Many people are drawn to a career that allows them to help others regain their health, or maintain and improve their health. Yet for some, the intense, hands-on care of nursing isn’t of interest. Fortunately, College of The Albemarle offers a host of allied health programs that allow these individuals to become an important part of today’s healthcare team.

Health and Fitness Science

Americans are increasingly concerned with getting and remaining in shape. You can help them achieve their goals through COA’s Health and Fitness Science program. Students train in exercise science and learn to administer health risk appraisals, teach fitness classes, instruct in the proper use of exercise equipment, and design customized exercise programs. Graduates are qualified for careers in the fitness and exercise industry. Hosted mainly on COA’s Elizabeth City campus and the adjacent Albemarle Area YMCA, the program also includes online and work –
 based learning components. Degree options include a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree and a one-year certificate.

Human Services Technology

The Human Services Technology program at COA helps prepare students for a variety of positions in the fields of mental health, childcare, family and social services, and rehabilitation.  Emphasis is placed on experiential learning with a wide range of classes from Medical Terminology, Community Health, Social Problems, Counseling and Human Services Issues.  There are a number of programs at four-year colleges and universities that the completed courses will transfer to.  Offered as an Associate in Applied Science or diploma, instruction takes place in a combination of classroom, online, lab and work-based training.

Medical Laboratory Technology

In COA’s Medical Laboratory Technology program, students gain the knowledge and clinical experience needed to perform routine laboratory procedures that are typically used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases including chemistry, hematology, microbiology and immunohematology.  Laboratory Technicians are employed by hospitals, reference and forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical and biotech firms and even veterinary offices.  Upon completing the Associate in Applied Science program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a certified Medical Laboratory Technician.  There are also opportunities for further education through Clinical Laboratory Science programs offered at four-year colleges and universities.

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology program at COA trains students to assist in the care of surgical patients in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.  Surgical Technologists prepare supplies, equipment and instruments, prepare patients for surgery and serve as an important role in anticipating a surgeon’s needs during operation.  Besides the operating room, Surgical Technologists are essential staff members of physicians’ offices, labor, delivery and emergency departments, and dialysis units.  The associate degree program takes 18 months to complete and graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam for Surgical Technologists.

Healthcare Business Informatics

The Healthcare Business Informatics program prepares students for employment as a specialist in installation, data management, data archiving/retrieval and computer training for medical information systems.  This IT based program can be completed as a two-year associates degree or a one-year certificate. Employment opportunities vary from database/data warehouse analysts and technical support professionals, to networking and security technicians.  Students apply current and emerging technology applications and data standards to construct medical records and clinical databases, and utilize technology to ensure data collection, storage, analysis and reporting of health care information.

Important information about educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended these programs: