Pellissippi State launches veterinary, medical assistant programs

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Pellissippi State Community College is launching two new job training programs: Clinical Medical Assistant and Veterinary Assistant. Designed to meet the needs of today’s adults, the new programs begin in November.

“Programs of this kind are often geared to the traditional student — the recent high school graduate who is able to attend class two to three days during the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a semester or more,” said Debi Bolton, a manager in Business and Community Services. “We scheduled our programs with the busy adult in mind. Classes meeting either two evenings a week or on Saturdays.”

A free informational session on both programs is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Room 206, Alexander Building, at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. To register for the session, call (800) 830-2228.

Completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant program generally takes less than seven months, and the Veterinary Assistant program can be completed in two.

The CMA program combines 134 hours of classroom and online training with 160 hours of hands-on clinical experience at a local medical practice. Students learn to perform duties such as taking vital signs, preparing examination rooms, assisting with medical examinations and administering medication.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for national certification through the National Healthcareer Association. They are prepared for employment in a physician’s office, urgent-care facility or other clinical setting.

The CMA training program begin Nov. 9 and ends March 8. It meets 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each Saturday at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The VA program includes 35 hours of classroom training and 24 hours of volunteer, hands-on training in veterinary facilities. Students learn how to assist vets and vet technicians with examining pets, feeding, and watering. They also learn how to clean and disinfect cages, as well as how to sterilize surgical, examination, and lab equipment.

VA training begins Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 12, with classes meeting 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are also at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about these programs and other job training offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at or (865) 539-7167.