By Anthony Stevenson
CCC Journalism Program
CAMDEN – Camden County College hosted an information session Nov. 11 for prospective students interested in the CNA/PCT/MST nursing program.
The event went from 4 to 5 p.m. and provided general information about the program. Students who attended were told what a CNA/PCT/MST student meant and what would be expected of them. CNA stands for certified nursing aide. PCT stands for patient care technician. MST stands for multi-skilled technician.
The majority of students who go into this program apply to become CNAs. To apply for the CNA, PCT and MST program, a person must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.
The program follows a series of modules designed to build skill competency and theory within the student. CNAs may practice in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers and sub-acute facilities. The PCT program is designed to prepare students for one of the fastest growing professions in the health care industry. The MST program focuses on helping students become competent in basic patient care skills, phlebotomy, electrocardiography and basic life support.
Tamara Dixon, who served as host of the event, was pleased with the turnout. “Each session we’ve held this semester has been rewarding. I can see in the eyes of the students that attend that if they get into the program they will be committed to doing well. That’s a great feeling for me personally,” Dixon said.
Justine Fisher is a student who is considering applying for the CNA/PCT/MST program in the spring. “I liked what I heard in the meeting today. I think I will apply as soon as possible. This program will put me one step closer to my goal, which is to become a registered nurse,” Fisher said.
The information sessions are held on all three Camden County College campuses and meet at different times and on different dates to accommodate as many people as possible. Several are scheduled for December.