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.

Basic Life Support is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. 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. Learn more.

This 120-hour Certified Nurse Aide training program is designed to prepare individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a Certified Nurse Aide, the first step to a career in the medical field. Upon successful completion of the course, the graduate will be qualified to be placed on the State Certified Nurse Aide Registry. Learn more.

A dental assistant works on the delivery of quality oral health care and is a big part of the dental care team. This two-course program provides an introduction to Dentistry and Dental Assisting as well as Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. It prepares students to sit for the “Radiation Health & Safety” (RHS) and the “Infection Control Exam” (ICE) portion of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification. Learn more.

EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram (EKG) tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. This comprehensive 54-hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and take their national certification exams. Learn more.

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.

Courses offered spring 2019:

    • Understanding Health Insurance
    • ICD-10-CM
    • Medical Coding Exam Preparation (AAPC)

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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.

Courses offered spring 2019:

  • Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders

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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 Pharmacy Technician course runs March 19 through May 28, 2019, 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.

The Phlebotomy Technician course will begin on Monday, March 18, 2019. Class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 18, 2019, until May 29, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Veterinary Assistants are a critical part of the veterinary practice team. From patient care to client education, veterinary assistants contribute in many important ways. The Veterinary Assistant program trains people for a career working as a veterinary assistant. Learn more.


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.