Healthcare Certifications

Interested in working in healthcare or need training/certification in a new medical skill? HCC offers many certification training programs including:

Consider “Stacking” certifications to make you more desirable to employers and earn additional money! Additional certification exam fees apply.

Certified Clinical
Medical Assistant (CMA)
Certified Patient
Care Technician (PCT)
Certified EKG Technician (CET)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
Licensed Massage Therapist

Enter into the world of healthcare today by performing patient care in outpatient/private medical offices. Master skills of a medical assistant by learning methods of preparing patients for examination and treatment, running electrocardiographs (EKGs), and performing routine laboratory procedures including phlebotomy (blood draw). Gain hands-on experience with critical procedures and concepts in collecting patient history and vital signs, phlebotomy, EKG, pharmacology, medical records, professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare. You will also complete an introduction to medical terminology, healthcare etiquette, and healthcare customer service to stand apart from others in a competitive job market. View salary/job outlook for a medical assistant.

Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and EKG/Telemetry Technician certification exams through National Healthcareer Association (NHA) receiving up to three certifications!

Students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED to participate.

Course Structure:

To meet the community healthcare workforce needs of the Tampa Bay area, we have created a curriculum to maximize the ability to “stack” healthcare certifications, making students highly desirable by employers.

The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program is made up of three primary training areas and meets the requirements for up to three certifications in Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, and EKG through the National Healthcareer Association at www.nhanow.com. Additional Phlebotomy and EKG fees are paid separately.

  • HCC offers the Clinical Medical Assistant course several times throughout the year.
  • The 220+ hour course includes over 216 hours of combined classroom lectures, online self-study, and simulation lab.
  • Optional 100 hours of clinical experience (Additional $200).

Upon completing the course, HCC will place you at a medical clinic to receive 100 hours of clinical experience. You will be assigned to a clinical site that is flexible with your schedule. It is recommended that you are available 16 to 40 hours per week. Clinicals are typically held at outpatient medical centers or private practices. You must have a flexible schedule and access to transportation. Many students are able to find employment during the course without Clinical Experience!

Clinical sites require the following to attend clinicals including:

  • Medical Physical (Health and Immunizations Certification)
  • TB Test 
  • Complete Immunization Record and/or Titers Results
  • Flu Shot (during the flu season)
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen
  • COVID-19 Vaccine may be required depending on the clinical site (A Medical or Religious exemption is acceptable)

Visit the Allied Health Clinical Experience page for more detailed information and helpful hints.

Certification Information:

1. Certified Clinical Medical Assistant National Healthcare Certification – National Healthcareer Association (CMA)

  • Meets all training requirements for examination.

2. EKG/Telemetry Technician National Certification – National National Healthcareer Association (EKG)

  • Meets all training requirements for examination including running 10 EKGs on live individuals.

3. Phlebotomy Technician National Certification – National Healthcareer Association (CPT)

  • Meets all training requirements for examination including 10 capillary sticks and 30 venipuncture sticks (10 in class and 20+ at a clinical location).

Registration Information:

Course Fee: $3,299.00

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • EKG Calipers
  • Healthcare Provider BLS Certification valid for two years
  • CMA Study Package with Practice Exams
  • CMA NHA Certification Exam (one attempt)

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course? Visit our Financial Assistance page and check out our Pre-Payment Plan page.

Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions

Patient Care Technicians (PCT) work alongside doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to oversee and monitor patients. The Patient Care Technician combo course teaches the technical skills necessary to service complex patient personal care issues including rehabilitation services, basic bedside care, dialysis, collection of laboratory specimens including phlebotomy (blood draws), and running EKGs in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. View the salary outlook for a PCT. 

Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the PCT, Phlebotomy, and EKG/Telemetry Technician exams through National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and apply to the Board of Nursing to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Many hospitals may require that PCTs have a CNA license for employment. Visit the Florida Board of Nursing website for information about becoming a CNA.

