Pre-Nursing Preparatory Certificate (PNPC) – 30 Semester Hours

The Pre-Nursing Preparatory Certificate program provides a structured curriculum for students wishing to apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Applied Science Nursing program. Completion of the certificate prepares the student for application but does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Health Science.


Program Contact:

Taylor DuBose

Department Chair, Nursing

(803) 778-7806, ext. 406

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The Massage Therapy Program is an entry-level training program for students interested in becoming a massage therapist or for health care providers wishing to expand their range of clinical skills and knowledge. 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.

Employment opportunities may be found in health care facilities, rehabilitation centers, medical offices, nursing homes, spas, health and sports clubs, hotels/resorts, cruise ships, and private practice.

Upon successful completion of the Massage Therapy Certificate, students are eligible to apply to take the Federation of States Examination (MBLEx) before applying for a South Carolina license. Note: South Carolina licensure eligibility may be denied to applicants with criminal convictions. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCBTMB Specialty Certificate for Integrative Healthcare.


Program Contact:

Darla Moore

Academic Program Manager, Massage Therapy

(803) 778-7857, ext.457

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Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Diploma in Applied Science program prepares graduates to assist other health care professionals in offices and/or other medical settings and perform delegated administrative and clinical duties in accordance with respective federal and state laws governing such actions, activities, and ethical standards.  The mission of Central Carolina Technical College’s Medical Assisting Program is to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Assisting program, the graduate is eligible to take the Certification exam as a RMA (Registered Medical Assistant-American Medical Technologists) and/or as a CMA (AAMA), (Certified Medical Assistant- American Association of Medical Assistants). Note: Certification examination eligibility may be denied to applicants with criminal convictions.

The Central Carolina Technical College Medical Assisting Diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 – 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775

The Central Carolina Technical College Medical Assisting Diploma program has had the following outcomes:

Program Goals

The Central Carolina Technical College Medical Assisting Diploma program employs the following core indicators as measures of the effectiveness of the program:

  1. The educational program will meet or exceed the standards of Central Carolina Technical College, SBTCE, SACSCOC, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
  2. To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
  3. 70 percent of those entering the program will graduate at the end of one and one half times the program length.
  4. 70 percent of graduates will be employed in the field or continue in an educational program within 6-9 months of graduation.
  5. 80 percent of graduates will rate the overall program as satisfactory.
  6. 80 percent of employers will rate the graduate of the program as satisfactory.
  7. 70 percent of graduates will pass the credentialing examination Certified Medical Assistant-CMA (AAMA) (American Association of Medical Assistants) and/or Registered Medical Assistant-RMA (American Medical Technologists) the first time taken.
  8. 50 percent of Medical Assisting graduates will participate in national credentialing examinations: Certified Medical Assistant-CMA (AAMA) (American Association of Medical Assistants) and/or Registered Medical Assistant-RMA (American Medical Technologists).
Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Medical Assisting program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Practice safe examination room techniques and laboratory procedures commonly used in physician’s office and ambulatory facilities in compliance with regulatory agencies. (Success Measurement: Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)
  2. Demonstrate the principles of pharmacology, drug therapy, and safe administration of medication. (Success Measurement: Successful Competency Assessments of Medication Administration-MED 114 and Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)
  3. Communicate effectively and accurately, demonstrating respect for individual diversity while adapting for individual’s understanding. (Success Measurement: Successful Competency Assessments of Communication-MED 114, MED 115 & Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)
  4. Provide effective and accurate education to patients regarding their prescribed plan of care. (Success Measurement: Successful Competency Assessments of Communication-MED 114, MED 115 & Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)
  5. Perform medical office administrative duties, manage patient/electronic health records, complete medical forms, transmitting information utilizing medical office software/equipment. (Success Measurement: Successful Competency Assessments of Administrative Skills-MED 107 & Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)
  6. Employ the principles and practices of basic financial procedures, billing procedures and medical office management. (Success Measurement: Successful Competency Assessments of Basic Practice Finances-MED 107 & Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)
  7. Provide safe and appropriate assistance to patients regarding signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common diseases in the medical office. (Success Measurement: Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)
  8. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors appropriate for professional and academic settings while performing administrative and clinical skills in simulated and medical facility environments. (Success Measurement: Successful Competency Assessments-MED 107, MED 115 & Satisfactory Practicum Evaluation of Student-MED 156)

Program Contact:

Mickey Wheeler

Academic Program Manager, Medical Assisting

(803) 778-7809, ext. 409

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Medical Coding program

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. The program includes medical terminology, human disease process, pharmacology, medical billing, procedural and diagnostic coding and medical records regulations. Upon successful completion of the Medical Record Coding Certificate program, the student may be eligible to take the certification examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and/or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Medical Record Coding is a completely ONLINE certificate program.


