Health Care

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* Proof of High School Diploma and/or GED are required for all Health Career Courses


Acute Care

Upon successful completion of 58 hours of combined theory, lab skills and supervised clinical acute care experience, students earn a Certificate of Competency as an Acute Care Certified Nursing Assistant. This allows the student to work as an Acute Care CNA in the hospital, sub-acute hospital or Hospice settings. Requirements:Current CNA state license, current American Heart Assoc.-CPR. Current First Aid card. Before clinical: Verification of vaccinations for MMR or blood titer. Current PPD or (if positive PPD) current chest x-ray report. Physical and drug testing. As required by Watsonville Community Hospital.

(No Textbooks Required).

Prerequisite: Must attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION  on TBD.


Theory/Skills Instruction

ILC- Institute of Language and Culture

Room 2, 320 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville

Tue & Wed    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Staff
TBD         $225       


Watsonville Community Hospital

75 Nielson Street, Watsonville
TBD         STAFF

Clinical Instruction

Watsonville Community Hospital

75 Nielson Street, Watsonville

Tue & Wed   1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Staff

Certified Nurse Assistant I Program

This program trains students to work as a Certified Nurse Assistant for a skilled nursing facility using the American Red Cross CNA test. Instructor will register and schedule test. Students must pass a basic Reading/Math assessment prior to attending this orientation and must provide a copy of their high school diploma or GED prior to registration. Partial scholarships may be possible for students.

(Books included)

Prerequisite: Must attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION on TBD


Class starts in February to TBD.

Theory Instruction: TBD, Watsonville

Mon, Tue, Wed      12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.    Staff 

TBD                                                              $1,200

Clinical Instruction: Watsonivlle Post Acute and Nursing Center, 525 Auto Center Drive, Watsonville

Tue & Wed             6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Staff



Clinical Medical Assistant Program - 140 Classroom Hours + A Clinical Externship 

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements. Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Health career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

Prerequisite: Must attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION on Wed. Feb. 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Green Valley Center

Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville

Mon, Wed, Fri      6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     Staff

Feb 21 - Jun 6                                       $2,599

EKG Technician Certification Program

This comprehensive 50 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASPT - Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing. Additionally, students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.

(Textbooks included).
Prerequisite: Must attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION on Thu. Mar. 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Green Valley Center

Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Tue & Thu   6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.     Staff
Apr 10 - May 29                  $1,199


Medical Terminology

Upon successful completion of 20 hours of Medical Terminology students earn a Certificate of Competency. The student will learn basic word structure, abbreviations, body systems, basic anatomy and physiology.

(Textbook included).

Prerequisite: Must attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION on Mon. Feb. 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Green Valley Center

Room 7, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville

Mon      6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     Staff

Feb 26 - May 7                          $100

Pharmacy Technician Program

This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classification, “the top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispersing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

(Textbooks included).

Prerequisite: Must attend MANDATORY ORIENTATION on Tue. Mar. 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Green Valley Center

Room 3, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville 

Tue & Thu       6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.    Staff

Mar 27 - May 22                              $1,199

Restorative Nurse Assistant

Upon successful completion of 16 hours of theory and written tests, lab skills and a field trip to Watsonville Hospital Physical therapy Department , students earn a Certificate of Competency, as a Certified Restorative Nurse Assistant. this allows the student to work with the physical and/or occupational therapist in the skilled nursing home. An RNA's job provides: exercise and encouragement to the residents as they learn to perform their own ADL's. Students must be current state certified licensed nursing assistants or currently enrolled in WASC Adult Education's Certified Nurse Assistant I Program. 

(No textbooks required).

ILC- Institute of Language and Culture

Room 2, 320 Rodriguez St., Watsonville

Tue & Wed      5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Staff

TBD                          $100

Field trip TBD to Watsonville Hospital Physical Therapy Department

First Aid Standard/CPR (Adults only)

This comprehensive course trains individuals to prevent, prepare for and respond to any type of workplace or home emergency. Participants will learn and practice adult CPR and first aid skills. Students should wear comfortable clothing. The certificate is valid for two years.

(Materials included).

Green Valley Center

Room 6, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville

Fri    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.    Tapiz  

Session 1: Jan 19
Session 2: Feb 2
Session 3: Mar 2
Session 4: Apr 13

Session 5: May 11


Vocational EL Healthcare-Caregiver Training/VEL Entrenamiento de Enfermeria-Cuidador de Salud

Students will learn the skills and the vocabulary necessary to work as a caregiver. Class Modules include: Infection Control, Patient Care, Nutrition, Human Body, Safety, Transfers, and Commuication. Course curriculum includes First Aid CPR Certification. Prepare for jobs in healthcare and caregiving. Certificates of Completion are awarded upon successful completion of all modules. This class is for Intermediate High and Advanced EL students./ Los estudiantes aprenderán inglés y al mismo tiempo las habilidades y el bocabulario necesario para trabajar como proveedor de cuidados. Los módulos de clase incluyen: Control de infección, atención al paciente, nutrición, cuerpo humano, seguridad, transferencias,, y comunicación. El curso incluye certificación de primeros auxilios CPR. Prepárese para un empleo en la rama de enfermería. Certificados del curso serán otorgados al terminar todos los módulos. Esta clase es para estudiantes que estan en clases avanzadas de inglés.


Institute of Language and Culture (ILC)

Room 2, 320 Rodriguez St., Watsonville

Tue, Thu/Mar, Jue  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Bush

Jan 16 - Jun 7



Vocational EL Healthcare-Personal Assistant/ VEL Entrenamiento de Enfermeria-Asistente Personal

An introduction to the English language skills necesarry for an entry level personal care attendant position. The class will prepare Beginning High to Intermediate Low EL students with communicative language, expressions and basic directives on how to assist patients and their  families in the home or assisted living environment. Class topics include: care attendant skill building, preventing incidents, nutrition, elder patient challenges and interfacing with family members./ Una introducción a las habilidades del idioma inglés necesarias para un puesto de asistente de cuidado personal de nivel de entrada. La clase preparará estudiantes de inglés del nivel principiante a entermedio bajo con lenguaje comunicativo, expresiones y directivas básicas sobre cómo ayudar a los pacientes y sus facilias en el hogar o en el entorno de vida asistida. Los temas de la clase incluyen: desarollo de habilidades de asistente de atención, prevención de incidentes, nutrición, desafíos del paciente anciano e interacción con los miembros de la familia.


Schapiro Knolls

33 Minto Road, Watsonville

Tue/Mar  12:00 noon. – 3:00 p.m.   Allen

Jan 16 - Jun 5