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Healthcare job training has been a part of Delta since we opened our doors in 1961. Taking one of our short-term classes is a great way to jump in to this growing industry. 

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Short-term Job Training

Dementia Care Certificate Series

Delta College has launched a new Dementia Care Certificate program. The curriculum was developed by the Alzheimer’s Association in response to the growing need for professionals with expertise in dementia care. Classes are interactive and provide practical skills, which can be applied in the workplace or home immediately. To earn a Certificate, students must successfully complete the 5 required classes and 2 elective classes totaling 16 hours of coursework. Students must attend all class sessions and pass the competency exam given at the end of each class.

Upon successful completion, you must contact LifeLong Learning by emailing lifelonglearning@delta.edu or calling 989-686-9444 to request your certificate. Your information will be verified by our staff and the certificate will be mailed to your address on file.

It is strongly recommended that Fundamentals of Dementia Care be taken first. The curriculum covers topics including: Fundamentals of Dementia Care; Making Meaningful Connections; Making the Most of Mealtime; Understanding Safe & Unsafe Wandering; Combating Caregiver Stress; Alzheimer’s Disease & Intimacy; Driving & Dementia; Dementia & Family Impact and Care at the End of Life. Register for the entire series and save!

Classes are approved for continuing education (CE) contact hours:
• For nurses through Delta College. This educational activity is provided by Delta College, an approved continuing education provider under the Michigan Board of Nursing Administrative Rule R338.10602(g)
• For social workers through the Michigan Social Work and Continuing Education Collaborative

Save with the series!

Learn fundamental care principles and practices to assist those living with dementia. This money-saving series includes the 5 required and 2 elective courses taken in the same semester. $299The series of classes is approved for 16 CE. Daytime classes have an hour break for lunch (not included in CE total).

Schedule & Cost

Overall Dates: November 4 – December 9
Times: Saturdays; see individual courses for date/time
Cost: $299
Course Number: CHG-2130


Fundamentals of Dementia Care

Get the information professionals need to understand the basics of dementia. Distinguish the common forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. Develop strategies to improve communication and understand the root cause of challenging behavior. The class will conclude with a question and answer opportunity with a person living with dementia and/or his/her care partner. This class is required to complete the certificate. Approved for 4 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: November 4
Time: Saturday; 10am – 3pm (includes one hour for lunch)
Cost: $89
Course Number: CHG-2131


Making Meaningful Connections

Explore the social needs of people living with dementia. As a professional who interacts with persons who have dementia, learn tools and creative techniques for fostering meaningful interactions and connections at all stages of the illness. Recommendation: take Fundamentals of Dementia Care first. This class is required to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: November 11
Time: Saturday; 10am – Noon
Cost: $45
Course Number: CHG-2132


Understanding Safe & Unsafe Wandering

Wandering is one of the greatest challenges faced by professionals working with persons living with dementia. Discover important information regarding what role wandering plays in dementia care. Learn strategies to promote safe wandering and how to respond to wandering incidents using the REACT method. This class is required to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: November 11
Time: Saturday; 1 – 3pm
Cost: $45
Course Number: CHG-2133


Combating Caregiver Stress

Increase your awareness of potential effects of stress on physical and mental health in order to preserve your well-being. Learn to recognize the signs of caregiver stress, reduce and manage this stress when it appears and prevent a decline in the quality of compassionate care. Recommendation: take Fundamentals of Dementia Care first. This class is required to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: November 18
Time: Saturday; 10am – 12pm
Cost: $45
Course Number: CHG-2134


Care at the End of Life

Gain insight into the final stage of life, how to prepare for it, how to recognize it and how to provide support to those experiencing it as well as their caregivers. Learn how to apply person-centered strategies to minimize distress, maximize well-being and ensure meaningful communication with the person, family and care team. Class participants will role play using the Delta College Simulation Lab. Recommendation: take Fundamentals of Dementia Care first. This class is required to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: November 18
Time: Saturday; 1 – 3pm
Cost: $75
Course Number: CHG-2135


