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Utica College to offer “English for Healthcare” course

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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Utica College announced it will offer an “English for Healthcare” online course beginning in late October. (Photo provided by Utica College)

UTICA, N.Y. — Utica College will offer a specialized “English for Healthcare” course to help those who work in the health-care field or plan to in the future.

The new course will combine health-care related vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills into an “accelerated,” 15-module course offered entirely online.

The new class “places focus on relevant topics that reflect daily health-care interactions” including patient history, insurance, billing, public health, mental health, and other topics. The course was designed with input from health-care partners, clinicians, and faculty.

The course begins Oct. 26 and a student can complete it in eight weeks. Students can also choose to enroll in the 15-week program beginning on Jan. 18, 2021.

Elizabeth Nassar, director of academic business development at Utica College, said the college’s clinical partners in Florida have indicated that this course is their “greatest need.”

“We know of so many wonderful employees who want to help patients and move to other areas of the hospital, but they simply cannot, because their English skills need to be further developed. The pandemic has made the need for this course even more urgent,” Nassar contended.

Utica College in September 2018 opened a nursing site in Miramar, Florida, per the college’s website.

The cost of the course is $900. If students earn admission into one of Utica College’s health-care programs after completing the course, the school will award them a $450 tuition credit.

The announcement of the new course follows the college’s early September announcement of the IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad.

That funding seeks to aid students in diversifying their education within the health-care field.

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