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ACCC Registering for Health Career Programs

December 14, 2006

If you are interested in a rewarding career with increasing job opportunities, Atlantic Cape Community College is registering students for its clinical medical assistant and surgical technician programs. ACCC's Health Professions Institute will offer these programs beginning Jan. 16 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

The 11-month surgical technician program prepares participants for jobs in hospitals and other medical centers. Surgical technicians pass and count instruments during surgery, among other responsibilities. Students who complete the program will be prepared to sit for the Association of Surgical Technologists certification exam and receive 24 college credits if applied to an ACCC degree program.

Clinical medical assistant training is a six-month program. Medical assisting is one of the fastest growing careers according to United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical assistants are highly trained individuals who perform a variety of administrative and clinical duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other healthcare facilities. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination.

Students completing all course requirements will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification examination.

For more information on these programs, contact Ghyll Theurer at (609) 343-5652 or (609) 463-4774. ext. 5652, in Cape May County.