the health care field. Workers can continue their education to advance in their careers.
“Many certified nursing assistants go on to become nurses,” she said.
Some medical office assistants or billing and coding specialists go on to earn degrees in health care administration or health care informatics. The legislative mandate for health care providers to switch to electronic medical records by 2014 has created a need for health information technology specialists.
The college offers more than 40 professional certificate programs, both in bricks-and-mortar classes and online. Certificates usually take about seven to 16 weeks to complete, with tuition ranging from $899 to $1,999.
“With our certificate programs, we want to train people in particular skills that will prepare them to find a job in that field,” Vancza said.
To register for Kennesaw’s Career Training Expo and to learn about other careers that will be highlighted, call 770-423-6765 or go to www.ccpe.kennesaw.edu.
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