Collin College’s Continuing Education is hosting upcoming information sessions mandatory for students interested in two new programs.

A pair of free information sessions about the new Certified Medication Aide program are set from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 and 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano.

The Certified Medication Aide program is ideal for Certified Nurse Aides to increase their marketability. The 140-hour course fills the requirements of the TX DADS.

Students in the program will learn to summarize the standardized drug legislation and resource references for drug pharmacodynamics, define the fundamental medical abbreviations, symbols, terminology, and common equivalents required for medication administration, describe the basic anatomy and physiology of each body system and the common diseases related to each system and more.

The program begins Saturday, Sept. 8. For more information, call Dr. Kimberly Head at 972.985.3708 or visit

Also, a free information session about the new Veterinary Assistant program is set from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Courtyard Center. Classes for this program begin Thursday, Sept. 6 and sessions are 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The courses follow the curriculum provided by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. The program consists of 618 contact hours of training to educate student on the skills necessary to achieve Level 1 Certification.

The Veterinary Assistant program is for individuals interested in getting their foot in the veterinary door, or has been working in veterinary medicine as an assistant and would like to get certified.

The Veterinary Assistant program curriculum entails Animal CPR, Orientation to Veterinary Medicine, Introduction to Veterinary Technology, Health Career Success and Practicum – Veterinary Assistant.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Kimberly Head at 972-985-3708.

Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.


About the author: Marisela Cadena-Smith is Director of Marketing & Communications at Collin College.