By Kayla Osborne
Volunteer State Community College announced the introduction of a new Medical Assisting program that is available for enrollment during the Fall semester of 2020 and the classes will begin in the Spring semester of 2021.
The Medical Assisting program is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare, where they will support a wide range of medical professionals such as, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
According to the Vol State website, the Medical Assisting Program provides quality didactic, clinical education and instruction for multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. Duties of the medical assistant generally include, but are not limited to recording case histories, vital signs, injections, EKG, lab testing and assisting the doctor in the setup and performance of minor office surgeries.
This program is pending accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Medical Assisting Program has limited enrollment due to size restraints.
Applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify for the program’s annual selection process and interview in December. Selected participants begin the program in January. Not including prerequisite courses, the program is 3 semesters of full-time study including an extensive clinical experience.
To be eligible for the selection process, students must successfully pass required 16.5 hours of prerequisite courses in the fall with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the courses. (This can be adjusted only by the Program Director if the class is not filled).
Applications will also require a screening interview (scheduled in Dec.) and attendance of an information session. Applications are being accepted Sept. 1 through Dec. 1st.
Students interested in learning about the program should contact their advisor to ensure an understanding of the specific requirements needed to be admitted into the program.
For more information on this program, contact the Health Science division at 615-230-3330.