You could end up receiving a total of four certifications! Additional Phlebotomy, EKG, and CNA exam fees are paid separately.

Students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED to participate.

Course Structure:

To meet the community healthcare workforce needs of the Tampa Bay area, we have created a curriculum to maximize the ability to “stack” healthcare certifications, making students highly desirable by employers.

The Patient Care Technician program is made up of three primary training areas and meets the requirements for up to four certifications. The Patient Care Technician National Certification exam is included with the registration fee. Visit the Prometric and NHA websites for pricing and ordering information for optional certification exams in CNA, Phlebotomy, and EKG.

  • HCC offers the Patient Care Technician program several times throughout the year. 
  • The course includes over 250 hours of live, online, and skills training.  

PCT/CNA Training
Description: The 124-hour PCT/CNA portion of the PCT program provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic care services for a patient (acute care setting), resident (long-term care setting), or an individual in a home health setting. It prepares the student to function in the role of nursing assistant under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). The course includes 84 hours of lecture and skills training with the option to attend 40 hours of clinical experience in a hospital or nursing home ($200 separate fee). Completers will be able to challenge the CNA licensing exam in the state of Florida and work as a Home Health Aide in any Medicare-approved center.

EKG Technician Training
Description: This 40-hour course provides training for administering and reading EKGs.  The course includes anatomy and physiology and disease processes that affect the heart, medications, Holter monitoring, 12-lead EKG, analyzing EKG readings, and much more. 

Phlebotomy Training
Description: The 84-hour phlebotomy training portion of the PCT program is designed to provide didactic and skills training in venipuncture and lab specimen collection. Didactic lectures cover the theory, anatomy, and terminology pertaining to the cardiovascular system. Clinical lab instruction provides hands-on training in venipuncture techniques and lab specimen collections following procedures verified using a skills check-off system.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have performed at least 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks on a live person to qualify for the National Healthcareer Association’s national certification exam as a Phlebotomy Technician. 

Optional Clinical Experience ($200):

HCC will place your class at a hospital to receive 100 hours of CNA clinical experience. Many students are able to find employment during the course without Clinical Experience!

Clinical sites require the following to attend clinicals including:

  • Medical Physical (Health and Immunizations Certification)
  • TB Test 
  • Complete Immunization Record and/or Titers Results
  • Flu Shot (during the flu season)
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen
  • COVID-19 Vaccine may be required depending on the clinical site. A Medical or Religious exemption is acceptable.

Visit the Allied Health Clinical Experience page for more detailed information and helpful hints. 

Certification Information:

1. Certified Nursing Assistant License – Florida Board of Nursing – 80 classroom/lab hours and 40 optional clinical hours. Board of Nursing requires an application, additional background check, and written/skills exam through Prometric.

2. EKG/Telemetry Technician National Certification National Healthcareer Association (EKG) – Meets all training requirements for examination including running 10 EKGs on live individuals.

3. Phlebotomy Technician National Certification – National Healthcareer Association (CPT) – Meets all training requirements for examination including 10 capillary sticks and 30 venipuncture sticks (10 in class and 20+ at a clinical location).

4. Patient Care Technician National Certification National Healthcareer Association (PCT) – Meets all training requirements for examination including training in the above three areas.

Registration Information:

Course Fee:  $2,299.00

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • EKG Calipers
  • Healthcare Provider BLS Certification valid for two years
  • Textbooks
  • Scrubs
  • PCT NHA Study Package with Practice Exams
  • PCT NHA Certification Exam (one attempt)

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course? Visit our Financial Assistance page and check out our Pre-Payment Plan page.

Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions

Certified EKG/Telemetry Technician (CET) administers and reads EKGs in various healthcare settings. The course includes anatomy and physiology and disease processes that affect the heart, medications, Holter monitoring, 12-lead EKG, analyzing EKG readings, and much more. This certification is a great addition to add to your healthcare skills or a two-year BLS Healthcare Provider Certification is included in this course. View the salary outlook for a CET.

Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the national EKG/Telemetry technician certification exams through National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED to participate.

Course Structure:

HCC offers the EKG/Telemetry Technician course several times throughout the year. The course is over 44 hours of in-class lectures, EKG skills practice, and online training. It includes a mandatory performance of running at least 10 live, EKG tests on a live person, and recognition of EKG rhythms.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Perform EKG tests on a live person. 
  • Describe the normal cardiac anatomy and physiology and normal electrical conduction through the heart.
  • Identify and relate waveforms to the cardiac cycle.
  • Utilize a systematic process when approaching the interpretation of the EKG.
  • Identify normal and abnormal components on the EKG including specific cardiac dysrhythmias.
  • Recognize sinus and ventricular dysrhythmias on EKG and relate cause, significance, symptoms, and treatment. 
  • Describe the appropriate nursing interventions for specific dysrhythmias.

Clinical Experience Requirements:

There are no clinical experience requirements with this course.

Certification Information:

EKG/Telemetry Technician National Certification – National Healthcare Association (EKG) – This course meets all training requirements for examination including running 10 EKGs on live individuals.

Registration Information:

Course Fee:  $749.99

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • BLS Provider Certification valid for two year
  • EKG Study Package with Practice Exams
  • EKG Certification Exam (one attempt)
  • Textbook
  • Measurement Calipers

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course? Visit our Financial Assistance page and check out our Pre-Payment Plan page.

Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic care services for a patient (acute care setting) or resident (long-term care setting) or an individual in a home health setting. It prepares the student to function in the role of nursing assistant under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). View the salary outlook for a CNA. Visit the Florida Board of Nursing website for information about becoming a CNA.

Students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED to participate.

Course Structure:

The course includes 84 hours of lecture and skills training with the option to attend 40 hours of clinical experience in a hospital or nursing home ($200 separate fee). Completers will be able to challenge the CNA licensing exam in the state of Florida and work as a Home Health Aide in any Medicare-approved center. This training program is conducted online, in the classroom, lab, and clinical setting, and will also train you to be a Home Health Aide. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion demonstrating that you have completed the training and will be prepared to challenge the state CNA licensing exam. 

Optional Clinical Experience ($200):

HCC will place your class at a hospital to receive 100 hours of CNA clinical experience. Many students are able to find employment during the course without Clinical Experience!

Clinical sites require the following to attend clinicals including:

  • Medical Physical (Health and Immunizations Certification)
  • TB Test 
  • Complete Immunization Record and/or Titers Results
  • Flu Shot (during the flu season)

Visit the Allied Health Clinical Experience page for more detailed information and helpful hints.

Certification Information:

Certified Nursing Assistant – Florida Board of Nursing

  • 80 classroom/lab hours and optional 40 clinical hours.
  • Board of Nursing requires an application, additional background check, and written/skills exam through Prometic. Additional fees apply.

Registration Information:

Course Fee:  $925.00

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • BLS Provider Certification valid for two years
  • Scrubs
  • Textbook

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course? Visit our Financial Assistance page and check out our Pre-Payment Plan page.

Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions

Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) works at hospitals, medical clinics, and labs performing blood draws and collecting/processing lab specimens. The Phlebotomy Technician course provides the hands-on experience and skills needed to perform these tasks through didactic hours, hands-on skills, and simulation training. The certification is an excellent addition to your healthcare training and experience. View the salary outlook for a Phlebotomy Technician.

Upon completing the course, students will be eligible to take the Phlebotomy Technician national exam through National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED to participate.

Course Structure:

HCC offers the Phlebotomy Technician course several times throughout the year.  The course is over 90 hours of in-class lectures, online training, and skills practice. To qualify for the national certification exam, you will complete 30 venipuncture sticks and 10 capillary sticks during the course. 

