College Expands Professional Development Program

College Expands Professional Development Program

The healthcare field is one of the fastest-growing employment areas in the nation; and Notre Dame College is adopting to that trend by adding three new professional development programs to its already rich catalog for adult learners.

NDC’s Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs now offers programs for medical billing and coding professionals, phlebotomy technicians and pharmacy technicians.

“It is part of Notre Dame College’s mission to prepare the workforce here in Northeast Ohio to take full advantage of our ever expanding network of hospitals and healthcare industries,” said Sherree Anderson, director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Development. “The Finn Center was launched with the specific purpose of better serving adult, graduate and part-time students.”

Medical billing and coding is one of the fastest growing careers in the healthcare industry today. Physician practices, hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare providers all depend on professionals who understand how to code and bill services for third-party insurance reimbursement.

Phlebotomists draw blood from patients for testing purposes. They usually work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers in hospitals, medical group practices and other healthcare settings. The demand for phlebotomy technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of healthcare services and the risk of infectious diseases.

Pharmacy technicians may work in pharmacies, clinics and large industrial complexes. The demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow as a result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists and the aging population.

All three programs begin at Notre Dame College in early March and run through May. Course work involves between 50 to 80 hours depending on the program and classes are held weekdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition, including course and material fees, starts at under $1,000.

The new programs are in addition to the Finn Center’s already existing courses for nurses, teachers, athletic coaches, social workers, intelligence and business professionals, and lifelong learners.

In addition, Notre Dame also offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and RN to BSN programs with small class sizes, personal attention and convenient schedules with Web-enhanced and on-site classes.  

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information on the College’s professional development programs, contact Sherree Anderson, director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Development, at 216.373.5286 or sanderson@ndc.edu.