Health Care Professional Development

The following courses are recommended for health care professionals. Please forward suggestions and inquiries to

Nurse Aide Train the Trainer Certification

The online nursing instructor Train the Trainer course prepares Registered Nurses for the role of nursing assistant instructor. This course is self-paced but must be completed within the semester it is started. Students must meet the instructor requirements set forth in DHS 129.06 Standards for instructors of nurse aide training programs.

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Dementia Specialist: Best Practices for Direct Care Staff

Recommended for direct care staff, family and professionals dealing with affected individuals, the Dementia Specialist program provides comprehensive training on dementia, its impact on a person’s life, and how to effectively communicate and build relationships with people with dementia and give them extraordinary care. The 15-hour program offers creative and interactive learning with many opportunities for skills application and team building. This class is offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

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Spanish Medical Terminology

This course is intended for health care professionals or interpreters working with Spanish-speaking patients, but is open to anyone. It focuses on medical technical language in both English and Spanish. Students gain increased familiarity with medical terminology, thereby enhancing patient communication. Medical terminology will be presented according to body systems, clinical specialties and sub-specialties. The student will master both vocabulary and knowledge needed for a wide number of medical settings. Bringing a laptop, tablet or iPad is recommended but not required.

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Phlebotomy Refresher

This course is for laboratory professionals who would like to update their phlebotomy skills and phlebotomists who would like to review their current knowledge in preparation for taking the phlebotomy national certification exam. In this innovative clinical refresher workshop, you will review content for certification, evaluate procedural mistakes that lead to analytical errors, discuss safety updates and enhance your professional and clinical skills. Successful participants receive a certificate of attendance and documentation for continuing education.

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Madison School Nurse Assistant

This course is designed to prepare the learner to assist the school nurse and/or the program support nurse in the integration of the MMSD's Vision of School Health Services into the running and maintaining of a school health office. Students will acquire entry-level knowledge in a range of common chronic and acute childhood illnesses; apply a working knowledge of where to find information within the MMSD Health Services Guidelines for the Management of Illness and Injuries in the School Setting; demonstrate ability to perform procedures and protocols identified in class; and apply an understanding of developmental issues of school-aged children. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee a position with the Madison school district. Training does not apply outside of the Madison school district, and this course is not part of the Madison College Nursing Assistant program.

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Mental Health First Aid: Youth

This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

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Mental Health First Aid: Adult

This Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help an adult who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in the community.

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Eastern Holistic Health Practices

Understand Eastern holistic approaches to health and healing by experiencing six mind/body health practices, including yoga, tai chi, meditation and the hands-on healing therapy of Shiatsu. These practices release stress, strengthen concentration and cultivate a calm responsibility for your own state of mind. Develop self-awareness and become a more focused, positive and compassionate caregiver.

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Heart of Communication

A participatory class with pair and group practice based on Buddhist principles. Learn how to listen without advice or judgment, with empathy and an open heart. Students will also be introduced to Buddhist chanting and the hands-on healing of Shiatsu. Experience the joy of deep listening and understanding in meditation, in communication and in holistic healing touch.

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No application is needed. If you have never taken a class at Madison College before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.