There is a host of credit-free allied health offerings at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. These programs can serve as entry level positions in health care or can be used to stack credentials to expand your employment opportunities. The instructors are all actively working in their fields of specialty and bring current experience and expertise to you in the classroom and at clinical sites.

Credit-free Allied Health Offerings

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

This 120-hour program will prepare individuals with the entry level skills needed to take the state examination for certification. We offer classroom lecture, hands-on laboratory skills instruction and clinical rotation at an area nursing facility. Four-week Day and six-week evening programs are available.

Nurse Aide Refresher

This course may be for you if you have let your nurse aide certification lapse and want to refresh your skills prior to taking the state certification examination. You will participate in classroom and hands-on laboratory skills instruction.

Hospital Patient Care Technician

This program combines the competencies of a certified nurse aide with additional skills to prepare students for a career in medical facilities, specifically hospital settings. Pre-requisites include: Current CT Nurse Aide certification, high school diploma or GED, completed application and health clearance and immunizations. National Health Care Association certification for EKG and phlebotomy is available in conjunction with NCCC’s Medical Assistant program.

Pharmacy Technician

This comprehensive, 60-hour course will prepare students for an entry-level position in a community, hospital or long-term care setting. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national examination. A high school diploma or GED and fluency in mathematics, metric conversion and basic algebra are required to complete necessary pharmaceutical calculations. A math competency test, at no cost, is required prior to registering.

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B)

Successful completion of this course enables the EMT student to take the national written and state practical exams for certification. Successful completion of the national exam allows the student to get their Connecticut certification. Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 18 must have parental permission to enroll.

Central Sterile Processing Technician – NEW

In this 60-hour program you will learn skills such as identifying equipment, decontamination, sterilizing, processing, assembling, storing and distributing medical devices in health care settings. Upon successful completion, you will be able to take the national Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution exam.

ServSafe – Qualified Food Operator (QFO)

This 8-hour course prepares you to take the examination from the National Restaurant Association for certification as a QFO, which fulfills the Connecticut Public Health Code requirement. You will learn the standards of food safety, food-borne diseases and food service sanitation. Offered six times per year, testing occurs at the end on this Saturday program.

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers and Renewals

This American Heart Association (AHA) course is intended for the health care professional and includes CPR, AED, foreign body airway obstruction relief, barrier devices and use of bag-valve masks. Offered six times per year on Saturday mornings.

First Aid and CPR, AED

This American Heart Association’s Heart Saver course is offered in the spring and fall to anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid to meet job, regulatory or other requirements. Upon successful completion students will receive an AHA Heartsaver completion card that is valid for two years.

Disaster Preparedness

A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program is being offered FREE of charge to help prepare yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an emergency disaster incident, emergency personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property. In coordination with local, state and federal emergency response agencies, and made available nationally by FEMA, communities are training and organizing CERT teams across the country. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 18 must have written parental permission.


Professional continuing education modules are offered to licensed nurses, EMS providers and other Allied Health professionals. Health-related topics of interest to the general public are offered to the community. Please refer to NCCC’s Course Schedule for current listings.