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MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator: Joanne Thies, MBA
Workforce Coordinator:  Claudia Botts
Continuing Education questions: 816.604.5254 or

Be a part of the healthcare boom! Job demand and wages of these careers are at all-time highs and are expected to rise for the next 30 years. Our programs give you quick entry into the field and start you on a great career path!

While showing encouraging signs of recovery, today's economy is still on fragile footing. There are very few economic sectors that are booming at the moment, and the job market is challenging at best.

One exception is the health sciences field. Due to the aging population and major changes in the health care market, careers in health sciences are expected to see substantial growth over the next decade and into the future.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), a job growth rate of 11 percent is expected between 2012 and 2022 for all occupations combined. Job growth for most health science occupations, however, are expected to double, triple or even quadruple that rate over the same period.

Personal Qualities

The day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of a person in a health science occupation vary significantly, but always require excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Desirable traits for health care workers include these general mind-sets:

  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Following the rules
  • Communicating effectively
  • Interacting appropriately
  • Growing personally and professionally

Essential Functions

Manual Dexterity, fine motor control, attention to detail, auditory acuity 

Steps to Enroll

Prior to enrollment, please complete the MCC admission application


Current Course Schedule (PDF)

Certified Medication Technician

This program teaches students to assist LPNs or RNs in preparing, administrating and charting medications in a long-term care facility, home health care, agencies and private duty care. This course prepares the student for the Missouri state assessment.

Contact Hours: 60 + 8 Hours Clinicals

Download Certified Medication Technician (CMT) flyer (PDF)


C.M.T. Challenge

If you are a registered CMT in another state (and have completed a RN/LPN fundamentals of nursing class), you may be eligible to take the Missouri state CMT Challenge certification exam. MCC will administer the CMT exam at a long-term care facility in the area. The challenge includes a written exam and hands-on demonstration of skills, proctored by a state examiner.

Contact Hours: 8 Hours

Download CMT Challenge flyer (PDF)


Certified Nurse Assistant

This program prepares students to perform basic nursing skills for individuals in long-term care facilities, adult daycare centers, hospitals or homes. The student will study the theory of being a C.N.A and participate in skilled lab training for a total of 75 hours and complete 100 hours of supervised clinical training. The course will provide training in vital signs, bathing techniques, feeding technique’s, handwashing, gloving, skin care, transfer techniques, dressing and grooming to prepare students for the Missouri CNA assessment. The C.N.A. assessment is included in the cost of the tuition.

Textbook, stethoscope, gait belt and state exam included in cost of tuition

Download Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) flyer (PDF)


C.N.A. Challenge

If you are a registered CNA in another state (or have completed a RN/LPN fundamentals of nursing class), you may be eligible to take the Missouri state certification exam. The C.N.A. Challenge includes a written exam and demonstration of hands on skills, proctored by a state examiner. This course prepares the student for licensure in the state of Missouri.

Contact Hours: 8 Hours

Download CNA Challenge flyer (PDF)


Community Health Worker

This program prepares students with a foundational understanding of the Community Health Worker role in organizations and communities. Participants will leave the program with an understanding of the roles, skills, and personal qualities required to be a successful Community Health Worker.  Students that complete the MCC CHW program will qualify for the Missouri State CHW credential.

Contact Hours: 160 Hours

Textbook included in cost of tuition.

Download Community Health Worker (CHW) flyer (PDF)


Insulin Administration

The Insulin Administration training program prepares Certified Medication Technicians (CMT) in a skilled or intermediate care facility or Level I Medication Aides (LIMA) in a residential care facility (RCF) or assisted living facility (ACF) to administer insulin. The program is designed to present information on diabetes as it relates to symptoms and implications of proper or improper treatment and to teach skills in insulin administration in order to qualify students to perform this procedure in long term care facilities in Missouri.

Contact Hours: 16 + 4 Hours Clinicals

Download Insulin Administration flyer (PDF)


Introduction to Pharmacy Tech

The Program is designed to prepare students for employment in most pharmacy settings, ranging from retail, community and hospital pharmacies to home health pharmacy. Students that want to pursue the PTCB exam would need to be employed as a Pharmacy Tech for 500 hours before being eligible to take the national exam.

Contact Hours: 75 Hours

Textbook included in cost of tuition.

Download Pharmacy Technician flyer (PDF)


Level 1 Medication Aide

This program is designed to teach skills in medication administration by the following routes: oral, rectal, vaginal, otic, ophthalmic, nasal, topical, transdermal, buccal, sublingual, aerosol, nebulizer, and oral metered dose inhalers.

Level I Medication Aide (LIMA) training prepares students for employment as a LIMA in residential care facilities (RCFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs).

Contact Hours: 20 Hours



A Phlebotomy Technician is an essential health care professional who collects and transports specimens to the medical laboratory for medical testing, which aids the physician in diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

Contact Hours: 57 Hours + 100 Clinical Hours

Textbook included in cost of tuition.

Download Phlebotomy Technician flyer (PDF)