North Central Michigan College has announced a new expedited healthcare program that allows students to earn three professional certifications in less than five months.

The Fast-Track Healthcare Bundle Program prepares students for healthcare careers with three in-demand credentials endorsed by the National Healthcareer Association®.  Certifications include Clinical Medical Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician.

The program provides students with quick entry into a growing field while helping alleviate a healthcare worker shortage in our region, according to Christy Lyons, director of Corporate and Community Education.

“It is clear from our meetings with local healthcare facilities that there’s an urgent need for medical assistants,” Lyons said.  “By condensing this program down to 20 weeks, we will be able to get certified medical assistants into the workforce quickly.”

In addition to the bundled program resulting in all three certifications, North Central is offering stand-alone courses for EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician.

North Central Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Strom said the program’s condensed format is transferable to other academic areas.

“We are excited to work with our local employers on additional fast-track programs leading to employment for our residents and trained employees in high-demand industries,” Strom said.

A free online information session outlining the Fast-Track Healthcare Program is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 9.  

Did you miss the information session?  Watch the video here.

Applicants to the program must be at least 18 and have earned a high school diploma or GED.  Funding assistance is available to qualifying students.

Learn more about the Fast-Track Healthcare Bundle Program.