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Surgical Technology: The Promo

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Surgical Technology Instructor: “Get what you need to succeed as a healthcare specialist today. It’s what you’ll learn as a Surgical Technology student at GNTC. I’m Michael Barrett, Director of Surgical Technology. Get the hands-on experience that will get you the career you’ve been waiting for. As a Surg Tech student, you’ll get the training you need for the skill sets the pros want now. Your College. Your Town. Your Future. Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

CNA’s Classes This Summer At GNTC

GNTC is offering a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) class on the Catoosa Campus that will begin on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. This 12-week course has been designed for individuals seeking to become State of Georgia certified nursing assistants and is approved by the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance. Class will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30-9:45 pm each night. Cost is $549 plus the purchase of the textbook. Please call Donna Henderson at 706-764-3591 or email dhenderson@gntc.edu for more information.

Real Cats Wear Pink!

This Wednesday, WEAR YOUR PINK on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern to show support in the fight against Breast Cancer!
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College’s First Male Grads To Make Their Way Into Medical Assisting

GNTC’s Smith Recognizes First Two Male Grads In Her Program

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“Erin Inman of Rome, Georgia, right, alongside Timothy “Zan” Thompson of Trion, Georgia, middle, stands with Assistant Dean of Health Technologies, Martha Smith. Also, an instructor of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Medical Assistant Program for more than a decade, Smith says Inman and Thompson are the first male students she’s ever had in the female-dominated major.”

 

(Walker County, Georgia)    Teaching Medical Assisting at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) since 2001, Martha Smith has never seen a man graduate from her program on the college’s Walker County Campus. That is until now.

44-year-old Erin Inman of Rome, Georgia and 23-year-old Timothy “Zan” Thompson of Trion, Georgia paved the way for a new trend. “I worked in healthcare for a long time,” said Smith, Assistant Dean of Health Technologies at Georgia Northwestern. “Erin and Zan are the first two men I’ve ever seen come along and successfully make their way through the program.”

Inman served a Medical Assistant internship with Floyd Family Care in Rome. Thompson interned with the Redmond Wellness Center at Roper Industries in LaFayette, Georgia. Both locations were interested in hiring them beyond their internships through Georgia Northwestern. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Medical Assisting field is expected to increase its number of new positions by 23% over the next eight years. Medical Assistants serve in healthcare and administrator capacities for medical offices and facilities. They will often perform multiple clinical duties, as well as manage various administrative projects on a given shift.

GNTC’s Medical Assisting program is offered on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia and the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia. The college offers a Medical Assisting Diploma and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting. GNTC offers Medical Assisting and more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Georgia Northwestern Medical Management Program Perfect In 2017

Health Information Management Helping Start New Lives In Northwest Georgia

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Health Information Management Technology instructors Donna Estes, left, and Susan Bowman, right, pose with one of their latest success stories in Ringgold, Georgia’s Katrina Putman.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – When you’re in your 40’s, have three children, and you are starting over from scratch, launching an educational journey into the healthcare industry may sound a little challenging. But for Ringgold’s Katrina Putman, as well as her 19 classmates, it ultimately pushed her into a brand new way of life!

After her employer of 10 years shut its doors forever in April of 2016, Putman felt the pressure. As a GNTC Student of the Year finalist this past year, though, the Northwest Georgia mother of three found her composure and was able to set the tone for herself and her Health Information Management Technology (H.I.M.T.) classmates.

Fifteen of Georgia Northwestern Technical College H.I.M.T. students took the Registered Health Information Technician Certification Exam this spring. Taught by GNTC instructors Donna Estes, Susan Bowman, and Karen Hill, all 15 students who took the certification exams, passed.

And, that includes Katrina Putman.

Two weeks ago, the perfect 4.0 student and her 19 classmates walked the graduation stage in Rome, Georgia. Putman took her walk as an honors graduate. Estes, Putman’s advisor, was who really got her going inside the classroom. She even nominated the non-traditional college sophomore for the college’s G.O.A.L. Award. Each year, the G.O.A.L., Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, goes to the college’s top student.

Although she didn’t come out on top at the local level, Putman learned what she needed to be able to provide for her family. “I learned how to speak in front of crowds,” proudly said Putman. “And, with me being out of work, I needed that skill set to help me find not only a job, but the right career for myself and my family.” Not two weeks into her unemployment, Putnam had an interview with the Chattanooga Health Institute. Less than an hour after her interview was over, she was called back and asked to take a Control Analyst job with the institute.

