The Central Texas College Continuing Education department will offer four health care career training programs this spring: Certified Nursing Aid, Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Veterinary Assistant. Each course offers a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice with supervision.

Nurse’s aid

The Certified Nursing Aid program will be offered Monday through Friday, March 17 to April 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. and again May 12 to June 16, Monday through Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m. The program prepares students with knowledge, skills and abilities essential for providing basic care to residents in long-term care facilities. The course combines 76 hours of classroom instruction with a 40-hour clinical to provide a complete learning experience. The cost is $995 plus textbooks and additional supplies. Starting pay for a certified nursing aid is between $9 and $12 an hour.

Medical assistant

Two Clinical Medical Assistant programs will be available. The first is Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 1 through Sept. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. and the second program will be each Saturday, April 5 through Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The course consists of 141 hours of accelerated classroom training with emphasis on skills mastery. The cost is $1,495 plus textbooks and supplies. CMA’s work in a physician’s office or clinical setting helping physicians carry out procedures, caring for patients, performing basic lab tests and administering medications. Starting pay for a CMA is between $10 and $16 per hour.

Pharmacy tech

The Pharmacy Technician program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 25 through Oct. 7, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Pharmacy technicians help a pharmacist package or mix prescriptions, maintain client records, refer clients to a pharmacist for counseling, assist with inventory control and purchasing, collect payment and coordinate billing. The course consists of 200 hours of accelerated classroom training. The cost is $1,795 plus textbooks and supplies. Starting pay for a pharmacy technician is between $12 and $20 per hour.

Veterinary assistant

The Veterinary Assistant program will be offered Saturdays, April 5 through May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program combines 35 hours of accelerated classroom training and 35 hours of volunteer experience. A veterinary assistant helps a veterinarian or a veterinarian technician with daily tasks such as feeding and examining pets for signs of illness, disease or injury; clean and disinfect cages and work areas; and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. The course costs $295 plus textbook. The starting average pay for veterinary assistants is $11 per hour.

Financial assistance for these programs includes MyCAA (for eligible military spouses), installment plans or a private loan through Sallie Mae. Call 254-526-1586 or go to and click on “Professional Development and Workforce Training.”

Registration underway for classes at Central Texas College’s Fort Hood site

Registration for classes at Central Texas College’s Fort Hood campus is underway for the upcoming semester, which runs April 7 through June 2. Courses for this eight-week term are held in conjunction with the Education Services Division of the Fort Hood Soldier Development Center.

Active-duty military should use the goArmyed portal to register and dependents and civilians can register at the CTC website using WebAdvisor. All students must have a degree plan on file with CTC before registering.

Anyone who does not have a degree plan in place can meet with a CTC counselor at either the Fort Hood campus located at Building 3201 on 72nd Street or at Student Services (Building 119) on the CTC central campus in Killeen.

Classes at the Fort Hood campus are open to both active-duty military and civilians.

For a complete schedule of classes, go to and click the Locations link and then scroll down to the Fort Hood campus link.

Students have until April 10 to complete the registration process and sign up for classes.

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