The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

July 2, 2014

SCC meets growing interest in health care with new campus

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — Stanly Community College is committed to identifying changing trends in our region and economy and to adjust our programs accordingly.

As you probably have read, there has recently been a great deal of change in our healthcare industry. To meet some of those needs, SCC has developed a Signature Allied Health Campus at our Locust Center.

Thanks to the generosity and visionary leadership of the Cannon Charitable Trust and Foundation which invested more than $780,000 for building upgrades and equipment.  We are utilizing the concept of Inter-Professional Education where students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with, each other.

According to the World Health Organization, utilizing IPE prepares students for inter-professional practice by having “… multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, careers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care” (WHO, 2010).

SCC hosted a community open house and ribbon cutting on June 3, however, if you didn’t get the opportunity to participate and would like to see the remodeled program space and state-of-the-art equipment, contact Delia Carriker at (704) 991-0161.  

With the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act, there will be a growing need for medical billing and coders. Medical billing and coding professionals document all healthcare services a patient receives in a physician’s office or within a hospital setting.

According to one study, there will be a 6 percent increase in billing and coding professions in our region (EMSI career coach). In response, SCC has developed a new Medical Billing & Coding certificate. This certificate will prepare graduates to sit for the Certified Professional Coders-Hospital Exam/Certified Professional Coder Exam administered through the American Association of Certified Professional Coders.

One of the most attractive aspects of this program is that it is approved for students to receive financial aid.

With this certificate, graduates will be prepared to code in a hospital, clinic, medical center, and long-term and home health care facilities. Employment may also be found in consulting firms, medical coding and billing services, insurance companies and government agencies.

This is just one of a number of healthcare professions you can study at SCC. As part of the college’s strategic planning process, seven curriculum and six occupational education programs have been developed.

Programs that are offered at the Allied Health Signature center include: Certified Nursing Assistant; EMT – Basic & Paramedic; Medical Assisting; Medical Laboratory Technology; Multi-Skilled Nurse Aide; Nursing – Associate & Returning LPN; Pharmacy Technology; Phlebotomy; Radiography; and Respiratory Therapy.

Feel free to contact our Eagles 1-Stop at (704) 991-0123 or visit to see how we can help start or further your educational needs.  

At SCC, we strive to help students meet their educational goals and dreams  … that’s why we are Changing Lives.

Brenda Kays is president of Stanly Community College. She plans to write a monthly column for The Stanly News & Press.

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