Due to continual need for health care providers in the area, the Temple College Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program has scholarships available for training and certification for Clinical Nursing Assistants, Electrocardiography (EKG) Technicians, Phlebotomy Technicians and Polysomnography Technicians.


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. Upon completion, graduates will participate in a job fair with prospective employers.

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 quality of recorded data, reporting findings to the attending physician and maintaining cardiography equipment in good working order.

Phlebotomy technicians work in hospitals, physician offices and other health facilities, and are an important member 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.

Polysomnography technicians, also known as sleep technologists, perform overnight sleep assessments used to diagnose various sleep disorders. This course will give students the knowledge and skills needed to become a sleep technologist. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology, sleep disorders, sleep medicine, and polysomnographic technology. The program includes an externship experience.

The courses will be offered through Temple College’s Business 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.

For more information, contact Marcia Temple at (254) 298-8626 or via email at marcia.temple@templejc.edu or Javier Ruiz at (254) 298-8578 or javier.ruiz@templejc.edu.


Temple College is “Your Community’s College, a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of students throughout Central Texas and beyond with the knowledge and skills for 21st-century success. Temple College 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 an excellent academic reputation for more than 96 years. It is nationally recognized for excellence in its programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for healthcare providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.