Short Term Programs

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Welcome to exciting new career opportunities in our Short Term Programs.  These programs are between 6-15 weeks in duration. They are condensed curriculum certifications designed to prepare you for employment in a specific profession and return you to the workforce in a timely manner. Find our programs listed below. For more information or to register for the programs below contact Martha Leeson at (304)424-8275 or ude.puvwnull@noseel.ahtram

Aluminium Welding
Certified Nursing Assistant
Dental Assistant Certification
Direct Care Worker, Family Care Giver
Introduction to Intravenous (IV) Therapy.
Medical Office Specialist Certificate
Ulimate Admistrative Assistant Certificate

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


Aluminum Welding

Days of the week: Friday
Dates: April 21 – June 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $1,000
Instructor: Carl Collins

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.

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


Certified Bookkeeper

Days of the week: Tuesday and Thursday
Dates: June. 20 – Nov. 14, 2017
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Jackson County Center, Ripley West Virginia
Cost: $2000

The 120 hour Certified Bookkeeper designation assures the level of knowledge and skill needed to carry out all key functions through the adjusted trial balance, including basic payroll, depreciation, inventory, internal controls and fraud prevention. Certification ensures an employer that you have the proven skills and knowledge to entrust their most important assets. This course is designed for experienced bookkeepers or accounting students finishing their second year.
Certification requirements:

  • Signing a code of ethics
  • Passing the 4 part national certification exam
  • Once certified, meeting ongoing continuing education requirements
  • Proving 2 years’ experience in bookkeeping or 3,000 hours part time or freelance experience before or after you take the national exam. You have 3 years from the date that you pass the exam to fulfill this requirement.
  • Criminal background check

This course includes text books and Certified Bookkeepers exam thru Prometric.
Call (304)424.8275 or email ude.puvwnull@noseel.ahtraM to register today!


Certified Nursing Assistant (This Program Is Full For Spring 2017)

Days of the week: Wednesday and Thursday 
Dates: Feb. 22 – April 12, 2017
Time: Will be adjusted accordingly
Location: Roane General Hospital
Cost: $2000

This 136 hour course onto 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 and sit for the State’s certification examination to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. Additional hours have been incorporated to train students to work in any health care facility as a nursing assistant (hospital, home health, assisted living). 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 again process. This course includes 80 hours of classroom instruction, and 56 hours of clinical instruction at an approved facility.
Program requirements:

  • Current immunizations
  • Criminal background check
  • White scrub bottoms and hunter green top
  • Clean close toed shoes


Dental Assistant Certification

Days of the week: Tuesday and Thursday
Dates: September 5 – January 9, 2018 
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $,2000

This 90 hour Dental Assistant Program prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – Dental Assistant. 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: 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. 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).


Direct Care Worker, Family Care Giver (This Program Is Full for Spring 2017)

Days of the week: Monday and Wednesday
Dates: March 6 – May 5, 2017
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $2000

Program Requirements: Current immunizations, criminal background check, drug testing and clean close toed shoes and scrubs. This is a 100 hour course onto the nursing career ladder. Direct Care Workers are trained to care for people who need assistance in their homes and/or in accessing community activities and services. The competencies needed to successfully complete course objectives are identified from the Skill Standards produced by the West Virginia Department of Education, Health Sciences Division, and the Working group of the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living. DCW Certification test upon successful completion of the course.
Course Objectives:

  • Administer bedside or personal care
  • Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes or dishes, or running errands.
  • Care for individuals or families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption, or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care, or help in adjusting to new lifestyles.
  • Perform healthcare related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses or physiotherapists.
  • Plan, shop for, or prepare nutritious meals or assist families in planning, shopping for, or preparing nutritious meals.
  • Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians’ offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
  • Instruct and/or advise clients on issues such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition, or infant care.
  • Train family members to provide bedside care


Introduction to Intravenous (IV) Therapy

Days of the week: Monday and Wednesday
Dates: February 21 – June 29, 2017
Times: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $249.00

This is a 16-hour class and clinical featuring an overview of Intravenous Therapy. Professionals providing IV therapy must continually keep current as IV Therapy continues to change. The purpose of the class will be to prepare health care professionals for introductory knowledge of Intravenous Therapy, including roles and responsibilities, and legal and ethical issues. During this course, students will receive instruction on performing IV therapy with a focus on anatomy and physiology, asepsis, the equipment and supplies necessary, review of drug calculations, pharmacology as it related to IV therapy, and the practice of starting and running an IV. This class will involve hands-on opportunities with equipment and supplies, artificial and real IV Placement.


Medical Office Specialist Certificate

Days of the Week: Monday and Thursday
Dates: January 23 – May 15, 2017
Times: 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Cost: $2,000

Requirements: Basic Computer Skills and must have computer.
Medical Terminology This course provides an introduction to and working knowledge of the spelling, pronunciation and meaning of terms commonly used in the medical field.
Medical Billing This microcomputer software course provides an introduction and working knowledge of medical billing procedures used in the medical field and in medical insurance operations.
Medical Coding This course provides a working knowledge of medical coding procedure used in the medical field and in medical insurance operations. This course will prepare students to sit for the CCA exam, to become a Certified Medical Coder.



Days of the Week: Tuesday and Thursday
Dates: August 22 thru January 16, 2018 (Approximate 133 hour program)
Times: 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Cost: $2,000.00

Program requirements: High School diploma or GED equivalent. Current immunizations Criminal background check Scrubs Parking Permit 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 greatly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the health care team has recently been brought into much sharper focus. This 133 hour program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform veni-punctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy, and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. 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.

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.

Program requirements:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Current immunizations and flu shot-can range from $10.00 to $350.00
  • Criminal background check-can range from $5 to $25.00 in cost
  • Scrubs-Students will need to purchase 3 pair $15.00 to $50.00 each.
  • Books for class-can range from $50.00 to $200.00
  • Parking Permit- $25.00


Ultimate Administrative Assistant Certificate

Days of the Week: Tuesday and Wednesday
Dates: April 4 – October 18, 2017
Times: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $2,000.00

Requirements: Basic Computer Skills and Must Have Computer.
This 150 hour certification will prepare students for the continuously changing role of the office professional. Students will become proficient in administrative skills, communication skills, customer service, interpersonal skills, various computer applications software, and other current technology. Students will prepare invoices, reports, memos, letters, financial statements, and other documents, schedule appointments, use word processing, spreadsheet database, and presentation software. Areas of learning include; English for Professionals, Interpersonal Skills, Business Practices, Customer Service, Nonverbal and Verbal Communication, Mirosoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Cloud Services.