Allied Health

Some of the fastest growing careers in Connecticut are in the field of health care. We offer several non-credit courses in the Allied Health Field. Check out our offerings.

The AHA  new BLS has been updated to include science and education from the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care). This four-hour course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics.

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This 120-hour Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training program is designed to prepare individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge in the first steps to a career in the medical field. Certified Nurse Aide’s report directly to a Nursing Supervisor. Three River’s CNA class is scheduled to run this fall beginning September 4, 2018.

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Dental Assisting is designed to introduce people interested in changing careers to the dental profession. It is also designed to teach student about dental assisting that plan to continue their training by working in a dental practice. Students will learn material through Power Point lectures, discussion and lab demonstrations.

Dental Assisting Open House scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 7 pm. in room B120.
RSVP to Workforce at (860) 215-9028. Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

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EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. These tests include basic EKGs, Holter Monitoring (portable EKG which records activity for 24-48 hours), 12-lead placement and Stress Tests (treadmill). They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.

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Medical Billing and Coding
The Medical Billing and Coding program is a non-credit program. The length of the program is approximately one year. Upon completion of the year-long program, students will be eligible to become nationally certified as a CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder Apprentice) by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) at an additional cost. According to the American Academy of Professional Coders, Certified Professional Coder’s (CPC) are critical to compliant and profitable medical practices.

Employment opportunities for certified medical coders include private physician offices, outpatient hospital facilities, insurance companies as medical claims reviewers, and many more career opportunities. These are intensive courses and require students to be prepared for each class. Students need to be able to effectively manage their time to successfully complete this program.

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Medical Administrative Assistant
This program will train you as an entry-level Medical Administrative Assistant and prepare you to sit for the National certification. Administrative Medical Assistants perform a variety of tasks that include communicating with patients, scheduling appointments, electronic medical coding, filing insurance claims, and maintaining records.

A Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a recognized professional certification from the National Healthcare Association (NHA) ( ). Although not required by the government, this certification can help job candidates demonstrate their professional skills to prospective employers.

Please note that this program consists of classes offered onsite at Three Rivers Community College and online. Courses can be completed in one year. At the completion of this program, students can sit for the National Healthcare Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam (CMAA) at an additional cost payable to the NHA.

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A Patient Care Technician (PCT) is supervised by a registered nurse and functions as a direct caregiver and member of the patient care team. Responsibilities are to provide physical and psychosocial support to patients, report changes in patient condition to RN supervisor, and record selected patient information in the medical record. Effective communication and cooperation with other team members is taught to ensure continuity of care.

Please check back spring 2019.

Pharmacy Technicians may work in hospitals, clinics, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, long term care facilities, pharmacy benefit managers, or large industrial complexes. Technician’s work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. A Pharmacy Technician’s main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ order for dispensing to patients.

The course runs September 19 through November 29, 2018, and will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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This accelerated course prepares students for entry level competencies as phlebotomists in hospitals, clinics, blood banks, and other healthcare settings. Our graduates will be trained to collect, transport, handle, and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis using venipuncture and micro collection techniques. In addition, our students will be able to identify and select equipment, supplies, and additives used in blood collection. Students will also understand factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results.

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The Veterinary Assistant program at Three Rivers Community College is designed to train people interested in working in the animal healthcare field. The program may also be beneficial for pet owners wanting to learn more about their own companion animal. Veterinary Assistants work in animal laboratories, animal shelters, humane societies, veterinary offices or clinics, wildlife sanctuaries, and zoos.

The Veterinary Assistant program is currently under evaluation and review.


The Certified Nurse Aid (CNA), Pharmacy Technician, and Patient Care Technician (PCT) courses are WIOA and SNAP Eligible.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Dental Assisting, Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG), Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Billing and Coding programs are WIOA eligible.