FAQs

Review frequently asked questions about our healthcare training programs below. If you need more help, please call us to speak with an Admissions Specialist today.

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General

Are The Programs Accredited?down arrow

Accreditation can be achieved by educational institutions such as schools, colleges, universities, and even divisions within those institutions through regional and national accrediting organizations. Accreditation is voluntary and designates that the school, college, or university meets the academic standards established by the accrediting organization. Certain accreditations qualify the education entity to offer state and federal financial aid programs, such as PELL grants for students seeking degrees and academic certificates.

While most of our partner schools are accredited, accreditation is NOT required for a school, college, or university to teach non-credit programs such as Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Billing and Coding. Successful completers in our non-credit programs DO NOT earn academic, transferable credit hours, even when taken at an accredited school. However, their training and job-ready skills prepare them to sit for their respective national certification exam and for employment in high-growth healthcare jobs.

For more information on accreditation, read the blog post “Accreditation – What’s it all about.”

Accreditation can be achieved by educational institutions such as schools, colleges, universities, and even divisions within those institutions through regional and national accrediting organizations. Accreditation is voluntary and designates that the school, college, or university meets the academic standards established by the accrediting organization. Certain accreditations qualify the education entity to offer state and federal financial aid programs, such as PELL grants for students seeking degrees and academic certificates.

While most of our partner schools are accredited, accreditation is NOT required for a school, college, or university to teach non-credit programs such as Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Billing and Coding. Successful completers in our non-credit programs DO NOT earn academic, transferable credit hours, even when taken at an accredited school. However, their training and job-ready skills prepare them to sit for their respective national certification exam and for employment in high-growth healthcare jobs.

For more information on accreditation, read the blog post “Accreditation – What’s it all about.”

In-Person vs Hybrid vs Onlinedown arrow

In-person learning is any form of instructional interaction that occurs “in person” and in real time between teachers and students or among colleagues and peers.

Hybrid programs are those that combine learning both online and in a classroom. Instead of taking every class in a classroom on campus, you will have the chance to take approximately half of the program through online classes. Typically, lectures will be online and the skills portion will take place in person.

An online class is a course conducted over the internet. They are generally conducted through a learning management system, in which students can view their course syllabus and academic progress, as well as communicate with fellow students and their course instructors.

In-person learning is any form of instructional interaction that occurs “in person” and in real time between teachers and students or among colleagues and peers.

Hybrid programs are those that combine learning both online and in a classroom. Instead of taking every class in a classroom on campus, you will have the chance to take approximately half of the program through online classes. Typically, lectures will be online and the skills portion will take place in person.

An online class is a course conducted over the internet. They are generally conducted through a learning management system, in which students can view their course syllabus and academic progress, as well as communicate with fellow students and their course instructors.

What Is CALRegional?down arrow

CALRegional is short for Career Accelerated Learning Regional Education Centers. We specialize in administering allied healthcare training programs for California, Nevada, and Texas public institutions. Our programs are affordable, fast-paced, and designed to positively impact the lives of the students we serve.

CALRegional is short for Career Accelerated Learning Regional Education Centers. We specialize in administering allied healthcare training programs for California, Nevada, and Texas public institutions. Our programs are affordable, fast-paced, and designed to positively impact the lives of the students we serve.

Enrollment Process

Do You Offer Payment Plans?down arrow

Yes! Easy payment plans are offered through CALRegional. During the enrollment process, you will make a deposit to secure your place in a class. The remaining balance of the program fee can be spread over 3 to 6 months depending on the length of the program. A credit card or debit card is required to set up automatic reoccurring monthly payments.

Yes! Easy payment plans are offered through CALRegional. During the enrollment process, you will make a deposit to secure your place in a class. The remaining balance of the program fee can be spread over 3 to 6 months depending on the length of the program. A credit card or debit card is required to set up automatic reoccurring monthly payments.

What Are The Requirements To Enroll?down arrow

You must be:

  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  3. No felony/certain misdemeanor convictions on record.

Foreign Diplomas must be evaluated for U.S equivalency. For more information, go to Academic Evaluation Services.

If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, we may be able to help you attain this for free through our partnerships with local schools.

For more information, please call us at (800) 927-5159  to see how we can assist you.