Clinical Experience Requirements:

This course does not have clinical training hours. All 30 venipuncture sticks and 10 capillary sticks are completed in the lab.  

Certification Information:

Phlebotomy Technician National Certification – National Healthcareer Association (CPT) – Meets all training requirements for examination including 10 live capillary sticks and 30 live venipuncture sticks completed in class.

Registration Information:

Course Fee:  $1,549.00

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • Healthcare Provider BLS Certification valid for two years
  • CPT Study Package with Practice Exams
  • CPT Certification Exam (one attempt)
  • Textbooks
  • Scrubs

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course? Visit our Financial Assistance page and check out our Pre-Payment Plan page.

Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions

NEW EVENING CLASS OFFERED!! Become a licensed massage therapist in less than 9 months! HCC ICCE’s new 500-hour massage therapy program is approved by the Florida Board of Massage and meets all the training requirements to become a licensed massage therapist. The program also includes three days of MBLEX exam preparation!

Courses will be held at HCC Brandon Campus, 10451 Nancy Watkins Dr, Tampa, FL 33619.

Students must complete a Level 2 background check ($55) before the first class meeting.  Those with felonies may not be accepted. This information will be provided to you after you register for the program or block.

Vaccines (MMR, Varicella, Hep B, TDAP, COVID-19, Flu) are highly recommended for all massage therapy students for the safety of the students and patrons.

Once a student completes all 500 hours, HCC submits this information to the Florida Board of Massage. Students will need to apply for licensure to the Florida Board of Massage ($155) and complete an additional background check for the State of Florida ($85).

Registration Information:

Course Fee (if paid in full): $5,500.00 (save $300) OR Pay by the “block.” See prices under Training Blocks.

Included in the registration fee:

  • Textbook
  • Two sets of scrubs
  • Exam Prep Online Access (one-year)
  • Massage supplies bag
  • Lotion bottle with holster
  • Lab supplies
  • MBLEX Test Prep
  • MBLEX Certification Exam (one attempt)

Florida Board of Massage application fee of $155.00 is not included.

Need help paying for the Massage Therapy program? Visit our Pre-Payment Plan page and learn how.


Students can save by paying in full or have the option to pay for each training “block” as they go. Students may also start the massage therapy program at any block except for the Clinical Practicum Block if space is available.

Payment for each block must be received in full before the block begins. Any refund requests must be received in writing before the course start date. Visit http://tampatraining.com/about-us/information-policies/ for details.

Training Blocks:

BLUE BLOCK 1
COST $1,200.00
124 HOURS TOTAL ~ 8 WEEKS
(25 online with 20 clinical hours with your peers)
HES-8901: Basic Massage Theory and History (Course materials and CPR)

This course will take the students through the various stages of history and bring them to the future massage trends of tomorrow.  Students will examine the history of massage, tracing its progression from ancient roots, intermingled with religious ceremonies and mystical traditions, to the complementary applications in traditional and alternative healthcare we are currently using right now. Massage Theory topics will also be reviewed and discussed including Indications and Contraindication of Massage, Massage Methods and Terminology, Modes of Application, the Mechanical Forces involved, Body Mechanics, Routine vs. Outcome-Based Massage, Muscle Energy Techniques, Sanitation & Standard Infectious Disease Precautions, and the application of the above to the patient’s treatment plan.
YELLOW BLOCK 2
COST $1,600.00
180 HOURS TOTAL ~ 12 WEEKS
(30 hours online with 30 clinical hours with your peers)
HES-8900: Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology as they relate to massage therapy. Anatomy will review the study of the structures of body parts and their relationships to one another and physiology will review the study of the functions of the body.
GREEN BLOCK 3
COST $1,500.00
125 HOURS TOTAL ~ 10 WEEKS
(36 online with 30 clinical hours with your peers)
HES-8903: Allied Modalities (76 Hours)

