Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will host the following non-credit courses in July:


Water aerobics will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 2-31 ($45) and Aug. 1-15 ($22.50) from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex. The instructor is Katherine Yandell. Using the unique properties of the water, this class provides participants with a fun and challenging workout designed to increase heart rate, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and enhance endurance. Water Aerobics meets the demands of the most skilled movers and is gentle enough on the joints for those seeking a low impact alternative.


A driver education course will be Monday-Thursday, July 15-18 from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the second floor of South Hall. Driving schedules will be set once class begins. Registration deadline is Friday, July 5. A mandatory parent meeting will be Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m.  This course will consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of eight hours of practice driving (behind-the-wheel instruction). Participants will receive a certificate verifying successful completion of the course. Please provide proof of age. Must be 15 years old on or before Oct. 15 to be eligible to enroll in this class. The instructor is Kevin Warner. Contact the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education for more details or visit to register.


The TEAS Test Boot Camp will be Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second floor of South Hall. The instructor is Amy M. Garcie, DNP, RN, CNML and is $35 pre-register of $45 on the day of offering. This is three hours of reviewing must-know information and gaining study tips for the reading, math, science and English TEAS sections. Disclaimer: Persons participating in one of the review courses listed above to help prepare for the ATI TEAS test must realize that there is no guarantee stated or implied that participation will assure a passing score on the test.


An introduction to keyboarding course will be Monday-Thursday, July 8-18 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 106 of South Hall. The fee is $150 and the instructor is Kristine Walker. An introductory class to keyboarding. This course is designed for students enrolled in the sixth, seventh or eighth grades and will introduce all the keys on the keyboard with a focus on correct technique, speed and accuracy. Seating is limited.


Pick up your Brush painting classes will be Thursday, July 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Crawfish Platter) and Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. – noon (Pallet Knife Nest) on the second floor of South Hall. The fee is $45 per session and the instructor is Shanna Dees Gaspard. In these classes, participants will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece of their own. No special or prior skill 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 may enroll, but a parent must accompany the child the entire class. Parent does not have to enroll unless they participate. Each date is a separate session. All supplies are included.


A phlebotomy technician training course will be at the NSU CenLa Campus (Room 164, 1410 Neel Kearby Blvd.) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 29-Aug. 30 from 6-9 p.m. (classroom) and Monday-Friday, Sept. 2-13 (Clinical lab/students have up to two weeks to complete clinical labs/hours vary). The instructor is Sherry Hinton, CPI, Stick It Phlebotomy, LLC. Fees are $950, plus $150 paid directly to instructor on the first night of class, National Board Certification and material fee. A minimum payment of $475 must be included with registration and does not include material fee or board fee. Remaining balance must be paid through checkout prior to Monday, Aug. 26. 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. Note: Possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense at clinical sites. Requirements:

Must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript

Must pay $150 National Board Certification & material fee to instructor the first night of class

Set of solid scrubs for clinical days (any color/do not purchase until after first class meeting)

Student must purchase required textbook prior to the first night of class: Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer). This book is not available through the 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.


A Security + Intensive Boot Camp is now offered online/open enrollment by instructor Eddie Horton. The fee is $1,899. This intensive boot camp is designed with one thing in mind: Certification. In this course you will study, at your own pace, for the CompTIA Security+ (SYO-501) exam. Students will be provided resources, lecture notes and access to a live professor that will prepare them to take the certification exam. This comprehensive package includes the software, recorded lectures, a test voucher (good for 1 year) and a free retake and a weekly live session should participants need it.  These tools will help you succeed and become Security+ certified. This course is self-paced so that students may begin any time and will have nine months of live access.


For more information on non-credit programs, go to or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355. To register for classes, go to To learn more about online non-credit courses visit and