There is big news this month at Mohave Community College regarding Allied Health programs. The Arizona State Board of Nursing has approved MCC's application to offer a Practical Nursing certificate.
Licensed practical nurses work under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician, providing care to patients who are sick or injured.
There is a growing need for LPNs in Mohave County and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual income for an LPN is $40,000 to $45,000.
The program will be offered at the Neal Campus-Kingman's Detroit Avenue Center with instruction beginning this fall for applicants who have already completed a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate or who have had work experience in a health care field.
With classroom lectures and instruction in clinical settings such as a long-term care facility, skills lab, simulation lab, home health setting or physician's office, the PN program takes one year to complete. Students must attend full time.
Complete information on admission requirements is available in the application packet, or contact Janet Byrd, the practical nursing director, for details.
Two more new allied health programs - Health Information Technology and Radiology Technology - moved closer to reality last week when the BHHS Legacy Foundation announced its intention to fund the construction of a new Allied Health Sciences Building on the Bullhead City campus.
The new facility, which is expected to be in service by fall of 2012, would be home to those two new programs plus the long-running and successful EMT/paramedic and medical assisting programs.
Nursing was MCC's first career/technical program and has been extremely popular for 40 years. In addition, the college now offers allied health programs for dental assistants and dental hygienists, physical therapist assistants, surgical technicians, chemical dependency studies and pharmacy technologists.
In addition to allied health programs, MCC offers instruction in industrial technology, business and computer information technology, early childhood education, culinary arts, public safety and university transfer for those seeking bachelor's degrees.
Registration is under way for fall classes, which begin Aug. 22. Academic advisors are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with information on high-demand careers you can prepare for at MCC.