Three Rivers offers non-credit training programs and certification in some of the fastest-growing health care careers in Connecticut. Here are our offerings.
American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA BLS)
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 prehospital and in-facility environments, focusing on high-quality CPR and team dynamics. Learn more.
Central Sterile Processing Technician
This program includes 60 hours of classroom time covering decontamination and sterilization processing, anatomy and physiology, microbiology infection control, and identification of surgical instruments. Students will also be required to complete 20 hours of clinical externship. Central Sterile Processing Technicians (CSPT) are responsible for packaging surgical instruments in hospitals, medical offices, surgical centers, and clinics. Learn more
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
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.
Dementia Care Certificate
This course will cover how to recognize when someone has a cognitive impairment, how to approach individuals living with cognitive impairment, and strategies to encourage and promote continued independence in the community. Students who complete this 8-hour course will receive a certificate of completion. 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 Technician & BLS CPR Certification
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.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
EMTs care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. This semester-long course will prepare students to take the exam to become nationally registered and state-certified as Emergency Medical Technicians. Learn more.
*New* Introduction to Medical Cannabis
This course provides introductory knowledge about cannabis as well as detailed information about how medical cannabis is practiced in Connecticut. This class will explore approved medical conditions and how cannabis can be used to treat them. A variety of topics including state laws on medical marijuana, the chemical composition of cannabis, and how it plays a role in human physiology and pharmacology. Learn more.
Medical Billing and Coding
This one-year program trains you to work with billing systems, insurance coding, and patient charts in physician offices, outpatient hospital facilities, even insurance companies, and more. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to apply to become nationally certified as a CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder Apprentice) by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Learn more.
Personal Care Aide (PCA)
Personal Care Aides (PCA) work in a home care environment and dedicate themselves to assisting individuals with daily activities such as using the bathroom, preparing or eating meals, executing hygiene and grooming habits, taking medication, bathing, and completing housework or other chores. This program is a free, customized, non-credit Personal Care Aide program for eligible students through the Eastern Connecticut Healthcare Pipeline developed to address the need for skilled healthcare professionals. This short-term (5.5 weeks long) training program is available to unemployed and underemployed workers unable to attend longer-term training. Learn more.
This one-course program trains you to be a pharmacy technician who will work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist at pharmacies in hospitals, clinics, retail pharmacies, and other facilities. A pharmacy technician’s main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders for dispensing to patients. Learn more.
This accelerated one-course program trains you to be an important member of the clinical laboratory team, drawing blood from patients, transporting the blood specimens to the laboratory to prepare for testing, and entering patient data into computer systems. You will be prepared for entry-level competencies as phlebotomists in hospitals, clinics, blood banks, and other healthcare settings. Learn more.
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.