Medical Assisting Students Learn from Local Nurse PractitionerJune 21 | Posted by editor | Habersham, News, Union Tags: North GA Technical College
Clarkesville, GA – The hands-on learning strategy employed by North Georgia Technical College is well known in the area. Along with the practical applications, the classroom experience is also augmented by special guest speakers from professionals in the area. Recently, Nurse Practitioner Chet Baker volunteered to spend his lunch hour with the Medical Assisting students on the NGTC Clarkesville Campus.
“Our students were particularly interested in going more deeply into the study of contagious diseases such as hepatitis,” she continued. Ms. Downs, who recently joined the NGTC staff from a southern college noted that the health concerns vary by region.
Mr. Baker, who operates the Express Care in Tim’s Pharmacy in Cornelia, prepared a detailed presentation on the preventions, treatments, and prognoses of various hepatitis strains, particularly the importance of the Hepatitis B vaccine. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver which can lead to chronic health conditions, some very serious.
Baker’s knowledge and experience in working with patients with hepatitis allowed the students an opportunity to get the “inside story” rather than just the textbook information. Chet and the students actively discussed some of the common misconceptions with the students asking some very astute questions.
“I’m planning to bring in several guest speakers from the community during the next few semesters,” explained Instructor and Program Director Debra Downs. It is a great way to connect the students to the professionals in the area.”
For more information on the Medical Assisting Program at NGTC, contact 706-754-7821 or visit www.northgatech.edu.
Photo: NP Chet Baker addresses NGTC students.