Certificate Program Graduates

August 19th, 2013 Posted in College News & Events


Cayuga Community College graduated its first class of the 60-hour dental assisting program and the 50-hour EKG technician program, both of which prepare students to sit for the national certification exams.  CCC recognized 37 students for their completion of health care career certificate programs.  During ceremonies on the Auburn and Fulton campuses, Carla DeShaw, Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development,  told students that in the past, people spoke about “climbing the corporate or career ladder,” but that today the more appropriate image is of scaffolding—where people can pick up new credentials and move in a new direction. She said this is particularly true in health care—a field where someone who pursues medical assisting certification then could decide to become a registered nurse, an EKG technician, or a medical coder.

Students who graduated from the dental assisting program look to have promising career opportunities as the number of jobs in their field are predicted to grow 31 percent; and cardiovascular and vascular technologists 29 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  Medical assistant and medical coder programs were first offered at Cayuga in 2011 and were well-received by students.  The jobs in these fields look to grow at 31 percent and 21 percent respectively in the near future.

The College conferred certificates to the following students:

Dental Assistant: The program requires 60 hours of training and prepares students for entry-level positions in a dental office, including oral anatomy, tooth structure, patient positioning, equipment, sterilization, legal aspects of dentistry, and office administration.

Charles Aiken and Kayla Gregory of Auburn; Catherine Beach of Oswego; Stephanie Cary and Serena Draper of Fulton; Erica DeVoll of Ovid; Ashley Haumann of Syracuse; Jacklyn Noel of Elbridge; Sarah Smith of Waterloo; and Patsy Spears of Mexico.

EKG Technician: The program requires 50 hours of training and prepares students to use an EKG machine and gain familiarity with physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, ethics, and legal aspects of medicine.

Melissa Bushey of Locke; Polly Davies of Port Byron; Alexandra Dennison of Cato; Susan Elwyn of King Ferry; Cynthia Gersch-Cianfarno of Oswego; Sharon Krause of Cleveland; Dennis Lassen Jr. of Hannibal; Sharon Nemier of Weedsport; Gale Riddell of Phoenix; and Carmella Squadrito of Liverpool.

Medical Assistant: The program requires completion of 252 hours of training and 80 hours of externship, the study of the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology as well as practical applications of mathematics and microbiology. The program also covers everything from phlebotomy and medical terminology to insurance and ethics.

Allison Archer of Seneca Falls; Ashley Cook of Liverpool; Bessie Loomis of Fulton; Andrea Losurdo of Oswego; Julie Robbins of Jordan; and Karrie Waffle of Phoenix.

Medical Coder: The program requires 180-hours of career training. Students learn the types of insurance coverage in a health facility, the various ways of receiving payment, common medical codes, and HIPAA privacy regulations, among other topics.

Barbara Beeman and Suzanne Davis of Fulton; Mary Blum of Skaneateles; Michele Braley of Sandy Creek; Dotty Chesnut and Priscilla Gilbert of Mexico; Christopher Cornall, Noah Donch and Arbutus Keim of Auburn; Lisa Russell of Waterloo; and Anita Vibbert of Oswego.

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