Central Carolina Technical College’s Health Sciences Division pinned seven massage therapists, sixteen surgical technologists, eighteen medical assistants and four pharmacy technicians during four pinning ceremonies. The Massage Therapy, Surgical Technology and Medical Assisting pinning ceremonies were held on Tuesday, August 1, and the Pharmacy Technician pinning ceremony was held on Wednesday, August 2. All ceremonies were held in the Iris Room of CCTC’s Health Sciences Center 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, Patient Care Technology and Pharmacy Technology. 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
Sawnteille L. Felder

Kershaw
Laura L. Richardson

Lee
Octavia S. Bradley, Jasmine T. Wilson

Richland
Michael L. Joyner

Sumter
Louis S. Stacks II, Carol Lucille Wilson

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
Danielle D. Campbell, Ineshia L. McFadden

Florence
Courtney J. Collins

Kershaw
Forrest L. Lott, Tosha L. Price

Lexington
Odunayo K. Ojo

Richland
Lindsey M. Stroud

Sumter
Shanelle D. Abney, Alyssa R. Boothe, Brittany S. Donlon, Hailey M. Johnson, Courtney J. Knudson, James A. Outlaw, Brianna C. Pruitt, Bailey Ramsey, Hunter A. Royal

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
Shelby Boykin, Marquisha P. Vicente

Kershaw
Priscilla Martinez

Lee
Ishmael O. Henry, Kayla D. Huntley

Richland
Kristi Benson, Shaneika F. Taylor

Sumter
Morgan Braswell, Misty M. Kazmierski, Aubrey M. Nichols, Florangel Paez, Gloria J. Snells, Aveona M. Taylor, Carrie L. Trahan, Sarah D. Van Allen, Jessica N. Weaver, Monesha C. Williams, Shonderas L. Witherspoon

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:

Richland
Myrna N. James

Sumter
Briana R. Lucas, Lakimbria K. Porcher, Crystal M. Wallace