By Janice Phelan, January 3, 2022
Graduates of the University of Central Missouri’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)-Mental Health, Phlebotomy Technician Certificate and Medical Billing and Coding Professional programs were recognized Dec. 17 at a ceremony at UCM’s Lee’s Summit campus. Through these programs, students earn industry-recognized certifications and are prepared for careers in the high-demand healthcare field.
Thanks to a partnership with the Community Services League and Truman Heartland Community Foundation, qualifying students are eligible for scholarships for workforce programs as well as several other workforce development programs. Information about scholarship opportunities are available. The Phlebotomy Technician and Medical Billing and Coding Professional recent graduates includes students receiving funding through CSL/Truman Heartland. The CNA graduates’ tuition is paid by Children’s Mercy Hospital with the graduates working at Children’s Mercy.
These three workforce programs can be completed in approximately two to three months, depending on how many classes are offered during each week.
Students successfully completing the Medical Coding and Billing Professional Certificate program are prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC-A) certification exam from AAPC, which is recognized by employers across the nation. Also included is preparation for the Remote Worker Certification. This course is offered in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as via hybrid online.
Through the Phlebotomy Technician program students learn all aspects of blood collection and are prepared to pursue certification for the National Healthcare Association’s industry exam. Classes are offered in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City.
The CNA certificate program prepares adult learners for employment in one of the fastest growing job fields in the nation and includes Missouri CNA Certification and the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification.
At the graduation ceremony, students were encouraged to continue their education and advance in their careers through UCM’s variety of certificate and degree programs.
In-person classes, online and hybrid are currently forming for several high-demand certificate programs..
Interested individuals are invited to learn more about these programs at UCM’s monthly Professional Training and Education Open House, offered on the last Tuesday of each month. Scholarship information is also available at these events.
The University of Central Missouri operates campus locations in Warrensburg, online and Lee’s Summit with UCM’s Workforce and Professional Education programs housed at the Lee’s Summit location in the Missouri Innovation Campus.