Gray selected as Medical Assisting Dept. Head

Ida May Gray HeadshotSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College has selected Ida-May Gray as its department head for Medical Assisting. As department head, she will teach and coordinate academic programs, advise students, supervise faculty and perform various departmental and college-wide assignments.

She has taught medical assisting for seven years and had a career as a medical assistant for nearly two decades. She has a master’s in adult education and technology and a bachelor’s of arts degree in library science and media from Ashford University. She earned an associate’s degree for medical laboratory technician from Miller-Motte Technical College and has a Medical Assistant diploma from Capps College.

STC’s Medical Assisting Diploma program provides prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting.

Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks, which keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.

The Medical Assisting diploma program utilizes a competitive entry process and requires the completion of the Heath Care Assistant Certificate with any approved specialization or the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic certificate plus the required core classes as part of the its admission process.

Applications are accepted from April 1 – May 15 for a Fall (August) start. The Medical Assisting diploma program starts one (1) cohort each academic year. Meeting the minimal program requirements does not guarantee acceptance in the program. Students may be required to successfully pass criminal background check and drug screen analysis before placement in clinical settings.

Satisfactory completion of all program courses entitles students to participate in the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) examination and certification process. Many employers require candidates to hold a CMA for entry level employment. Application assistance and fee for the exam is included in the Medical Assisting Externship course (MAST 1170).

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# 2125 | March 12, 2021

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