Healthcare Certifications


Interested in working in healthcare or need training/certification in a new medical skill? HCC offers many National Healthcare Association 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)

Who should attend? Anyone over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or GED.  

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 Healthcare Association receiving up to 3 certifications!

To participate, students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

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 3 primary training areas and meets the requirements for up to 3 certifications in Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, and EKG through the National Healthcare 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 320+ hour course includes over 216 hours of combined classroom lectures, online self-study, and simulation lab along with 100 hours of clinical experience.

Clinical Experience Requirements:

This course includes 100 hours of clinical experience at local outpatient and medical clinics. Clinical experience is not required to sit for the certification exam, but is highly recommended for experience and the chance of finding employment. Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed to complete the required hours.

ALL required documents must be completed and submitted to the Allied Health office for review no later than 14 days after the start of class. Students will not be approved and scheduled for clinical experience until the documents are received.  

These include:

  • Medical Physical (Health and Immunizations Certification Form)
  • PPD (TB Skin Test) 
  • Complete Immunization Record and/or Titers Results
  • Flu Shot (during the flu season)
  • Background Check (dismissed without refund if failed)
  • Drug Screen (dismissed without refund if failed)

Failure to meet the deadline could delay finishing the program!

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 Healthcare Association (CMA)

  • Meets all training requirements for examination.

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

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

3. Phlebotomy Technician National Certification – National Healthcare 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: $2,999.00

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • BP Cuff and Stethoscope
  • EKG Calipers
  • Background Check
  • Healthcare Provider BLS Certification valid for 2 years
  • PCT Study Package with Practice Exams
  • PCT 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 Technician (PCT) works alongside doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to oversee and monitor patients. The Patient Care Technician 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 Healthcare Association, 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 4 certifications! Additional Phlebotomy, EKG, and CNA exam fees are paid separately.

To participate, students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

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 3 primary training areas and meets the requirements for up to 4 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 as a hybrid course several times throughout the year. 
  • The course includes over 200 hours of live, online, and clinical experience training.  
  • This course includes 40 hours of clinical experience.  They are not required to sit for the licensing exam but are highly recommended for experience and the chance of finding employment.  
  • Clinicals are typically held towards the end of the course and are all day at a hospital and long-term nursing facility.
  • Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed for four 8-hour and two 12-hour shifts.

Clinical Experience Requirements:

This course includes 40 hours of clinical experience.  Forty hours of clinical experience is not required to sit for the licensing exam, but is highly recommended for experience and the chance of finding employment. Clinicals are typically held all day at a hospital and long-term nursing facility towards the end of the course.  Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed to complete the required hours.

ALL required documents must be completed and submitted to the Allied Health office for review no later than 14 days after the start of class. Students will not be approved and scheduled for clinical experience until the documents are received.  

These include:

  • Medical Physical (Health and Immunizations Certification Form)
  • PPD (TB Skin Test) 
  • Complete Immunization Record and/or Titers Results
  • Healthcare Provider BLS Certification valid for 2 years
  • PCT Study Package with Practice Exams
  • PCT Certification Exam (one attempt)

Failure to meet the deadline could delay finishing the program!

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

Certification Information:

1. Certified Nursing Assistant – Florida Board of Nursing

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

2. EKG/Telemetry Technician National Certification National Healthcare Association (EKG)

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

3. Phlebotomy Technician National Certification – National Healthcare 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 Healthcare 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:

  • BP Cuff and Stethoscope
  • EKG Calipers
  • Drug Screen
  • Healthcare Provider BLS Certification valid for 2 years
  • PCT Study Package with Practice Exams
  • PCT Certification Exam (one attempt)
  • Textbooks
  • Scrubs
  • Background Check

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 a variety of 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 Healthcare Association.

To participate, students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

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 2 year
  • EKG Study Package with Practice Exams
  • EKG Certification Exam (one attempt)
  • Textbooks
  • 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

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) also known as Certified Nurse Aide, works in a variety of healthcare settings providing basic healthcare services to patients or facility residents. 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 120+ hours of training, including 40 hours of clinical experience, and will be prepared to challenge the state CNA licensing exam. View the salary outlook for a CNA. Visit the Florida Board of Nursing website for information about becoming a CNA.

To participate, students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

Course Structure:

Forty hours of clinical experience is not required to sit for the licensing exam, but is highly recommended for experience and the chance of finding employment. Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed to complete the required hours.

Clinical Experience Requirements:

This course includes 40 hours of clinical experience. Forty hours of clinical experience is not required to sit for the licensing exam, but is highly recommended for experience and the chance of finding employment. Clinicals are typically held all day at a hospital and long-term nursing facility towards the end of the course.  Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed to complete the required hours.

ALL required documents must be completed and submitted to the Allied Health office for review no later than 14 days after the start of class.  Students will not be approved and scheduled for clinical experience until the documents are received.  

These include:

  • Medical Physical (Health and Immunizations Certification Form)
  • PPD (TB Skin Test) 
  • Complete Immunization Record and/or Titers Results
  • Flu Shot (during the flu season)
  • Background Check (dismissed without refund if failed)
  • Drug Screen (dismissed without refund 

Failure to meet the deadline could delay finishing the program!

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 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:  $1,095.00

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • BLS Provider Certification valid for 2 years
  • BP Cuff and Stethoscope
  • 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 a combination of didactic hours, hands-on clinical, and simulation training. The certification is an excellent addition to your healthcare training and experience.  View the salary outlook for a Phlebotomy Technician.

Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the Phlebotomy technician national exam through National Healthcare Association.

To participate, students must be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

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, skills practice, and clinical experience. To qualify for the national certification exam, you will complete 30 venipuncture sticks (10 in class, 20+ at a medical facility) and 10 capillary sticks. 

  • Clinicals are typically held towards the end of the course and are all day at a hospital and long-term nursing facility.
  • Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed for two, 8-hour shifts.

Clinical Experience Requirements:

This course includes mandatory clinical training hours to complete 30 venipuncture sticks (10 in class, 20+ at a medical facility) and 10 capillary sticks.  Clinicals are typically held all day at a hospital facility towards the end of the course.  Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed for at least two, 8-hour shifts.

ALL required documents must be completed and submitted to the Allied Health office for review no later than 14 days after the start of class.  Students will not be approved and scheduled for clinical experience until the documents are received.  

These include:

  • Medical Physical (Health and Immunizations Certification Form)
  • PPD (TB Skin Test) 
  • Complete Immunization Record and/or Titers Results

Failure to meet the deadline could delay finishing the program!

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

Certification Information:

Phlebotomy Technician National Certification – (National Healthcare 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:  $1,549.00

The following is included in your registration fee:

  • Healthcare Provider BLS Certification valid for 2 years
  • CPT Study Package with Practice Exams
  • CPT Certification Exam (one attempt)
  • Background Check
  • Textbooks
  • Scrubs
  • Drug Screen

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