Healthcare continuing education

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – In many ways the health care industry is a lot like the explosion of the universe: An ever-expanding phenomenon stretching in multiple directions with galaxies trying to keep tabs on the new celestial bodies on the block.

At Central Arizona College’s Corporate Center in Casa Grande, continuing education courses for health care professionals help professionals keep tabs on dynamic needs of the human body.

“Most health care professions have requirements for ongoing continuing education as part of their licensing or certification process,” Kamalapati Khalsa, Central’s health careers continuing education coordinator, explained. “Many of these professions also have membership associations that may also have continuing education requirements. This is where Central Arizona College is stepping in to help fill those requirements.”

And Khalsa wants to hear from the community on where to expand the program. Central Arizona College has nine campuses and center located throughout Pinal County, opening up options for all of region’s residents.

Professionals in the health care industry should go to the Central Arizona College website www.centralaz.edu/healthceu and complete the survey that includes questions about needed programs and location preferences. Current courses with dates also are posted on the site.

“Currently, the face-to-face courses are being held at the Corporate Center in Casa Grande,” Khalsa said, “but the program could expand to other campuses and centers as it grows.”

The initial offerings at Central include courses for licensed massage therapists and a chiropractic assistant program, but plans for expansion are paralleling the rapid growth in the healthcare sector.

“We hope to expand the program to include courses for all of the college’s health-related career programs that have continuing education requirements,” Khalsa, who goes by “KK,” said. “This list of occupations may include areas such as pharmacy tech, radiologic tech, personal trainer, and group fitness trainer.”

The courses vary in length from a four-hour, one-day session to a 26-hour, two-credit hybrid class. The classes may be online, face to face, or the hybrid model combining an online learning component with a day or two of hands-on skills. Most of the face to face classes occur on weekends, making it easier for those working full-time jobs during the week.

Khalsa’s background is extensive in the health care field. He is a licensed massage therapist certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). He also has a national certification in sports massage is a certified chiropractic assistant.

Before arriving at Central Arizona College, Khalsa was an instructor at Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College for five years, and he was the owner and director at Bio-Link Therapeutic Massage Institute for six years. He works as a neuromuscular therapist in an integrative care clinic in Phoenix.

Khalsa served as an adjunct health careers instructor at Central Arizona College for one year before starting this new position.

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