“These are the stories that we love to see unfold,” said GNTC Instructor of Health Information Management Technology Donna Estes. “Katrina’s is yet another special story that is an inspiration to others who come to our program.”

Now, more than a year into her new job with the Chattanooga Heart Institute, Putman is proud to wear the moniker of “GNTC Graduate.” “My instructors shoved me out of my comfort zone,” said Putman, “They made me realize that I have no limits except the ones I place on myself.”

Georgia Northwestern is not only helping students find their way in the Health Information Management arena, they are also helping other colleges. GNTC’s sister-schools Augusta Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College also received training from the Walker County, Georgia-based program. GNTC is among the first in the state to have a Health Information Management Technology program.

“These other colleges saw how we have really grown things at GNTC and they wanted to learn what we knew about getting an H.I.M.T. program off the ground,” said Estes. “From laying out an academic plan for our students to have the best chance to succeed, to handling the administrative side of a health information technology education, we do a really good job here at GNTC.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates the Health Information Management Technology field to grow more than 20-percent over the next six years. Specialists in the field typically earn between $36,000 and $50,000 each year. However, managers can see salaries above $80,000.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

EMS Educator of the Year for Region

Major Manufacturer Donates Ultrasound System

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Crista Resch (left) clinical coordinator at GNTC, helps Justine Nichols (center) of Cartersville work with the new Siemens Healthineers S2000 Ultrasound system while Jodi Lewis (right) of Atlanta plays the part of a patient. Both Nichols and Lewis are Diagnostic Medical Sonography majors at GNTC.

 

Siemens Healthineers Donates ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound System to GNTC

 

Siemens Healthineers recently donated an ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound system to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide real-world laboratory experience to students in the Adult Echocardiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Vascular programs.

 

“I would really like for my students to experience working with a Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound system  before they go out into the field,” said Nee Barnor, director of Ultrasound programs at GNTC. “It would broaden their knowledge and experience and enhance their technical skills making them ready for the job market.”

 

“They will also never forget that experience of using a Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound system, because I did not,” continued Barnor.

 

The formal request to Siemens Healthineers was submitted through a coordinated effort between the Foundation at GNTC and Barnor.

 

The three Ultrasound programs at GNTC – Adult Echocardiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Vascular – are associate degree level programs and incoming students are accepted through a competitive admissions process. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

 

“All three programs will be using this machine,” said Crista Resch, clinical coordinator at GNTC. “Siemens is one of the more popular platforms in the field and we are very fortunate to have a company as big as Siemens donate to our school and help with the future of students.”

 

Siemens Healthineers develops innovations that support better patient outcomes with greater efficiencies, giving providers the confidence they need to meet the clinical, operational and financial challenges of a changing healthcare landscape. As a global leader in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, and healthcare information technology, Siemens Healthineers has a keen understanding of the entire patient care continuum – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis and treatment.

 

The Foundation at GNTC assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and further marketing and public relations efforts. For information about the GNTC Foundation, contact Jason Gamel, director of GNTC’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (706) 764-3810.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Georgia Northwestern Setting The Curve For Health Information Training

Partner colleges meet with GNTC on launching
Health Information Management programs of their own.                     

 
(Walker County, Georgia)
– Administrators from Augusta Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College spent the day with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Health Information Technology Director Donna Estes on the Walker County Campus October 26.

 

“These college saw how we have really grown things at GNTC and they wanted to learn what we knew about getting the program off the ground,” said Estes. “From laying out an academic plan for our students to have the best chance to succeed, as well as handling the administrative side of a health information technology education, we do a really good job here at GNTC.”

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Health Information Technology Director Donna Estes speaking with some of her peers from Augusta Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College during a visit to GNTC’s Walker County Campus on October 26.”

 

Augusta Tech and Georgia Piedmont Tech took a day-long look at what steps GNTC took to understand what it takes to set up a competitive program. “That’s what they want to do at their colleges,” added Estes about GNTC’s partners in the Technical College System of Georgia. “Just a few years back, this program was taking its baby steps. Since that time, faculty, students, and staff have all done their part to make the most of this educational opportunity.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates this career field to grow more than 20-percent over the next six years. Specialists in the field typically earn between $36,000 and $50,000 each year. However, managers can see salaries above $80,000.

 

GNTC currently offers an associate degree and a diploma in Heath Information Management. Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College is November 30.

 

For more information on the Health Information Management program, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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