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SCCC Surgical Technology Program Provides Cutting Edge Entry-Level Training

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NEWTON, N.J. (May 18, 2015) – The Surgical Technology at Sussex County Community College gives area students the opportunity to enter a fascinating, challenging and exciting field in healthcare. Surgical Technologists work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures. They possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, medical terminology and implementation of instruments and technologies to facilitate a surgeon’s performance of invasive therapeutic or diagnostic procedures.

The nationally accredited certificate program at Sussex County Community College is 12 months in length, beginning each September and concluding the following August. This highly competitive program is limited in class size, and is held at the SCCC campus, with some classes offered online or as hybrid classes (both on campus and online). Currently students complete their offsite clinical rotations at Chilton Memorial Hospital, Newton Medical Center, Overlook Hospital, Saint Clare’s Hospital (Dover and Denville campuses) and Eye Care Northwest.

SCCC’s Surgical Technology Program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( as recommended by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). This accreditation gives program graduates the eligibility to take the national certification examination required for credentialing as a certified surgical technologist (CST). That would enable them to work as a Scrub Surgical Technologist, a circulating Surgical Technologist or a Second Assisting Technologist. Graduates are employed by hospitals and surgery centers.

For more information on the Surgical Technology Program at SCCC, contact Program Coordinator Lillian Louglas by email at, call 973-300-2290 or contact the main Health Sciences Dept. at 973.300.2782.


The Nursing Program Information Session at Sussex County Community College

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For prospective students interested in the Passaic County Community College RN program’s division located on the campus of Sussex County Community College, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Nursing Program Information Session will cover specific information about entrance into the program, pre-requisites, transferring credits, the TEAS exam, and Nursing I through IV.

The session will be held in the Health Sciences and Performing Arts (A) Building, room A321. Any questions can be directed to Crystal Quaglio, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136.

SCCC Offers New Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

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Coursework and Certification Provided in Convenient Online Format

Pharmacy Technician positions present a superb opportunity to join the healthcare field at the entry level. Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medications to customers and other healthcare professionals in both retail and hospital settings.

Through this brand new 12-week program offered by Sussex County Community College, aspiring Pharmacy Technicians can get the training, certification, and practical experience they need to gain a competitive advantage in the hiring process. Students will have the opportunity to work at area pharmacies as part of the program. A&P, the Medicine Shoppe in Hopatcong, Andover Apothecary, Shop Rite and other chain and independent pharmacies will provide on-site training for students.

Upon completion of the program, students will have received essential training in medication education, dispensing of prescriptions, third-party billing procedures, and HIPAA compliance.

The Pharmacy Technician Program at SCCC is offered in a unique online format along with a 160-hour externship. Assignments will be given weekly, and upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate and become eligible to sit for the PTCB Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

The program begins on May 4, however, registration is necessary by April 20 in order to facilitate the admission process in a timely fashion. For more information on the Pharmacy Technician Program at SCCC, please call 973-300-2385 or 973-300-2782, or visit

SCCC to Hold Open House for Health Science Programs

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The Health Sciences Department at Sussex County Community College will be holding an Open House on Tuesday, December 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Atrium of the Health Science and Performing Arts Building on campus. Tours of the labs and facilities will be given and current Health Science students will assist in answering any questions. Stop in and learn about the various credentialed programs SCCC offers in Health Sciences. Programs range from as little as 7 weeks and go to 41 weeks in length. Many have job externships that can lead to potential jobs right after graduation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for the Health Science programs offered at SCCC show growth opportunity through the year 2022 of 19-49%. For more information, contact the Health Sciences Department at 973-300-2782.

SCCC Offers Medical Assistant Program

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Sussex County Community College is offering a 41-week Medical Assistant Program that runs twice a year. The next program will begin on January 5, 2015 with classes being held in the Health Science and Performing Arts Center on campus.

Medical Assistants focus on the quality of patient care by assisting a physician with clinical skills. They ensure patient satisfaction by handling administrative tasks essential to secure proper reimbursement by Medicare and other insurances as well as other office tasks. Professional credentialing is important to demonstrate to the employer the Medical Assistant commands the knowledge to work in any physician’s office across the country. Jobs in this sector of healthcare are expected to increase 29% by 2022.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the SCCC Medical Assistant program (accredited by CAAHEP), students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Director, at 973-300-2279 or

Caption: Students in the Medical Assistant program learn techniques such as drawing blood and other clinical duties during this 41-week program.

