Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Health Professions

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Please check the course listing below for upcoming Health Professions classes available from Howard College Workforce Training / Continuing Education on the Big Spring Campus. If you are interested in more details about a course or enrolling in a course, please contact us at (432) 264-5070.  Fields of study include:

V Certified Nurse Aide

(NURA 1001, 108 hours, 10.8 CEU’s)

Designed to provide basic nursing skills, emphasizing long-term elderly care facilities. Includes physical and psychological needs, safety, infection control, and resident rights. Applicants must read, write, speak, and understand English to be successful in this course. Tuition includes $10.00 malpractice insurance, $95.00 state certification exam fee, and textbook. Tuition and fees total $644.00.  Scrubs are required for clinicals.

Prior to enrollment in this program, a background check must be completed through the following website: Completing the background check is the student's responsibility.  The cost of the background check will vary depending on how many states you have lived in.  It can run from $54/up, to be paid online, by student. Employment status will also be verified through the DADS’ Nurse Aide Registry and the Employee Misconduct Registry. Upon registration, students must bring their social security card, driver’s license, and shot records showing they have had at least the first 2 hepatitis B vaccines. No scrubs needed until clinicals.

V Certified Nurse Aide - 24 hr Continuing Education

Howard College is now offering the DADS required 24 hours Continuing Education Course online.  For more information on registration, please contact Workforce Training at (432) 264-5131.

Continuing Education for Texas Certified Nurse Aides
This courses is designed to offer to satisfy the 24 hour in-service education requirement, which is part of the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) renewal process (TAC; Title 40; Part 1; Chapter 94; Rule §94.9). “Effective September 1, 2013, a nurse aide renewing a certification must complete at least 24 hours of in-service education every two years that includes training in geriatrics and the care of residents with a dementia disorder, including Alzheimer’s disease.” 

The HOWARD COLLEGE Nurse Aide Training Program is a DADS approved training site to assist with meeting this criteria.

V Medication Aide Certification

(NURA1013, 140 hours, 14.0 CEUs)

Not long ago only doctors and nurses were allowed to administer medications.  Times have changed!  Medication aides now may administer medications in nursing homes and state correctional facilities.  They must hold a permit issued by the Texas Department of Health.  A permit holder must function under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse on duty or on call by the facility.  Medication aides are a cost effective option now open to Medicare skilled nursing facilities as well as Medicaid nursing facilities.  Medication aides must also comply with certain nurse aide requirements.  Since there are several prerequisites that must be met for this course, an enrollment packet detailing these prerequisites must be obtained and signed prior to enrollment.

V Medication Aide Re-certification

This 7 hour course fulfills the annual education renewal requirements for the certified medication aide. Topics include review and update of medication aide training rules, medication administration, and related responsibilities.

V Pharmacy Technician Program

Course Contact Hours - 50 hrs.
This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.  Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. 

Howard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran's status or any other protected class in its programs, activities, admission, or employment practices.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the policy of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area.