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Moultrie Tech Begins Two New Degree Programs This Month

Moultrie Technical College’s (MTC) Allied Health program students will gain new career and earning potential beginning with the College’s upcoming Spring quarter in April.

MTC has added associate degree programs in Radiologic Technology and Medical Assisting to its current offerings.  Both programs will take about two years to complete, and students are eligible to apply for Georgia’s HOPE scholarship to help pay for tuition, books, supplies and other fees.

Called “Rad Tech” by MTC staff and students, Moultrie Tech’s Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.  It consists of a sequence of courses that prepares students for jobs in general medical and surgical hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, physicians’ offices and imaging centers. 

Training includes courses in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathology, patient care, radiobiology, radiation physics, radiographic exposure and medical ethics and is offered primarily on the College’s Moultrie Industrial Drive Campus.

MTC’s Rad Tech program emphasizes a combination of classroom instruction and clinical, hands-on training that fosters critical thinking and problem solving.  Program graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam.   The associate degree program will replace the College’s current diploma program.

According to MTC Rad Tech instructor Alfred Jones, “The students will have better academic preparation with improved critical thinking skills.  They will take higher level core classes providing for a greater, more diverse knowledge base.   For example, the expanded Anatomy and Physiology class would allow students to participate in dissection and other hands-on activities that improve long-term retention of material.”

Jones adds that graduates of the new associate degree program in Radiologic Technology will benefit from an “increased ability to compete in the job market, especially in the areas of leadership and supervision.    It will also improve the capacity of Moultrie Tech graduates to compete for advanced positions, and thus, increase their potential compensation.”

MTC’s new Medical Assisting associate degree program will be added to the College’s current diploma offering on its Moultrie and Tifton Campuses.  It will help prepare students to advance in a medical office or clinic setting including office manager positions. 

Known as the fasting-growing profession in the twenty-first century in the allied health job market, medical assistants are qualified to perform electrocardiograms, assist with minor office surgery, administer medications including injections, conduct venipuncture, perform laboratory tests including hematocrits and urinalysis, complete billing and coding procedures and insurance reimbursements, manage physicians’ appointments and serve as patient advocates. 

Students will also learn to function as health care team members providing care for people of all ages and cultural diversities. Those interested in pursuing the advanced designation must have passed either the AAMA Certified Medical Assistant exam or the AMT Registered Medical Assistant exam to be eligible for the associate degree program.  

MTC Medical Assisting Program Director Robin Kern says, “The associate degree in Medical Assisting will give MTC students the chance for promotions in their field, including office management and within insurance companies.   The advanced courses will improve critical thinking skills which will increase their employability.   This will also prepare them to teach if they so desire.”

Kern adds, “The program coursework can be transferred in to count toward the degree” for students who have passed one of the certification exams mentioned.

For information on MTC’s new associate degree programs, call (229) 891-7000 in Moultrie or (229) 391-2600 in Tifton.