Albany Tech Expands to Evening Classes for Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Technology starting Spring 2023
ALBANY, GEORGIA - Albany Technical College will begin offering evening classes for the Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science Degree and Diploma Program and Pharmacy Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree and Diploma Program starting the spring semester of 2023. Students can have a more flexible schedule to accommodate work and family obligations. This will enable expedited graduation for much-needed healthcare employees in the southwest Georgia region.
"We realized the demand for a night class offering, and I'm excited that we have been approved to move forward with these classes. New students will now see the flexibility needed in their busy schedules," said LaTonya Harris, Medical Assisting Chairperson/ Instructor at Albany Technical College.
"This will undoubtedly expand opportunities in the Pharmacy Technology program, allowing Albany Technical College to serve the community's needs better. It is a better way to support students through the program and graduate students more efficiently into the workforce," said Dr. Janee Mobley, Chair of Pharmacy Technology.
The Medical Assisting program's primary goal is: To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting degree.
Most medical assistants work in physicians' offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. The median annual wage in the United States for medical assistants was $37,190 in May 2021 (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics). The employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 16 percent from 2021 to 2031.
The Pharmacy Technology degree is designed to provide an individual with the entry-level skills required for success in a retail pharmacy or a hospital-based pharmacy department. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and replacement. Graduates are prepared to function as pharmacy technicians in positions requiring preparations of medications according to prescription under the supervision of a pharmacist.
Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. Pharmacy technicians usually need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties through on-the-job training, or they may complete a postsecondary education program in pharmacy technology. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program. The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $36,740 in May 2021 (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics). The employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031.
For more information, contact LaTonya Harris Medical Assisting Chairperson/ Instructor at 229-430-3542 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Janee Mobley, Chair of Pharmacy Technology at 229-430-3596 or email@example.com.