Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, and Surgical Processing Technician Programs Offered at Berkeley College in Newark and Woodbridge Starting in July

Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, and Surgical Processing Technician Programs Offered

, 2014

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122




Berkeley College is expanding its Health Studies program in Newark and Woodbridge, NJ. Beginning this July, three high-demand programs – Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, and Surgical Processing Technician – will be offered through the Berkeley College School of Health Studies in Newark and Woodbridge, NJ.

Sheila Dynan, DMH, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, says that graduates entering the healthcare field now begin their careers at a time when opportunities are expanding faster than ever before.

“We face an incredible burgeoning of need for health care services, due largely to the baby boomer generation, which only now has begun to reach age 65 and older,” said Dr. Dynan at a pinning ceremony held earlier this year to recognize the achievements of graduating nursing and surgical technology students. “This, coupled with extraordinary advances in scientific and medical research, technology, information and communication systems, creates the potential for each of us to see and experience improvements in healthcare that we never thought possible,” she remarked.

Prospective students interested in learning more about these programs are invited to visit with an admissions counselor and schedule an appointment for a tour and overview For more information email or call 800-446-5400 Ext. PHA.

The Medical Assistant Certificate  and Associate in Applied Science degree programs at Berkeley College prepare students to enter the high-demand field of healthcare and to work in a variety of settings, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other professional healthcare facilities. Graduates are prepared to meet both the clinical and administrative challenges of today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Patient Care Technicians work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to oversee and monitor patients. As vital members of the healthcare team, they provide direct patient care and comfort measures, take vital signs, collect specimens, and much more. Patient Care Technicians who are multi-skilled and cross-trained in venipuncture, electrocardiography, and home healthcare enjoy much broader responsibilities and advancement opportunities.

Graduates of the Patient Care Technician program are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including: Certified Patient Care Technicians, Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Electrocardiography, Certified Phlebotomy, and Certified Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

The Surgical Processing Department of a healthcare facility is the center of all activity involving supplies and equipment needed for surgery and other patient care areas. Surgical Processing Technician students learn processes for maintaining medical instruments and devices that must be decontaminated, processed, sterilized, and distributed in hospitals and surgical centers. Graduates have in-depth knowledge of operating rooms, operating room procedures, instruments used in operating rooms, and processes for sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery.

Students who wish to enhance their career opportunities can apply Surgical Processing Technician program credits toward the Berkeley College Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Berkeley College provides traditional and online degree options and blended learning opportunities to prepare students for careers in some of today’s most in-demand professions. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, diverse learning environment that connects them with workplace experience in their areas of study before graduation.   

In Newark, Berkeley College is located at 536 Broad Street; in Woodbridge, the location is 430 Rahway Avenue.

A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is



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