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

Aluminium Welding
Certified Nursing Assistant
Dental Assistant Certification
Direct Care Worker, Family Care Giver
Medical Office Specialist Certificate
Real Estate Pre-Licensure
Ultimate Administrative Assistant Certificate

Applications and Procedures


“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

WVU Parkersburg Class
Dates: March 2, 2018 - May 11, 2018
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
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
  • Aluminum Weld Equipment Setup
  • Aluminum 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.

Certified Bookkeeper

WVU Jackson County Center Class
Days of the week: TBD
Dates: TBD
Time: TBD

Cost: $2,000

The 120-hour Certified Bookkeeper designation assures the level of knowledge and skill needed to carry out all essential 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 valuable assets. This course is designed for experienced bookkeepers or accounting students finishing their second year.


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

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


Dental Assistant Certification

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the week: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates: February 6, 2018 – May 3, 2018 
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $2,000

This 90-hour Dental Assistant Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare positions. 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 Administrative Aspects, including the history of dentistry and dental assisting, an introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, and policies and guidelines. Clinical Aspects taught will include an introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, dental equipment, tooth structure, primary and permanent teeth, the oral cavity and related structures, proper patient positioning, dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and more.

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).


  • “Dental Assisting 12th Edition.”
    Textbook: ISBN 978-0323430302
    Workbook: ISBN 978-0323430319


Direct Care Worker, Family Care Giver

Days of the week: Monday & Wednesday
Dates: November 1, 2017 – February 14, 2018 
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $2,000

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 in accessing community activities and services. The competencies required to 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 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

Dates: October 4 – October 30, 2017
Time: 7:00p – 9:00p

Cost: $249

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 fundamental 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 & Thursday
Dates: October 5 – February 19, 2018
Time: 6:00p – 9:00p

Cost: $2,000

BTECH 253 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.
BTECH 255 Medical Billing This microcomputer software course provides an introduction and working knowledge of medical billing procedures used in the area of health and medical insurance operations.
BTECH 256 Medical Coding This course provides a working knowledge of medical coding procedure used in the medical field and medical insurance operations. This course will prepare students to sit for the CCA exam, to become a Certified Medical Coder.


  • Computer
  • Basic Computer Skills



WVU Parkersburg Class

Days of the Week: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Dates: February 13, 2018 – May 31, 2018
Times: 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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


Real Estate Pre-Licensure

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the Week: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Dates: January 19, 2018 – March 4, 2018
Times: Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. |  Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $1,500

This course explores real estate principles, practices, finance, law, and appraisal, providing the required 120 hours of seat-time and preparing students to sit for real estate licensure exams.  Students must complete the full 120 hours of seat-time; to be eligible to sit for the state exams. This program is accredited by both the West Virginia Real Estate Commission and the Ohio Division of Real Estate.

Real Estate Principles and Practices: January 19 – 21 & January 26 – 28
Real Estate Finance: February 2 – 4
Real Estate Appraisal: February 9 – 11
Real Estate Law: February 23 – 25 & March 2 – 4


  • 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.

Ultimate Administrative Assistant Certificate

WVU Parkersburg Class
Days of the Week: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Dates: February 6, 2018 – July 19, 2018
Times: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $2,000

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, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Cloud Services.


  • Computer
  • Basic computer skills