To meet the demands of the Central Texas community, the Temple College Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program is preparing for its largest enrollment ever by providing scholarships for training and certification for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Clinical Nursing Assistant (CNA), Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician, Patient Care Technician (PCT), Phlebotomy Technician and Sterile Processing Technician.

“Registration is open now until slots are filled. Select individuals who meet requirements will receive a scholarship that covers 100% of tuition and certification testing fees,” said AEL Director James Skinner.

Clinical medical assistants (CMA) carry out procedures, care for patients, perform basic lab test and administer medications. They work in many types of health care facilities, including hospitals, long‐term care facilities, home health agencies, community health clinics, hospices and physicians’ offices.

Certified nurse aides (CNA) work in health care facilities, where they assist nurses in providing patient care. Nurse aides perform basic care functions such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment and checking patients’ vital signs under the supervision of a licensed vocational nurse or a registered nurse. They work in many types of health care facilities, including hospitals, long‐term care facilities, home health agencies, community health clinics, hospices and physicians’ offices. The addition of enhanced telemetry training provides the basic knowledge needed to assist and specialize in electrocardiography, a need identified by current health care employers.

Electrocardiography (EKG) technicians work in hospitals, physician offices and other health facilities, and are key members of the medical team. Duties of an EKG technician include conducting electrocardiogram testing, preparing patients for various cardiovascular tests, checking the quality of recorded data, reporting findings to the attending physician and maintaining radiography equipment in good working order.

Patient care technicians (PCT) are medical professionals who provide daily care for patients. Under the supervision of a registered nurse or nursing team, they assist with taking vital signs, helping to move patients around a clinic and more. Their ultimate goal is to make sure the patient feels comfortable and nurtured in a health care setting by communicating any changes in the patient’s medical condition.

Phlebotomy technicians work in hospitals, physicians’ offices and other health facilities and are important members of the clinical laboratory team. Duties of a phlebotomy technician may include drawing blood, preparing specimens for storage or testing, assembling equipment and verifying patients’ records. A phlebotomist may also conduct patient interviews and screen donors at a blood bank.

Sterile processing and distribution technicians, or medical equipment preparers as referred to by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, are integral members of the health care team and are responsible for the cleaning, sterilizing, processing, organizing and distributing of patient equipment, instruments, supplies and products used in the care and treatment of patients. They work side by side with nurses and surgical technologists to ensure optimum patient safety and care.

The courses will be offered through Temple College’s Workforce and Continuing Education Division. Those who are selected for the program receive additional training in adult basic education contextualized to fit their core field, soft skills and workforce preparation training.

Enroll online at the AEL website.

Or for more information, contact Marcia Temple at (254) 298-8626 or or Javier Ruiz at (254) 298-8578 or


Temple College is “Your Community’s College,” a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of Central Texas students with the knowledge and skills for 21st-century success. Temple College, which has campuses in Temple, Hutto and Taylor, offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs to students who seek to earn credits for transfer, graduate with an associate degree or complete a certificate for fast entry into the workforce.

Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence for 97 years. It is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for health care providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.