Continuing Studies

Hallmark Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare delivery needs of the 21st  century and beyond. One way we are doing that is to prepare higher skilled workers for the new delivery system by repurposing and advancing current roles in the system.

Lawrence Memorial offers four certificate programs:

Computed Tomography (CT)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Medical Assistant

Pharmacy Technician

 

Download the Enrollment Form for these four programs here: Lawrence Memorial Certificate Programs Enrollment Form

 

CT and MRI

These programs are designed for technologists with no experience who want to learn how to perform CT or MRI, and for those experienced CT or MRI technologists who would like assistance in preparing to take the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), through a formal program of study.

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited imaging program and hold current ARRT certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy or current certification with the Nuclear Medicine Technology Board (NMTCB). New graduates may also apply; however, preference will be given to registered technicians.

Both the CT and MRI programs offer four didactic courses. These courses are offered as hybrid courses both online and in class alternatively, and are provided in an interactive format to accommodate the working adult student. The programs have been designed based on the ASRT curriculum and ARRT content specifications. Students who currently work in the desired modality are able to utilize their place of employment as their clinical placement. Clinical placement and clinical locations are available to those who require it. The competency based clinical internships are flexible (16 hours/week) to accommodate the clinical affiliate as well as the students schedule when possible.

Advanced clinical placement is available for those not currently working in CT or MRI.

As of January 2016, the ARRT will require all applicants for post primary certification to complete formal education in order to qualify for the exam. Formal education reinforces material being taught on the job and ensures all technologists are being provided with key concepts for physics and image production.

 

Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate prepares individuals to work in team supervised by a pharmacist to perform day to day functions of the practice of pharmacy including preparing prescriptions, packaging medication, inventory control, medication delivery, working with and maintaining various technologies, customer service and record keeping.

This program, which includes classroom hours and hands-on training (practicum), will prepare the participant to take a Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy- approved examination for registration. Those passing the examination can register as Pharmacy Technicians in Massachusetts. In order to work as a pharmacy technician, in Massachusetts, you must either work for 500 hours as a Pharmacy Technician trainee or complete a Board approved pharmacy technician training program (accomplished through the practicum) as well as successfully pass the registration examination.

This program will serve as foundation for preparation to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam to become a nationally certified pharmacy technician. The completion of this Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy approved pharmacy technician training program will prepare the participant to work in a variety of pharmacy settings including a hospital pharmacy department.

 

Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant Certificate program is a collaboration between Hallmark Health System (HHS) Nursing and Radiography’s Continuing Studies and the Center for Professional Development.

The following options would be most appropriate in developing individuals to take on the role of a medical assistant or enhance their skill as a medical assistant. All of these options will enable those individuals who are not eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam meet the requirements to apply for Assessment-Based Recognition in Order Entry (ABR-OE) through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

1. Attend the full Medical Assistant Program that would include both classroom and clinical components.
2. Attend the classroom portion of the Medical Assistant Program only and attend a Meaningful Use Stage 2 refresher to prepare them to complete the 5 AAMA continuing education courses.
3. Attend the Meaningful Use Stage 2 refresher and prep for exam.

The Meaningful Use Stage 2 refresher will ensure eligibility to apply for the ABR-OE.

Eligible HHS employees may use tuition reimbursement for the HHS Medical Assistant Certificate Program. If employees are being required to attend any part of the program, they must be paid for their time and the employer must cover the cost of the program. A contract between the Program and the physician offices and HHS clinics will be completed to help students in meeting their clinical requirements.