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

Career Education Programs & Training

Continuing Education

  • EMS (CPR & BLS Renewal, EMT Refresher)
  • Healthcare Core Curriculum: Educate the Educator
  • Health Information Technology
    • Electronic Medical Records, HIPAA, ICD-10, Medical Coding
  • Integrative Health and Healing
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing
    • Charge Nurse Leadership, Hospice, Death & Dying, Caregiving for Dementia
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Safe Patient Handling
  • Surgical Technology

Online Courses

Organization Development

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

Selected Course Descriptions

Emergency Medical Services

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR & AED)

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.

CPR & First Aid Instructor 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.)

Emergency Medical Responder

Emergency Medical Responders (formerly “First Responders”) manage patient care at the scene of trauma or medical emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive. In this hybrid course, students will complete online content modules and attend classroom skill sessions with a certified instructor until all knowledge and skill competencies are met.

This course is based on guidelines established by the U.S. DOT and meets requirements of the Minnesota EMS Regulatory Board (MN EMSRB). It is intended for law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance and rescue personnel, ski patrol, athletic coaches, school nurses, camp counselors, industrial emergency response team members, and other individuals charged with “first response” duties.

Central Service Technician/Sterile Processing

Central Service Technician/Sterile Processing

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.



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.


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.  

*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

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 80 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.

Mantoux Test (TB screening) must be completed prior to 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.