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Healthcare: Health Professions

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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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

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

This is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) course. NASM is the premier certification for Personal Trainers in the United States. This is a 78-hours course with 32 hours being online and 46 hours being a mixture of class, lab and experiential training. Students who successfully complete this course will become certified with a NASM Personal Trainer Certificate as well as receiving a NASM Certificate of Distinction for successfully completing the program through Tri-County Technical College. Testing is included in tuition

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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work side by side with pharmacists in every pharmacy setting to provide assistance in prescription preparation, customer service, and pharmacy management. Students learn the skills necessary for prescription preparation and basic pharmacy management which requires studies in pharmacy calculations, aseptic and non-sterile compounding, state and federal pharmacy law, medication safety and use, and communications. Students will be exposed to the various aspects of pharmacy practice not only in the classroom but also in simulation laboratories and experiential education opportunities. The Pharmacy Technician program also meets the requirements of the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy for pharmacy technicians seeking to be state certified. The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). TCTC is also a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)-recognized Sterile Compounding Education and Training site for SCAT (Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique).

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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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