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Certified Nursing Assistant

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) prepares you for a fulfilling career as a healthcare provider. It is a great entry-point into many careers in medicine, including becoming a licensed vocational nurse or a registered nurse. Working in hospitals, hospice, and other medical settings, CNA’s assist with feeding, ambulating, bathing and other activities associated with daily living.

The 112-hour program exceeds all requirements established by the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities. CNA’s entering the job market can earn, on average, $11 an hour. The number of new job openings will grow by 21 percent in the next decade, the US Labor Department projects.

Clinical Medical Assistant

Clinical Medical Assistant is one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. The course at ACC prepares you for an exciting career working alongside healthcare professionals to provide hands-on patient care. Medical assistants help physicians with patients, perform lab tests, administer medications, implement treatments and explain basic care to patients.

The program includes 134 hours of classroom instruction followed by an off-site, 160-hour internship. Classes are held in the evenings and on Saturdays. CNA’s can earn an average of $14 an hour, and the number of available positions is expected to grow by 29 percent over the next 10 years, according to the Labor Department.

Aesthetic Laser Technician

The Aesthetic Laser Procedures course is meeting a growing workforce needs in the aesthetic laser treatment field. Completion of this course will allow you to apply as an Apprentice in Training with the State of Texas and become a licensed Certified Laser Hair Removal Provider.

The 40 contact-hour course teaches students to remove unwanted hair, reduce wrinkles, tighten skin and perform other aesthetic procedures. The average hourly wage for an aesthetic laser technician is $16 an hour, the Labor Department reports.

Dental Assistant

ACC’s Dental Assistant program prepares students to work in all areas of a dental office. Dental assistants work with dentists to provide patient care, complete minor lab work and perform administrative duties for the office.   The program provides classroom lecture and lab training.

Day or evening course options help accommodate students that are working or have families. The Labor Department projects that dental assisting will grow by over 36% over the next few years. The median salary for a dental assistant is $34,500 a year. VA funding is available for those that qualify.

Massage Therapy

Massage is a healing art and science that requires a balance of academic and technical knowledge, clinical skills, manual dexterity, sensitivity and awareness. ACC offers a 1-year program in Massage Therapy that features both classroom instruction and hands-on training. Internships allow students to work directly with clients to provide massages.

The job market for massage therapists is projected to grow by 23 percent in the next decade, according to the Labor Department, and the median annual salary is $35,970.

Radiological Technician

In the 128-hour Non-Certified Radiological Technician Program, students learn about radiation safety; image production and evaluation; radiographic equipment maintenance and operation and state regulations. Students will also learn applied human anatomy and radiological procedures of the skull, chest, spine, abdomen and upper extremities.

The Labor Department projects Texas will see a 30 percent increase in new radiological technician jobs over the next decade, with median wages of $19.70 an hour.


Phlebotomy technicians (PBT) are integral members of any medical laboratory department. PBTs collect blood samples and transport specimens to the laboratory. They may perform other clinical, technical, or clerical functions in hospitals and other medical settings.

ACC offers a one-semester Phlebotomy Technician Program that teaches students the skills to assist healthcare teams in the accurate, safe and reliable collection and transportation of blood and other specimens for clinical testing. Courses are taught both online and on campus.

PBT jobs will grow by 27 percent in the next 10 years, according to the Labor Department, with a median annual salary of $29,730.


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