Upcoming Deadlines for In-demand Programs

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
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Dental Assisting class, Spring 2015 at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Deadlines are approaching quickly for many of the allied health programs at Truckee Meadows Community College.

“Applying for and then enrolling in one of the allied health certificate or degree programs is a great opportunity to enter the health care field – a field where there are numerous opportunities, outstanding pay, and strong projected job growth,” said Lance Bowen, Dean of Sciences. “These are all programs where you work one-on-one with patients; whether it is with your neighbor at a medical or dental clinic, or a family’s cat or dog at a veterinary hospital. These are fulfilling careers.”

Bowen added that the new MRI certificate is the only program like it in Nevada.

May 15 is the deadline to apply for the MRI Program

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) skills certificate program starts in Fall Semester 2016, and applications for the program are due May 15.

Curriculum for this structured program is online. Following written coursework, the second component of the course sequence is hands-on. Students complete performance-based clinical procedures at a participating medical facility.

Starting in 2016, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requires that current radiologic technologists complete 16 hours of classes before taking the MRI exam.

The application form includes listing the prospective student’s prior coursework, licenses, clinical education, and safety questions. College transcripts are requested.

May 15 is also the deadline for applying to the Vet Tech Program

“We are excited about the growth of TMCC’s Vet Tech Program as it looks like each year we increase the number of applications we receive,” said Michele Noreen, D.V.M., Veterinary Technician Program Coordinator.

She adds that most of the 14 students who are graduating in May already have jobs, and that the outlook is bright for placement in this field. Veterinary Technician majors are able to practice hands-on skills helping animals as part of a collaboration with the Washoe County Regional Animal Services. They also partner with local rescue groups, such as the Reno Tahoe Rescue Society (RTRS).

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology is offered at TMCC.

Interested students may apply online.

June 1 is the deadline for Dental Assisting

A career in dental assisting is very rewarding because the assistant works directly with patients throughout their care and can immediately make a difference in the way they look and feel, said Julie Muhle, Professor of Dental Assisting at TMCC.

“The Dental Assisting Program at TMCC is respected in the dental community for the skills and professional behavior demonstrated by our students,” she added. “Graduates are in demand with a 100 percent placement rate after completion of the program.”

The program is entry-level, providing students with marketable skills at the end of 10 months. Skills and responsibilities for which dental assistants are trained include X-rays, assisting a dentist with procedures, communicating with patients, practice management and office procedures, and infection control.

A dental assisting information and advisement session will take place at the Dandini Campus on May 12:

When: Thursday, May 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Red Mountain Building, room 414

An application form for the Dental Assisting Program is available online.

June 3 is the deadline to apply for TMCC’s Paramedic Program

For prospective paramedic students, the application deadline in June 3.

“We’re teaching not only paramedic theory at TMCC, but how to be a successful medical professional in any environment that graduates choose to work,” said Chief Darryl Cleveland, Director, Chief Fire Officer, Public and Occupational Safety Programs.

Paramedic students at TMCC take part in attending and organizing community volunteer activities, shadow paramedic mentors, and may elect to participate in the popular Bridge program or the E.M.S. Club.

“It’s very personally rewarding because you’re helping people, saving a life when a person was not breathing and you turned that around, putting your name on a birth certificate when you deliver a baby,” Cleveland said.

The Paramedic application can be completed online.

May 27 is the deadline to apply for the Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program

TMCC’s Nursing Program is accredited by ACEN, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Nursing classes are taught at the newly renovated William N. Pennington Health Science Center, on the Redfield campus in south Reno.

“The Health Science Center is a student-focused facility with great places for students to study together, an amazing simulation lab, large classrooms and a computer lab for online assessments,” said Jody Covert, Director of Nursing.

Covert added that TMCC enjoys a solid working relationship with hospitals and clinics in Northern Nevada, and that students gain much experience working with clinical nurses that precept and mentor the prospective nurses. Registered Nurses are in demand in Nevada and across the nation, and career opportunities are considerable.

Applications to the Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program are available online.