This winter, Monroe County Community College will offer a four-week Certified Nursing Aide course and a new, 12-week Sterile Processing Technician program. 

Both are noncredit, medical career training tracks.  Each awards continuing education units upon completion.

The CNA course, offered in partnership with ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital and Michigan Works! American Job Center, consists of 123 hours of classroom and clinical training. The course will meet Tuesday through Saturday for four weeks, beginning February 25.  Successful completers will be eligible for full-time employment at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.  Students may also qualify for part-time employment at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital prior to and during training.

It is designed to prepare an individual to fulfill the role of direct caregiver/nursing aide. The course emphasizes the skills and behaviors that are significant to the role of nurse aides and includes classroom activities, skills practice time in the laboratory and supervised clinical practice in the healthcare environment. Student knowledge and competency are assessed routinely to determine achievement of the course outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the clinical and written exams required for certification as a nursing aide in the State of Michigan, said Barry Kinsey, director of workforce development at MCCC.

The cost is $2,000 per person plus miscellaneous fees, which may be higher or lower than the estimated costs listed below.

  • Uniforms and supplies: $45
  • Textbook: $62
  • CPR Training: $60
  • State Certification Exam: $176.50

Students may qualify for funding for this training through Michigan Works! American Job Center.  For information regarding potential funding, please contact Kris Henry, programs manager, Michigan Works! American Job Center, at (734) 240-7956.

Prerequisites for the CNA course include completion of a physical, drug screen and background check, and Basic Life Support CPR – American Heart Association certification. The college has a session scheduled for those who need to complete the Basic Life Support CPR certification training.  It will be held on Saturday, February 8, from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost per person is $60. To register for the CPR training, please call (734) 384-4102.  

For additional information on the CNA program, please contact Renee Drouillard at (734) 384-4229 or Kinsey at (734) 384-4124.

MCCC’s new Sterile Processing Technician course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9:30 p.m. beginning February 18. The course is designed to prepare students to function as a sterile processing professional in multiple healthcare settings. Sterile processing technicians perform and participate in decontamination, cleaning, assembling, packaging, scanning, sterilization, storage and distribution of reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment.

“There is a local need for Sterile Processing Technicians, and successful completers can expect to earn a starting hourly wage between $14 and $17 per hour,” Kinsey said.

Working in a sterile processing area requires specific knowledge and skills, including an understanding of the following key areas and topics:

  • Knowledge of surgical instruments and specialty devices
  • Decontamination, packaging and sterilization of surgical instrumentation
  • Processing, cleaning, testing, assembly and distribution of movable patient care equipment
  • Storage, handling and distribution of sterile surgical instrumentation and devices, as well as inventory control and cost recovery systems
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology
  • Infection prevention, decontamination and disinfection processes

The cost of the course is $1,995. The sterile processing student should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or HSE.

Students who complete this comprehensive course with a passing grade of 70 or higher will be prepared to sit for the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician Certification Exam.

For additional information and to register for the Sterile Processing Technician program, please call the Office of Lifelong Learning at (734) 384-4127.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at

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