Alzheimer's Disease & Intimacy

Gain a full understanding of issues surrounding sexuality and intimacy that affect persons with dementia. Topics include: ethical considerations, influence of dementia on sexual behavior, age and disease-related changes in sexual function and caregiver biases and beliefs. Recommendation: take Fundamentals of Dementia Care first. This class is an elective to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: December 2
Time: Saturday; 10am – Noon
Cost: $45
Course Number: CHG-2136


Making the Most of Mealtime

Understand the importance of proper nutrition for persons living with dementia, while learning approaches for handling challenging mealtime situations. Gain person-centered skills that will help professionals encourage independence and make mealtime a more pleasant experience. Recommendation: take Fundamentals of Dementia Care first. This class is an elective to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: December 2
Time: Saturday; 1 – 3pm
Cost: $45
Course Number: CHG-2137


When the Diagnosis is FTD: Frontotemporal Dementia

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is not the only form of dementia? Through research and clinical testing, Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) has been identified as a degenerative brain disorder that creates undeniable personality changes and deteriorates language and motor skills along with cognitive functions. Learn more about the “other” dementia known as FTD, its specific markers and gain greater insight through actual video testimonies into the challenges families and affected individuals face daily. Recommendation: take Fundamentals of Dementia Care first. This class is an elective to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: December 9
Time: Saturday; 10am – Noon
Cost: $45
Course Number: CHG-2138


Driving & Dementia

Driving is deeply connected to our independence, our enjoyment of life and our identity as productive, responsible members of society. As dementia progresses, driving can become impaired and tough conversations and decisions must happen. Learn the common warning signs of driving impairment, a professional’s obligations to the patient and the community, how to help patients transition from driver to passenger and common family dynamic issues. Recommendation: take Fundamentals of Dementia Care first. This class is an elective to complete the certificate. Approved for 2 CE.

Schedule & Cost

Date: December 9
Time: Saturday; 1 – 3pm
Cost: $45
Course Number: CHG-2139

EKG Technician

As a trained EKG Technician, you’ll have the skills healthcare employers require to perform the critical tasks of administering EKGs as well as Holter monitoring. During our inclusive 14 week program, you’ll learn EKG technology, anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system and appropriate patient care as well as the legal and medical aspects of patient care. You’ll receive comprehensive instruction in EKG placement and interpretation along with information regarding the role of the EKG in diagnosing and managing cardiovascular problems. The opportunities in this profession are flexible and in high demand and can help you make a difference in countless lives.

Prerequisites are required for this course. Please contact us for details.

Schedule & Cost

Dates: September 18 – December 20
Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6pm – 8pm
Cost: $1,199
Course Number: CHG-2115

Health Unit Coordinator/Medical Administrative Assistant

Play a key role ensuring the efficient operation of a hospital unit or medical office by performing administrative and clerical tasks such as maintaining medical records, scheduling appointments and medical tests, keeping supplies stocked and communicating with other healthcare professionals, patients and visitors. You’ll help maintain a healthcare facility’s service and performance and you may also perform other duties such as routine and regulatory checks, patient placement and transfers and specimen labeling. Learn the fundamentals and apply what you’ve learned in a clinical/internship experience for potential employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region!

Prerequisites are required for this course. Please contact us for details.

Schedule & Cost

Overall Dates: September 19 – November 30
Lecture: September 19 – October 12; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 8am – 4pm
Site Orientation and Clinical Experience: October 16 – November 20, 3 days a week, 6 – 8 hour shifts depending on clinical site. Assignments will be determined the 1st week of class.
Cost: $1,895
Course Number: CHH-3302

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Massage Therapy

Kick start a new career as a licensed massage therapist in the new Massage Therapy Certification Training Program offered by Delta College – in partnership with ProTrain, LLC. As a massage therapist, you can pursue jobs in healthcare, wellness, national chains, and spa settings – or start your own private practice! In this program, you’ll explore assisting clients with wellness, stress management, injury rehabilitation, health, and fitness. If you want to work in a thriving healthcare field, help people and assist others in life change, this program is your opportunity.

This education fulfills minimal requirements for licensure. Graduates are eligible to sit for both Mblex and NCTMB certifications.

