Adult Education

Career Development - Medical and Health Care


  • Certified Nurse Aide - CNA
  • Health Insurance Billing
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacy Technician Training

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Career Development - Medical and Health Care


This Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training program is in compliance with and approved by the Indiana State Department of Health and exceeds the minimum number of training hours required by the state.  Course content includes an introduction to the role of nurse aide, residents’ rights, infection control, medical concerns and emergency procedures, safety and first aid, an overview of the aging process, verbal and non-verbal communication, basic nursing skills and personal care procedures, and basic restorative services.  Successful completion of both classroom and clinical portions leads to registration for the Certified Nurse Aide competency evaluation.  

The entire program is offered at an off-campus location in Northwest Indiana, and day or evening classes are available. Each day class is scheduled for four weeks and meets Monday through Friday.  The day class schedule is as follows:  8:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Day 1); 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Days 2-10); 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (2nd two weeks).  Evening classes meet from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the first two (2) weeks and 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. for the remaining three (3) weeks. 

Participants in this Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) class must meet the following requirements: be at least sixteen (16) years old, be certified by a physician to be free of communicable disease, be able to perform CNA duties without any physical restrictions, obtain and pass a criminal history background check, have a valid social security number, and attend ALL scheduled training dates. 

$699.00 (Day class) or $749.00 (Evening class)
*Additional costs (not included in the tuition): $75 for the certified nurse aide competency evaluation, 2-step TB test, physical exam, wrist watch with second hand, gait belt and blue scrub uniform).

Start Dates:
August 24, 2015 (Day classes)
September 14, 2015 (Day classes)
September 28, 2015 (Day classes)
October 12, 2015 (Day classes)
October 26, 2015 (Evening classes)
November 9, 2015 (Day classes)
December 7, 2015 (Day classes)

Monday – Friday

DAY CLASSES - Theory: 8:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. (day 1) and 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (days 2-10) and Clinical: 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  (remaining two (2) weeks)
EVENING CLASSES - Theory: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (first two (2) weeks) and Clinical: 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (remaining three (3) weeks)




Students will learn how to successfully file the HCFA-1500 form for major nationwide insurance programs, they will be exposed to the national diagnostic and procedural coding systems, and they will learn the process of filing commercial claim forms.  Students will study the following topics: legal considerations, life cycle of an insurance claim, terminology common to all programs, the basic insurance claim, and the differences between the various insurance plans.  It is helpful to take the Medical Terminology class either prior to or simultaneously with this course. 

Fee:  $450 (includes textbook)
Dates:  September 28 – December 7, 2015 (no class on November 23 or 25, 2015)
Day:  Monday evenings (9/28-11/9) and Monday/Wednesday evenings (11/16-12/7)
Times:  6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Details: The duration of the course will be a total of 30 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. from September 28 – November 9 and on Monday and Wednesday evenings from November 16 – December 7 (with no classes being held during the week of November 23, 2015).  


This course will teach the language used in the medical and health care fields.  This introductory course provides the groundwork and knowledge for future health care courses and is often necessary for employment in the medical field.  The instructor will explain and simplify the pronunciation and definitions of medical words and language.  

Fee:  $260 (includes textbook)
Dates:  September 23– November 11, 2015
Day:  Wednesday evenings
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 20 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will run for eight (8) consecutive weeks.




This program has been approved by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.  Successful completion of the course meets a requirement for obtaining a State of Indiana Pharmacy Technician license and helps prepare the student for the certification testing. The course content will include pharmacy and medical terminology, prescription processing, controlled substances, quality assurance, retail and hospital pharmacy, Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), mathematical computations as they apply to the pharmacy, technician issues, sterile technique, and more.  Pharmacy technicians work with pharmacists, doctors, medical professionals, insurance companies and patients.  Typical duties include taking incoming prescription orders, filling prescriptions, processing payments and insurance claims, completing and submitting regulatory paperwork, and general assistance in the pharmacy.  Please note that employment in the state of Indiana requires that the individual have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years of age, and meet other criteria as outlined by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.   

Instructor -Rosa Damasias:  Rosa Damasias has been a licensed Pharmacy Technician since 2005 and has been nationally certified since 2007.  She has taught Pharmacy Technician courses at educational institutions, and she has served as a Senior Pharmacy Technician at Walgreen’s where she trained incoming technicians, managed pharmaceutical inventory and helped facilitate meetings.  She currently holds the position of Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician at her family-owned pharmacy branches, Vyto's Pharmacy. 

Fee:  $1,050 (includes textbooks)
Dates: September 15 – December 10, 2015 (no class the week of November 23, 2015)
Days: Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Times: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 60 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Classes will meet for twelve (12) of the thirteen weeks between September 15 and December 10, with no classes being held during the week of November 23, 2015.