Skylands Professional Training

In an effort to strengthen economic development Skylands Professional Training offers area residents an opportunity to take advantage of programs and non-credit courses to help fast track to a new career.

Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College have partnered to form SPT and offer an array of courses in both the business and health care industry.

Business & Professional Training

This course will provide training to enhance the knowledge of current and prospective foodservice managers in the principles of food sanitation and safety including the Hazard Analysis Critical Point system.

This two day certification course offered through Skylands Professional Training, is recommended for food service personnel who are seeking SERVSAFE® recertification or who have worked in foodservice for at least one year.

Managers will learn the following and how to share this information with their staff: sanitation concepts and the dangers of foodborne illness, safe operation and prevention cross contamination, and applying sanitation and cleaning concepts to your overall operation including pest management.

This certification meets the NJ Department of Health and county ordinances for food handlers and meets the requirement in New Jersey for RISK “Type 3” Food Establishments under Chapter 24 Food Code. Certification is valid for a 5 year period.

*The ServSafe exam is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French and Canadian.
*Please let us know at the time of registration if you need an exam other than English.

Class Sessions:
Tuition: $79 + textbook required. Tuition includes study materials.

Course #:  ZZZ631A2
Dates and Times:
February 13 & February 20, 2019 (Snow Date: February 27), 1 pm – 5 pm
SCCC, Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A312

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Registered students will receive a study packet and certification directives prior to the start of class.

Textbook must be obtained (SCCC Bookstore) and read prior to class.
Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Explore the basics of Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet program.

Course #:  ZCT-625-A2
Dates and Times: Friday, 4/5, 4/12, and 4/19, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SCCC, Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A309 
Cost: $215 (includes 2 textbooks)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 28, 2019. 

Textbooks will be distributed at the beginning of class. 

Please email or call 908-835-4029 for more information.

Students taking this course are experienced Excel users who are seeking to advance their data analysis capabilities by using PivotTables. You will be able to use Excel 2016 advanced PivotTable functionality to analyze your raw data.

Prerequisites: You should already understand spreadsheet concepts and be comfortable creating basic PivotTables.  Excel 2016 - Level 1 (NJBIA) and Excel 2016 - Level 2 (NJBIA), or Excel 2016: Daytime Crash Course for Beginners (ZCT-627)

Course #:  ZCT-627-A2
Dates and Times: Friday, 5/10, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: SCCC, Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A309 
Cost: $70 (includes textbook)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2019. 

Textbook will be distributed at the beginning of class. 

Please email or call 908-835-4029 for more information.

Students taking this course are experienced Excel users who are seeking to advance their data-analysis capabilities by using Power Pivot. To ensure your success in this course, you should have experience working with Excel 2016 and PivotTables. You should already understand spreadsheet concepts and be comfortable creating and analyzing basic PivotTables.

Prerequisites: You should already understand spreadsheet concepts and be comfortable creating basic PivotTables. 

  • Excel 2016 - Level 1 (NJBIA) and Excel 2016 - Level 2 (NJBIA), or Excel 2016: Daytime Crash Course for Beginners (ZCT-62)

Course #:  ZCT-628-A2
Dates and Times: Friday, 5/24, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: SCCC, Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A309 
Cost: $70 (includes textbook)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

Textbook will be distributed at the beginning of class. 

Please email or call 908-835-4029 for more information.

Healthcare Training

Dialysis Technicians, also called Hemodialysis or Renal Dialysis Technicians, operate kidney dialysis machines, which filter normal waste products and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer perform this function.  Dialysis Technicians are responsible for direct patient care. While it is troubling that kidney failure is a growing national health problem, kidney disease continues to drive the growing demand for Dialysis Technicians. As a Dialysis Technician, you are the person providing direct patient care within the dialysis unit. Under the direction of senior technicians, nurses and doctors, Dialysis Technicians play a vital role as part of the dialysis team. Dialysis Technicians initiate, monitor, and discontinue dialysis treatments for the renal failure patient.

Dialysis Technicians – Employment & Education
Dialysis Technicians are employed in hospitals, out patient clinics and other medial facilities. The demand for Dialysis Technicians continues to grow and is expected to grow at a steady pace over the next several years. This high demand is on the increase due to an aging population resulting in an increase in kidney disease.  While historically, this position was trained on the job, today’s employers are seeking well trained individuals that possess a knowledge in the field of dialysis.

Educational Requirements
Students should have a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED). There is no national or state certification objective and or outcome associated with this program.  Additionally, there is no clinical externship arranged or offered as part of this program. Students must already have one of the following credentials: Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant, or Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

ZZZ611A1 Dialysis Technician Program
This 50-hour Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required of Dialysis Technicians.

This introduction to the field of hemodialysis will provide the necessary introduction to dialysis which is required for all aspiring Dialysis Technicians. This program will provide you with a foundation to pursue a career in the field of hemodialysis.

