Program List

Bridge Course

Fall 2016 Bridge Course:
Medical Terminology (1 credit)

Day & Time:  Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

First Class:   August 11, 2016

Last Class:   December 8, 2016

Location:      Evangelical Community Hospital
                    Community Health & Wellness Center
                    Community Room, Second Floor

                    210 JPM Road
                    Lewisburg, PA 17837

1 Credit Awarded by the PA College of Technology


Bridge courses are open to anyone possessing a high school diploma or equivalent credential.

Who Can I Contact?

If you have additional questions, or you wish to register yourself or an employee, student or client for this course, contact Gaye Jenkins, WATCH Project Academic Specialist, at (570) 971-8610 or by email at

The WATCH Project and the Pennsylvania College of Technology have partnered to offer bridge courses designed to help participants make that difficult transition from short-term, occupational training to more challenging post-secondary education options.

Bridge courses combine academic course work with basic skills instruction in reading, math and language to prepare students for the rigor of academic courses while learning how to balance family, work and educational responsibilities and commitments.

Course Overview

This course combines a 1 credit Medical Terminology course with an adult basic education instruction to help first-time college students earn college credit towards a health care career while simultaneously developing the academic, organizational and time management skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education.

The Medical Terminology course is an introduction to the basic structures and rules of interpreting medical terminology and is designed to develop the ability to read, understand, and write the medical language. The Bridge Course is an accredited Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) course and is taught by a PCT instructor.  Students will be registered as non-degree seeking students. They will have access to Penn College on-campus services and discounts, will be given a PCT email address to use while enrolled, and will have access to all the privileges of a PCT student. 

The adult basic education instruction provides support and skill development in math, reading and language as well as the development of study skills, test-taking strategies, time management and Bloom’s Taxonomy (Domains of Learning). Students' academic progress will be assessed using a standardized pre- and post-test in math, reading and language (specifically,  the Test of Adult Basic Education or TABE. 

Pre-tests given to students up to 5 months prior to enrollment in the class will be accepted; otherwise, students will be scheduled to take the TABE test prior to  the first night of class.  Students will be given adult academic assistance in areas where the test indicates they will benefit the most.  Post-tests will be given on finals night.


Thursday, August 11, 2016       Adult basic education class, mandatory for all students.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.                        

All successive classes will consist of 1.5 hours of adult basic education class and 1 hour of Medical Terminology class with a 15-minute break between the two sessions. The adult education instructor will remain 30 minutes after the Medical Terminology session to assist participants with questions and homework.

Who Can Apply?

Current WATCH Project participants who want to continue along the nursing career pathway to become an LPN or RN should contact their Career Coordinator before applying.

This course is open to the public. Anyone with a high school diploma or equivalency can apply to PCT to enroll in this course. The cost of the course will be based on the college's per credit rate for the Fall 2016 semester.

Acceptance into the course is subject to the results of the reading, math and language pre-test.*

* Minimum grade level requirements to enroll in this bridge course:

      Reading       10th grade
      Total Math    8th grade
      Language     8th grade

WATCH participants receive support services including the guidance of a Career Coordinator, tuition, mileage assistance and textbooks.


Spring 2017 Bridge Course:
Sociology (3 credits)

Students who successfully complete the Fall 2016 Medical Terminology Bridge course will be able to enroll in a Sociology Bridge course offered by PCT in Spring 2017.

More information about this course will be available soon.