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Certificates

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Business

80 contact hours
Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Cost: $1,150

​This 80-hour course consists of office skills training and hands-on computer training.  You will learn techniques for working in teams, effective written and verbal communication skills, customer service skills, telephone etiquette, and techniques to support multiple people, review business math basics and build on your skills in Windows, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.​​

Prerequisites

​40 ​WPM plus you must be able to pass additional assessments in Word and Excel​

Possible Job Titles

​Administration Assistant, Clerk, Receptionist, Secretary, Office Assistant, Office Manager, Office Coordinator, Sales Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Human Resources Assistant​​​

How to apply

300 total hours, 150 hours in person lab and 150 hours online
Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Cost: $4,450

The non-credit Professional Dog Grooming certificate prepares students for a career in the grooming industry. Through a blend of hands-on and online training, students will learn the basics of safe animal handling, bathing, drying, scissor techniques, grooming skills, breed groups and industry terminology. Students will groom various breeds in the Bear Clips salon as skills are gained and mastered. During the training students will also focus on customer service, appointment scheduling, facility sanitation and maintenance. There will be a mandatory informational session held prior to enrollment in this course.

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Class Schedule for Spring 2024

Dog Grooming (enrollments based on first qualified, first enrolled)

Info sessions required before enrolling:

Class CRN Start Date End Date Days Start Time End Time Location
Dog Grooming (section 1) 24978 2/26/2024 5/29/2024 MW 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Southridge 6
Dog Grooming (section 2) 24979 1/9/2024 4/9/2024 TR 8:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Southridge 6

Prerequisites

Information session, scheduled prior to enrollment

Possible Job Titles

Dog Groomer​, Pet Groomer, Bather/Groomer, Pet Stylist​​, Pet Grooming Salon Manager

How to Apply

135 contact hours
Offered: Fall; Spring
Cost: $1,499​

Helpdesk professionals are the foundation of most ​companies. In this course, you will participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities to aid skill development in Customer Service, Hardware, Software, Security, and Troubleshooting. Successful students will be ready to complete a PC Pro Certification. All books and materials included.

Bank of computers in an IT area.

Class schedule for Spring 2024

IT Helpdesk Fundamentals (Qualify by December 20, 2023)
Class CRN ​Start Date End Date Days Start Time End Time Location
​​IT Helpdesk Fundamentals 24849 1/16/2024 5/2/2024 ​TR 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. West

Prerequisites

You must be able to pass assessments pertaining to Basic Computer Skills and Windows​

Possible Job Titles

​Help Desk Technician, Technical Support Specialist, IT Support Specialist, Desktop Support Analyst. Average starting wage in Iowa: $15.40/hour * Source: ONET 2020​

How to apply

Health Care

​75 hours
Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Cost: $537 + books and supplies

This course is designed for CNA’s who have completed the 90 hour state approved course. The course provides an opportunity to gain the additional competencies and clinical experiences needed to seek employment in a hospital. The first 45 hours of the course are held in a classroom/lab and the remaining 30 hours of clinical will be in a hospital. Job opportunities include, but are not limited to, EKG tech, Emergency Tech, Scope Tech, Surgery Tech, and OB Tech. The agency or hospital will provide additional training in these specialized areas. The student must provide proof they have successfully completed a 75 hour state approved CNA course​.

Prerequisites

​Students must be able to pass a criminal background check prior to acceptance into class.

  • You must complete a DMACC application for admission.
  • On the application, Section 2, question 12 is where you list your “Program of Interest”.
  • If you are taking CNA classes only list: “CNA only”.
  • If you are taking CNA and plan to go on to Nursing list: Practical Nursing (to be an L.P.N.) or Associate Degree Nursing (to be an R.N.)​

Possible Job Titles

​Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Includes Nursing Care Attendants, Nursing Aides, Nursing Attendants, Direct care Workers and Patient Advocate​

How to Apply

54 hours
Offered: Spring
Cost: $950

​​This course is a web-blended class. Students will work online independently while attending four in-person or face to face classes held at the DMACC Urban Campus. During the class, all students will complete a 5-hour Community Learning Experience in a behavioral health unit. The purpose of this certificate program is to provide education for individuals who may be new or currently working in the Behavioral Health/Mental arena. This program is designed to help both employers and students together. Employers using this training program will help future and current employees by offering an educational experience that will help standardize the approach to training and allow more individuals to enter this career pathway through the information and knowledge gained. It also allows students/employees the opportunity for increasing knowledge and training to become more proficient in the field they are working towards. This program helps to give students enough information, support and background as they begin their career in the human services profession. Upon successful completion each student will earn a DSP Behavioral and Mental Health Certificate.

