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The first step toward many healthcare career options.

For more information regarding a degree in Health Sciences or another program of study at Berkeley College, click here.

 

Student Testimonial

“The professors are very informative and take a hands-on approach to the material to help us understand. This is a huge thing for me because I’m a hands-on learner. Having professors with backgrounds in the medical field is also very important to me.”

-Tamara Kostadinova,  Surgical Processing Technician Student

Tamara Kostadinova

Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The Health Sciences Associate's degree program prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment through a combination of concentration-specific and general coursework. Students are able to select either a Patient Care Technician or Surgical Processing Technician concentration, based on their individual interests and career goals.

Benefit from:

  • A program that provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of healthcare
  • Hands-on learning using modern equipment in simulated healthcare environments
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience through a program-related, faculty-monitored practicum
  • Liberal arts and science courses, including a humanities elective, that provides students with the foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to reason clearly and communicate effectively

Program Locations: 

Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is offered in: Newark, Woodbridge, Woodland Park

Patient Care Technician Certificate Program

Patient Care Technicians work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to oversee and monitor patients. As vital members of the healthcare team, they provide direct patient care and comfort measures, take vital signs, collect specimens, and much more.

Graduates of the Patient Care Technician program are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT)
  • Certified Electrocardiography (CET)
  • Certified Phlebotomy (CPT)
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)

Although certification is not required to work in most states, employers prefer to hire certified Patient Care Technicians.

Students who wish to enhance their career opportunities can apply Patient Care Technician program credits toward the Berkeley College Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of patient care
  • Hands-on learning in on-site medical laboratories that simulate the clinical environment
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of a Patient Care Practicum at off-campus healthcare facilities, under the supervision of New Jersey licensed Registered Professional Nurse (RN) instructors 

The Patient Care Technician Certificate is designed to be completed in 45 weeks.

Program Locations: 

Patient Care Technician Certificate Program is offered in: Newark, Woodland Park

Surgical Processing Technician Certificate Program

Explore one of the most exciting, highly technical, and specialized environments in healthcare. The surgical processing department of a healthcare facility is the center of all activity involving cleaning and sterilizing supplies and equipment needed for surgery and other patient care areas.

The Surgical Processing Technician program provides students with the knowledge and professional skills necessary to deliver support to all patient care areas within a healthcare facility. Students learn processes for maintaining medical instruments and devices that must be decontaminated, processed, sterilized, and distributed in hospitals and surgical centers. Graduates have in-depth knowledge of infection control as it relates to sterile processing and decontamination procedures, instruments used in operating rooms, and processes for sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery.

Students who wish to enhance their career opportunities can apply Surgical Processing Technician program credits toward the Berkeley College Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of decontamination
  • Hands-on learning in on-site medical laboratories that simulate the surgical processing environment
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of a practicum at an off-campus healthcare facility

The Berkeley College Surgical Processing Technician program meets the requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). As a result, graduates of the Surgical Processing Technician program are eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) examination. Passing this examination is required to work as a Surgical Processing Technician in some states, including New Jersey and New York.

Graduates of the Surgical Processing Technician program also are eligible to participate in the Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER) examination administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).  Individuals possessing this certification are crucial members of the healthcare team responsible for endoscope preparation, which is vital for the safety and welfare of patients.  Possessing this certification may provide graduates with additional opportunities for employment and career advancement. 

The Surgical Processing Technician Certificate is designed to be completed in 45 weeks.

Program Locations: 

Surgical Processing Technician Certificate Program is offered in: Newark, Woodbridge, Woodland Park

Want to learn more about Berkeley's Health Sciences program?

You’ll find additional information in our Catalog, including the different degrees offered, descriptions of the courses you’ll take, the department faculty, and much more. You can always live chat or contact us with questions.

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