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Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers Offers Winter Semester for CNA, PCT, MA, and Phlebotomy

By Christian Meagher on 11/28/2022

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206 in Derby, is accepting applications for the 2023 winter semesters of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant (MA), and Patient Care Technician (PCT) programs. The accelerated CNA and MA programs starts Jan. 9, and Phlebotomy and PCT will begin Jan. 10.

The accelerated CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed classroom schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The CNA 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 a long-term care facility. The clinical hours are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for a total of 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 CNA course tuition fee includes the course book and workbook, CPR training, a 40-hour clinical rotation, and liability insurance.

The 17-week PCT program requires students to attend didactic and skills review on Mondays and Fridays, and have the option to take the 14-week Phlebotomy program on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday either during the day or evening. The PCT program offers ample hands-on training and opportunities for practical experience in the school's fully equipped hospital simulation room and during clinical experience at the hospital or long-term care facility. The 14-week Phlebotomy program offers 32-40 hours of clinical experience. The course tuition includes textbook, liability insurance, CPR certification, clinical rotations, and national certification exams. College credits are offered for eligible certification earners.

The MA 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 and specialty offices such as gastroenterology, OB-GYN, surgical and cardiology. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers. The MA course tuition includes textbook, liability insurance, CPR certification, online modules and certification practice tests, clinical externships, and national certification exam.  College credits are offered for eligible certification earners. The School of Allied Health Careers has partnered with Meritize to offer student loans in which applicants can enhance credit evaluation and loan options by sharing their academic profiles. Pre-approval is available at https://apply.meritize.com.

Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED and is proficient in the English language may apply for admission. The primary COVID-19 vaccination series and booster are required prior to enrollment. 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. College credits are offered for eligible certification earners. Classes are taught by certified instructors or Master’s prepared nurses in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, located at 300 Seymour Avenue in Derby.

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