At a Glance:

Floyd: Diane Nance
Diane Nance, Instructor of Radiologic Technology
Office: H147
Phone: 706-295-6893
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Health Technologies, Radiologic Technology


B.A., (A&S), Capital University; A.A.S., Sinclair Community College

Gordon: Katherine Kerce
Katherine Kerce, Instructor of Patient Care
Office: 245
Phone: 706-624-1294
Campus: Gordon County Campus
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Technologies


M.S.N. University of West Georgia; B.S.N. University of West Georgia; B.A. Shorter College



Polk: April Cowan
April Cowan, Program Director & Instructor of Dental Assisting
Office: D108
Phone: 706-378-1804
Campus: Polk County Campus
Department: Dental Assisting, Health Technologies


A.A.S., Georgia Northwestern Technical College


Certified Dental Assistant (CDA); Registered Dental Assistant (RDA); Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Walker: Frances Shugars
Frances Shugars, Secretary
Office: 5200
Phone: 706-764-3520
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Technologies , Health Technologies
Whitfield Murray: William Teem
William Teem, English Instructor
Office: B-637
Phone: 706-272-2906
Campus: Whitfield Murray Campus
Department: General Education & Learning Support
For advisement for Medical Coding and Office Specialties on any campus contact Gina Stephens
Gina Stephens, Assistant Dean of Business, Program Director & Instructor of Business
Office: J140
Phone: 706-295-6513
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Business Administrative Technologies


A.S. Floyd College; Diploma Coosa Valley Technical College

Health Care Assistant (HA21)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Whitfield Murray Campus
  • Walker County Campus
  • Polk County Campus
  • Gordon County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Health Care Assistant Certificate of Credit is a program that provides academic foundations at the diploma level in communications, mathematics, and human relations, as well as technical fundamentals. Program graduates are trained in the underlying fundamentals of health care delivery and are well prepared for employment and subsequent upward mobility.

Gainful Employment Information

Entrance Requirements

Age: 17 years old for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum
18 years old for entrance into Health Technology programs

Program Final Exit Point: Upon completion of the Healthcare Assistant program graduates will be prepared for entry level employment in one of four healthcare fields: Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Coding, or Medical Receptionist.

(Note: Some classes may only be available on Floyd and Walker County Campuses)

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Pre-Occupational Curriculum (22 hours)
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
and one of the following (3 hours)
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Emphasizes concepts and operations which are applied to the study of algebra. Topics include basic mathematical concepts, basic algebraic concepts, and intermediate algebraic concepts.
And completion of ONE of the following sets of occupational curriculum for a specialization: (0 hours)
Certified Nursing Assistant Specialty (14 hours)
A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.
Introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of human body systems and common disease processes; responding to and reporting changes in a residents /patients condition, nutrition, vital signs; nutrition and diet therapy; disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residents condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and skills competency based on federal guidelines. Specific topics include: roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residents rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care.
Occupational Related Electives (See advisor for recommended list)
Phlebotomy Specialty (14 hours)
Provides an introduction to blood collecting techniques and processing specimens. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to collect all types of blood samples from hospitalized patients. Topics include: venipuncture procedure, safety and quality assurance; isolation techniques, venipuncture problems, and definitions; lab test profiles and patient care areas; other specimen collections and specimen processing; test combinations, skin punctures and POCT; professional ethics and malpractice; and certification and licensure.
Provides work experiences in a clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on enhancing skills in venipuncture techniques. Topics include: introduction to clinical policies and procedures and work ethics; routine collections: adult, pediatric, and newborn; and special procedures.
Occupational Related Electives (See advisor for recommended list)
Office Specialty (14 hours)
Emphasizes essential skills required for the business office.
Reinforces the touch system of keyboarding placing emphasis on correct techniques with adequate speed and accuracy and producing properly formatted business documents. Topics include: reinforcing correct keyboarding technique, building speed and accuracy, formatting business documents, language arts, proofreading, and work area management.
Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical office. Introduces the knowledge and skills of procedures for billing purposes. Introduces the basic concept of medical administrative assisting and its relationship to the other health fields. Emphasizes medical ethics, legal aspects of medicine, and the medical administrative assistant*s role as an agent of the physician. Provides the student with knowledge and the essentials of professional behavior. Topics include: introduction to medical administrative assisting, medical law, ethics, patient relations/human relations, physician-patient-assistant relationship, medical office in litigation, medical records management, scheduling appointments, pegboard or computerized accounting, health insurance, transcription of medical documents, and billing/collection.
Occupational Related Elective (See advisor for recommended list)
Medical Coding Specialty (Floyd County Campus only) (14 hours)
Reinforces the touch system of keyboarding placing emphasis on correct techniques with adequate speed and accuracy and producing properly formatted business documents. Topics include: reinforcing correct keyboarding technique, building speed and accuracy, formatting business documents, language arts, proofreading, and work area management.
Provides fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted inlcuding: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: introduction to disease and diseases of body systems.
Provides an introduction to medical billing and coding skills with applications of international coding standards for billing of health care services. Topics include: International Classification of Diseases, code book formats, guidelines and conventions, and coding techniques.
Continues development of skills and knowledge presented in MAST 1510: Medical Billing and Coding I and provides for patient disease and medical procedure coding for billing purposes by health care facilities. Topics include: medical records coding techniques; coding linkage and compliance; third-party reimbursement issues; and ethics in coding including fraud and abuse.
Provides the knowledge and skills to apply the coding of procedures for billing purposes using the Physicians Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual. Topics include: format of CPT manual, CPT manual coding guidelines, and coding using the CPT manual.
Mammography Specialization (Floyd County Campus only) (15 hours)
The student should have a pre-existing knowledge and skills gained during and entry-level radiography educational experience and reinforced through professional practice. The content in this course is intended to aid technologists in preparing for post primary practice of mammography. The course provides the student with an overview of the following topics: Breast anatomy and mammographic correlation, breast viability and pathology, correlative physical breast assessment, department organization and regulation, equipment, interventional procedures mammography quality management, positioning, sonomammography, and Technical applications.
Content and clinical practice experiences should sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories used to perform radiologic procedures in mammography. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, students discuss, examine and evaluate concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development. Clinical practice experience should teach students to provide care and assessment and competently perform radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, and after the radiologic procedure. Topics include: mammography clinical practice, patient preparation and education, mammographic procedure, quality control,interventional special procedures, and positioning.
Occupational Related Elective (See advisor for recommended list)