Northwest Community College

Allied Health

There is a host of non-credit offerings at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in the Allied Health Field. From classes for Nurse Aide (CNA) to Pharmacy Technician and Disaster Preparedness to ServSafe, NCCC has the training you need to forge ahead in your chosen career or down a new career path.

Non-credit Allied Health Offerings
Nurse Aide (CNA)
This 120-hour non-credit program will prepare individuals with the entry level skills needed to take the state examination for certification. We offer classroom lecture, hands-on laboratory skills instruction and clinical rotation at an area nursing facility. Day and evening programs are available.

Nurse Aide Refresher
This course may be for you if you have let your nurse aide certification lapse and want to refresh your skills prior to taking the state certification examination.

Hospital Patient Care Technician
This non-credit certificate program combines the competencies of a certified nurse aide with additional advanced skills to prepare students for a career in medical facilities, specifically hospital settings.

Pre-requisites: Connecticut Certified Nurse Aide required. A high school diploma or GED is strongly recommended. Classes included in this program are BLS for the Health Care Provider, Medical Terminology, EKG Skills, Health Care Practices and Principles, Venipuncture Competency and Advanced Patient Care Skills.

Pharmacy Technician
This comprehensive, 60-hour course will prepare students for an entry-level position in a community, hospital or long-term care setting. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board national examination. Prospective students will need to demonstrate math fluency prior to enrollment.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B)
Successful completion of this course enables the EMT student to take the national written and practical exams for certification. Successful completion of the national exam allows the student to get their Connecticut certification. Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 18 must have parental permission to enroll.

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers and Renewal
This American Heart Association (AHA) course is intended for the health care professional and includes CPR, AED, foreign body airway obstruction relief, barrier devices and use of bag-valve masks. Offered six times per year on Saturday mornings.

Disaster Preparedness
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program is being offered FREE of charge to help prepare yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an emergency disaster incident, emergency personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property. In coordination with local, state and federal emergency response agencies, and made available nationally by FEMA, communities are training and organizing CERT teams across the country. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 18 must have written parental permission.

ServSafe - Qualified Food Operator (QFO)
This 8-hour course prepares you to take the examination from the National Restaurant Association for certification as a QFO, which fulfills the Connecticut Public Health Code requirement. You will learn the standards of food safety, food-borne diseases and food service sanitation.

Professional continuing education modules are offered to licensed nurses, EMS providers and other Allied Health professionals. Health-related topics of interest to the general public are offered to the community. Please refer to NCCC's Course Schedule for current listings.