Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Health care professionals require continuing education and training to stay current with best practices in their ever-changing and advancing fields.

Professional & Workforce Training programs through Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College are available for all levels of your organization, from front-line caregivers to health information specialists and leadership.

Discover how we can provide opportunities for developing the skills and knowledge necessary for our healthcare workforce.

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Sample Programs & Courses

Continuing Education

  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Surgical Technology

Emergency Medical Services

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • First Aid
  • First Responder

Health Information

  • Electronic Medical Records
  • HIPAA
  • ICD-10
  • Medical Coding

Integrative Health & Healing

  • Acupressure
  • Essential Oils
  • Healing Touch
  • Herbal Therapies & Nutrition

Limited Scope X-Ray

Nursing

  • Charge Nurse Leadership
  • Hospice, Death & Dying
  • Memory Care
  • Nurse Refresher
  • Perioperative

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

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Medical Device

Organization Development

  • Change/Resilience
  • Conflict Management
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Team Building

Pharmacy Technician

Phlebotomy

Safe Patient Handling

Sterile Processing

Trained Medication Aide

Selected Course Descriptions

CPR & First Aid

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

This course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Work with an American Heart Association BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam. Course includes the workbook. American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card is valid for two years.

CPR & First Aid

The Heartsaver course is designed to teach Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO) to all lay rescuers, particularly those who are expected to respond to emergencies in the workplace. The combined course for adult, infant, and child victims includes diverse learning opportunities, including a presentation of the Chain of Survival and warning signs of cardiovascular emergencies; signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and choking. Skills demonstration and peer practice sessions are an essential part of the course. The course teaches mouth-to-mouth ventilation and rescue breathing using barrier devices that are typically used for CPR in the workplace. The importance of early Automated External Defibrillation (AED) will also be covered. A CPR Heartsaver card is provided upon successful completion to participants at the end of the course. 

First Responder Refresher Online

The First Responder Blended eLearning course (HBEM3031) is designed to provide First Responders with required refresher training. First Responders much receive refresher training every two years to maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to manage patient care at the scene of trauma or medical emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive. The eLearning portion of the course is approximately 60% of coursework. 40% of student time is spent in the classroom performing skills with a certified instructor. Skills are scheduled at the discretion of the instructor and student's schedule. This course is based on guidelines established by the U.S. DOT and meets or exceeds the requirements established by the Minnesota EMS Regulatory Board (MN EMSRB). Optional Textbook Reference: Emergency Medical Responder: First on Scene 9th Ed. by LeBaudour & Bergeron ISBN-13: 978-0135125700

CPR & First Aid Training

This American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor's course is the core educational foundation for all American Heart Association instructors to effectively deliver and provide consistent CPR training. This, plus discipline specific courses, allows instructors to achieve consistency and uniformity in their presentation of course material. This course provides instructor candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach BLS courses for healthcare providers and lay rescuers. Membership to an AHA Community Training Center (CTC) is required, fee not included in course. Refresher training is required every two years. (Prerequisite: Instructor candidates must provide a current AHA Healthcare Provider or ARC Professional Rescuer Card.),

CPR & First Aid Training Renewal

The American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor Renewal course is a review of the core educational foundation for all American Heart Association instructors to effectively deliver and provide consistent CPR training. This course provides current instructors an opportunity to renew and update their knowledge and skills necessary to teach discipline specific BLS courses for healthcare providers and lay rescuers. Membership to an AHA Community Training Center (CTC) is required, fee not included in course. Renewal training is required every 2 years. (Prerequisite: Instructors must provide a current AHA BLS Instructor card.)

CPR & First Aid Training CPR Renewal

This course is designed for individuals who have a current CPR card and are now in need of renewal training. All students will be asked to proficiently demonstrate skills. Healthcare Provider students will also complete a written knowledge assessment. This course follows the AHA Guidelines. It is designed to comply with continuing education requirements of the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Documentation of contract hours including skill demonstration for health care providers is available. Participants are advised to review their CPR information prior to class. Participants must bring current CPR card to class. (Prerequisite: Current CPR card, renewal within last year.)

