Train for a healthcare career at Griffin Hospital's school

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers in Derby will offer its certified nursing assistant (CNA), patient care technician (PCT) and phlebotomy programs beginning in May.

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. The CNA and PCT programs begin May 20, and the phlebotomy program begins May 21.

CNA course

The 13-week CNA course will meet Monday and Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. 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.

Once a student successfully completes the course and clinical experience, they will be qualified to take the state exam for certification as a nursing assistant in Connecticut.

The $1,200 CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, workbook, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation, which will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings.

PCT course

The 16-week PCT program holds classes on Monday and Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students are able to choose the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday portion of the program either during the day from 9 a.m.-noon, or evenings from 6-9 p.m.

The PCT program offers hands-on training and opportunities for practical experience in the school's fully-equipped mock hospital room. The $3,995 tuition includes four weeks practical training at Griffin Hospital (which is full time on weekdays from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), textbook, malpractice insurance, CPR certification, and national certification.

Phlebotomy program

The 13-week phlebotomy program has classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with both day and evening class options available.

The $1,995 tuition includes a 40-hour internship, national certification, lab coats, CPR certification, malpractice insurance and textbook.

Information and applying

For information or to apply, call course instructors Joanne Halstead or Tracy Huneke at 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578.

Classes are taught by certified instructors in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, 300 Seymour Ave., Derby. 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.