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JCC to add dental, clinical medical assistant certificate programs


Jefferson Community College will offer two certificate programs next year to help north country residents enter health-care careers.

Andrea C. Pedrick, coordinator of community services, said the college decided to add a dental assisting and clinical medical assistant program to the Directorate of Human Resources Education Center Annex, 10450 5th Armored Division Road, Fort Drum, early next year after staff reviewed job trends and where the college could reach more people.

“We schedule so many trainings on campus in the spring, but we have the annex there and I think it will serve a different population, or those people who can’t get on campus,” she said.

Participants may sign up for either program now, but Ms. Pedrick said she’d strongly encourage people to attend both programs’ information sessions at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 on campus, 1220 Coffeen St., because course fees are not refundable. No application is required for the nine-week dental assisting program, and the cost is $1,199, which includes textbooks and preparation for the DANB Radiology Health and Safety Examination. The $175 cost of the exam is not included in the program fee.

Ms. Pedrick said financial aid is not available for certificate program costs. The clinical medical assistant program is a 20-week training that will cost $2,399 and includes textbooks and preparation for students eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association certified medical assistant national exam.

Both programs are open to the public, but have a 20-person capacity because space is limited in the college’s Fort Drum annex.

Ms. Pedrick said there is no application required for the dental assisting program because dental offices don’t require a national exam or test prior to employment. That is required, however, of clinical medical assistants.

“Clinical medical assistants do everything from injections to phlebotomy to EKG, and it gives people an opportunity to see what it’s like in a doctor’s office,” she said. “They can go to an employer and say, ‘I’ve done it all.’”

According to the state Department of Labor, employment for both jobs looks favorable in the north country. According to the department’s list of the 10 most common occupations for ambulatory health-care services, medical assistants are ranked number 5 with a median salary of $28,416 and dental assistants are ranked number 6 with a median salary of $30,406.

For more information on either program, visit the college’s Continuing Education Facebook page, continuingeducation.

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