Healthcare Professional Development

Non-credit healthcare course offered at the UCCS campus.

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Medical laboratory scientists are healthcare professionals who perform and evaluate laboratory tests that assist physicians in detecting, diagnosing and treating disease. Medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals, research, reference, and forensic laboratories. Students who already have a bachelor's degree and required prerequisite coursework may apply to the MLS program and after successful completion of the internship year will receive a certificate.

The UCCS MLS Program is offered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) MLS Program. UNMC supplies the academic curriculum and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Participating hospital laboratories provide the laboratory internships.

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The year generates 43 credit hours divided into three parts which begins in May:

  • 7SummerSTUDENT LAB at UNMC in Omaha
  • 19Spring2nd CLINICAL ROTATION* at UCCS

RN Refresher Course

The RN Refresher course is an innovative course designed and developed by Beth-El faculty. Cheryl Hawkinson, MSN, RNC-OB, CNML is the current coordinator and lead faculty. Because of the need to maintain standards in a rapidly changing technological world, this course was developed to keep registered nurses knowledgeable about current nursing techniques and practices.

The RN Refresher course will help out-of-practice nurses feel current and technologically up-to-date. Past RN Refresher students repeatedly express the feelings of security and self-assurance that they received from taking this course.

This course provides 240 hours (120 theory and 120 clinical) required by Colorado DORA for reinstatement, reactivation, or licensure by endorsement. The cost of the course is $2,400.

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  • Review previous knowledge and basic patient care
  • Acquire additional knowledge and skills required of a medical/surgical nurse
  • Gain a renewed sense of self-confidence as a professional nurse
  • Be exposed to traditional and new career/educational opportunities
  • Be able to transfer into a staff orientation in a health care environment
  • Computer/printer access and basic online internet skills
  • Current RN Licensure or temporary work permit from the Colorado Board of Nursing
  • Nursing Malpractice insurance
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen
  • Proof of current American Heart Association or Red Cross CPR training
  • Proof of current immunizations to include PPD, MMR, Hepatitis B, and tetanus
  • Completion of all required registration forms and payment of tuition and fees.

The RN Refresher course will help out-of-practice nurses feel current and technologically up-to-date. Past RN Refresher students repeatedly express the feelings of security and self-assurance that they received from taking this course. If you want to reenter the health care profession as an RN, or if you feel intimidated by recent changes in technology, join our RN Refresher course and gain the skills to become an effective registered nurse.

Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Training Program

The Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Training Program is a 44-hour training program designed for bilingual individuals who speak English and Spanish and work in the medical field or in a healthcare setting.

Eleven 4-hour Sessions (44 contact hours, 4.4 CEUs)

  • 11 hours Language Coaching
  • 11 hours English Medical Terminology
  • 11 hours Spanish Medical Terminology
  • 11 hours Cognitive Skills, Protocols, Ethics, and Best Practices

All participants will be assessed to determine their level of fluency prior to enrollment. Language Assessment requests must be emailed to

The cost of this course is $950 plus textbook

Medical Spanish Made Incredibly Easy! [Paperback] Springhouse
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Third edition (June 2, 2008)
Text available in the UCCS Bookstore (medical reference section)

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Participants who complete the training receive a Certificate of Training Completion that meets federal guidelines.

The Law: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 13166 of 1990 mandate that healthcare providers - including private practitioners - receiving Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal funding must provide speakers of limited English "meaningful access" to their services, when those speakers constitute a specified percentage of the demographic. The courts have interpreted "meaningful access" to mean face-to-face interpretation, as well as translation of vital documents. In Colorado, this demographic involves speakers of Spanish.

  • Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, front office staff, receptionists, dieticians, laboratory technicians, social workers, etc. who are bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Interpreters and translators currently employed in the medical field or healthcare settings, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, pharmacies, rehabilitation clinics, etc.
  • Independent interpreters
  • Interpreters with other interpreting credentials, such as those who have completed the Spanish/English Legal Interpreter Certificate Program or the Professional Interpreter in Education Certificate Program
  • Individuals seeking employment in the medical field or in a healthcare setting
  • Individuals seeking their first professional interpreting certificate

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, interpreters and translators can expect much faster than average employment growth over the next decade due to the increase in the number of foreign language speakers in the United States and the broadening of international ties.