Detailed Course Information:

  • Knowledge and use of aseptic techniques and standard precautions
  • Renal physiology and the pathology of renal failure
  • Perform, and record physical measurements including weight and vital signs both pre, intra and post treatment
  • Evaluate and perform vascular access to circulation
  • Principles of hemodialysis
  • Hematological aspects
  • Dialyzer reuse preparation
  • Basic body chemistry, fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Dialyzers, dialysate and the delivery systems
  • Clinical manifestations of end stage renal disease
  • Routine aspects of hemodialysis
  • Dietary regulation
  • Medication problems and dialysis
  • Acute renal failure and dialysis
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Diabetes and hemodialysis
  • Psychological aspects of dialysis therapy
  • Pediatric hemodialysis
  • End stage renal disease in the elderly
  • Management of quality in dialysis care
  • Laboratory date: analysis and interpretation
  • Understand composition of dialysate solution
  • Anticoagulation and heparin administration
  • Knowledge of the components of blood that are important in hemodialysis
  • Handling of hazardous materials

Course: ZZZ611A2
March 18 – May 6, 2019
Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A208 (Note until 4/15 then A312)

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019
Tuition: $999, includes textbooks and materials
Total Hours:

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. They  prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with drugs to be administered orally, topically, for the eye, nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:

  • Checking inventories and ordering supplies
  • Receiving and checking in supplies
  • Assisting customers
  • Keeping pharmacy work areas clean
  • Complete insurance forms
  • Preparation of “bingo cards” for nursing home patients

Pharmacy Technicians – Employment & Education
Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.

Educational Requirements
A high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) is required to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Anyone with a high school degree or HSE (formerly GED) must take the Placement Test prior to completing registration. Placement Testing for reading comprehension and basic math is on a walk-in basis. Check the Placement Testing Schedule. A photo ID is required to take the Placement Test.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program
This comprehensive 50-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings – working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.

PTCB detailed course information:

  • Role of the Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
  • Recruiting by pharmacy specialty
  • “Evolution of Pharmacy”
  • Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
  • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  • Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
  • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
  • All major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
  • Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
  • Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
  • The metric system
  • Apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
  • Children’s doses
  • Allegation method, math review
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.

Course #: ZZZ613A2
Registration Deadline: January 29, 2019
Dates and Times: February 5–March 26, 2019 (weather cancellations added to end of schedule)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
Location:  SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A208

Course #: ZZZ613B2
Registration Deadline: February 28, 2019
Dates and Times: March 9, 2019–May 18, 2019 (No classes 4/13 & 4/20)
Saturdays, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Location:  SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A211

Tuition – $1,299
Total Hours – 50 classroom + 80 hours clinical time

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Physical therapy restores loco-motor function to the human body through alleviating and correcting movement dysfunction and has become a valuable part of total patient care and rehabilitation. Physical Therapy Aides, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, assist with specific components of treatment interventions. 

Physical Therapy Aide – Employment & Education

The Physical Therapy Aide may be employed in a variety of settings including: Hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers, Nursing Homes, Home Care Agencies, Outpatient Clinics, Community Health Centers and Sports Medicine Clinics.

A substantial increase in the amount of physical activity in the general population has resulted in a significant increase in the need for physical therapy services. The Physical Therapy Aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients while working under the direction of the physical therapist.

Educational Requirements: A high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Note: The objectives of this class do not include a national or state certification - which generally requires at least 1 to 2 years of formal education. 

Physical Therapy Aide detailed course information

This comprehensive 70-hour Physical Therapy Aide Program prepares students for the growing field of Physical Therapy.  This program includes the following areas:

  • Introduction to Physical Therapy; History and Evolution of Physical Therapy;
    role of the PT aide in the rehabilitation team
  • Ethical and legal issues affecting the physical therapy aide
  • Parts and types of effective communication
  • Abbreviations and medical terminology
  • Anatomical Position; Structures of the Musculoskeletal System and function of each (Bones, Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, Muscles, Joints)
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Ambulation and gait training
  • Measuring Vital Signs; Disorders of the Circulatory
  • Strengthening and exercise
  • Types of physical therapy modalities
  • Stretching and direction of movement
  • Common anatomical injuries and the associated modalities
  • Students will also perform and be evaluated on common clinical skills necessary to function as a physical therapy aide including patient positioning, and transfer, use of transfer belt, ambulation using crutches/ walker and cane, range of motion exercises and obtaining accurate vital signs

Program Note: This program is intended to train students for entry level Physical Therapy Aide positions or to prepare students for more formal longer term program .

Course: ZZZ602A2
Dates: February 23–June 8, 2019 (No classes 4/13, 4/20, 5/25)
Times: Saturdays, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Location: SCCC Health Sciences Building, Room A208

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2019
Tuition: $1,299 includes textbook and all materials

Please email or call 908-689-7613 to register or for additional information.

Career Training at Warren

The training listed below is offered at Warren County Community College. Located in Phillipsburg, NJ.

Certified Nursing Assistant
Course Code: ZZZ601A2
April 8 – June 13, 2019
M/T/TH 9 – 3:00pm

Venipuncture Skills
Course Code: ZZZ655A2
May 13 – May 22, 2019
M/W 9:00am – 1:00pm

Therapeutic Massage

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.