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Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers Offers Winter Semester for Medical Assistant, CNA, and Phlebotomy

By Christian Meagher on 10/26/2021

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is accepting applications for the winter semesters of Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Phlebotomy programs.

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and accelerated CNA programs start Jan. 17, 2022 and the Phlebotomy program begins Jan. 18, 2022.

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program runs for 28 weeks with classes five days a week from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., including 160 clinical hours at Griffin Faculty Physicians’ primary care offices and specialty offices such as gastroenterology, OB-GYN, surgical and cardiology.

The program prepares students to become multi-skilled healthcare professionals that specialize in outpatient settings. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Graduates of this program may find entry-level positions in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers and may work in general medicine or specialty practices. This program also provides the diversity of other job options in the hospital or laboratory setting.

The accelerated CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The school is currently accepting applications for its fall CNA program which starts on Nov. 8.

The CNA course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care. Students will practice skills prior to their clinical experience. The program’s clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and/or a long term stay facility from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for day hours, and 5-10 p.m. for evening hours, totaling 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the certification exam for a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut.

The 14-week Phlebotomy program holds classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays evenings from 6-9 p.m. with a daytime option of 9 a.m.-noon or an evening option of 6-9 p.m. The course tuition includes a 32-40-hour internship, national certification, lab coats, CPR certification, malpractice insurance and textbook.

Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.

About the School of Allied Health Careers

Griffin Hospital's School of Allied Health Careers was one of the first hospital-based schools of its kind to be authorized by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and offers Phlebotomy and other professional educational programs to provide training, education, and certification in selected health careers. Classes are taught by certified instructors or Master’s prepared nurses in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, located at 300 Seymour Avenue in Derby.