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ECC offers new “blended/hybrid” Medical Assisting program


To meet the needs of adult students who are working or parenting while attending college, Ellsworth Community College will offer a new “blended/hybrid” Medical Assisting program starting in the fall. Students in the 11-month program will only have classes on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays … the remainder of the classwork will be online.

“Although we have ECC Medical Assisting students of all ages, the program does attract a disproportionate number of adult students because it’s such a logical ‘next step’ for nurse aides or those in entry-level healthcare occupations,” explains Dee Lynk, Medical Assisting Coordinator. “It’s also a great next step for prospective nursing students who don’t pass the required Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam.”

“We felt a need to modify the curriculum to appeal more to single parents, commuters, working adults, and older adults wanting to enter the healthcare profession,” explains Lynk. “The feedback thus far from our Advisory Committee members and students has been great, so we believe the interest will be high with prospective students.”

Another change to the Medical Assisting program has been removing the Word Processing prerequisite course. That course is now built into the curriculum, so students can start fall classes without worrying about fulfilling prerequisite requirements.

“I’m pleased to say that we’re listening to student feedback, we’re making adjustments, and we’re excited about the new modifications to our Medical Assisting curriculum,” says Lynk. “Students looking for the traditional, all on-campus curriculum can still enroll in our sister Medical Assisting program at Marshalltown Community College, so it’s really ‘something for everyone’ with the addition of this new blended/hybrid program.”

The ECC (and MCC) Medical Assisting programs, both coordinated by Lynk, received notice last fall that they are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) until 2019.

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