Allied Health Courses

Attention:

Payment plans now available for Allied Health courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.

We're Moving:

On December 15, Continuing Education is moving to University Plaza located at 1 Financial Plaza, Suite 450 (across from West Hill Mall). Map During the move we will be unable to answer phone calls and emails. The department will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, December 19, at 8:00am.

Designed to meet your professional goals, Continuing Education offers a variety of face-to-face Allied Health courses. Popular courses include Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Phlebotomy, and Pharmacy Technician. Most of the Allied Health courses are offered three times a year (fall, spring, and summer), with fast track versions scheduled during the summer. 

Tuition: Cost includes tuition, textbook(s), and materials. State and national certification exam fees are not included.

Uniform: Students are required to wear navy blue scrubs to all class and clinical sessions. Scrubs are not provided.

Parking: The purchase of a parking permit ($35.00) may be required. Instructions for purchasing a parking permit will be emailed to students prior to their first class day.

Vaccinations: Students taking Allied Health programs that have direct contact with patients may be required to obtain certain vaccinations. Students will be notified prior to the first class day if vaccinations are required. 


Course Descriptions & Schedule

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities. CNAs are often the principal caregiver and help patients with daily activities such as eating and bathing.

In this 100-hour training program, students learn ways to meet the physical, psychological, and emotional needs of patients. Classroom instruction includes development of communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, safety-emergency procedures, residents’ rights, care skills, and basic restorative services. Clinical experience takes place in a long-term care facility. Successful completion of the course qualifies students to take the state certification examination.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Technology Requirement:
Must have access to computer and internet connection.

Cost:
$833

Upcoming Dates:
February 1 - April 26
Tuesday/Thursday (some Saturdays required)
1:00pm-4:00pm - Full, Add Yourself to the Wait List
or
4:30pm-7:30pm Full, Add Yourself to the Wait List

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

Employment Facts:
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Dental Assisting

Dental Assistants provide patient care under the direction of a dentist. Tasks may include taking x-rays, preparing work area for treatments and procedures, sterilizing dental instruments, and scheduling patient appointments.

This course familiarize students with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program. This program includes national certification opportunities for students.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Cost:
$1799

Upcoming Dates:
February 6 - May 1
Tuesday/Thursday (some Saturdays required)
6:00pm-9:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

Employment Facts:
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Dialysis Technician

Under the supervision of physicians and RNs, dialysis technicians perform dialysis on patients who are suffering from kidney disorders and need treatment to remove excess waste from their blood. Their job entails operating the dialysis machine and providing patient care before, during, and after the procedure.

Coursework provides students with the knowledge to work with patients during dialysis procedures, monitor and record vital signs, and administer local anesthetics and drugs as needed. Instruction includes how to assess patients for any complications that occur during the procedure and emergency measures that may be taken including administering oxygen or performing basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This program does not include a national or state certification as part of its overall objectives.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Cost:
$999

Upcoming Dates:
February 6 - April 19
Tuesday/Thursday
6:30pm-9:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

EKG Technician + Holter Monitor and Stress Test

EKG technicians use electrocardiogram instruments to monitor the heart function of patients. They work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, and doctor’s offices.

Course provides instruction for conducting tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes including Holter monitoring and exercise stress testing. Students will learn how to read heart rhythm patterns to detect abnormal heart rhythm variation, observe heart rhythms on cardiac monitor screens, listen for alarms in notification of abnormal heart rhythms, review patient records for normal heart rhythms, and use instruments to measure length and height of heart patterns.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Technology Requirement:
Must have access to computer and internet connection.

Cost:
$1200

Upcoming Dates:
February 5 - April 25
Monday/Wednesday (some Saturdays required)
4:00pm-7:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

Medical Administrative Assistant

Medical administrative assistants perform general administrative duties specific to the healthcare industry. Responsibilities may include scheduling patient appointments or medical procedures, ordering supplies, creating invoices, and processing insurance forms.

This program covers interpersonal skills, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, basics of insurance billing and coding, scheduling appointments, medical records management, and management of practice finances.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Cost:
$999

Upcoming Dates:
February 5 - April 25
Monday/Wednesday
6:30pm-9:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks. Often taking medical histories and vital signs, scheduling patient appointments, and preparing blood samples for laboratory testing.

The medical assisting program prepares students for entry-level positions as medical assistants.  Skills learned include but are not limited to patient care, ambulatory care, medical technology, billing and coding, medical terminology, medication dispensing, anatomy and physiology, phlebotomy, electrocardiography, front office responsibilities and other health related services.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Technology Requirement:
Must have access to computer and internet connection.

Program Plan:

Spring Semester
MA I: Certified Nurse Aid (CNA)
MA II: EKG Technician + Holter Monitor & Stress Test
Summer Semester
MA III: Phlebotomy
MA IV: Anatomy & Physiology (A&P)
Fall Semester
MA V: Medication Distribution
MA VI: Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding
Spring Semester
MA VII: Externship

Cost:
$1157 per course

Upcoming Dates:
MA I: February 1 - April 26 
Tuesday/Thursday (some Saturdays required)
4:30pm-7:30pm

MA II: February 5 - April 25
Monday/Wednesday (some Saturdays required)
4:00pm-7:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Patient Care Technician (PCT) is a nationally recognized certification for Certified Nurse Aides with Phlebotomy and EKG training. They are relied on to assist doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with critical day-to-day care of patients.

Coursework prepares students to provide basic patient care, perform safety checks, obtain EKG readings, and perform phlebotomy procedures. Successfully completion of the program prepares students to take the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) Exam through National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Technology Requirement:
Must have access to computer and internet connection.

Program Plan:
PCT I*
PCT II
PCT III

Cost:
$733 per course

Upcoming Dates:

PCT I*: February 1 - April 26 
Tuesday/Thursday (some Saturdays required)
4:30pm-7:30pm

PCT II: February 5 - April 25
Monday/Wednesday
4:00pm-7:00pm

PCT III: February 5 - April 25
Monday/Wednesday (some Saturdays required)
6:00pm-9:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

*Individuals with an active CNA license who are currently employed or employable as a nurse aide in a licensed nursing facility in the state of Texas have satisfied PCT I and can begin with PCT II.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians dispense prescription medication, check inventory, and accept payment and process insurance claims under the supervision of a pharmacist. They work in retail pharmacies (grocery and drug stores) and hospitals. 

Course content includes pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the "top 200 drugs", I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement. Coursework prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Cost:
$999

Upcoming Dates:
February 5 - April 18
Monday/Wednesday
6:30pm-9:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

Employment Facts:
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Phlebotomy

Phlebotomists collect blood specimens for the purposes of research, testing, donation, or transfusion. Phlebotomists generally work in a clinical setting such as a physician’s office, hospitals and clinics, and blood banks.

Students will become familiar with the history of phlebotomy, legal, ethical and regulatory issues, basic anatomy and physiology, infection control, laboratory safety, circulatory system, specimen handling and processing, blood collection equipment, blood collection procedures, complications associated with specimen collection, special collection procedures, and departments of the laboratory. Students will be required to successfully complete a clinical rotation of 120 hours within the hospitals, clinics and perform a minimum of 50-100 successful blood collections.  Students will receive 120 classroom instruction (didactic and laboratory) hours.

Prerequisites:
18+ years of age. High school diploma or GED.

Cost:
$957

Upcoming Dates:
February 5 - April 25
Monday/Wednesday (some Saturdays required)
or Tuesday/Thursday (some Saturdays required)
6:00pm-9:00pm

Registration Deadline:
January 16, 2018

Employment Facts:
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook