GCC graduates first class from medical assistant program

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College recently graduated its first class of eight students from the new medical assistant certificate program.

The students successfully completed the nine-month, 29-credit program, which included a 4-credit practicum course providing hands-on training at area medical facilities. All eight graduates passed the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam, securing an industry certification to enter the field.

The program will be featured at the Enrollment Days event on July 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. on the Main Campus, which allows students to tour the facility, learn about all of GCC’s certificate and degree programs, enroll for the fall and complete the mandatory orientation requirement.

GCC’s Medical Assistant Certificate program was developed in 2012-13 at the direction of GCC’s Chief Academic & Student Affairs Officer Dr. Sheryl Hruska. Using funding and staff hired under a three-year federal Department of Labor grant, GCC assembled curriculum and instructors to launch the MAC program in September 2013.

GCC’s program is designed to provide accelerated training for employment as a health professional in medical offices, ambulatory care, and lab settings, while also creating a certificate that can help a student move along an academic pathway toward an associate degree and beyond in either clinical or medical office career trajectories.

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