Start your Nursing Assistant clinicals after just one semester! Become prepared in just two semesters to gain credentials for a career in healthcare.

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Introducing New Pathways to Healthcare Careers

BOOST: Better Occupational Outcomes with Simulation Training

In creating BOOST, Midlands Technical College consulted directly with major healthcare employers, who expressed the need for significantly more entry-level workers. BOOST is geared towards offering students more access to enhanced training at early stages of their college careers. The BOOST grant created three short-term, stackable certificates in healthcare that take less than one year to complete utilizing hightech simulators, 3D/virtual reality technology and online course materials and demonstrations. In just two semesters, you will have a Nursing Assistant Certificate and be prepared to take the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination. After you complete the Nursing Assistant Certificate, you have the option to take one additional semester to obtain your certificate(s) in Phlebotomy or Cardiac Care.

Developed in collaboration with major healthcare employers in the Midlands, BOOST delivers...

  • High-tech simulation training in your first semester -- and the chance to start your Nursing Assistant clinicals and work with patients in semester two
  • College credit and stackable academic certificates that can serve as a foundation for your future healthcare program at MTC
  • Preparedness to gain credentials for entry level healthcare jobs, which could allow you to keep working in your field when you are admitted to your future healthcare program at MTC

There are three different certificate areas to choose from:

  1. Nursing Assistant Certificate
  2. Phlebotomy Certificate
  3. Cardiac Care Technician Certificate

How BOOST came to be

The $25 million Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant is the largest grant in Midlands Technical College history. MTC received $8.3 million directly and administers the grant. A consortium of six colleges throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama will implement BOOST with Midlands Technical College acting as the consortium lead. Other colleges include: Central Carolina Technical College, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Wallace Community College at Selma, Robeson Community College, and Wallace State College at Hanceville. The grant will fund programs to fast-track thousands of displaced workers under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT) program and other adults towards credentials for entry-level healthcare jobs. Students enrolled in the stackable healthcare certificate programs will complete participant intake forms to permit evaluation of program delivery. 

The TAA Program

The TAA Program is a federal program that provides competitive capacity building grants for colleges offering innovative career training programs. TAA provides resources to displaced workers in the form of job training, job search.

Where do I start?

Interested students must apply to the college and certifcate program as well as secure tuition payment if accepted.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Students must meet MTC's admission criteria and be enrolled in the college. In addition to the college's admissions policies, applicants to the certificate programs evaluated through BOOST must meet minimum acceptable placement test scores in reading, math and writing or have completed prerequisite coursework to be considered quaified to apply for admission. Qualified applicants must complete a formal interview and career readiness assessment, have acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results, and be certified in First Aid and CPR (American Heart Association for the Health Care Professional). Additionally, applicants must meet physical examination and immunization requirements as required to participate in clinical rotations and complete BOOST participant intake forms to permit evaluation of program delivery.
  • Financial Aid & Tuition
    • The BOOST grant does not pay for student tuition. Students are responsible for completing and submitting FAFSA forms and/or seeking financial assistance through various financial aid programs. MTC's Financial Aid department assists prospective and current students and their families by providing information about financial resources and the application process. A variety of federal and state assistance is available.

Classes are filling fast. Get started today by contacting the BOOST staff at: BOOST@midlandstech.edu or 803.822.3398

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.