Camden Medical Assistant Training Program creates career paths for local students

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June 18, 2015
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Partnership with Rowan-Rutgers provides free tuition

The Camden Medical Assistant Training program will provide tuition-free training to ten selected Camden area high school seniors to enter the medical field. The program launched this spring as a collaboration between the Coalition and local education partners, supported by the Rowan University/Rutgers University-Camden Board of Governors.

Youth from Camden public schools will have a career path to becoming front-line medical assistants that serve and support their own communities.

Paid apprenticeships that rotate across Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Virtua Family Health Center, Cooper University Healthcare, and the Coalition will provide vocational credit while the students finish their high school courses.

Upon graduation from high school, the students will enroll in a specially designed medical assistant curriculum at Camden County College with an emphasis on population health, leading to full certification. The program is also a potential bridge to more advanced medical careers.

The Coalition has worked with Camden County College to integrate the Coalition’s care philosophies and methods into the cohort’s curriculum. Upon certification, graduates of the program will be guaranteed employment with the participating hospitals in Camden.

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the first cohort of future medical assistants met with program leaders, including Rowan/Rutgers Board of Governors CEO Kris Kolluri, NJ Education Association VP Marie Blistan, and Camden City School District Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard. The cohort discussed their experiences in the program so far and shared how they imagine the program will help them evolve professionally.

The Medical Assistant program is part of the Coalition’s efforts to educate and provide mentorship for the next generation of health care professionals in Camden and beyond.

Links:

Joint board to spur health care jobs (Courier-Post)

Camden high school seniors named to inaugural Rowan-Rutgers medical assistant program (South Jersey Times)

Program launches Camden students in health careers (Courier-Post)

 

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