Class CRN ​Start Date End Date Days Start Time End Time Location
DSP Behavioral & Mental Health   1/25/2024 3/28/2024 ​R 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Urban​

Prerequisites

Students must be able to pass a criminal background check and provide immunizations prior to acceptance into class.​ There is a required informational session.

Possible Job Titles

Mental Health Technician, Psychiatric Technician/Aide

40.10 hours
Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Cost: $750

​The purpose of this Online Certificate program is to provide education for individuals who may be new or currently working in the DSP Industry. This program is designed to help both employers and students together. Employers using this training program will help future and current employees by offering an educational experience that will help standardize the approach to training and allow more individuals to enter this career pathway through the information and knowledge gained. It also allows students/employees the opportunity for increasing knowledge and training to become more proficient in the field they are working towards. This program helps to give students enough information, background to help them as they begin their career in human services. Upon successful completion each student will earn a certificate.​

Class CRN ​Start Date End Date Days Start Time End Time Location
DSP Developmental Disabilities   1/11/2024 3/7/2024 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Urban​

 

​80 contact hours
Offered: Fall; Spring
Cost: $1,279

Formerly called Patient Intake & Billing, this certificate program will give an introduction to the role of Patient Access/Registration AND Coding and Billin​g in a healthcare setting. Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to: medical terminology, basic computer skills, insurance and funding regulations, how to recognize and utilize medical coding, healthcare safety, HIPAA, workplace skills and proper communication.

Class Schedule for Spring 2024

(Qualify by 8/11/2023)

Info session: 8/24/23, Ankeny, Bldg. 24, Rm. 203 at 4 p.m.

​Class ​CRN ​Start Date ​End Date ​Days ​Start Time ​End Time ​Location
​​HPS 15285​ January 2024   ​MR ​5:30 p.m. ​8:30 p.m. Ankeny 24 203

Prerequisites

​Must be able to type 40WPM and pass a digital literacy exam in Word and Excel. Students must be able to pass a criminal background check prior to acceptance into class​

Possible Job Titles

Receptionist, Clerk Specialist, Office Assistant, Registration Clerk, Medical Secretary, Unit Support Representative, Patient Relations Rep, Billing Assistant, Accounting Assistant, Medical Records clerk/Technician​

How to Apply

75 hours
Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Cost: $549 + books and supplies

​This course prepares the student to work in a nursing home, home health care agency, or group home and/or hospital. The first 45 hours of the course are classroom/lab and the remaining 30 hours of clinical will be in a nursing home.

You will give patient care under the supervision of your instructor. At the end of this course, you must take the Direct Care Worker registry written and skills exam to be eligible for employment.​

How to Apply

5 credit hours
Offered: Fall; Spring
Cost: $947.50+ books and supplies

​This certificate course is designed to provide an overall review of the current phlebotomy practices and procedures with an emphasis on the most important competencies in this field. This course will provide a variety of lecture, discussion, lab exercises and exams to provide the student with the opportunity to become skilled and gain confidence to work as a phlebotomist. Phlebotomists play an important role in the health care system and career opportunities are available. Phlebotomists may find employment in laboratories, hospitals, insurance companies, outreach services, patient service centers, research facilities, donor centers and physician’s offices.

Visit Phlebotomy Program page​​

Prerequisites

Students must be able to pass a criminal background check prior to acceptance into class.​

Possible Job Titles

Phlebotomist, Mobile Phlebotomist, Phlebotomy Technician​

How to Apply

60 contact hours
Offered: Spring
Cost: $745

​This course will give an introduction to the field of the central service/sterile processing department within the healthcare system. Instruction will include communication skills between hospital departments, ethical and moral issues, and safety rules and regulations. The course will review a base knowledge of basic microbiology, disease transmission, asepsis, decontamination, instrumentation, preparation and packaging for sterilization in the central services/sterile processing department. This course will include 20 hours of clinical as well as 40 hours of classroom instruction.