CPR Heartsaver

The Heartsaver course is designed to teach Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO) to all lay rescuers, particularly those who are expected to respond to emergencies in the workplace. The combined course for adult, infant, and child victims includes diverse learning opportunities, including a presentation of the Chain of Survival and warning signs of cardiovascular emergencies; signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and choking. Skills demonstration and peer practice sessions are an essential part of the course. The course teaches mouth-to-mouth ventilation and rescue breathing using barrier devices that are typically used for CPR in the workplace. The importance of early Automated External Defibrillation (AED) will also be covered. A CPR Heartsaver card is provided upon successful completion to participants at the end of the course.

BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED)

This course follows American Heart Association guidelines and is designated to teach the skills of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for victims of all ages including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, use of oxygen, automated external defibrillation (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). It includes diverse learning opportunities, including warning signs of cardiovascular emergencies; signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, choking and other medical emergencies. Skills demonstration and per practice sessions are an essential part of the course. The course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in and out of hospital settings or for anyone who is required to take a Healthcare Provider course for employment. It is designated to comply with continuing education requirements of the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Documentation of contract hours including skill demonstration for health care providers is available. Material included. Participants receive a Healthcare Provider CPR card and certificate of completion upon passing course.

First Aid & CPR

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in basic emergency first aid care. What to do, as well as what not to do, are key elements in this course. This course includes First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Adult, Child, and Infant. Taught with National Safety Council and current American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, this course follows National Standards. Participants learn techniques and participate in skills that will prepare them for life-threatening emergencies as well as basic first aid situations. This course fulfills requirements for health care programs such as Practical Nursing, and Medical Assistant, and is recommended for students in various other programs as well. Alternative Techniques of CPR for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Techniques of CPR for People with a Tracheostomy will also be covered. Upon successful completion of course outcomes, the student will receive an AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card and certificate of completion. Course outcomes are defined by the AHA criteria.

Basic First Aid

This comprehensive eight-hour course is designed to expose the participants to emergency action principles, initial assessment of adults and children, traumatic injury and sudden illness, recognition and management of emergencies, prevention and safety issues involving children. Heartsaver Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Adults, relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) and the importance of early Automated External Defibrillation (AED) for all lay rescuers will also be covered. Demonstration and skill practice is included.

First Responder

The First Responder Initial Blended eLearning course (HBEM3030) is designed to provide First Responders with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage patient care at the scene of trauma or medical emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive. The eLearning portion of the course is approximately 60% of coursework. 40% of student time is spent in the classroom performing skills with a certified instructor. Skills are scheduled at the discretion of the instructor and student's schedule.  This course is based on guidelines established by the U.S. DOT and meets or exceeds the requirements established by the Minnesota EMS Regulatory Board (MN EMSRB).  This course is intended for: law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance and rescue personnel, ski patrol, athletic coaches, school nurses, camp counselors, industrial emergency response team members, other individuals charged with "first response" duties.

Central Service Technician/Sterile Processing

Central Service Technician/Sterile Processing

160 hours. Prepare for a career in the fast-paced field of Health care Sterile Processing. Central Service Technicians work in hospitals and surgery centers to clean, decontaminate, disinfect, sterilize, and distribute medical and surgical instruments and equipment. With classroom lectures, lab instruction and a clinical experience, students will be prepared to take IAHCSMM's (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) certification exam.Requirements:Vaccination records and background check are required prior to clinical. • Physical requirements include standing for up to eight hours, repetitive lifting of up to 25 pounds, and pushing/pulling heavy carts.,

Physical requirements include standing for up to eight hours, repetitive lifting of up to 25 pounds, and pushing/pulling heavy carts.

Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy

This course provides students with 40 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of clinical practice in phlebotomy techniques. Topics include equipment and procedures for blood collection by venipuncture and capillary punctures. Students will learn basic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, specimen handling, clinical relevance of laboratory tests, safety, liability, and professional ethics.  Requirements:-Must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED-Proof of immunization required-Mandatory clinical rotations are during day hours and require standing for 8 hours at a time-Background check required Course Acceptance: A Phlebotomy Pretest (Accuplacer) is necessary for registration*. Complete the one hour test in the Academic Resource Center, Room 185.* You are exempt from this testing if you have a college GPA above 2.0.

Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel (TMA)

Trained Medication Aide (TMA)

This 48-hour course provides the state approved Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel program. The legal requirements concerning medication administration, general information, and administration skills of oral, rectal, and topical routes will be discussed. The ten major body systems and how they are involved in the pharmacology of drug use will be studied. A Trained Medication Aide (TMA) certificate is earned upon completion of the course and meeting all course guidelines.  Nursing Assistant and long term care experience; Nursing Assistant and instructor approval.

Limited Scope X-Ray Operator

Limited Scope X-Ray Operator

Operators of X-ray equipment in Minnesota are required by the Minnesota Department of Health to be certified. This course is designed to prepare participants to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination for certification in Minnesota.  Topics in this 60 hour class include: Radiation Protection and Safety Radiation Physics X-ray Equipment Operation and Technical Factors Processing of X-rays Patient Care and Positioning for Chest, Spine, Extremity, and Skull X-ray Studies Students will have the opportunity to get hands-on practice of skills with an X-ray suite and equipment. Prerequisites: Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy is highly recommended. Course Textbook: Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice Text and Workbook Package, 3rd Ed, by Long, Frank, and Ehrlich. Available in the Anoka Technical College bookstore. ISBN-10: 1416067256,

Nursing

LPN/RN Refresher

This course has been designed to provide Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses a review of nursing theory and clinical skills to enhance their practice of nursing after a lapse in licensure or an extended period of time out of practice. The Refresher nurse will independently study modules in an on-line format and complete an 8 hour hands-on clinical skills lab. Following these 80 hours of education, a student may also choose to register for a Clinical Rotation Course. Topics will include anatomy and physiology, pathology, pharmacology, life cycle, medication administration, documentation, and nursing care. The scope of practice for Registered Nurses and Practical Nurses will be clearly defined.

Nursing Review and NCLEX Test Preparation

This course has been designed to provide practical nursing students with an overview of nursing topics in preparation for taking and passing the NCLEX-PN licensing examination. The course is recommended for all students who plan to take the exam. Twenty eight hours of review will be provided. Test-taking strategies will be included. Topics include:  Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Care, Pediatrics, Nutrition, Lifespan development, Obstetrics, Gerontology, Mental health, Nursing Process, Therapeutic Communication, Dosage Calculations, Critical Thinking,

LPN/RN Refresher Nursing Skills and Theory Review

This 88-hour course is designed to provide Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses a review of nursing theory and clinical skills to enhance their practice of nursing after a lapse in licensure or an extended period of time out of practice. The Refresher Nurse will independently study modules in an on-line format and complete an eight-hour hands-on clinical skills lab. Topics include anatomy and physiology, pathology, pharmacology, life cycle, medication administration, documentation, and nursing practice.   Recommended Text: Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care, </I>7th Ed by Taylor, Lillis, LeMone, Lynn.

*Please note: If you are required by the MN Board of Nursing to complete a Nursing Refresher course, you must complete the Nursing Skills and Theory Review and the Nurse Refresher Practicum classes. Requirements: Basic computer skills; Vaccination records, BLS certification, nursing license (current or temporary) and background study are required prior to clinical. The rest of the class is online.

If you are required by the MN Board of Nursing to complete a Nursing Refresher course, you must complete both the Nursing Skills and Theory Review and the Nurse Refresher Practicum classes.

Nurse Refresher Practicum

In this 80-hour course, nurses who complete the Nursing Skills and Theory Review course are able to complete a clinical rotation in an acute, ambulatory, or long-term care setting for additional experience and to meet Minnesota Board of Nursing reregistration requirements.  Prerequisite:  Nursing Skills and Theory Review. *Please note: If you are required by the MN Board of Nursing to complete a Nursing Refresher course, you must complete <strong>both</strong> Nursing Skills and Theory Review and Nurse Refresher Practicum.  Requirements:  Basic computer skills, Vaccination records, BLS certification, nursing license (current or temporary) and background study are required prior to clinical,

 Vaccination records, BLS certification, nursing license (current or temporary) and background study are required prior to clinical. Actual class dates are arranged with instructor.

