Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will host the following non-credit courses:
Free Praxis Core preparation seminars and group mathematics tutoring will be offered July 10, 11, 13, 17 and 18 at the Teacher Education Center Room C105. The schedule is: Reading seminar, Tuesday, July 10, 10 a.m. – noon; Mathematics seminar, Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m.–noon; Writing seminar, Friday, July 13, 10 a.m.–noon; Mathematics group tutoring, Tuesday, July 17, 10 a.m.–noon; and Mathematics group tutoring, Wednesday, July 18, 1-3 p.m. The free seminars will provide current and potential students with test taking strategies and an overview of the content included in Praxis Core tests. The group tutoring sessions for Core Mathematics are designed for participants to have their questions answered in an informal setting by a math teacher. Interested candidates can stop by for a few minutes or stay for the entire session.
A Pick Up Your Brush painting course will be offered two Thursdays in July. Dates and subjects are 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12 with students painting crawfish and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 19 with students painting personalized street lamp landscapes. Sessions are $45 each. Classes will take place at the second floor of South Hall with Shanna Dees Gaspard as instructor. In these classes, participants will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece. No special or prior skills are required. 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. The parent does not have to enroll unless they participate. Each date is a separate session. All supplies included.
A TEAS Boot Camp will be offered Friday, July 13 from 1-5 p.m. The class will take place on the second floor of South Hall with Amy M. Garcie as instructor. The fee to participate is $50 for pre-registered students and $75 for students who register the day of the boot camp. The workshop will include four hours of intense, must-know information. Participants will receive study tips for test success and will review material on each TEAS section, reading, science, math and English. TEAS, which stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills, is administered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education. The test is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who would succeed in nursing school and who have the ability to think like a nurse.
A Family and Friends CPR course will be Monday, July 23 from 4-6 p.m. in Room 118 of Fournet Hall. This course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and 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. Family and Friends CPR 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 fee is $10 plus a $5 material fee and is taught by Amy M. Garcie, DNP, RN, CNML.
The phlebotomy technician course will be offered July 23-Sept. 7. Classes will be on the second floor of South Hall from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Clinical hours will vary. Sherry Hinton, CPI, of Stick It Phlebotomy, LLC, will be the class instructor. The cost of the class is $850 plus the $125 National Board Certification and material fee paid directly to the instructor first night of class. A minimum payment of $425 must be included with registration and does not include material fee or board fee. The remaining balance must be paid through Checkout prior to the start of clinical. The seven-week course is broken 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. The possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense could take place at clinical sites. Requirements include proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript; a $125 National Board Certification and materials fee paid to the instructor the first night of class and a set of solid scrubs for clinical days (any color). Students must purchase required textbook prior to the first night of class, Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer). This book is not available through the NSU bookstore but may be purchased through a variety of locations. The book may also be checked out from the instructor at no cost. However, it must be understood that if it is returned damaged or not returned at all, there will be a $60 fee that must be paid before being allowed to sit for the National Board Examination.
Playing in the Mud, a beginning ceramics course, will be Thursdays, June 21 – Aug. 16 from 6-8 p.m. in Room 207 of CAPA. This course is an introduction to working with clay. The student will learn hand-building and sculptural techniques, as well as work on the potter’s wheel. There will also be room for intermediate and advanced students to take the class who want to use the facilities during the class time. The cost is $150 plus a $20 material fee. The instructor is Matt DeFord.
A Line Dance Class will be Mondays and Thursdays, June 21-July 23 (excluding June 21 and July 19) from 5:30- 7 p.m. in Room 127 of the Health and Human Performance Building. 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. The fee is $65 and instructors are Avila and Wanda Kahey.
For more information on the non-credit programs, go to www.nsula.edu/ece/non-credit-programs/ or call (800)376-2422 or (318)357-6355. To register for classes, go to checkout.nsula.edu To learn more about online non-credit courses, visit http://www.gatlineducation.com/nsula & http://www.ed2go.com/nsu/