Continuing Education

Professional Medical Careers Institute now offers the special training and certification required by many healthcare employers and agencies, all of which are taught by highly experienced RN instructors.

Acute Care

The Acute Care Nurse Assistant is a Certified Nurse Assistant who works in various departments of acute care hospitals within the scope of practice of the CNA. PMCI students and others who complete a CNA course and pass the state exam may take this course. This class can also be taken concurrently within the PMCI - CNA program as an optional add-on. The class includes about 12 hours of theory and lab. Topics include care of surgical, maternity, newborn and pediatric patients.

This course of study provides instruction on utilizing a humanistic approach to provide basic care to people in acute care settings. Students will learn how to care for three special groups of patients who often receive treatment in hospitals: surgical patients; maternity and newborn, pediatric and psychiatric patients.

Wound Care

This course emphasizes that the most important factor regarding wound care is prevention and the importance of a provider’s overall ability to recognize, assess, and prevent the development of a variety of common wounds and skin disorders. This course provides information about current and accepted wound care treatments in today’s healthcare settings. Hands-on labs are designed for practice of current wound care techniques.

A better understanding of the factors and environments that contribute to the development of wounds is a skill that increases the level and quality of patient care. Today hospitals are liable for wounds developed while patients are under their care. Many healthcare professionals are now required to attend a wound care course that will increase their knowledge in wound prevention.

Basic Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals is open to all qualified California Healthcare Professionals and is designed to increase understanding and knowledge of wounds in the Healthcare setting and is for educational purposes only. This course is not a Certified Wound Care Course. Nor does the certificate received upon completion imply that that the participant may perform procedures beyond their specific scope of practice outlined by their particular governing body.

The course provides 16 hours of continuing education to healthcare professionals and a certificate of completion for Wound Care Assessment and Management.

Restorative Nursing

The RNA (Restorative Nursing Assistant) program at Professional Medical Careers Institute provides CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants), LVN’s and RN’s with the knowledge and skills to advance their career in long term restorative care. Participants will receive training in theory and practical application of restorative techniques.

Restorative Nursing Assistants can find employment in nursing homes, assisted living communities and long term care facilities. A certificate showing completion of a restorative nursing program will be given to all licensed and registered nurses.

RNA students are required to have an active certification as a CNA, LVN or RN.

Ventilator Management

Management of the Ventilator Assisted Patient is a course designed to provide essential information for nurses and caregivers in the acute care, homecare and sub-acute settings, where they may be relied upon for ventilator management and troubleshooting. Healthcare providers caring for vent-assisted patients must have excellent patient assessment skills. This course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings including but not limited to LVN’s, CNA’s, RN’s, EMT’s, Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists, Physical Therapists, Firefighters, Physicians and nursing and allied health students.

Mechanical ventilation is a common life-saving intervention. Today many patients are sent home with mechanical ventilators and others are treated in sub-acute units. It is now necessary for healthcare providers and home care professionals to have a good understanding of techniques to optimize mechanical ventilation and minimize complications. Course objectives include a review of the anatomy and physiology associated with respiration, artificial airways, critical patient care assessments, ventilator modes and settings, communication with the vent-dependent client, causes for alarms, suctioning techniques, weaning and more.

Psychiatric Nursing

Today there is a great need for professionals skilled in the care of patients with psychiatric disorders and addictions. This class will prepare participants for work with clients who have various psychiatric disorders and those who have addictions or eating disorders.

Learning Objectives - At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Define term mental illness.
  • Describe some of the qualities that define good mental health.
  • Discuss methods that people use to cope with stress effectively.
  • List possible causes of mental illness.
  • Discuss the different treatments that are available for people with mental illness.
  • Describe common mental illnesses that might be encountered in the health care setting.
  • Discuss special concerns related to the health care setting and aging that may affect a person's mental health.
  • Describe the responsibilities of the nursing assistant when caring for mentally ill patients and residents.
  • The class consists of one 4 hour lecture/lab course.

The class consists of one 4 hour lecture/lab course.

Dementia Care

This class will provide information about the normal changes associated with aging as well as common problems late in life. Various forms of dementia will be examined and nursing implications associated with caring for those with dementia will be discussed.

Learning Objectives - At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between dementia and delirium.
  • Describe the three major stages of dementia.
  • Describe four major causes of dementia.
  • Describe behaviors that are common in people with dementia.
  • Describe strategies for managing difficult behaviors in people with dementia.
  • Describe special considerations that the nursing assistant must keep in mind while helping a person with dementia with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, eating, and toileting.
  • Describe special care measures that are taken to help maintain quality of life for a person with dementia.
  • Describe the effects of caring for a person with dementia on the caregiver, and strategies for coping.
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Name common medications used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and common adverse reactions to the medications
  • Describe common methods used to diagnose dementias


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