ARIZONA NEWS

Navajo Nation college offering first-of-its-kind medical assistant program

Jun 20, 2020, 4:15 AM
(Diné College Photo)...
(Diné College Photo)
(Diné College Photo)

PHOENIX — A college located in the Arizona portion of Navajo Nation is creating a new medical assistant program amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Diné College announced Monday it is accepting applications through June 30 for its certified medical assistant certificate program.

The program is the first of its kind to be offered on Navajo Nation, the school said in a press release.

“Initially, we were planning for 20 students in our first cohort,” Shazia Hakim, a Diné College microbiology professor who oversees the program said in the release. “But due to the coronavirus crises we have reduced that number to half for our first cohort of the Certified Medical Assistant program starting August 2020.

“Today, we need these types of courses  more than ever to prepare our locally trained workforce so that they can help us fight COVID-19 using our own resources.”

According to Hakim, the program focuses on the hospital environment or medical offices that demand face-to-face contact, something the school feels is timely due to the pandemic.

The program is a 37-credit hour certificate course offered at the college’s Tuba City campus. Classes are taught on Saturdays and Sundays, followed by a 10-week externship at the Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation.

Prospective student must take a math entry test upon applying, the release said.

“Upon graduation, students will be awarded the CMA certificate,” Hakim said. “We will try  to make sure that our graduates participate in exams offered by  external bodies like the American Association of Medical Assistants to increase their credibility in the market.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

This undated file photo shows the petroglyphs of Grapevine Canyon just outside of Laughlin, Nev., n...
Associated Press

Project aims to preserve an Arizona tribe’s cultural history

Fort Mojave was established as a United States military outpost in 1859 to give safe passage to American immigrants.
15 hours ago
New citizens take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in San Francisco in 2015....
DIANNIE CHAVEZ | CRONKITE NEWS

Citizenship applications backlog leaves thousands with cases pending

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is dealing with a backlog of citizenship applications caused by pandemic service reductions.
15 hours ago
(Facebook Photo, File/Phoenix Police Department)...
Associated Press

Suspect detained after fatally shooting man on Saturday in Phoenix

Police have identified a 21-year-old man who was pronounced dead after being shot on Saturday morning in Phoenix.
15 hours ago
Tempe Council Chambers (City of Tempe Government/Facebook Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

City of Tempe will consider renaming locations tied to former, local KKK members

In an upcoming session, Tempe City councilmembers are to consider renaming city parks, streets and schools that have been linked to a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s, officials said Friday.
15 hours ago
Avinady Juarez Gonzales, 20. (Scottsdale Police Photo)...
KTAR.com

Police arrest 20-year-old suspect in Scottsdale Holiday Inn shooting

A suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting of a man at a Scottsdale Holiday Inn last week, authorities said.
15 hours ago
(Getty Images Photo/Roberto Machado Noa)...
KTAR.com

Police investigate death of 45-year-old woman shot in Phoenix

Police are investigating the death of a woman who died from a gunshot wound in Phoenix Friday night.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Why fall maintenance is important for your heating system and A/C

It’s easy to ignore your heater and air conditioner when they’re working but the moment something breaks, you will likely regret not keeping up with maintenance. After all, if something goes wrong, you may be stuck with a repair that will take longer and be more expensive than simple maintenance.
...
Chris Kennedy

My Special Aflac Duck® taking flight in Arizona

For more than 65 years, Aflac has had the extraordinary opportunity and privilege to help provide peace of mind to individuals who have our supplemental insurance policies.
Navajo Nation college offering first-of-its-kind medical assistant program