Central Carolina Technical College’s Health Sciences Division pinned nine massage therapists, thirteen medical assistants, ten medical record coders, forty-three nurses, two patient care technicians, seven pharmacy technicians and nine surgical technologists during two pinning ceremonies held on Wednesday, August 8 at the Sumter Opera House located in downtown Sumter.

The Health Sciences Division offers an Associate Degree in Nursing; Diplomas in Medical Assisting and Surgical Technology; and certificates in Massage Therapy, Medical Record Coding, Pharmacy Technician and Patient Care Technician. Health Sciences programs are designed to provide graduates with immediate employment in the healthcare industry or prepare graduates to transfer to articulating colleges.

Massage Therapists
The Massage Therapy program prepares graduates to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation (massage) of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress, and to promote health and wellness. Members of this year’s Massage Therapy Program graduating class are listed by county:
Clarendon
RaQuon Dupree

Kershaw
Brienne Chivers, Tatyanna Jones-Lawson

Lee
Kristen Godwin

Sumter
Marshalla Dicks, Isabella Dillard, TyQuaja Green, Darla Moore, Erionna Washington

Medical Assistants
Medical Assistants are broadly defined as individuals who assist other health care professionals in offices and/or other medical settings, performing delegated administrative and clinical duties in accordance with respective state laws governing such actions and activities. Members of this year’s Medical Assisting Program graduating class are listed by county:

Clarendon
Daishanay Hilton, Shatiqua Lundy, Brittani Steen

Florence
Carrie Lawhorn

Kershaw
Kady Clements

Lee
Breanna Joe

Richland
Teresa Myers

Sumter
Autumn Bryant, Myesheia Cox-Flowers, Shanine Fullard, Mandy Haselton, Shaquilla June, Shannon Rigby

Medical Record Coders
The Medical Record Coding Certificate program is designed to prepare health information professionals who focus on medical record management with an emphasis on procedural and diagnostic coding for reimbursement of professional services performed in healthcare facilities. Members of this year’s Medical Record Coding Program graduating class are listed by county:

Clarendon
Brooke Morris

Kershaw
April Godwin, Sarah Messer

Lee
Shawanda Kennedy, Donna Stokes

Richland
Dena Reese, Latasha Rice

Sumter
Donna Faltersack, Elizabeth Kennedy, Kayla Matz

Nurses
Graduates of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program are prepared for careers as technical nurses in acute care, long-term care or home health settings. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and are approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation Board of Nursing. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Members of this year’s Associate Degree in Nursing graduating class are listed by county:

Berkley
Gina Tucker

Clarendon
Stephanie Brown, Brandi Carson, Tyler Coker, Haley Gibbons, Mary Lee, Peyton McInnis, Suzanne Rivera

Darlington
Lauren Hite

Florence
Allison Brown, Ashley Gray

Georgetown
Sarah Sims

Kershaw
Sara Duda, Jordan King, Natalie Mills, Melissa Ransom, Valerie Watts

Lancaster
Jodie Harden

Lee
Keondra Felix

Richland
Tomieka Gilbert, Taylor Hallman, Kerry McPhillips, Latrice Page, Helen Partin, Amanda Slade, Jason Whaley

Sumter
Lashonda Anthony, Michelle Coleman, Anna Gass, Brittany Greene, Skylar Hadnot, Sarah Hall, Mary Hipple, Paula Hirak, Kristen Hodge, Evelyn Hoffmaster, Jennifer Larkin, Candis Montgomery Lee, Sabora Lemmon, Aubrey Rickard, Kimberly Thames, Taylor Turner, Nikki Wheeler

Patient Care Technicians
The Patient Care Technician Certificate program is designed to prepare graduates with skills and knowledge necessary to seek entry-level employment in the healthcare field. This program provides a foundation in basic patient care, phlebotomy, cardiac care, anatomy and physiology, healthcare careers, communication skills and healthcare technology. Members of this year’s Patient Care Technician Program graduating class are listed by county:

Kershaw
Ceciley Nelms

Orangeburg
Tara Summers

Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy technicians are allied health professionals who assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing pharmaceutical services directly and indirectly to patients. Members of this year’s Pharmacy Technician Program graduating class are listed by county:

Clarendon
Tijwanna Dunbar

Sumter
Shaquita Epps, Karlesa Martin, Chelsie Rhodes, Shakali Rogers, Ashley Till, Hannah White

Surgical Technologists
The Surgical Technology Diploma program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as surgical technologists. Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery. The primary responsibility of the surgical technologist is to maintain the sterile field while ensuring that all other members of the surgical team adhere to aseptic technique. Members of this year’s Surgical Technology Program graduating class are listed by county:

Clarendon
Sara Thompson

Colleton
Lakeiva Williams

Fairfield
Taylor Harden

Kershaw
Hannah Canzoneri, Kaitlyn Kellogg

Sumter
Amber Beaty, Kellee Compton, Brittani Ferebee, Baleigh Weissenstein