Your New Career in Healthcare
The Technical College of the Lowcountry offers a variety of continuing education programs that allow you to enter a new field or enhance your skills in weeks or months rather than years. Courses are offered on the Beaufort, Hampton, and New River Campuses, as well as in Walterboro.
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): This American Heart Association approved 5-hour course is for those who provide healthcare to patients in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and home health agencies. CPR for the adult, child, and infant is covered along with the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED). Tuition: $75 (includes BLS Manual, e-card, and certificate valid for 2 years). This course is included in all programs that have a clinical requirement. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): Nursing Assistants perform Activities of Daily Living under the supervision of nursing staff. Employment opportunities include positions in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, medical offices, assisted living facilities and home health agencies. This course requires laboratory and clinical experience. The program consists of two parts, lecture/lab and clinical, the parts total 120 hours. Students that successfully complete this state-approved course are eligible for Pearson VUE/Crendtia testing to become certified. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT): Students will learn to follow universal precautions, tie tourniquets, identify veins, and demonstrate knowledge and use of necessary equipment necessary for drawing blood. Students will be able to identify appropriate tubes and labels for tests, prep the site, perform venipunctures, and finger sticks. The successful student is eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certifying exam upon successful completion of this course. The program consists of two parts, lecture/lab and clinical, the parts total 104 hours. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Certified Electrocardiogram Technician (CET): This 64-hour course is designed to prepare students for electrocardiogram performances and procedures. This course will prepare students for the placement of a 12 lead ECG. With this course you will learn the rhythm rules, sinus, atrial, and ventricular rhythms. Upon completion, you will have a better understanding of MI’s and pacemakers. Successful students will be eligible to sit for the NHA ECG certification exam. This program consists of two parts, lecture/lab and clinical, the parts total 64 hours of instruction and clinical experience. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Certified Patient Care Assistant (CPCA): The Certified Patient Care Technician can work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospital, office, and long-term care facilities. If you enjoy direct patient care utilizing diverse skill sets, then the Patient Care Technician Program is for you! CNA is a recommended prerequisite, but not required for this program. The classes cover content including: Patient Care skills, Patient Safety Procedures, Medical Terminology, Electrocardiogram (ECG), and Phlebotomy. This course contains 205 hours of instruction and lab. Upon successful completion of the PCT program and laboratory experiences, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association PCT certification exam. This program DOES NOT make students eligible for the NHA ECG or Phlebotomy certification exams. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT): This program consists of two parts, lecture/lab and clinical, the parts total 290 hours prior to the national certification test. The classes cover content including: Patient Care skills, Patient Safety Procedures, Medical Terminology, Electrocardiogram (ECG), and Phlebotomy. Upon successful completion of the PCT program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association CPCT-A, CPT, and CET certification exams. The student completes clinical experiences during the program to be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association ECG and Phlebotomy certification exams in addition to the CPCT exam. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): This 208-hour DHEC approved course is designed to prepare students for emergency medical technician—basic level. National Registry Practical exam $100, Written exam $70.00. Silver WIN/WorkKeys or 50 ASVAB combined verbal required, must be 18 years of age and have proof of HS Diploma or GED prior to completion of course. CPR BLS is included in the course. SLED Background Check is mandatory. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Dental Assistant – ONLINE PROGRAM – The online Dental Assisting program is designed to take 390 hours to complete – typically 4 months full-time. The benefit to studying online with CareerStep is that you can set your own pace and take as long as 12 months to complete the course. You can sign up for the Dental Assistant program for one low price of $3,999. A voucher for an attempt at the certification exam is included. The Dental Assisting training program is broken into several bite-size modules that will teach you the skills you need to be effective in your career as a dental assistant. The training program covers: General dentistry, Head and neck anatomy, Extraoral and intraoral imaging, Principles and techniques of instrument processing, Oral and maxillofacial surgery, and more. The online program provides instructional videos, images, and quizzes to test your knowledge throughout the course and help you increase your retention. You also have simulations, allowing you to enhance your learning experience with “hands-on” practice. A professional externship is included with your learning experience giving you actual hands-on practice. Externships provide an enriching opportunity to network with professionals in the dental care field and complement your resume. This physical training consists of 120 hours at a local dental office and is conducted under the supervision of a dentist, dental technician, or dental assistant. You will observe and work chair-side with the dentist and staff. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Hemodialysis Technician – ONLINE PROGRAM – Dialysis technicians primarily work in doctors’ offices and hospitals, but some provide treatment to patients in their own homes. Primarily, hemodialysis technicians administer dialysis treatment, but there is much more to know than that. They must know how to set up, monitor, and clean the equipment, create and maintain a sterile environment, and provide preparation, education, and comfort to their patients. As a hemodialysis technician, you will also be able to measure basic vital signs, recognize different types of kidney disease, and know the different medications available to dialysis patients as well as how diet plays a hand in treating kidney disease. The Hemodialysis Technician with Externship program includes 90 hours of coursework and an externship of up to 100 hours. It is designed to be completed in as little as 3 months, but up to 6 months of online access is included. Everything you need to succeed is included in the tuition payment of $3,599. A voucher for an attempt at the certification exam is included along with complete online access to expert-created curriculum and one-on-one support from your trainers and our technical support team. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE) – ONLINE PROGRAM – The Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE) training program includes 390 hours of training and 130 hours in an externship. The program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, your program includes 12 months of access in case you need extra time. A voucher for an attempt at the certification exam is included with your tuition and materials for the $2,999 fee. As a pharmacy technician, you will prepare prescription orders, verify prescription information and dosage, enter patient and order information into the pharmacy system, process and submit insurance claims, and provide quality customer service to patients and other healthcare providers. Most pharmacy technicians work in neighborhood pharmacies or grocery stores. Positions are also available in hospitals, clinics and outpatient centers, specialty pharmacies, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, mail-order pharmacies, tele-pharmacies, and nuclear medicine pharmacies. The CareerStep Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE) training program covers: Pharmacology, Pharmacy law, regulations, and standards, Business of a pharmacy (both retail and hospital), Prescriptions, Pharmaceutical Calculations, Nonsterile Compounding, And more… The online Pharmacy Technician courses include images, videos, simulations, and interactive games to help you learn the material and develop your skills as a pharmacy technician. The program’s focus is on helping you gain the skills you need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam and start working as soon as you finish. CareerStep has partnerships with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy to help you fulfill your externship requirements. These partnerships provide eligible CareerStep learners the opportunity to participate as long as positions are available in their local areas. The externship program offers the chance for learners to gain experience in pharmacy tech that will make them more employable. Learners will complete their externship before they finish—smoothing the transition from classroom to workplace and helping to cement the skills they’re learning in the training program with hands-on experience. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Veterinary Receptionist – ONLINE PROGRAM – The Veterinary Receptionist training program includes 328 hours of program training and is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. Everything you need to succeed is included in one tuition fee of $3,899. This program fee entitles you to an initial 12 months of access to the Veterinary Receptionist course, text/materials, and a voucher for an attempt at the certification exam is included. The program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, so 12 months of access ensures you have the time you need. The Veterinary Receptionist program covers: Examination room procedures, Small and large animal nursing, Pharmacy and pharmacology, Laboratory procedures, Communication and client relations, Office and hospital procedures, Microsoft Office Software, Healthcare Documentation, Medical office procedures and management, and Practice finances. You will finish prepared to pass the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam. In addition, the training includes images, exercises, learning games, and a number of training videos to increase your understanding of key concepts and offer another way of learning the material. With training to become a veterinary assistant and a medical administrative assistant, you will also be prepared to work as a receptionist in any veterinary or medical practice. Click for REGISTRATION packet or SCHEDULE.
Programs vary by campus, please click the program you are interested in for more information, including schedules. Payment plans and financial aid may be available.
|Beaufort||Colleton||Hampton||New River (Bluffton)|
921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29901
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Colleton County Adult Education
500 Forest Circle
Walterboro, SC 29488
H. Mungin Center
54 Tech Circle
Varnville, SC 29944
|New River Campus
100 Community College Drive
Bluffton, SC 29909
Paying for Courses
Payment plans are available for some courses. Students may also be eligible for funding through WIOA, SNAP E & T, Vocational Rehabilitation, or VA Benefits. The cost of the textbook and supplies are included in the tuition except as noted in registration paperwork, please contact the program coordinator for details. Scholarships may be available, scholarship application is included in registration packet.
Before registering for most programs, applicants will need to take the WorkKeys/WIN test or the Accuplacer. Silver level WorkKeys/WIN certificates or transcripts will be required for registration. Accuplacer score requirements vary by program. CPR BLS is included in all programs that require clinical experience. All registrants must complete a SLED background check.
To take the WIN/WorkKeys for free:
- Testing is offered at Beaufort County Adult Education located at 1300 King St., Beaufort, SC. Testing is available Monday through Friday before noon, call 843-322-0780.
- Take the WIN or WorkKeys in Jasper, Hampton, or Allendale through the Jasper/Hampton Adult Education program call 803-903-1052 for more information.
- Take the WIN or WorkKeys in Walterboro through Colleton County Adult Education call 843-782-0018 for more information.
Additionally, a criminal background report (SLED) must be completed prior to registration. The cost for this report is $26 and is completed at the Continuing Education Administrative Office. You must bring a photo ID and $26 on a credit or debit card – NO CASH!