Healthcare plays a prominent role in Northern New Jersey’s economy, and Bergen Community College’s $20 million Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center (HPITC) in Paramus is helping to train the professionals needed to meet the industry’s current and growing workforce requirements.
Financed through New Jersey’s 2012 Building Our Future Bond Act, the HPITC is the college’s first new freestanding building since West Hall in 2007, and it provides ample space for the college’s long-standing programs as well as for its new programs to grow.
The 63,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility features SMART classrooms and 13 dedicated laboratories to enhance students’ learning experiences and provide them with the advanced skills needed to succeed in today’s evolving healthcare labor market. The building features two centerpieces: a simulation center for labor and delivery training, ambulatory pediatrics, emergency room services, and a 24-chair dental hygiene clinic that not only will allow students to complete 600 hours of clinical practice, but also provide the local community with a low-cost oral healthcare option.
Bergen Community College offers nine health professions certificate and degree programs, including diagnostic medical sonography, medical office assistant, and nursing. Currently, more than 1,000 students are enrolled in these programs. The building also services the college’s eight non-credit certification programs, including certified home health aide, certified pharmacy technician and medical coding and billing specialist. Paramedic science is the college’s latest health professional program, while its exercise science certificate and degree programs were introduced in 2017.
The healthcare field is Bergen County’s largest employment sector, with six major hospitals and more than 70,000 healthcare-related jobs. Last year, BCC supported the industry with nearly 470 graduates from the college’s health professional programs who entered the workforce or continued their education at a four-year institution. Among the graduates, students in the veterinary technology programs delivered a 100 percent job placement rate.
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