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Health Care Continuing Education

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

This program teaches students the information and skills needed to work as nurse aides in a variety of health care venues including long‐term, home‐care, hospice care, and acute care settings. Program prepares students to take the Montana Certified Nurse Aide licensing exam.

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Upcoming Dates:

  • April 12 through May 17, 2014 (registration deadline Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

Times:

  • Classroom Instruction (47.5 hours and 4 hours CPR/First Aid)
    • Meets at Bitterroot College
      • 8:30am-3:30pm, Saturdays , April 12 & 19 (lunch break 11:30am-noon)
      • 8:30am-2:30pm, Saturdays, April 26, May 3, & 10 (lunch break 11:30am-noon)
      • 5pm-9pm, Wednesday & Thursday, April 16 & 17 (Thurs, Apr 17 CPR/First Aid)
      • 5:30pm-9pm, Wednesdays, April 23 thru May 14
  • Clinical Instruction (40 hours)
    • Meets at Discovery Care Centre
      • Group 1: 4pm-9pm, Sundays & Mondays, April 20 thru May 12
      • Group 2: 4pm-9pm, Thursdays & Fridays, April 24 thru May 16
  • State Licensing Exam
    • Held at Discovery Care Centre
      • 8:00am-1pm, Saturday, May 17

Location: Bitterroot College UM and Discovery Care Centre
Fee: $850 (includes tuition, textbook, CPR & First Aid class fee, and state licensing exam fee)

Fee Assistance: 

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Training Funding
    • Complete WIA Assessment Form and submit with CNA Application to Bitterroot College
    • Bitterroot Job Service will contact applicant for an eligibility interview within five business days of submitting the CNA Application/WIA Assessment Form
    • Once initial eligibility is determined, Bitterroot Job Service may request documentation from applicant; funding approval will then be determined and Bitterroot Job Service will notify applicant and Bitterroot College of applicant’s funding status
  • Fee reimbursement by nursing facility
    • Federal regulations require that nurse aides who become employed or who are offered employment within 12 months of earning their CNA license be reimbursed for their training and testing costs by their employing nursing facility. Visit State Plan for Nurse Aide Training and Competency Testing Program for details (applies only if student pays for training and testing; does not apply if WIA, VocRehab, or other government funding is used)

Registration Process:  download Program Information and Application, complete application form, and submit with full payment to Bitterroot College by Tuesday, April 1, 2014; for more information on registration process, contact Patty Skinner at (406) 375-0100 or

Applicant Requirements:

  • Students must be 18 years of age by start of training
  • Student must hold a high school diploma, GED certificate, or have qualifying TABE scores by start of program (see Application and Program Information for TABE details)
  • Student must submit cleared background check with application (see Application and Program Information for background check process)
  • Student must submit current TB test (within past year) and current Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccination records with application (see Application and Program Information for vaccination details)

Program Coordinator: Maureen (Mo) O'Brien, RN

EMT-BASIC

This course prepares students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification examination required for EMT-BASIC licensure in Montana. The series is designed to teach students the full range of Basic Life Support skills from simple bleeding control to cardiac arrest procedures. To learn more about becoming a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Montana, visit the Montana Board of Medical Examiners/Emergency Medical Technicians.

Dates: offered twice yearly - October through December and February through April
Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM; intermittent Fridays or Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton
Fee: $600 (does NOT includes NREMT exam cost)
Registration Process: contact William Torres with Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at (406) 375-4754
Applicant Requirements: students must be 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or GED certificate by the NREMT exam date
Lead Instructor: Dan Sorenson

First Aid and CPR

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) use. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid, CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements. This is an American Heart Association course.

Upcoming Dates:

  • TBA

Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (both evenings)

Location: Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton
Fee: $45
Registration Process: contact Kelly Schrammeck with Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at (406) 375-4654 or

Healthcare Providers

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED (automated external defibrillator), and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. This is an American Heart Association course.

Upcoming Dates:

  • TBA

Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (one evening)
Location: Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton
Fee: $45
Registration Process: contact Kelly Schrammeck with Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at (406) 375-4654 or

Phlebotomy Training

Students will be trained in both theory and technique of phlebotomy. Students will learn the basic blood draw methods, which include: Vacutainer, butterfly draws, and finger sticks. All students will be required to volunteer their arms and fingers for training purposes. However, if students would like to bring volunteers to draw from, students may do so at 10:30am and 2:30pm on the second day of class. Bringing a volunteer is encouraged as the more practice the more comfortable and successful students will be. Other areas of study include: basic medical terms, universal precautions, professionalism, and patient's rights.

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 4 & 5, 2014 (registration deadline Friday, March 21, 2014)

Times: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fri, April 4 and 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Sat, April 5 (2 class meetings)
Location: Bitterroot College UM, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton
Fee: $265
Registration Process: download Phlebotomy Training Registration Form and Information Sheet, complete registration form, and submit with full payment to Bitterroot College by Friday, March 21, 2014; for more information on registration, contact Patty Skinner at (406) 375-0100 or
Instructor: Course is provided by Countrywide Phlebotomy (PO Box 3321, Idaho Falls, ID 83401) in partnership with the Bitterroot College UM. Individuals with specific course content questions should contact Countrywide Phlebotomy at (208) 589-0132 or

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