A variety of massage and bodywork styles will be covered in this course. Students are exposed to a wide variety of modalities and styles of techniques to meet the needs of a growing population who need a massage. This section also teaches body mechanics, professional draping techniques, seated massage, side lying massage, pregnancy massage, sports massage, and massage adaptations for special populations. The instructors will act as coaches, evaluate the student, and give feedback based on technique application and body mechanics. Additionally, students will prepare and give a short presentation to the class on a massage modality of their liking.  Learning these varieties of modalities will enable the graduates to integrate these techniques into their treatment sessions that are most appropriate for each occasion.
HES-8904: : Florida Laws and Rules (10 Hours)

Students will familiarize themselves with the laws in the State of Florida that are pertaining to their massage profession. How do you set up a massage establishment and what laws do you need to be aware of? How frequently you must renew your state license to satisfy the State of Florida and other essential items will be discussed such as permits & zoning, tax laws, and more.
HES-8907: Professional Ethics (4 Hours)

This section emphasizes communication skills and modes of conduct for establishing an atmosphere of safety in order to build client trust and rapport. Students will be taught standards of practice code, professional conduct & liability for misconduct, personal & professional boundaries, boundary management, the scope of practice, Florida massage laws, and the new HIPAA regulations.
HES-8908: HIV/AIDs (3 Hours)

This course will be of interest to massage therapists involved in caring for patients with HIV & AIDS. You will learn about HIV and AIDS and how it impacts human life. You will also know how to it is being transmitted, what the early symptoms are, and how to prevent HIV and AIDS infections. There is no real solution to this global issue.  We need to educate and spread the knowledge of how to protect ourselves and to further breakthrough scientific research to somehow find a cure in the future.
HES-8909: Medical Errors (2 Hours)

The course will cover the most common sources of medical error and the most effective steps in preventing them to occur.  Identify some common behaviors and situations that create high-risk potential.  As future members of the healthcare industry, massage therapists need to be aware of their responsibilities regarding the law of reporting medical errors and the prevention of medical errors.
ORANGE BLOCK 4
COST $1,500.00
88 HOURS TOTAL ~ 7 WEEKS
(45 clinical hours with the public)
HES-8906: Business Theory (15 Hours)

This area will cover details how to operate a successful massage business and how to promote your newly acquired massage skills to the public. Students will learn how to set up a web based massage site utilizing online tools. Accounting type of business form selections will be presented, as well as related business knowledge will be taught to the students to sustain a successful massage business. This course allows you to define the business and how to effectively run it. It’s essential to define the business and set up short term and long term goals and how to recognize what choice of business makes most sense.
HES-8905: Theory and Practice of Hydro Therapy (15 Hours)

This course explores client treatment using various forms of water. Discussions include water as a healing agent, the effect of heat and cold, contraindications for use, safety, and procedural guidelines. Specific applications of heat and cold include packs, compresses, hot and cold stones, body wraps, saunas, steam baths, whirlpools, Vichy showers, paraffin baths, body shampoos, dry brush massages, polishes and scrubs, cold towel frictions, and salt glows.
HES-8902: Clinical Practicum and MBLEX exam prep.

This course covers stages of rehabilitation, tissue healing, factors that influence tissue healing, and treatment of common injuries. Training in applications such as myofascial release techniques, neuromuscular therapy, basic postural analysis, and structural bodywork will be taught to students. Specific assessment and treatment applications include Thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff strain/sprains, sciatica, cervical & lumbar strain/sprain, functional leg length discrepancies, and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions. Students will be receiving these clinical hours through scheduled massage clinic sessions at our five college campuses and an ongoing massage clinic for the public. In addition, students have three days MBLEX test prep and review prepared for the licensing exam.
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Program Benefits Q&A:

Question 1 – Why should I become a massage therapist?

