Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vol State Has New Non-Credit Health Care Programs

Health care education can be competitive for students applying to an Allied Health major and current health care workers looking for a new field. Vol State has several new health care educational programs that can help. The college wants to provide alternatives for Vol State students who didn’t make it into traditional Allied Health programs and health care workers interested in upgrading skills. The programs come in a variety of options and specialties, including credit and non-credit.

Students looking for a quick path into health care can consider the non-credit Certified Medical Assistant and Certified Massage Therapy programs. Certified Medical Assistant takes just five months to complete and Massage Therapy nine months. A special information session for these programs is coming up on Tuesday, August 13 at 6 p.m. in the 300 building, classroom 101, on the Vol State East Campus, just off Gap Blvd and Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Non-credit programs can help people prepare for careers, but they don’t count as college academic credit towards a degree.

Other new non-credit programs include Phlebotomy, the collection of blood in medical settings, Emergency Medical Dispatch, Patient Care Technician and ECG Technician. The electrocardiograph technician is responsible for operating equipment that measures patients' heart. Patient care technicians perform tasks a patient cannot do for themselves, such as eating, getting out of bed, and taking a bath.  These shorter, non-credit programs, are designed to train students for certification, needed to practice and move up in the field.

Students may also want to consider a relatively new field: Medical Informatics. The job combines computer skills with medical information and has become quite important, considering the national shift to electronic medical records. There are two concentrations: Developer and Technologist. Vol State offers a two-year Medical Informatics associate of applied science degree, which is an academic credit program.

Publicity of the programs is included in a grant program here at Vol State called RX Tennessee. Jackie Waters is the grant coordinator and will be working closely with the Health Sciences Center of Emphasis and Allied Health Division. Contact Jackie Waters at or 230-3610.

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