Schedule & Cost

Instruction: 600 hours, including 216 hours of instruction in massage technique, clinical experience and theory; includes textbooks, certificate of completion, state licensure preparation and portable massage table.

Dates: September 12 – June 28
Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 – 9:45pm (skip 11/21, 11/23, 12/26, 12/28, 1/2)
Cost: $6,995
Course Number: Special registration requirements. Please call 919-338-7866 to register. 

Medical Insurance Billing & ICD – 10 Coding 

There has never been a better time to enter the field of Medical Insurance Billing and Coding! Our course is uniquely designed to allow you to reach your fullest potential by learning in a hands-on, computer lab where you’ll work with and navigate the insurance billing software. You’ll learn the most current medical insurance billing and coding concepts including ICD-10 basic diagnostic and CPT procedure coding, as well as basic insurance concepts and the terminology used by health insurance carriers.

Prerequisites are required for this course. Please contact us for details.

Schedule & Cost

Dates: October 19 – November 30 (skip 11/23)
Times: Tuesday & Thursday, 6pm – 9:45pm
Cost: $825
Course Number: CHA-2010

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Medication Technician

Train to become a Medication Technician in just three short weeks during this State of Michigan approved program. Learn all required modules to work in an Adult Foster Care (AFC), Home for the Aged (HFA), Assisted Living or in-home care facility as a Medication Technician, Residential Care Aide and/or Home Care Aide. You’ll learn how to administer medication using the seven rights including; use of glucometer, insulin education and use, EMR (electronic medical record) training and vital signs. Eighty (80) hours of the course will be spent in an “on-the-job” placement with a preceptor/trainer. You’ll also practice hands on activities of daily living (ADL) care such as bathing, dressing, hair/nail care, denture/oral care, repositioning, assistance with eating and much more. Regulatory mandates will be covered and tested and certificates will be presented at the end of this three-week program. Blood Borne Pathogens; Infection Control and Handwashing; Calling 9-1-1; Disaster Training; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Workplace Safety; Food Safety in Residential Care; Hospice Care; Monitoring Resident Changes and Incident Reports; Intro to Dementia Care with coverage of Aggressive Behaviors and Assisting with ADLs in the Confused Resident are included. As an added benefit you’ll learn how to customize your resume with regard to completion of this program, job placement assistance, interview techniques, and more!

Prerequisites are required for this class. Please contact us for details.

Schedule & Cost

Overall Dates: October 23 – November 10
Lecture: October 23 – 27; Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Clinical Experience: October 23 – November 10
 5 days a week, 8 hour shifts, Monday – Friday; all shifts possible.
Cost: $1,199
Course Number: CHG-1721

Phlebotomy Technician  

Gain invaluable experience and join the medical field as a phlebotomist in just 9 weeks! As a phlebotomist you’ll draw blood from patients and take blood specimens to the laboratory to prepare for testing. You must be attentive to detail, work well under pressure, have excellent manual dexterity, great communication skills and really enjoy working with people. Become an important member of the clinical laboratory team and enjoy a great career as a Phlebotomy Technician! Upon successful completion of this program you’ll be eligible to test for the American Society of Clinical Pathology exam to become a certified Phlebotomist (PBT).

Prerequisites are required for this course. Please contact us for details.

Schedule & Cost

Overall Dates: September 22 – November 16
Lecture: September 22 – October 22; Fridays, 5 – 9pm, Saturdays, 8am – 4pm, Sundays, 12pm – 6pm
Clinical Experience: October 23 – November 16
4 days a week, 8 hour shifts, Mondays – Fridays between 5am – 5pm. Assignments will be determined the first week of class.
Cost: $1,999
Course Number: CHG-1730

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Pharmacy Technician 

As a Pharmacy Technician student you’ll get both the education and practical, hands-on training you’ll need to function as a competent, entry-level pharmacy technician in a variety of healthcare settings. You’ll develop relevant job skills, learn from an industry experienced instructor and prepare to earn your required Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential. Blending medicine, math, and chemistry, this course will prepare you to: provide medication and other health products to patients; count tablets and label bottles; receive electronic prescriptions from medical offices; handle computer order entry of prescriptions; receive written prescriptions and requests for patient refills; verify complete and accurate prescriptions and stock and inventory prescription and over-the-counter medications. This accelerated program was designed with you in mind.
Prerequisites are required for this course. Please contact us for details.