Answer

Answer: Massage Therapy is a very nurturing and giving profession that provides plenty of opportunities to assist people in great need of healing hands. We all live in very stressful times and massage is very much needed in the market right now. If you choose to work for yourself or in a clinical, spa, or corporate setting your services will be very much needed. There are many places that require your skilled hands. Many people are drawn into this profession because it offers: 

  • Flexibility 
  • Great Earning Potential
  • Stress-free Environment
  • Full-time Opportunities 
  • Part-time Opportunities 
  • Personal Fulfillment 

You can work as many or as few hours as you want in the profession. Maybe you want to work part-time and make some extra money while in school or create a full fledge profession. It is entirely up to you!

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Question 2 – What is the earning potential to become a massage therapist?

Answer…

Answer: You can choose to make as little or as much as you desire. There are therapists that are making up from $60,000 to $80,000 in a clinical profession, such as in a medical or clinical office, and there are therapists that choose to work part-time and bring in around $30,000 per year. You schedule your own clients and therefore decide how much you want to work and make. The regular going pay for a one-hour massage is around $60 to $90 and for clinical work, it ranges from $60 to $125 per hour. You make your schedule, and you make your own pay! Once you graduate, you could potentially be working in multiple locations. 

Throughout the United States and Canada, Massage Therapy is growing as a healthcare profession. Since massage directly affects the body’s response to stress, the appeal of massage therapy is universal. Athletes are discovering that improved performance can be achieved by adding sports massage to their weekly routines. Parents are learning infant massage techniques to enhance bonding, stimulate development, and ease colic pain. Rehabilitation clinics are now hiring massage therapists to manage injuries and conditions ranging from chronic pain cases to migraines, whiplash, lumbar sprain/strain, rotator cuff injuries, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), thoracic outlet syndrome, and post-surgical rehabilitation. Corporations are realizing that massage in the workplace is cost-effective, lowers lost time due to sick leave, and increases employee morale and, therefore productivity. Retirees are finding that while massage does not reverse the ravages of aging, it can still provide consistent relief by increasing flexibility and joint range of motion, as well as decreasing levels of pain. 

Most graduates establish their own private practices, either individually or with other massage therapists. Being your own boss is both challenging and rewarding. As a massage therapist in private practice, you will cultivate referral sources from many other professionals, such as chiropractors and athletic trainers. Your practice may cover a wide range of services, from injury prevention and rehabilitation to relaxation therapy to health maintenance. Spas and Resorts – The fastest-growing career opportunities for a massage therapist are in the spa and resort industry. In fact, approximately 10,000 spas in the U.S. generate more than $10 billion in revenue annually. Clinical Settings – A career in massage therapy offers many exciting opportunities for working with people in the healthcare industry. As a massage therapist in a clinical setting, your practice will range from clinical corrective work to relaxation therapy. Working as a healthcare provider in a medical or rehabilitative setting can be extremely gratifying. Many health conditions can be treated effectively with massage therapy. Chiropractic clinics, hospitals, physical and occupational therapy clinics, hospices, home health agencies, pain management clinics, dentists, podiatrists, psychiatric clinics, and even veterinarians are now hiring massage therapists. 

Massage therapists can practice in a wide variety of settings and opportunities for employment extend far beyond private practice. What a graduate can do after graduation is limited only by his or her dedication, resourcefulness, and imagination. 

Career options include: Acupuncturists Hospitals, Airports Hotels, Athletic, Teams, Massage Therapy clinics, Bed & Breakfast Inns, Nursing Homes, Dance Companies, Onsite massage in offices, Chiropractic clinics, Pain Management Clinics, Corporate Wellness Programs, Physical & Occupational Therapy Clinics, Cruise Lines Private Practice, Day Spa Salons, Fitness & Luxury resorts, Shopping Malls, Golf & Tennis Clubs, Sports Medicine Clinics, Health Clubs & Gyms, Veterinary Clinics. Minimum Qualification for Licensure as a massage therapist. 

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