CCC&TI offers first new health science degree in 14 years

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 02:01 PM

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will begin a new health science program this fall — the college’s first new health science program in 14 years.

The medical assistant program allows students to study both sides of the medical profession when working in a physician’s office, with instruction in both administrative and clinical duties.

The classes will be taught only at the Watauga County campus, however. Because health science programs are expensive to run, CCC&TI is not able to offer the degree at both campuses at this time, said Barbara Harris, chair of the Department of Health Sciences.

“Previously, the majority of medical assistants have been on-the-job trained,” Harris said. “But as the requirements for documentation and some of the rules for reimbursement are changing, credentialed professionals are going to have to be entering most of the information in the health records. Electronic health records are really changing the way we are practicing medicine and managing the information we obtain.”