Continuing Education for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals

The Center for Allied Health at Bucks County Community College provides quality, up-to-date information for healthcare professionals and those wishing to enter the healthcare field.   To register call 215-968-8409 and select option #1 or more information, please contact Janet Baker, Director of Allied Health at 215-968-8324 or email:

Certified End of Life Specialist
Child Abuse Reporting (Mandated)
Eat for Health Challenge
EKG Interpretation: Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmia Hybrid
Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy
Hemodialysis Technician Program
Neurological Assessment
Nursing Review & Re-entry into Practice
Phlebotomy for Healthcare Personnel
Practice Management Courses
Introduction to Life Cycle of Clinical Trials 


 Certified End of Life Specialist (30 Hrs)

This immersive online course offers an opportunity to reframe the experience of death from one of fear and sadness, to meaning and connection. Students will learn to cultivate a high level of compassion and empathy, and to eliminate factors that may obstruct the delivery of high quality care and companionship to whomever they serve. Suitable for personal caregivers, and those seeking to work in healthcare or senior markets in any capacity. Patty Burgess, CEOLS, Grief Recovery Specialist, Hospice Volunteer, Volunteer Trainer, and End of Life Educator, Author, Speaker

Online/ $497/ WHPAH 0074 WB20/Register anytime between June to August. MUST be completed by August 28.  For more information on course and modules, please click here


Child Abuse Reporting (Mandated) (3 Hrs) *NEW*

Effective January 1, 2015, all health-related licensed professionals and funeral directors, who are licensed through the Department of State, are required under ACT 31 of 2014 in PA to receive 3 hours of training on Mandated Reporting as a condition of renewal for their license.  This training is approved by the Department of Public Welfare to fulfill training requirements. Protecting children is the responsibility of us all.  Anybody who suspects that a child is being hurt, has the right to report that suspicion. But, certain professionals, due to their contact or work with children, have special responsibilities.  These people are called mandated reporters and are required by law to report suspected child abuse.  Mandated reporters are of critical importance in the child abuse prevention effort.  This training identifies the role and responsibility bystanders and care providers play in the prevention, protection and intervention of child abuse. For more information on Act 31 it can be viewed at the following link:

Newtown Campus / $25 / WHPAH 0028    
   WB1/Tues., 5/5, 6pm - 9pm    
   WB2/Thurs., 6/18, 6pm – 9pm     

Lower Bucks Campus   
   W50/Thurs, 4/9, 6pm – 9pm    
   W50/Tues., 7/14, 1pm -4pm
Upper Bucks Campus
   W70/Thurs., 8/6, 9am – 12pm  

Eat for Health *NEW*

This 7 week group lecture series covers several topics to assist you in learning the basics of eating nutrient-dense diet.  The weekly topics include: Introduction to Eating Healthy, Hunger & Food Addiction, Magical/Mythical Protein, Emotional Factors in Weight Loss & Health, Nutritarian vs. Vegetarian, The Skinny about Fats, Nutritarian Cooking Secrets.  Crystal Widmann, MS, NCC, Reiki Master, Certified Nutrition Education Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer

Newtown Campus/$139 (plus textbook)/ WHPAH 0042 WB1 / 7 Wed., 7/15-8/26, 7pm-8:30pm

"Eat to Live", Joel Fuhrman, Little, Brown, and Company: Revised edition (Jan. 5, 2011) ISBN 9780316120913

EKG Interpretation: Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmia Hybrid

This course is designed for nurses, working in telemetry, critical care and trauma, as well as techs working in telemetry units. You will learn concepts that allow for the basic interpretation of EKG rhythms. It will include how to measure and plot EKG rhythm components as well as treatment methods for specific abnormal rhythms.