Schedule & Cost

Dates: September 18 – December 20 (skip 11/22)
Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 9:15pm
Cost: $1199
Course Number: CHG-3001

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Professional Development
& Continuing Education

CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers classroom course is designed to provide you with the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Take this course if you’re a healthcare professional who needs to know how to perform CPR and other lifesaving skills in a wide variety of in- and out-of-hospital settings or a student preparing for your clinical experience. Upon successful completion of this four hour course and mandatory written exam, you’ll receive certification for two years and be able to respond to cardiac and respiratory emergencies.

Schedule & Cost
Option 1

Date: July 19
Time: Wednesday; 9am – 1:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Option 2

Date: July 20
Time: Thursday; 11am – 3:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Option 3

Date: August 10
Time: Thursday; 9am – 1:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Option 4

Date: August 25
Time: Friday; 12 – 4:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Option 5

Date: October 28
Time: Saturday; 9am – 1:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Option 6

Date: December 4
Time: Monday; 9am – 1:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Option 7

Date: December 12
Time: Tuesday; 9am – 1:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Option 8

Date: December 15
Time: Friday; 12 – 4:30pm
Cost: $79
Course Number: CHG-2113

Local Anesthesia

Local Anesthesia for the Dental Professional

This course provides you with a comprehensive background in order
for you to administer local anesthetics in a safe and effective manner for pain control. You will complete the 15 didactic hours and 14 hours of laboratory/clinical experience mandated by Michigan Law. Laboratory/clinical experience includes demonstrations, practice and evaluation of local anesthesia techniques including field infiltration and nerve block anesthesia. 

30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
All CEUs are approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Schedule & Cost

Dates & Times: Winter 2018
Cost: $699
Course Number: CUD-2057


Local Anesthesia Refresher

This hands – on refresher will provide you with a review of critical anatomy and injection techniques including application of those techniques. You’ll be able to administer local anesthetics in a safe and effective manner for pain control. You will complete 4 total hours including: didactic and laboratory/clinical experience with demonstrations, practice and evaluation of local anesthesia techniques including field infiltration, and nerve block anesthesia.

4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

A refresher course is available on each of the 4 days of the Local Anesthesia class. Your clinical date is dependent upon your subject matter need. Contact us to determine which date your objective will be covered.

Schedule & Cost

Time: Winter 2018
Cost: $199
Course Number: CUD-2056

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen for the Dental Hygienist

This 1 day workshop provides a comprehensive background for you to be knowledgeable and competent in administrating nitrous oxide/ oxygen by completing at least 4 hours of didactic instruction and 4 hours of laboratory/clinical experience mandated by Michigan Law 2002 Public Act no. 423. The experience will provide you with demonstrations, practice and evaluation of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia/sedation techniques given and received by you and other participants. You’ll be able to administer, under the direct supervision of a delegating dentist, nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia in a safe and effective manner for nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia.

8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
All CEUs approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Schedule & Cost

Date: September 30
Time:
Saturday; 8:30am – 5pm 
Cost: $399
Course Number: CUD-2070


Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen for the RDA/CDA

This 1 day workshop provides a comprehensive background for you to be knowledgeable and competent in assisting and monitoring the administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen by a dentist or dental hygienist by completing at least 5 hours of didactic instruction mandated by Michigan Law 2002 Public Act no. 423. You’ll be able to assist and monitor the administration, under the direct supervision of a delegating dentist, nitrous oxide/ oxygen analgesia in a safe and effective manner for nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia.

5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
All CEUs approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Schedule & Cost

Date: September 30
Time:
Saturday, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: $299
Course Number: CUD-2071

"I chose Delta College because I heard this was the best program in the State. The teaching was so in depth."

Jonathon Corkins
Phlebotomy Technician Student