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.
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.
Before registering for most programs, applicants will need to complete an American Heart Association approved CPR course and take the WorkKeys/WIN test. Silver (CNA) or Gold level WorkKeys/WIN certificates or transcripts will be required for registration.
Schedules and Registration:
Program Descriptions and Links:
CPR: This 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: $95 (includes BLS Manual, wallet card, and certificate valid for 2 years)
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. Students that successfully complete this state-approved course are eligible for Pearson VUE/Crendtia testing to become certified. This course is 110 hours. Silver (Level 4) WIN Test required. Tuition $904.50, SLED $26, Certification test $101, CPR for Healthcare Providers (BLS) $95 required prerequisite.
Phlebotomy: 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 student is eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certifying exam upon successful completion of this 114 hour course. Advanced course tuition $1080 & $26 SLED check, WIN Test free if all 3 tests taken within one week.
Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG): 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. Tuition $1025, (includes textbook), SLED $26, WIN Test free if all 3 tests taken within one week.
Patient Care Technician (PCT): The Patient Care Technician is able to 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! This program takes approximately 4-5 months to complete.
The TCL Patient Care Technician Program consists of 4 main courses and a review, prior to the national certification test. The classes are: Principles of Patient Safety, Medical Terminology, Electrocardiogram (ECG), and Phlebotomy. Students who successfully complete the ECG and Phlebotomy courses are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association ECG and Phlebotomy certification exams respectively. Upon successful completion of the PCT program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association PCT certification exam. Note: Students must complete the CNA program prior to beginning the PCT program.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): This 208 hour DHEC approved course is designed to prepare students for emergency medical technician—basic level. Tuition $1400, National Registry Practical exam $100, Written exam $70.00. Gold WIN/WorkKeys required, must be 18 years of age and have proof of HS Diploma or GED. CPR BLS is included in the course. SLED Background Check is mandatory.
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.
Students must take the WIN or WorkKeys test prior to enrolling in a course.
- Testing is offered at Beaufort County Adult Education located at 1300 King St., Beaufort, SC. Testing is available Monday through Friday. Please arrive before noon. 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.