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2024-2025 Collin College Catalog 
2024-2025 Collin College Catalog

Health Professions - Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Track, Level 1 Certificate

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Collin College’s Health Professions curriculum provides you with the training and knowledge you need for a rewarding career as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician, Patient Care Technician (PCT), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Phlebotomy Technician (PHLEB). The five career tracks allow you to choose the specialization that best fits your career goals. Each track offers in-depth education with hands-on experience, thanks to experienced faculty who have worked in the healthcare field and valuable clinical partnerships with local hospitals, facilities, and clinics.

The variety of options in Health Professions also allows you to build your knowledge and skills as you progress through the different levels of educational awards. You can earn an Occupational Skills Award (OSA) and a Level 1 Certificate on your way to an Associate of Applied Science in Health Professions, providing you with the chance to work in your field of interest as you continue your education.

If your program requires a criminal background check, your placement in a required clinical site, cooperative, practicum, internship, and/or licensure/certification opportunity may be impacted. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Program Director and check with your licensing/certifying entity, if any, to determine your status.

The curriculum contains both transfer and workforce courses. The workforce courses are mainly offered at the Collin College Technical Campus and the Wylie Campus. For additional information, please contact the Health Professions Director at 214-491-6253.

Admission to the Health Professions clinical programs is selective and requires completion of an application process. The application is found on the Health Professions program website: https://www.collin.edu/department/healthprofessions and must be submitted prior to enrolling in the clinical program courses.

Eligibility requirements for application to the Health Professions clinical programs include:

  • Complete the Collin College Admissions requirements. 
  • Complete the Health Professions Application form (located on the Health Professions department website).
  • Submit all clinical program requirements:
    • Proof of personal health insurance
    • Valid American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Provider card
    • Required immunization records (submitted to the required immunization tracker)
      • Varicella (completed 2-dose series or positive quantitative blood titer)
      • Hepatitis B (completed 3-dose series, 2-dose accelerated series, or positive quantitative blood titer)
      • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) (completed 2-dose series or positive quantitative blood titer)
      • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDaP)
    • Negative Tuberculosis (TB) screening (expires annually)
    • Influenza vaccine (required during active flu season, expires annually)
    • Background check
    • Drug Screening purchase (performed for each clinical course)

After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities with or without accommodations for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s settings. The specific functional requirements are found in “Functional Abilities/Core Performance Standards” documents provided in the program information and application forms. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.
Prior to enrolling in any clinical courses, students must complete all immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)*. All required workforce courses require a minimum grade of 75% to continue in the program.

* It is important to note that one of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform the Program Coordinator. In such cases, the applicant must sign a declination form. All immunizations must be complete before assignment to clinical training.

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