Susan Salley, RN, CCRN, CEN
$85 / WHPAH 0259 W20
3 hrs. Online, 3/16 to 3/30 & 2 Wed, 4/1 & 4/8, 6-9 pm   

Application for nursing contact hours submitted to PSNA

Nursing Review & Re-Entry into Practice

This includes both classroom instruction and clinical experience designed to prepare nurses (RN’s & LPN’S) for re-entry into practice, and/or areview of contempo­rary nursing. Joyce Welliver, RN, MSN, CRNP  

Requirements: Current PA Nurse’s license, Cur­rent Healthcare Provider CPR certification, Profes­sional Liability Insurance, Healthcare Insurance and Medical clearance, Criminal background check by the State Police. All must be provided before clinical experience. All forms can be found on our website:

Text: Manual of Nursing Practice – Ninth Edition/Lippincott

$1,305 (plus textbook)/ WHPAH 0310 WA1

Orientation: Newtown Campus/ Wed, 5/27, 6-8 pm
Classroom: Lower Bucks Campus/ 6 Mon & 5 Wed, 6/1 to 7/6, 6-10 pm
Skills Review: Newtown Campus/ Wed, 7/8 & Mon., 7/13, 6-10 pm
Clinical: St. Mary Medical Center/ 4 Mon & 4 Wed, 7/15 to 8/10, 6-10 pm

Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy(4 Hrs.)

This course is geared for Nurses, EMTs, Paramedics and other healthcare professionals, to learn the relationship between heart failure and cardiomyopathy. It will review ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy as well as various types of cardiomyopathies, symptomatology, and four classifications of heart failure and current treatment modalities from medical management to surgical intervention.  Susan Salley, RN, CCRN, CEN

$65 \ WHPAH 0556 WB1  
Tues., Mar. 18, 6-10 pm   
Approved Hours: 4 (PSNA for Nurses)   

Hemodialysis Technician Program (75 Hrs)    *NEW*                                                 Courses to Resume Fall 2015               

This course will teach you the essentials needed to begin your career in Dialysis.  As a Dialysis Technician, you will enter this exciting and fast-paced world with all the knowledge and confidence needed to thrive.  There are many employment opportunities all around the USA and the skills learned can be utilized anywhere.  With almost 400,000 people on dialysis in the US alone, there is a great need for dialysis technicians.  With our aging population, there will be an even greater need for professional dialysis staff. The major dialysis companies offer great benefits and many advancement opportunities. The ideal student will love working with patients and being part of a strong team.  Become part of the front line by providing quality life sustaining treatments to our ESRD/Dialysis population. Dr Jason Kaplan, DC, RN

Newtown Campus/ $2,205 (plus textbooks)

WHPAH 0590 WB1

Neurological Assessment  (4 Hrs)

This course is geared for Nurses, EMTs, Paramedics and other healthcare professionals, to learn focused, neurological assessment techniques, and review assessment and management techniques for specific neuro-based medical and traumatic emergency care scenarios. Susan Salley, RN, CCRN, CEN
$65/ WHPAH 0558 WB1 

Approved hours: 4 (PSNA for Nurses)

Tues., 5/6, 6-10 pm  

Phlebotomy for Healthcare Personnel (6 Hrs)

This course is designed as an introduction to, and review of, the basic skills of phlebotomy and a re­view for returning healthcare workers. This course will include the latest NAACLS guidelines and competencies necessary to provide a continuum of care. Emphasis will be on the fundamental theory and techniques of drawing blood samples as well as safety awareness, proper laboratory practices, and professionalism.  Gail Donegan, BS, MT, ASCP

Text: So You’re Going to Collect a Blood Speci­men: An Introduction to Phlebotomy
         13th Edition (2010) by F. Kiechle

Newtown Campus/ $85/ WHPAH 0331 WB1
Tues & Wed, 6/2 & 6/3, 6-9 pm

Introduction to the Life Cycle of Clinical Trials (9 Hrs)

This course is designed as an introduction to the process of Clinical Trials in the Biopharmaceutical Industry.  This course will include an extensive overview of the clinical trials process, background history, design features, and FDA involvement and job opportunities in the industry.   Kenza McFadden, MPA

$135/ WHPAH 3009 WB1
3 Tues & 3 Thurs, 6/4 to 6/23, 6pm-7:30 pm  
No Textbook Required