PC Offering Direct Pathway From GED Completion To Medical Assisting Program

Monday, April 5, 2021
PC and Rio Partnership

Phoenix College is partnering with Rio Salado College to offer our Adult Education students a direct pathway to enroll in Phoenix College's medical assisting micro-credential program from the GED program at Rio Salado College. Beginning this week, Adult Education students who complete their GED at Rio Salado can enroll in Phoenix College’s 18-unit Medical Assisting Certificate of Completion program. This program can give students the skills and knowledge they’ll need to prepare them for front office work in the medical field. Take this pathway and one day you too can be the friendly face people see when they walk into the doctor's office

The new partnership provides underserved students a unique opportunity to co-enroll in non-credit adult education programming, such as English language courses or studies toward a high school equivalency diploma, and a college certificate program in a high-demand healthcare field. Rio Salado is the largest provider of adult education courses in Arizona and is a three-time winner of the Adult Education Program of the Year award from the Arizona Department of Education. Phoenix College was recently identified as one of the most affordable educational institutions in the country to earn a medical assistant certificate. In addition to the latest training in the field, medical assisting students from Phoenix College receive hands-on training through clinical externship.

Students interested in getting started in this program should contact Rio Salado’s Adult Education Department at 480.517.8110 or by email at gedinfo@riosalado.edu. For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/adult-education.


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