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No cost pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs

Chart a new career path in the healthcare industry in as little as 5 months through pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs at CCBC. One of only a handful of educational institutions nationally to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, CCBC can pass along no-cost healthcare training to you.

Prepare to earn a national certification. Take advantage of in-class course options (Maryland residents) or allow the classroom to come to you, wherever you are. We offer a range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online.

Programs

Central Services Technician (Sterile Processing) Pre-Apprenticeship

Central Service Technicians provide critical support by processing surgical supplies and equipment, including decontaminating, assembling, sterilizing, storing and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed for patient care. Clinicals are required and will be scheduled for Maryland residents. Out-of-state residents must have access to or work in a hospital location.

Central Services Technician presentation »

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Medical Front Office Pre-Apprenticeship

Prepare for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification and learn the administrative tasks which keep physicians’ offices, healthcare clinics and hospitals running efficiently, including the use of electronic health records.

Medical Front Office presentation »

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Medical Assisting Apprenticeship

Prepare to take the national certification exam to become a certified Medical Assistant (MA). The MA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, www.caahep.org.

Medical Assistants perform clinical duties and some administrative duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, taking EKGs, and administering medications as directed by a physician. National Certification: CCMA

This is a “Learn and Earn” opportunity. Students will be expected to report for work with employer partners and will receive a wage for on-the-job training. Students are also required to complete additional instructional training, which may be online or in-class. Employers will make final decisions on admission to this competitive program. 

Medical Assisting Program presentation »

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Patient Care Technician Apprenticeship

Patient Care Technicians (PCT) perform delegated nursing functions that require a higher level of technical ability and skill, including: venipuncture, specimen collection, basic EKG, and advanced CNAs skills. PCTs can work in a hospital setting or urgent care facility. This course series prepares students to take the national certification exam for Patient Care Technician. Pre-requisite: CNA certification.

National Certification: CPCT/A

This is a “Learn and Earn” opportunity. Students will be expected to report for work with employer partners and will receive a wage for on-the-job training. Students are also required to complete additional instructional training, which may be online or in-class. Employers will make final decisions on admission to this competitive program.

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Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship

Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists in hospitals or freestanding pharmacies. They are typically involved in customer interactions, insurance claim processing, maintaining inventories and filling prescriptions. This course series prepares students to take the national PTCB certification exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. ​Upon passing the PTCB exam, students can register with the Maryland Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician.

National Certification: CPhT

This is a “Learn and Earn” opportunity. Students will be expected to report for work with employer partners and will receive a wage for on-the-job training. Students are also required to complete additional instructional training, which may be online or in-class. Employers will make final decisions on admission to this competitive program.

Surgical Technologist Apprenticeship

This course series prepares students to take the national certification exam to become a certified surgical technologist. Surgical technologists play an integral role in the surgical team within the operating room at hospitals, physician's offices, and surgi-centers. Surgical technologists prepare the operating room and sterile field; they set up surgical equipment, supplies & solutions. During surgery surgical technologists pass instruments, fluids and supplies to the surgeon while simultaneously managing the sterile field and specimens.

National Certification: Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

This is a “Learn and Earn” opportunity. Students will be expected to report for work with employer partners and will receive a wage for on-the-job training. Students are also required to complete additional instructional training, which may be online or in-class. Employers will make final decisions on admission to this competitive program.

Program to become available Fall 2021.

Application process

  1. Watch the overview video for the programs, which includes guidelines and how to apply.
  2. Watch the videos for each program to determine your area of interest:
  3. Review the program schedule to see what sessions will work for you. We know there are many demands on your time, so we have built both in-person and online courses to help meet your needs.
    • Please note that the Surgical Technologist program will not begin until Fall 2021, so no schedule is available. The Patient Care Technician program will begin in the spring, dates to be announced shortly. 
  4. Pre-Apprenticeship programs: Apply now »
  5. Apprenticeship programs: Apply now »

After you apply:

CCBC will review your application and invite you to complete an online reading assessment; if you are applying to a Medical Assisting or Surgical Technology Apprenticeship, you will be required to complete an in-person exam as well. You will receive an email regarding the testing dates.

For individuals who pass the CCBC review:
  • Pre-apprentices will be sent emails and invited to enroll.
  • Apprentices will be forwarded to employer - partners for interviews and a final decision will be made by the employer.
Contact Information
Have questions? We are here to help!

Diane Targarona, Director - dtargarona@ccbcmd.edu

Ricosha Valentino, Student Support - rvalentino@ccbcmd.edu
CEhealthgrant@ccbcmd.edu

Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Math, CPR
Alli Matson, amatson@ccbcmd.edu

CPR
Katie York, kyork@ccbcmd.edu

Medical Front Office
Ruth Burke, Rburke2@ccbcmd.edu

Central Service Technician
Silke Elsner, selsner@ccbcmd.edu

Medical Assisting
Donna Rowan, drowan@ccbcmd.edu

Patient Care Technician
Silke Elsner, selsner@ccbcmd.edu 

Surgical Technology
Amy Flagler, aflagler@ccbcmd.edu

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