SCCC Awarded $822,000 TAACCCT Grant

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As part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Secretary of Education Anne Duncan announced the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants to more than 270 community colleges nation-wide, including Sussex County Community College. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program is through the Department of Education and the Department of Labor works to help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and the New Jersey Health Professions Consortium comprised of 11 community colleges in New Jersey collaborated on a competitive application process to win a TAACCCT grant. From this grant, SCCC will be awarded $822,000 in funding to help expand health care certification programs such as Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Aide and EKG Technician. The grant will also support partnerships with area employers to help link graduates with high-skilled, high-wage jobs. The TAACCCT Grant Program began in 2009 and was funded by President Barack Obama in March 2010 with funding of $2 billion to be awarded over four years.

Sussex County Community College President, Dr. Paul Mazur stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the College and the community. With fewer high school graduates each year in the county, and the expanding number of adults changing careers or out of work, the College is focused on improving our ability to offer degrees and certificates in twenty-four months or less that can lead to employment.”

Alberta Jaeger, SCCC’s Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs noted, “Along with the recent $250,000 major gift to fund the College’s new School of Agriculture, the TAACCCT Grant will provide support for new courses at SCCC in the health sciences. The grant will also help SCCC to transition its Surgical Technician program from a certification course to an associate degree, for-credit program. All of this new funding helps reinforce SCCC’s mission to provide students with the programs and tools they need to succeed.”

SCCC Offers Info Session on Free Healthcare Training and Certification

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Individuals interested in training to become a Certified Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, Coding and Billing Specialist, EKG or Phlebotomy Technician, or Medical Office Assistant are invited to attend an information session at Sussex County Community College. The information sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. or Friday, October 17 at 12:30 p.m.

SCCC has been selected for participation in the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program. This federally funded demonstration project provides free training and support to income qualified individuals wishing to pursue careers in the growing field of health care. Through the assistance of the HPOG, eligible candidates will be selected through a lottery system to receive free training. The grant is a funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

Seats are limited. Please register by calling (973) 300-2782. For more information about the HPOG visit

Nursing Program Information Session Oct 22nd

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The Nursing Program Information Session will inform perspective students about the Sussex Campus Division of the Passaic County Community College RN program. It will provide specific information about entrance into the program, pre-requisites, transferring credits, the TEAS exam, and Nursing I through IV.

It will take place on October 22nd from 6:30 to 8pm in Room A 321. Any questions can be directed to Karen Petriccione , Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136

Surgical Technology Program Honors 7 Graduates

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) honored 7 graduates of the Surgical Technology Program on Friday, July 25th at a graduation luncheon in the Performing Arts Center.

Surgical Technologists provide care to patients in a variety of settings such as hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers and work under the supervision of a surgeon to insure the operating room is safe, equipment functions properly and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Lillian Louglas, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, distributed certificates to each student with a luncheon that followed.

The graduates are (from left to right): Stephen Calderon, Sarah Squillante, Rachel Ackerman, Ashley Rauch, Franca Biondolillo, Natalie Decker, and Jamie Medeiros-Batty

The students will take the national certification exam on Friday, August 8th. Results from this exam will come out in September. Three of the students were named to the National Honor Society for the Association of Surgical Technology; they are Stephen Calderon, Franca Biondolillo and Ashley Rauch.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics employment for surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Health Science certificate program offered at SCCC begins each fall and concludes the following summer for a total of 1,280 program hours.

SCCC Announces Remaining 2014 TEAS Test Dates for Pre-Nursing Program

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Sussex County Community College has announced that the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) required for admission to its Pre-Nursing Program will take place from 9:00 am until 12 noon on Saturday, June 14; Saturday, July 19; Saturday, August 16; Saturday, September 13 and Saturday, September 20 in Room 317, Building A (the Health Science and Performing Arts center).

Sussex County Community College is collaborating with Passaic County Community College to enable PCCC students to obtain nursing education here in Sussex County. In this program, students take the pre-nursing courses with Sussex County Community College. Admission to the PCCC Nursing Program is competitive. Selection at the SCCC campus is limited to 20 students. Applicants must note that at the Sussex Campus, priority is given to the residents of Sussex County, New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania. The Sussex Campus also gives preference to applicants who have completed a majority of the required general education credits at SCCC.

Applicants for admission to the Nurse Education Program must be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GED). They also must meet admission criteria selected to ensure that accepted candidates have the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic program.

For more information regarding the nursing program visit: or contact Karen Petriccione at 973-300-2136 or,