Feb. NSU Cont. Ed. Courses


The following upcoming non-credit courses are offered by the Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education. For more information on non-credit programs at NSU, go to nsula.edu/ece/non-credit-programs. To register for classes, go to checkout.nsula.edu.

Pick Up your Brush painting classes will be Thursdays, Feb. 1, 15 and 22 and Saturdays, Feb. 10 and 25 on the second floor of South Hall. Thursday classes are from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday classes are from 9 a.m. – noon. Fees are $45 per session. In these classes, you will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece of your own. No special or prior skill is required; just relax and enjoy each class. Students will take home a completed painting at the end of every class. Children ages 7 – 12 years old are allowed to enroll, but a parent must accompany the child the entire class. Parent does not have to enroll unless they participate. All supplies are included. The instructor is Shanna Dees Gaspard.

TEAS Test Boot Camp will be Fridays, Feb. 2, 9 and 23 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and April 3 and 5 from 8 a.m. – noon on the second floor on South Hall. Fees are $50 for pre-register and $75 day of offering. Participants will receive study tips for test success and review material on each TEAS section. The instructor is Amy M. Garcie, DNP, RN, CNML.

Fearless Public Speaking online though WebEx is Friday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. – noon. The fee is $75. This course teaches skills needed to be an outstanding public speaker. You will learn how to use tone and pacing to deliver a strong message, grasp listeners’ attention and more. See an introduction at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/sjgtm. The instructor is Bonnie Gross.

Phlebotomy Technician courses will be Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays Feb. 5 – March 25 from 6-9 p.m. in the classroom with varying clinical hours on the second floor of South Hall. Fees are $850 plus $125 to be paid directly to the instructor on the first night of class. A minimum payment of $425 must be included with registration and does not include material fee or board fee. Remaining balance must be paid through Checkout prior to the start of clinical. This seven-week course is broken down into two parts: five weeks of classroom and two weeks of clinical. It is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in Phlebotomy. Students are required to complete 100 clinical hours and 100 venipunctures before they will be allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association. Students must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript, pay $125 for National Board Certification and material fee to instructor the first night of class, a set of solid scrubs for clinical days and required textbook prior to the first night of class, Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer). The instructor is Sherry Hinton, CPI, Stick It Phlebotomy, LLC.

A line dance class will be Tuesdays, Feb. 6 – March 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Room 127 of the Health and Human Performance Building. The fee is $65. Exercise your body and mind by dancing to upbeat music. Line Dancing is a fun way to dance socially without a dance partner. Dancing styles covered in this class will include Country Western, Zydeco, Hip-Hop and an introduction to Salsa, Waltz.

An LA Concealed Carry Class will be Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the second floor of South Hall and the Natchitoches Shooting Range. Fees are $80 plus $20 shooting fee to be paid to the Natchitoches Shooting Range. Space is limited to first 30 student and minimum of 10. This course is for residents 21 and older who want to obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit. You will learn shooting fundamentals, safe handling, use of force laws and more. The certified instructor is Kevin Billiot.

A Family and Friends CPR class is Monday, Feb. 19 from 4-6 p.m. in Room 118 of Fournet Hall. Fees are $10 plus a $5 material fee. The course will teach the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and mild and severe airway block for adults, children and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the American Heart Association (AHA) research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. This course is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life. A Certificate of Participation will be provided at the end of the course. The instructor is Amy M. Garcie, DNP, RN, CNML.