(Marietta, Ga. – Dec. 19, 2013) Chattahoochee Technical College is known for its many healthcare programs with approximately one third of students planning to enter one of those fields. But Georgia’s largest technical college also presents healthcare programs that through its non-credit offerings. These programs are often shorter in length and less stringent in their admission requirements. With recent expansions, Chattahoochee Technical College’s Economic Development Division now offers instructor led classroom training and some online training in seven different healthcare career areas.
There are more than five million allied healthcare providers in the US, who work in more than 80 different professions and represent approximately 60 percent of all healthcare providers. But more are needed to meet the current and future demand.
“Most students are seeing healthcare related careers as ones that offer stability, growth, and as a way to help people,” said Chattahoochee Technical College Coordinator for Health Programs Joan Chadwick. “By providing quality programs and classes, we’re able to help students enter these career fields within a few months of starting.”
Courses range in length from 50 hours to 300 hours with a few requiring clinical experience. Many are approved for Workforce Investment Act funding – a program that helps unemployed individuals pay for the education they need to go back to work. Fees for the courses, which include all textbooks, materials and labs, run from $799 to $3,699. In addition to offering these programs at the Marietta, North Metro and Canton campuses, some of the programs are available online with optional clinical externship opportunities.
Currently Chattahoochee Technical College offers noncredit programs in Patient Care Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist, Phlebotomy, Dental Assisting, Home Healthcare Aide and Pharmacy Technician. Online courses are even more extensive, including EKG Technician, Dialysis Technician, Medical Coding and Billing, as well as ECG/EKG courses for nurses.
“We can provide information and career courses for anyone interested in these healthcare careers,” said Chadwick. “Whether a person wants to work directly with patients or is interested in working more behind the scenes, there are options for everyone. The courses offer a direct route to a new career or background for someone considering applying to a degree or diploma program.”
For more information on the healthcare related opportunities or to register for upcoming classes, call 770-528-4550 or email EconDev.Marietta@ChatthoocheeTech.edu.