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 American Heart Association’s (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.

The AHA’s Heartsaver six-hour First Aid CPR AED course is a classroom, instructor-led course designed to prepare students to provide first aid, CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner.

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This 120-hour Certified Nurse Aide 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.

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Dental Assisting I 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.

Workforce Education’s Dental Assisting Program is currently under review and upgrade. Please check back in the fall for our revised program.

The Emergency Medical Technician Course is a concentrated 192-hour program that exceeds the requirements of the current national standard curriculum. This rigorous program will provide the student with the basic understanding of the public health care systems, wellness, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. You will learn how to perform an assessment based approach and formulate a treatment strategy for both the medical and trauma patients.

EMT will not be offered in the spring. Check back in the fall semester.

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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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. The Medical Billing and Coding program is a non-credit program. The length of the program is approximately one year. 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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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.

Workforce Education’s Patient Care Technician (PCT) program is currently under review. Check back in January for spring 2017 dates and times.

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.

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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.

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Eligibility

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.