Short Term Programs

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Welcome to exciting new career opportunities in our Short-Term Programs.  These programs are between 6 and 15 weeks in duration. They are condensed curriculum certifications designed to prepare you for employment in a particular profession and return you to the workforce promptly. 

Find out more about available programs below. For additional details or to register for a program, contact Martha Leeson at (304)424-8275 or ude.puvwnull@noseel.ahtram

Aluminum Welding
Persuasive Selling for Business
Medical Office Specialist Certificate
Real Estate Pre-Licensure
Dental Assistant Certificate
Drone Piloting

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“I have had a great experience with WVU Parkersburg’s Short-Term education programs.  My daughter took the Phlebotomy course and was hired at Camden Clark, and my son who took an aluminium welding course through your program got a job at a local manufacturer as an aluminium welder.  We are so glad that WVU Parkersburg is here to help so many”  - Anita Enoch

Aluminum Welding

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the week: Friday
Dates: April 12, 2019 – June 21, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Instructor: Carl Collins

Cost: $1,000

This 10-week course will focus on hands-on learning, important life skills, and filling the skills gap. Several local employers are seeking employees who can aluminum weld. Course topics include:

  • Aluminum Welding Safety
  • Aluminium Weld Equipment Setup
  • Aluminium Stringer Welds
  • Aluminum Step Welding in all positions (horizontal, vertical, overhead)
  • Basic Blueprint Reading

Students will need:  welding hoods, steel-toed boots, safety glasses, green welding jacket, welding glove (all leather), ear plugs, wire brush, wear all cotton, no nylon or polyester, no wholes or ravels.

Persuasive Selling for Business

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the week: Tuesday and Thursday

Dates: May 7, 2019 – June 6, 2019 
Time: 6 to 9 pm

Cost: $500

This 30-hour certification prepares students for various types of in-demand sales jobs. Through this course, students will become proficient with core business skills in key sales and persuasion tactics. Whether your field is banking, journalism, business, or sports management, this course will give you the skills you need to sell. Get started and apply today!

Topics of this course include:
Learn how to increase your sales referrals and appointments through successful networking, sales simulations, and role-playing. Discover how to turn features into benefits that sell, increase sales through customer service, and overcome objections. We will also teach you how to become more adept at teleprospecting, territory management, and targeting potential customers.


Medical Office Specialist Certificate

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the Week: Mondays & Thursdays
Dates: April 15, 2019 – August 8, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm

Cost: $2,000 (Financial assistance is available to West Virginia residents who qualify.)

This 100-hour comprehensive program will provide a foundation of medical vocabulary while also training students to handle the increasing complexities of healthcare management. Learning how to be a medical billing and coding specialist will give you a competitive edge in the healthcare field. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam to become a Certified Medical Coder.


  • Computer
  • Basic Computer Skills


Real Estate Pre-Licensure

Jackson County Center Class
Days of the Week: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
Dates: May 6, 2019 – June 22, 2019
Times: Monday & Thursdays from 6 to 10 pm |  Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: $1,500

This course explores real estate principles, practices, finance, law and appraisal, providing 90 hours of in-class learning and an additional 14 hours of study time preparing students to sit for real estate licensure exams. This program is accredited by the West Virginia Real Estate Commission.

Class Schedule:

Real Estate Law
Real Estate Principles and Practices
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Appraisal


  • A national background check is required. Visit or visit S.W. Resources, located at 1007 Mary Street, off of 7th Street, Parkersburg, WV, 304.428.6344.
  • Textbooks: “Modern Real Estate WV 20th Edition” ISBN  9781475463729


WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the Week: Tuesday and Thursday
Dates: February 28, 2019 – July 16, 2019
Times: 6 to 9:30 pm

Cost: $2,000

The Phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and micro-collection. The field of Phlebotomy has significantly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the healthcare team has recently come into much sharper focus.

This 133-hour program prepares professionals to sit for the National Phlebotomy exam. Students will learn how to collect blood specimens from clients for laboratory analysis. They will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, hands-on specimen practice, and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. This course includes an outside clinical rotation.


  • Textbooks: “Phlebotomy Essentials 6th Edition” ISBN  978-1-4511-9452-4, “Phlebotomy Essentials-Student Workbook”  ISBN  978-1-4511-9453-1, and “Phlebotomy Exam Review” ISBN  978-1-60831-120-0
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Current immunizations and flu shot – cost can range from $10 to $350
  • Criminal background check – cost can range from $5 to $25
  • Three pairs of Scrubs – cost can range from $15 to $50 each
  • Parking Permit – $25

Note: There is an outside clinical rotation for this program requiring scrub attire, immunizations, and background check. Additionally, this program will prepare students to sit for the National Phlebotomy exam.

Dental Assistant Certificate

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the Week: Tuesday and Thursday
Dates: March 26, 2019 – June 27, 2019
Times: 6 to 9:00 pm

Cost: $2,000

This 90-hour Dental Assistant Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – Dental Assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics – Administrative Aspects include the history of dentistry and dental assisting; introduction to the dental office; the legal aspects of dentistry; policies and guidelines. Clinical Aspects include: an introduction to oral anatomy; dental operatory; dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure; primary and permanent teeth; the oral cavity and related structures; proper patient positioning; dental hand-pieces; sterilization; and other areas. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program.
This course includes 55 hours of classroom instruction and 35 hours of clinical instruction at an approved facility.

Note: Additionally, this program will prepare students to sit for certain Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification exams including the DANB – Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) exam and the DANB – Infection Control Exam (ICE)

If all of your requested Financial Aid documentation is not turned into Financial Aid by January 30th, you will not be eligible to receive the Workforce Higher Education grant.

Basic Drone Operations and Controls

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the Week: Tuesday and Thursday
Dates: April 1, 2019 – May 8, 2019
Times: 6 to 8:00 pm

Cost: $399

This is a 24-hour, 6 week, class and test prep for Drone Technology. The purpose of the class will be to introduce students to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka-drones), while also preparing them for the 107 Certification for Commercial Drone Piloting.

Students will learn:

  • The different types of drones
  • Basic airspace restrictions
  • Drone & Battery Maintenance
  • Safe practices
  • Basic controls & operating techniques
  • Commercial vs Hobby
  • and more…

Jobs in this field include, but are not limited to: Precision Agriculture, mapping and surveying, Film and TV, Construction, Search and Rescue, Wildlife Management, Air quality, package delivery, and more.

Certified Nursing Assistant

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the Week: Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
Dates: April 8, 2019 – June 24, 2019
Times: 6 to 9:30 pm & 9 am to 2pm

Cost: $2000

This 128-hour course into the nursing career ladder is designed to meet the WV State Requirements to prepare a nursing assistant to work in a long-term care facility. Areas of study include medical ethics, infection control, communication, resident’s rights, vital signs, activities of daily living, restorative care, death and dying and the ageing process. This course includes 72 hours of classroom instruction and 56 hours of clinical instruction at an approved facility. Additionally, this program will prepare students to sit for the West Virginia certification exam to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. This program requires students to work in any healthcare facility as a nursing assistant (hospital, home health facility, assisted living). Students are also expected to wear proper scrub attire.

Program Requirements:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Current immunizations and flu shot
  • Criminal background check
  • Three pairs of scrubs
  • White, clean closed shoes
  • Books for class – $50-$200