BCCC offers two new healthcare programs

Published 7:07 pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015

From Beaufort County Community College


Beaufort County Community College’s Healthcare Division will offer two new programs – Phlebotomy and Registered Medical Assistant – for Fall 2015. Both programs will prepare students for successful careers and address workforce needs within the healthcare field.

“We were getting a lot of calls from people looking for these programs,” says Healthcare Programs Coordinator Sue Gurley. “We’re excited about both of these new offerings.”

Each program will have 10 spots available for classes starting this fall. The 120-hour Phlebotomy program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Aug. 18, 2015 to Jan. 14, 2016. The course will provide classroom and clinical training experiences necessary to prepare students to safely and properly collect and handle blood specimens for diagnostic testing.

“This is an excellent add-on credential for employability in the healthcare field,” Gurley says.

The one-year, 720-hour Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) program will begin Aug. 10, 2015; classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A comprehensive, two-part training program, it will prepare students for employment in settings such as clinics, home health agencies, physician’s offices and healthcare insurance companies. Part 1 consists of classroom, computer-based and laboratory instructional time learning the basic clinical and administrative skills necessary to work as a Registered Medical Assistant in ambulatory patient care settings. Part 2 will entail clinical work with physicians and nurse practitioners.

A pre-requisite course, Exploring Healthcare Careers, is required before registration in the RMA program.

“We believe this is going to be the doctor’s office employee of the future because they are multi-trained and multi-skilled,” says Gurley. “They can work in the front, the back and the lab. We will see RMAs working in home health, doctor’s offices and clinics.”

Funding assistance for both of these programs may be available through NCWorks. Interested students must apply to the NCWorks office in their home county. Financial aid and scholarships may also be available. Both programs include clinical experience and thus require a background check.

For more information, contact Sue Gurley at 252-940-6263 or Sue.Gurley@BeaufortCCC.edu, or visit https://sites.google.com/site/conedbccc/.