Prerequisite: Must have completed the Nursing Skills and Theory Review course.

*Please note: If you are required by the MN Board of Nursing to complete a Nursing Refresher course, you must complete both Nursing Skills and Theory Review and Nurse Refresher Practicum.

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

In a short time, gain new skills for a challenging healthcare career that helps others and makes a difference in their lives! In only 77 hours of training, you are eligible to receive a nursing assistant/home health aide certificate of completion and after passing the CNA state exam, you will be registered on the Minnesota CNA State Registry.  The combined certified nursing assistant (CNA) and home health aide (HHA) course is a State approved program.

Students learn basic nursing skills, including how to read and record a client's vital signs and how to care for individuals in nursing homes, hospices, rehabilitation facilities, convalescent homes, hospitals and private homes; be supervised and guided by a registered nurse while practicing in the laboratory and clinical settings; be prepared to take the state nursing assistant test required for employment in long-term care facilities throughout Minnesota.

Prerequisite: Must be a minimum of 16 years of age to register for this course.

Prior to the first class, you must:

Sign up for a separate orientation session to receive your materials, complete your background check, and receive important information.

Please also bring your Accuplacer test scores or college transcripts, and Mantoux test results to the orientation (see below).

Take the Accuplacer test - students will need to take the reading comprehension portion only. Please contact the Placement Testing Center on the Cambridge Campus: 763-433-1980, or Coon Rapids Campus: 763-433-1180.

Mantoux Test (TB screening) must be completed days of clinical dates.

Background check will be completed at a separate orientation session prior to first class.

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Competency Evaluation

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide (NA/HHA) certification in Minnesota is obtained through successful completion of this examination. The examination consists of a written examination and a skills examination. The written examination consists of 70 multiple choice questions. The skills evaluation will include demonstration of 5 randomly selected NA/HHA skills.

HOLISTIC HEALTH AND HEALING

Energy Healing: Healing Touch 2

Healing Touch Level 2 includes an intake interview. Develop interviewing and assessment skills and healing sequences for specific client needs. Demonstrate a one-hour healing sequence for specific client problems. Document clinical work. Practice back and neck techniques. Describe specific techniques in addressing client health challenges. Prerequisite: Healing Touch - Level 1.

Energy Healing: Healing Garden

Experience the beauty and the loving power of nature as it connects and heals with us by creating your own healing garden. We will discuss different types of gardens, explore what type of garden would work best for you, discuss how intent is important when designing your garden; we will even explore ways for you to use your intuition to co-create with nature and gather information for your garden. We will also discuss how gardens help to heal and what colors can enhance healing. We will use a meditation to help us to ground and start our creative process. No matter how big or how small, a healing garden is it is a sanctuary of natural beauty that not only restores ones body, mind and spirit but also helps the land heal at the same time. Come and invite nature into your life!

Energy Healing Workshop

This workshop provides an introduction to Energy Healing. Practical skills include learning how to see the human aura and how to detect and move life energy (chi). You also learn about muscle testing and how to use energy tools such as dowsing and pendulums. By the end of the course, you will have developed sufficient skills and training to conduct a simple energy healing session.

Holistic Therapies Conference

Join us for the annual Holistic Therapies Conference offered by Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Mercy and Unity Hospitals, North Memorial Health Care and Regions Hospital. At this conference you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of integrative health and healing and walk away with new healing techniques for yourself and your patients. The conference is  held at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center in St. Paul, MN. Past topics include: "Holistic Therapies: Using the 5 Senses in Holistic Healing." Chunyi Lin, International Qigong Master and founder of Spring Forest Qigong, has been a keynote speaker.

Practitioner Compliance

Practitioner Compliance

Minnesota passed a law in 2000, MN Statute 146A, that protects the right of health care and healing practitioners to legally practice complementary and alternative healthcare modalities, as long as they follow the conduct guidelines set forth in the new statute and provide the client with a "Client Bill of Rights." Instructor and Attorney Diane Miller, has designed this seminar to help practitioners become familiar with this law and its requirements. In this seminar you will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain answers that provide insight as to how to comply with the law.