The Health Care Career Academy (HCCA) educates students about the health care industry in preparation for entry-level employment and selection of an appropriate educational program.
Degrees and Certificates
Health Care Career Academy
Students will explore and determine their personal fit to various occupations within the health care industry and create a health career educational plan to achieve their professional goals. All learning and skill developments will be completed in preparation for entry-level employment and completion of a health career program leading to certification, licensure, and/or degree.
Fall: July 15th
Spring: November 15th
|STEP 1: COMPLETE APPLICATION|
Start here: If you are new to college or transferring to HCC, follow the steps and apply here.
What You Need to Apply
Recommended Courses - Conditional acceptance based on completion of the following:
Exempt if placement test scores or transcript indicate college-level reading, writing and math.
|STEP 2: ATTEND A PROGRAM SESSION|
All applicants are required to attend a Program Session, which is held at HCC Coleman:
1900 Pressler Street
Register at: colemanconnection.org
|STEP 3: SUBMIT AN APPLICATION PACKET|
Submit an application packet to HCC Coleman - Student Services.
Items that need to be submitted include:
|STEP 4: WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE DEPARTMENT|
|Be patient. it can take several weeks for admission applications to be processed.|
A condition of admission is based on completion and/or submission of the following:
Disclaimer: Admission Steps are subject to change at any time.
Patient Care Technician
The Patient Care Technician Occupational Skills Award (OSA) is designed for individuals interested in caring for patients in multiple health care settings. Completers of this award are eligible to work in an entry-level position alongside health care professionals under the supervision of a registered nurse, a Licensed Vocational Nurse, or those in health care supervisory roles.
Note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.
The Phlebotomy Technician Occupational Skills Award (OSA) is designed to develop skills in a variety of blood collection techniques such as vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles, blood cultures and specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Emphasis will be placed on infection control, specimen labeling, handling, processing and accessioning. Additional topics include professionalism, ethics and medical terminology. Completers of this award are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam and work in entry-level phlebotomy positions in hospitals and doctor offices.
The median salary for Phlebotomy Technicians in the Greater Houston Area is $30,000.
Sterile Processing Technician
The Sterile Processing Technician Occupational Skills Award (OSA) is designed for individuals interested in processing surgical instrumentation. The completer of this award will be eligible to work in an entrylevel position alongside health care professionals with supervision in a surgical instrumentation central processing department.
The median salary for Sterile Processing Technicians in the Greater Houston Area is $32,000
Continuing Education Programs
Continuing Education certificates offer contact hours, not academic credit. One Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is 10 contact hours of successful participation/completion in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are not substituted for college credit hours, but rather are a means of reporting continuing education activities. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed are available on request. CEUs are recognized internationally as a measure of substantial professional education and training.
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