Sterile Processing (info session will be scheduled in August)

​Class ​CRN ​Start Date ​End Date ​Days ​Start Time ​End Time ​Location
Sterile Processing   2/23/2024 5/3/2024 F ​11 a.m. 3 p.m. Urban 2 209
 

 

Prerequisites

Students must be able to pass a criminal background check and provide immunizations prior to acceptance into class.​ There is a required informational session.

Possible Job Titles

Sterile Processing Technician, Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician), Central Service Technician (CST), Instrument Technician, Sterilization Technician, Central Processing Technician (CPT), Sterile Preparation Technician, Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician), Equipment Technician ​​

How to Apply

Skilled Trades

16 credits
Offered: Fall
Cost: $3,477 + books and supplies

​CNC operators are entry-level jobs for people who interact with computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) machines that are used in the manufacturing world. This equipment is used to form, shape, and cut materials such as steel, aluminum, and plastics into precision parts used in almost every product. CNC operators are responsible for loading and unloading work pieces, downloading and editing programs, and measuring the quality of the work pieces they produce. The CNC operator certificate that DMACC offers provides an opportunity to get a credential in a short two-semester program. You could start your training and get into a good-paying job within a year.

CNC Program Page​

Prerequisites

  • You must apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) before receiving funding from WTA.
    a. You will then submit your SAR (Student Aid Report) to WTA.
  • You must complete a DMACC application
    You must also complete the CNC program requirements: View Requirements
    *Note: You will take the CNC assessments verses WTA assessments
  • You must apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) before requesting from other funding sources. You will also need to complete a DMACC application.

Possible Job Titles

CNC Operator, Lathe/Mill Operator, Machine Operator.​

 

Offered in Ames, this course of study is in DC/AC fundamentals, motor controls, and basic Programmable Logic Controllers.

160 contact hours
Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Cost: $5,600

​This course will prepare you for production MIG welding used by most manufacturers in Central Iowa. This course goes beyond welding instruction and includes blueprint reading, weld symbols, measuring tools, and layout and fabrication. Gain exposure to processes, equipment and safety in the manufacturing environment. Correctly select, read and calibrate appropriate measuring instruments. Learn appropriate use of fabrication equipment and apply basic layout techniques utilizing hand tools. Heat and cut steel with oxygen/acetylene torch equipment. Learn to weld in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions with GMAW (MIG) using pulse, spray, short-arc transfer.​

Spring Welding Classes​​​​​​​​

(dates available in Oct/Nov)

​Class ​CRN ​Start Date ​End Date ​Days ​Start Time ​End Time ​Location
​Welding Health & Safety   MTWRF 5 p.m. 9 p.m. Southridge 8
Blueprint Reading       MTWRF 5 p.m. ​9 p.m. Southridge 7
​Welding Inspection   ​MTWRF ​5 p.m. ​9 p.m. ​Southridge 8
​MIG     ​MTWRF ​5 p.m. ​9 p.m. ​Southridge 8
​MIG II       ​MWRF ​5 p.m. ​9 p.m. ​Southridge 8
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Possible Job Titles

​MIG Welder, Welder, Welder/Fabricator​

How to Apply

Transportation

160 hours
Offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Cost: $4900

​The DMACC Transportation Institute Commercial Vehicle Operator Training course is comprised of two separate courses; an online theory course and a behind the wheel driving course. The total program is 160 hours and meets the FMCSA standards and regulations for Entry-Level Driver Training.​

Online Theory Course: This online course meets FMCSA ELDT standards and requirements and is a prerequisite to the Behind the Wheel driving course. This theory course is 100% online and takes a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 30 days to complete. You must complete the online theory course before you can start the Behind the Wheel course.​

Behind the Wheel Course:​​ This is a 3 week course where students will be trained primarily on automatic trucks and master the skills maneuvers on our concourse as well as the road driving. DMACC is an authorized Iowa DOT 3rd Party testing provider, so upon successful completion of the course, our students will be tested “in house” and able to obtain their CDL quickly.​ ​​

Possible Job Titles: ​

Driver, Route Driver, Driver Associate​

How to Apply

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