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Meridian Community College seeks students for healthcare assistant program

Meridian Community College is seeking students to fill their healthcare assistant program. Students have the opportunity to gain the experience they need for the medical field with the help of the program.

“The healthcare assistant is a sixteen hour course, one semester course and there’s no prerequisite,” says healthcare assistant program coordinator Kristy Ethridge. “The only thing you have to have is a fifteen on your ACT or you can take the accuplacer here and score a 230 in reading and math. It’s free for the first time.”

The program includes classroom, lab and clinical training.

“We teach them basic nursing skills and special care procedures. We have class time, we do computer things-so even if they’re not familiar with computer things, they will get some of that to because in the working world now you have to know computer skills. Typically, we go to clinical in the nursing home and they get actual hands on experience, but during this time right now we’re going to have to simulate our clinical and that may change later on in the semester. We do lab.”

After completing the program, students have the qualifications to receive a position in this field. With COVID-19 surfacing, healthcare workers are always needed.

“Lots of ways to find a job in that field-any nursing home, they’re also in need. Hospitals, clinics and home health. I know there are some needed at a normal time and now just needing healthcare workers with more sick people.”

For more information, contact Kristy Ethridge at (601) 484-8734 or email her at

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