Health Sciences Continuing Education

The Health Sciences Continuing Education Center of Emphasis provides quality continuing education programs for the health related disciplines. We are an American Heart Association Training Center and provide BLS, ACLS, and PALS courses monthly.  We also offer EMT/Paramedic refresher courses periodically.

For more information about these or any of our courses, please click on "Healthcare", to find an alphabetized listing of current courses. Don't see anything you need? Check back often as our courses are updated regularly.

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Phlebotomists are in high demand in the healthcare field.  The phlebotomy course is a combination of online learning, practical labs, and a rotation in a clinical setting.  This course is designed to prepare students for the NHA (National Healthcareer Association) Phlebotomy Technician certification exam.  Upon completion, students will be able to perform:

  • Venipuncture procedures
  • Capillary collection procedures
  • Point of care testing
  • Urine collection
  • Specimen processing

Phlebotomists are employed in hospitals, urgent care centers, physician offices, independent labs, health departments,  and blood banks.  The demand for phlebotomists is expected to increase by 25% by the year 2026.  The average annual median salary for phlebotomists in the Middle TN area ranges between $22,000 and $32,000.

Session Information:

Sign up for one of the zoom Phlebotomy Program Information

  • Thursday February 4th, 10:00 am
  • Tuesday February 9th, 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday February 9th, 6:00 pm
  • Thursday February 11th, 10:00 am
  • Tuesday February 16th, 10:00 am
  • Tuesday February 23rd, 2:00 pm

To register for an information session, email or call (615) 230-3338.


American Heart Association Training Center

As an American Heart Association Training Center, we oversee 200 instructors and three training sites.  We also offer quality AHA certification courses routinely at our Gallatin campus.  All courses offered through the training center and our training sites adhere to the AHA guidelines outlined in the Program Administration Manual.

The requirements for persons interested in becoming AHA instructors aligned with our training center are:

  • Must hold a certification in the discipline for at least two years
  • Must complete an online Instructor Essentials in the selected discipline
  • Must complete an on-ground instructor class in the selected discipline at the training center
  • Must align with the training center and sign up on the AHA instructor network
  • Must be monitored teaching at least two courses in the discipline within 6 months of the instructor class

To inquire about instructor alignment with the VSCC American Heart Association Training Center, please contact Terri Crutcher at  The Training Center accepts new instructors and instructor transfers periodically, with acceptance based on current instructor to training center faculty ratios, in compliance with the AHA Program Administration Manual.

Critical Care Paramedic

The Critical Care Paramedic program prepares participants to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients at a higher level of care. The program also includes a flight paramedic component. This course in offered through Volunteer State Community College in conjunction with TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Once the participant completes the program, he/she will be prepared to sit for the State of Tennessee Critical Care Paramedic Exam.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must have a minimum of 2 years paramedic experience, and must hold the following certifications; BLS, ACLS, an advanced pediatric life support certification (either PALS, PEPP, or EPC), and a trauma life support certification (either PHTLS or ITLS).

The course fee is $850, and includes the textbook, all equipment and supplies, and one set of scrubs for clinical rotations. All students accepted in the course will obtain a background check and drug screen, and submit medical records to participate in clinical rotations.

Download and complete a program application and fax it to the Center of Emphasis. Staff from the Center will confirm receipt of all applications, and set up a time and date for interviews.

EMT/Paramedic Refreshers

The Health Sciences Center offers periodic refresher classes for EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics.  The refreshers meet standards for renewal of National Registry and all state requirements for licensure renewal. 

EMT and AEMT refreshers are offered every four months and Paramedic refreshers offered every six months.  Visit our upcoming class schedule page for more information.