You must be:

  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  3. No felony/certain misdemeanor convictions on record.

Foreign Diplomas must be evaluated for U.S equivalency. For more information, go to Academic Evaluation Services.

If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, we may be able to help you attain this for free through our partnerships with local schools.

For more information, please call us at (800) 927-5159  to see how we can assist you.

How Do I Enroll In A Program?down arrow

You can enroll over the phone by calling (800) 927-5159 or online here. Enrollment is also available at the end of our weekly info sessions.

You can enroll over the phone by calling (800) 927-5159 or online here. Enrollment is also available at the end of our weekly info sessions.

Classroom Requirements

Medical Kit For The Medical Assistant & EMT Programsdown arrow

For the Medical Assistant program, you will need a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. They can be purchased together in a kit here.

For the EMT program, you will need to purchase a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff kit along with a safety sheer and pen light kit.

For the Medical Assistant program, you will need a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. They can be purchased together in a kit here.

For the EMT program, you will need to purchase a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff kit along with a safety sheer and pen light kit.

Do I Have To Wear A Uniform?down arrow

Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Assistant, & Pharmacy Technician Students:

  • Are required to wear navy blue scrubs and leather-upper closed-toed shoes to the first day of class and each class thereafter. Clean white athletic shoes are also acceptable (No clogs, sandals, or shoes with openings of any kind).

EMT Students:

  • Are required to wear navy blue EMT pants, light blue shirt, and black steel-toe boots.

Medical Billing & Coding & EKG:

  • Students are required to wear either professional attire or navy blue scrubs to the first day of class and each class thereafter.

Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Assistant, & Pharmacy Technician Students:

  • Are required to wear navy blue scrubs and leather-upper closed-toed shoes to the first day of class and each class thereafter. Clean white athletic shoes are also acceptable (No clogs, sandals, or shoes with openings of any kind).

EMT Students:

  • Are required to wear navy blue EMT pants, light blue shirt, and black steel-toe boots.

Medical Billing & Coding & EKG:

  • Students are required to wear either professional attire or navy blue scrubs to the first day of class and each class thereafter.

Externship

Program Externship Bookletdown arrow

The Externship Booklet is your guide to successfully completing the externship. Bring your Externship Booklet with you to class and the externship. Click on the link below to download an Externship Booklet.

The Externship Booklet is your guide to successfully completing the externship. Bring your Externship Booklet with you to class and the externship. Click on the link below to download an Externship Booklet.

What Are The Externship Prerequisites?down arrow

You are required to provide the following documents to your instructor by midterm. Priority placement is given to students who complete their externship prerequisites on time.

  1. Background Check and Drug Screening
  2. Immunizations including
    1. Hepatitis B
    2. Measles/Mumps, Rubella
    3. Varicella
    4. Tuberculosis (PPD-Skin/Chest x-ray, within the last 12 months)
    5. Tetanus/Diphtheria
    6. Influenza Vaccine (required during flu season)
  3. Current BLS (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) – Included in program fee
  4. Resume

You are required to provide the following documents to your instructor by midterm. Priority placement is given to students who complete their externship prerequisites on time.

  1. Background Check and Drug Screening
  2. Immunizations including
    1. Hepatitis B
    2. Measles/Mumps, Rubella
    3. Varicella
    4. Tuberculosis (PPD-Skin/Chest x-ray, within the last 12 months)
    5. Tetanus/Diphtheria
    6. Influenza Vaccine (required during flu season)
  3. Current BLS (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) – Included in program fee
  4. Resume

What Do I Need To Do To Be Placed In An Externship?down arrow

In order to be placed in externship, you must:

  1. Successfully complete the classroom portion of the program
  2. Meet the financial obligations according to your enrollment and payment plan agreements
  3. Complete the required externship prerequisites

In order to be placed in externship, you must:

  1. Successfully complete the classroom portion of the program
  2. Meet the financial obligations according to your enrollment and payment plan agreements
  3. Complete the required externship prerequisites

What Is An Externship?down arrow

An Externship is a learning opportunity that allows students to practice skills that they have learned while in class in a professional environment. Externships are unpaid and are generally full-time, Monday – Friday. For more information on externships, check out the blog post “Externship – What is it Exactly.” Note: not all of our locations’ programs require an externship.

