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Allied Health Care Programs Available At Westchester BOCES

Students can learn how to be dental assistants
Students can learn how to be dental assistants Photo Credit: SWBOCES

HARRISON, N.Y. — Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SWBOCES) is expanding its courses to adult learners interested in entering Allied Health Care programs.

SWBOCES is offering two new courses, both offered in Harrison. These courses are the dental assistant program and the dialysis technician program. Both are offered in collaboration with the Condensed Curriculum Institute (CCI), a company that works with educational institutions to provide academic content and hands-on learning.

Employment for dental assistants, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is growing faster than employment for any other profession that the BLS tracks. The 12-week dental assistant course prepares students for work in a dental office, assisting with a variety of treatment procedures such as taking impressions and X-rays of patients’ teeth, in addition to scheduling appointments, record keeping and more. The course will also prepare students for the Radiation Health and Safety exam, which leads to industry certification. It begins Dec. 3.

Dialysis technician training, also being offered through the CC, is a six-week course includes instruction in learning to prepare patients for dialysis and how to use and monitor the machines necessary for a kidney dialysis treatment, in addition to learning about post-dialysis treatment. Once students complete the course and 12 months of work experience in the field, they will be prepared to take the Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) exam. The course begins Dec. 15.

Other health-related courses include nurse assistant, clinical medical assistant, pharmacy technician, medical office management and medical billing and coding, among others.

For more information on the requirements needed to enroll in BOCES’ adult classes, call 914-592-0849 or visit the BOCES website .

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