Program Contact:

Mary Johnson

Academic Program Manager, Medical Record Coding

(803) 778-6677, ext. 277

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The Inpatient Medical Coding Certificate program is designed to prepare Health Information Professionals by focusing on procedural and diagnostic coding for reimbursement of professional services performed in inpatient facility settings. The program includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, inpatient procedural coding (ICD-10-PCS) and diagnostic coding (ICD-10-CM) as well as medical regulations. Upon successful completion of the Inpatient Medical Coding Certificate program, the student is eligible to take the certification examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). In order to complete the AMCO program students who have successfully completed the MRCO program need only take HIM 225 and HIM 250. The AMCO program is presented 100% online and is supported with a wide variety of methods and opportunities for direct contact with the program manager and instructors.

Inpatient Medical Coding is a completely ONLINE certificate program.


Program Contact:

Mary Johnson

Academic Program Manager, Medical Record Coding

(803) 778-6677, ext. 277

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The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Curriculum is a formal academic training program that prepares individuals to become pharmacy technicians. These allied health professionals assist and support licensed pharmacists in preparing and dispensing medications and other health care products to patients. Under the direction of a pharmacist, the pharmacy technician performs pharmacy-related functions, in compliance with specific policies and procedures that provide optimal pharmaceutical care for their patients.

Pharmacy technicians are in high demand in health care and in the pharmaceutical industry. Job opportunities for pharmacy technicians are good, especially for those with previous experience, formal training, or certification, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Possible career opportunities for pharmacy technicians include a variety of practice environments including hospital, infusion, and long term care, and mail-order, chain and community pharmacy services. Pharmacy technicians work in computerized, clean, organized, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas. Most of their workday is spent on their feet. They may be required to lift heavy boxes or to use stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves.

Pharmacy technicians often have varying work schedules that include nights, weekends, and holidays. In facilities that are open twenty-four hours a day, such as hospital and mail order pharmacies, technicians may be required to work nights. Many technicians work part time.

The South Carolina Pharmacy Practice Act (administered by the S.C. Board of Pharmacy) requires all pharmacy technicians desiring state certification to (1) pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)- a national exam, (2) complete 1000 hours of practice (up to 400 clinical training hours in an educational program are recognized) under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, and (3) provide proof of completion of a formal academic pharmacy technician training program that is nationally accredited.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), 500 East-West Highway, Suite 900 Bethesda, MD 20814, Phone (866) 279-0681, www.ashp.org and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60603-3499, Phone (312) 664-3574, Fax (866) 228-2631, www.acpe-accredit.org.


Program Contact:

Maryon Kennedy

Academic Program Manager, Pharmacy Technician

(803) 778-6621, ext. 221

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The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares graduates to function as competent registered nurses who are caring and sensitive to diversity and use critical thinking and technology to provide care in structured settings for patients and their families/significant others. Throughout the program, the student has planned clinical experiences to complement classroom learning and to enhance skills in the application of nursing principles and associated technology. The scheduling of clinical experiences varies throughout the nursing program.

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Central Carolina Technical College at the Health Sciences Center located in Sumter, South Carolina is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Board of nursing, 110 Centerview Drive, Columbia, SC 29210, Phone (803) 896-4300, https://llr.sc.gov/nurse/.

Requirements for the program are subject to change without notice in order to meet requirements of the South Carolina LLR Board of Nursing, the South Carolina Technical College System, and ACEN.

Successful completion of the ADN program does not guarantee licensure to practice as a registered nurse.


Program Contact:

Taylor DuBose

Department Chair, Nursing

(803) 778-7806, ext. 406

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The LPN to ADN Option provides qualified licensed practical nurses (LPN) the opportunity for advanced placement into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The ADN program prepares graduates to function as competent nurses who are caring and sensitive to diversity, use critical thinking and technology to provide care in structured settings for patients and their families/significant others. Throughout the program, the student has planned clinical experiences to complement classroom learning and to enhance skills in the application of nursing principles and associated technology. The scheduling of clinical experiences varies throughout the nursing program.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404)975-5000 www.acenursing.org. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The ADN program prepares graduates to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and is approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) Board of Nursing, 110 Centerview Drive, Columbia, SC 29210, (803)896-4300, https://llr.sc.gov/nurse.

Requirements for the program are subject to change without notice in order to meet requirements of the South Carolina LLR Board of Nursing, the South Carolina Technical College System, and ACEN.

Successful completion of the ADN program does not guarantee licensure to practice as a registered nurse.


Program Contact:

Taylor DuBose

Department Chair, Nursing

(803) 778-7806, ext. 406

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