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, and offer the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program.

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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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant is an unlicensed, multi-skilled healthcare practitioner who is competent in both clinical and administrative procedures.

The CCMA program consists of three separate courses; EKG technician, phlebotomy technician and patient care technician. The next CCMA program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019 and will complete in the summer of 2020. Each course is offered two evenings a week from  6:00 pm-8:30 pm for approximately 10 weeks for each section. The individual courses are not offered separately at this time.

Once the student satisfactorily completes the Phlebotomy Technician, ECG Technician and Patient Care Technician courses, they are eligible to sit for the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

What do Clinical Medical Assistants really do?

  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight and height.
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Collect blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens and prepare them for testing.

General Requirements:

  • We require proof of high school graduation or GED or equivalency.
  • All three sections are 10 weeks each and are offered during the evening (6-8:30 pm)
  • Each class leads to its own certification. Students can earn a certification in Phlebotomy, ECG Tech, Patient Care Tech, and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant through this program.
  • Students are responsible for the NHA certification exam fees (exam fees range in price from $115.00 to $160.00)

Visit additional program information including costs, class schedule, and how to apply, open this document.


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.

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.