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Healthcare: Health Professions

We offer several noncredit courses in this area of interest through our Corporate and Community Education Division.

Certified Nursing Assistant

The Nurse Aide is the primary direct care giver in long-term care, home health, hospitals, and private duty services. The demand is great for this healthcare worker due to the aging population. This course is approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) and qualifies you to take the SC Nurse Aide Competency Exam, which is required to work in a variety of healthcare facilities and organizations. This exam is also nationally-recognized and will permit you to work in most states throughout the USA.

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Community Paramedicine

Community Paramedicine

Are you a Paramedic with at least 2 years full time work experience or 4 years part time work experience who seeks a way to enhance your career?

Look no further!

Tri-County Technical College is the only State Supported College in South Carolina that has SC Department of Health and Environmental Control’s seal of approval to offer Community Paramedic certification.  This certification incorporates North Central EMS Institute Curriculum, South Carolina Office of Rural Health Curriculum, and SC DHEC Community Paramedicine Guidelines. 

Experienced Paramedics who enroll in the program will complete 100 hours of didactic (classroom) training, 150 hours of clinical training (in a variety of clinical settings such as home health agencies, hospitals, dental clinics, etc.), and 50 hours of lab training.

Prerequisite: Currently certified as an EMT-P with 2 years full time work experience or 4 years part time experience.  Provide TCTC/CCE a letter on company letterhead indicating your title and years of service.

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CPR-Basic Life Support/Heartsaver

Basic Life Support: Teaches the skills for victims of all ages, including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag mask device and oxygen, use of an AED (automated external defibrillator), relief of a foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). For certified licensed healthcare providers. Assess situation(s) and determine if: 1) first aid, 2) medical emergency, 3) injury emergency or, 4) environmental emergency. For certified or non-certified, licensed or non-licensed healthcare providers. 2 year credential from American Heart Association.

Heartsaver: Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives.  Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use.  A course completion card is earned upon successful skills completion which is valid for two years.

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ECG Technician Certificate

ECG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in hospitals and physician offices.  These tests are used to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart.  This course provides the student with instructions for collecting information and data about a patient's heart using electrocardiography.  Topics include:  identifying heart rhythms, operation of a 12-lead electrocardiograph machine, treadmill stress tests and use of a Holter monitor, legal and professional aspects of patient contact.

This course assists students in preparation to take one of the national credentialing examinations, such as ASPT-EKG Technician or the certified ECG Technician exam through the National Healthcareer Association.

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Certificate)

EMTs provide emergency care to the critically ill and injured at an emergency scene. The modern Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system has been developed to provide what is known as pre-hospital or out-of-hospital care. There are four levels in this career path: First Responder; Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT); Paramedic (P). Our EMT program is certified and regulated by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. You learn skills, rules, and guidelines for providing emergency care. Successful completion qualifies you to take the National Registry certification examination and become certified in South Carolina. This 256-hour program meets the new National Registry and SC DHEC/EMS standards.

 Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will be able to take the National Registry exam sponsored by SC DHEC and become certified in South Carolina.

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IV Therapy


This certificate program is designed to educate health care professionals in understanding principles and practice of intravenous therapy with an emphasis on venipuncture techniques, equipment, equipment, precautions, complication of intravenous therapy, and nursing responsibilities.  Due to South Carolina practice laws only certain professionals (MA, LPN or RN) may administer IV Therapy. Must show current certification. 

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Medical Billing and Coding

The main role of medical billing and coding specialists is to ensure health providers are paid for medical services rendered. They are responsible for the accurate flow of medical information and patient data between physicians, patients and third-party payers. Without them, healthcare businesses could not function efficiently.


Medical billing and coding consists of two essential functions:

Medical Coding – Every medical service is assigned a numeric code to define diagnostics, treatments and procedures. It is the medical coder’s job to enter this information into a facility’s database using medical coding protocol to produce a statement or claim.

Medical Billing – The medical biller then acts as a liaison between the facility and payment parties. If the claim is denied by the third-party payer, the medical billing specialist must investigate the claim, verify its information, and update the database.

However, in some facilities these job duties are split into two individual job descriptions handled by two individuals.

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Patient Care Technician

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians/Assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care some patients require. As a Patient Care Technician, you’ll provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs, as well as work alongside other healthcare professionals.

More and more patients require special care, sometimes around-the-clock. Needs vary from patient to patient, making it vital that the Patient Care Technician/Assistant has a diverse range of knowledge and skills to provide their basic care. 

As a Patient Care Technician/Assistant, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death

As the elderly population increases, healthcare facilities, hospitals and nursing homes have a great demand for qualified Patient Care Technicians/Assistants. Since this profession is needed in many practices, you may have a variety of opportunities available to you. Earning your Patient Care Technician Certificate can help you launch a career in the healthcare path you choose.

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Personal Trainer Certificate

Includes basic exercise science studies used by the fitness and professional skills needed to assist you to become certified as a personal trainer from one of the national organizations, such as ACE (American Council on Exercise) and others. You will receive practical applications of basic exercise principles, how to design an individual training program for both health and special populations, and instruction in how to implement and perform fitness testing and evaluation. Mock ACE Personal Trainer exam included. Free CPR course included. This Personal Training is University Curriculum Course ACE#CEP40814. 

Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will be able to sit for ACE certification exam.

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Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomists are specialized clinical support assistants who collect blood and other samples from patients for examination in laboratories, the results of which provide valuable information for diagnosing illness. Duties include: collection and preparation of specimens; maintenance of collection areas and equipment and supplies; performance of record keeping duties. Phlebotomy technicians work in clinical labs, hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes, doctor's offices, blood donation centers and other health care facilities. 

Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will be able to sit for Phlebotomy certification with ASCP. 

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Spanish for Medical Professions

Are you frustrated by the communication gap that can occur between you and your Spanish-speaking patients? If you answered yes, this Spanish class - designed specifically for healthcare professionals - will help you bridge that gap.

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