Paraprofessionals in the healthcare industry assist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals in providing patient care and related services in settings such as hospitals, pharmacies, medical labs, health clinics, schools, physician’s offices, nursing care facilities, and patient homes. They serve an important role in the healthcare field as they often work directly with patients, but may also assist with administrative duties and record keeping. They help patients feel well-cared for and perform routine tasks such as drawing blood, bathing patients, filling prescriptions, measuring and recording temperatures, blood pressure, and other vital signs.
Typically, students enrolled in these courses complete their training within only a few months and can increase their employability by obtaining a certification in their field of study. Some graduates choose to go straight into the workforce, while others continue on in pursuit of a degree in nursing or an allied health field, such as dental hygiene.
We currently offer the following courses, several of which have an online option. Register in-person at 909 Decker Dr., Baytown.
- Certified Nurse Aide (PDF)
- A Certified Nursing Aide assists patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). This program follows the standards and curriculum provided by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and prepares a student for the TDADS Nurse Aides State Licensure Exam. Cost: $805
- Clinical Medical Assistant (PDF)
- This class prepares Medical Assistant students to perform patient clinical skills in the medical office setting. Emphasis is on patient assessment, examination, and treatment as directed by a physician. Includes vital signs, collection, and documentation of patient information, asepsis, office clinical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for ambulatory care settings. Cost: $2,330
- Dental Assisting (PDF)
- The Dental Assistant program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare positions-Dental Assisting! This class is a study of pre-clinical chair-side assisting procedures, instrumentation, infection and hazard control protocol, and equipment safety and maintenance. Cost: $1,969
- EKG Technician (PDF)
- This class prepares the EKG Technician student to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular ailments by performing diagnostic tests to assess the heart rhythm and rate in patients. Coursework includes the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, medical terminology, ethical/legal aspects, and interpretation of basic dysrhythmias, appropriate treatment modalities, and community skills. Cost: $882
- Phlebotomy Technician (PDF)
- This certificate program will prepare you for entry-level positions as a Phlebotomy Technician. You will complete coursework in the classroom and in an area laboratory. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the national certification examination in Phlebotomy. Cost: $1,054
- Emergency Medical Technician (PDF)
- The course is designed for anyone interested in working in public safety, including fire, police and ambulance operations. EMT-Basic training consists of classroom and clinical training. The coursework and hands-on experience are designed to prepare students to administer care in emergency situations. The program covers anatomy and physiology, initial patient survey and triage, airway management, oxygen therapy, and treatment of bleeding, shock, cardiac arrest, automated external defibrillation, fractures, spinal injuries, and other medical emergencies. Cost: $1,410.33
- Certified Nurse Aide (PDF)
Online Healthcare Courses
2019 Start dates: May 15, June 12, and July 17
- Nutrition and Health Bundle
- Students interested in advancing within their healthcare professional career or newly pursuing the field of nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching. Cost: $169
- Become a Veterinary Assistant
- Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? This course, taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, will give you the information you need to prepare for work in veterinary hospitals. Cost: $119
- Become an Optical Assistant
- Learn what it takes to become an optical assistant and discover why it’s one of today’s most popular and fascinating career opportunities. Cost: $119
- Medical Coding
- In this course, you’ll learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-9-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment, or surgical procedure. This knowledge will help prepare you to work almost anywhere in the medical field. Cost: $119
- Explore a Career as an Administrative Medical Assistant
- Learn what it takes to have a successful career as an administrative medical assistant in the exciting and high-demand world of healthcare. In this course, you’ll master the basics of scheduling patients’ appointments, surgeries, and hospital admissions. In addition, you’ll discover how to create, maintain, and file medical charts. You’ll also find out how to verify patients’ insurance, create encounter forms (charge tickets), post charges, obtain pre-authorizations from insurers, and schedule return visits. Cost: $109
- Medical Terminology
- This online course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach. Root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term. Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Unusual and interesting information is provided in regards to each term. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffixes as your learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes. Cost: $119
In an effort to better serve student needs and interests, we offer programs along with our educational partners, CCI and Ed2Go. For a listing of those programs visit:
Check Eligibility for Licensing Exams:
Students who have a felony conviction should check with the Program Manager of their program to determine if a licensing exam is required to be employed. Some examples include, but are not limited to, education, nursing, cosmetology, and technology programs. Legislative changes, specifically, HB 1508 from the 85th Texas legislative session section 53.151 (2017), require notification to applicants and enrollees regarding the consequences of a criminal conviction on eligibility for an occupational license. Students may be ineligible for an occupational license upon completion of a program due to prior convictions.