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:




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

Application for nursing contact hours submitted to PSNA
Newtown Campus/$85/ WHPAH 0259 WB1/
3 hrs. Online, 6/3-6/16 & 2 Tu., 6/17 & 6/24, 6-9 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

Approved Hours: 4 (PSNA for Nurses)

Newtown Campus/$65/WHPAH 0556 WB1/ Fall 2014


HIPAA - Privacy/Security and Compliance (3 hrs)

Healthcare professionals need to have an awareness of the regulations for privacy and security. Health­care workers need to keep informed of the latest changes and guidelines. The Health Insurance Por­tability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is about insurance portability and fraud and the changes that have evolved in business development. HIPAA involves three segments, 1-Privacy, 2-Security and 3-Transaction sets. The changes include processes, policies, and procedures for all covered entities, including and not limited to providers such as hos­pitals, and laboratories as well as insurance payers. Deborah Talone, MBA

Application for Nursing Contact Hours Submitted to PSNA

Newtown Campus/$65/WHPAH 0325 WB1/  Wed, 4/2, 6pm -9pm


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

Approved hours: 4 (PSNA for Nurses)

Newtown Campus/$65/WHPAH 0558 WB1/ Tues. 5/6, 6pm - 10pm 

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 a review 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:

$1,305 (plus textbook)/ WHPAH 0310 WA1
Orientation:Newtown Campus/ Wed., 5/28, 6-8pm
Classroom:  Lower Bucks Campus/ 6 Mon & 5 Wed, 6/2 - 7/7, 6-10pm
Skills Review:  Newtown Campus/ Wed & Mon, 7/9 & 7/14, 6-10pm
Clinical:  St. Mary Medical Center/ 4 Mon & 4 Wed, 7/16 - 8/11, 6-10pm  

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/ 

2 Wed, 4/9 - 4/16, 6-9pm

2 Tues, 6/17 & 6/24, 6-9pm


Applying Mental Health Practices in the Workplace (9 hrs.) *NEW*

This course is geared toward healthcare personnel and anyone interested in learning more about mental health.  The course is designed to help participants become more comfortable and competent when working with individuals experiencing psychological distress.  Participants will obtain a greater understanding of the basic principles of mental illness and recovery, develop ways to improve communication to foster positive relationships, and learn about basic therapeutic techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Positive Psychology into their daily activities at work.  Participants will learn how to recognize a psychiatric crisis and implement basic intervention techniques to ensure everyone’s safety.  You will be able to convey hope and foster a better quality of life to those affected by mental illness.  John Brodt MS, CPRP

Newtown Campus/ $125/ RHEAL 1020 WB1/ 3 Thur., 6/12 – 6/26, 6pm-9pm

Self-Care for the Caregiver (6hrs.)   *NEW*

This course is designed to assist healthcare workers and individuals who provide social, medical, holistic, or other supportive services to individuals in need.  Helping others is one of the most effective ways to boost our own internal happiness and self-worth.  However, if you do not keep your own internal battery charged you may find that you are not as effective at work, feel increasingly annoyed or depressed, and care less about quality of the services you are delivering.  It is not uncommon for people in the helping professions to experience compassion fatigue or burnout as it is sometimes called.  Fortunately there are many techniques that can be used to help ensure that you are able to deliver excellent supportive care without compromising your own emotional and mental health.  This course will cover a variety of ways to invite happiness into your life that will help you become more successful with helping those in need.  Participants will learn stress management strategies such as guided imagery and relaxation techniques, complete a self-inventory of their supports, and examine what their strengths are and how to incorporate them into all areas of life.  John Brodt MS, CPRP

Newtown Campus/ $85/ RHEAL 1021 WB1 / 2 Thur., 8/14 & 8/21, 6pm-9pm

Weigh It Forward: 9-Week Mini Camp

Work with your personal Health Coach to learn how to lose weight and keep it off. Your Health Coach will formulate your personal calorie count and then teach you the eight secrets of behavior modification so you can finally arrive at a healthy weight. Weigh in each week and benefit from the support of your Continuing Care group, as you go on this 9-week journey together. Celine Hampson, M.S.H.Ed.

$135/ RHEAL 0094 WB1/ Fall 2014