The Certificate in Medical Assisting Specialist/Nursing Assistant Articulated program is designed to prepare graduates who wish to gain credentials as both a Medical Assistant and a Nursing Assistant. Medical Assistants are multi-skilled healthcare professionals who perform administrative and clinical tasks, manage emergency situations, communicate effectively and provide instruction to patients. Nursing Assistants are trained caregivers who work directly with patients and nurses at hospitals and other patient-care facilities.
This program is designed for completion in 12 months of full-time enrollment and delivered in a hybrid format. Program goals for students include:
Cognitive (knowledge): The establishment of a firm healthcare knowledge base, including general patient care, medical office routines and entry-level competencies in fundamental concepts, theories, practices and procedures
Psychomotor (skills): The development of clerical/administrative, clinical, and technical/laboratory skills required of Nursing Assistants and Medical Assistants as applicable to the needs of the community
Affective (behavior): The growth of students into competent professionals who will demonstrate superior ethical, moral and legal integrity
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Students in the Certificate in Medical Assisting Specialist/Nursing Assistant Articulated program must think critically, communicate effectively with classmates, faculty, patients and medical professionals, and commit to lifelong learning. Class participation and time management are very important as assignments must be completed on schedule. Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants are required to help others as part of a team supporting physicians, so students must work well collaboratively and conduct themselves professionally.
South College finds practicum placements for students where they can enjoy real-world applications of their classroom skills. Our experienced team of educators is invested in the success of every student, which is why instructor assistance and tutoring services are available as needed.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, DOCTOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATES, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, CERTIFICATE IN PRACTICAL NURSING
State Authorization (Asheville, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Nashville, Orlando)
The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. Approval for the addition of the Nashville Learning Site was granted in November 2016. The Master of Science in Nursing program received approval in November 2016. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program received approval in February 2020. The Post-Graduate Certificate programs received approval in August 2021. The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Asheville Learning Site received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016, with full approval granted in May 2019. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Atlanta Learning Site received initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in September 2018. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Orlando Learning Site received initial approval from the Florida Board of Nursing in November 2021. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Indianapolis campus received initial accreditation from the Indiana Board of Nursing in July 2022.
The South College Associate of Science in Nursing program (Knoxville & Nashville Learning Site) was approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing in November 2022.
The South College Certificate program in Practical Nursing offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in February 2018. Approval for the addition of the Nashville Learning Site was granted in November 2018. The Certificate program in Practical Nursing was approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing for the Atlanta Learning Site in May 2019 to begin the first class in June 2020. The Certificate program in Practical Nursing was approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for the Orlando Learning Site in November 2021.
South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and published via the institution website each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.
I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.
- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.
- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.
- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration