Health Care Assistant Students

Fast Track Your Career in One Semester

Fall, Spring, Summer Entry

This program is being offered at a special discounted rate. Many of the standard fees, excluding tuition, are being covered by a grant. Contact Debra Buie for more information and details on program costs at or (228) 267-8642.

Apply for Health Care Assistant

Become a health care assistant (HCA) and Phlebotomist in only one-semester. As a one (1) semester 16 credit hour course, the curriculum prepares the student for the national exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and a Nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT). Earning two distinct health-related certifications will offer a wide variety of benefits for the HCA graduate, the potential employer, and the patients or clients in acute care, long-term care, assisted living facilities, and private homes.


Debra Buie
Nursing Department Chair
(228) 267-8642

Career Opportunities

  • Physical Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Cardiology
  • Nursing
  • Phlebotomist

Program Overview

The Health Care Assistant (HCA) program option at MGCCC is a one semester, 16 credit hour course designed to prepare students to sit for the national exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Phlebotomist. The one-semester program is approved by the state of Mississippi’s Nurse Aide Training Program (NATP) and is intended for individuals who have never been certified as nurse aides.

Salary Range

In Mississippi, the median salary is $22,790. Nationally, the income range is $20,680 – 38,630.

Program Outcomes