An Externship is a learning opportunity that allows students to practice skills that they have learned while in class in a professional environment. Externships are unpaid and are generally full-time, Monday – Friday. For more information on externships, check out the blog post “Externship – What is it Exactly.” Note: not all of our locations’ programs require an externship.

Licensure/Certification

How Do I Receive My Pharmacy Technician License?down arrow

To work as a Pharmacy Technician in California, you must submit an application and Affidavit document with the school seal and signature by the program director, pharmacist or registrar as an original to the California Board of Pharmacy. You will then be issued a Registration card. No examination is required.

How to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy:

Go to http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/forms/tch_app_pkt.pdf

To work as a Pharmacy Technician in Texas, students must apply for state licensure through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP).

How to apply to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy:

Go to https://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/applicants/tech-and-trainee.asp

How Do I Receive My Medical Assistant License?down arrow

Medical assistants are not licensed or certified by the state of California or Texas. However, some employers require that Medical Assistants pass an examination administered by a private Medical Assistant testing organization like the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

Interested in becoming Nationally Certified?

  1. Pass the certification exam administered by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). If you have not scheduled your exam, see the section above titled “National Exam”.
  2. Once you have taken and passed the AMCA Exam – you should receive your AMCA Certificate within 48 hours of passing your exam.

Texas does not require licensure at the state level. Once students successfully pass our program and complete the national exam, students are ready to begin their externship and will receive a certificate of completion for our program.

How Do I Receive My Phlebotomy License?down arrow

To work as a phlebotomist, you must pass at least one of several examinations administered by an LFS-approved testing organization and submit your test scores, certificate, and externship documentation (included in your training where required) to LFS for approval and licensure.

To receive your national license, you must:

  1. Pass the certification exam administered by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).
  2. Once you have taken and passed the AMCA Exam – you should receive your AMCA Certificate in the next 2-3 weeks.

To receive your state license where required, follow the directions provided here.

Texas does not require licensure at the state level; however, many Texas employers do require national certification. Once students successfully pass the phlebotomy class and receive a certificate of completion, students are ready to take the national certification exam to become nationally certified.

To receive your national certification, you must:

  1. Pass the certification exam administered by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).
  2. Once you have taken and passed the AMCA Exam – you should receive your AMCA Certificate in the next 2-3 weeks.

National Examdown arrow

Certification exams are provided by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) for the Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG, and Billing and Coding Specialist programs on or near the last day of class. The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) provides Pharmacy Technician certification exams. Instructions for signing up for the exam are provided by the instructor in class.

Your tuition includes one certification exam attempt. To receive the exam at no charge, you must take the exam on the date assigned. Students who miss the exam or cannot take it on the date assigned will have to schedule and pay for it themselves.

Please note:

If you fail the exam the first time, you must pay for all subsequent attempts and fees.

Exam Day:

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam time. You are only permitted to bring your car keys and ID into the exam room. The proctor will not delay the start of the exam to accommodate late candidates.

Test Results:

You should receive your test results approximately 48 hours after you take the exam. CALRegional does not receive exam information. If you do not receive results or if you have any questions, contact the AMCA at (973) 582-1800 or the NHA at (800) 499-9092.

Certification exams are provided by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) for the Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG, and Billing and Coding Specialist programs on or near the last day of class. The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) provides Pharmacy Technician certification exams. Instructions for signing up for the exam are provided by the instructor in class.

Your tuition includes one certification exam attempt. To receive the exam at no charge, you must take the exam on the date assigned. Students who miss the exam or cannot take it on the date assigned will have to schedule and pay for it themselves.

Please note:

If you fail the exam the first time, you must pay for all subsequent attempts and fees.

Exam Day:

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam time. You are only permitted to bring your car keys and ID into the exam room. The proctor will not delay the start of the exam to accommodate late candidates.

Test Results:

You should receive your test results approximately 48 hours after you take the exam. CALRegional does not receive exam information. If you do not receive results or if you have any questions, contact the AMCA at (973) 582-1800 or the NHA at (800) 499-9092.

Speak with an Admissions Specialist

Are you ready to fast-track your career in healthcare? Call our team today for more information on our healthcare training programs or to enroll over the phone.

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