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Schoolcraft’s Radcliff Center highlights exceptional programs

By Camyle Cryderman, Editor-in-Chief

EMT students imitate transporting a victim from a car wreck.

EMT students imitate transporting a victim from a car wreck.

For many Schoolcraft students, classes and events take place on the Livonia main campus. From their first class until their last credit, they have no need to go anywhere else. Unbeknownst to them and many others, Schoolcraft has another campus location just 20 minutes away. The Radcliff Center, located in Garden City is home to many of Schoolcraft’s practical application courses and is proud to house multiple departments.

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting department began in 1983 and has been a popular program ever since. Through this department, students can receive a Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy Skills, or Medical Biller certificate in as short as one to two semesters. While in class, students perform all vital signs, draw blood and practice injections to prepare them for the field. Office duties and clerical work is also performed to create well rounded job hopefuls. Medical Assisting is an in demand field, so most students who graduate from the program find related work in the industry. Aside from in class work, students are required to have 180 hours of supervised volunteer work in their field to gain experience.

“Our lab facilities, flexible schedule, and caring instructors make us superior to our competitors,” said Mary Donahee-Rader, Medical Assisting Program Director.

There is currently no waitlist to join the Medical Assisting program.

Health Information Technology

Curtis Castlebrry and Carrie Konieczny simulate  plinting Brittney Gibson’s ankle.

Curtis Castlebrry and Carrie Konieczny simulate plinting Brittney Gibson’s ankle.

The Health Information Technology department is the oldest of its kind in the state of Michigan as it began in the 1960s. Through this department, students can receive an Associates of Applied Science with a specialization in Health Information Technology or a Certificate in Coding Specialist. The programs take between 1.5 to three years to complete. This program is special in the fact that it can be done on a part time basis, making it more accessible to busy, working individuals. Due to the schools above average curriculum and accreditation status, graduates are well sought after for jobs in their field. This department practices real world coding and visits real clinical sites such as Henry Ford Clinical Records.

“This program gives individuals a chance to play an important role in the healthcare industry without patient care responsibilities,” said Health Information Technology Program Coordinator, Jody Scheller.

Massage Therapy

The Massage Therapy Department at Schoolcraft’s Radcliff Center began in 2005. The department hosts both the one-year Massage Therapy Certificate Program and the two-year Massage Therapy Associates in Applied Science. Aside from massage therapy techniques, students learn anatomy, pathology and kinesiology techniques to improve therapy methods. Students earn multiple hours of experience through offering massages at many Schoolcraft events, hospitals, nursing homes and athletic events. The massage therapy program graduates are well sought after by career professionals for the real world experience they receive in their schooling. Students learn only from experienced professionals who have been practicing massage therapy for years and thus have high standards for students. Along with traditional massage therapy, students can participate in an optional cadaver study and go on to further medical fields.

Medical Assisting students have realistic offices and mannequins to practice with.

Medical Assisting students have realistic offices and mannequins to practice with.

“We have high standards and believe in providing our students with the best possible educational experience so that they can excel in any professional setting,” said Massage Therapy Coordinator Lisa Travis.

Emergency Medical Technology

The Department of Emergency Medical Technology, more commonly known as EMT has multiple paths of study for students to take. From basic EMT, to Paramedic Certification to a Paramedic Associates in Applied Science, the EMT program is one of the most in depth. Courses can range from 15 weeks to three years, but often require much more time outside of the classroom. In order to fully prepare students for important life-saving situations, they are required to perform up to 250 hours of field internship working with various professions. In the classroom, students are provided with a hands on learning approach and have access to the highest quality equipment to simulate ambulance rides, car wrecks and emergency birthing situations. By preparing students for the stresses of the career, the program exceeds the standards of the job and produce well educated workers.

Students practice phlebotomy with replication arms and blood.

Students practice phlebotomy with replication arms and blood.

“Because of the diversity of our program and the skills that are taught, our students are prepared to work in many different settings,” said Thomas Worthington, Emergency Medical Technology Program Coordinator.

Schoolcraft’s departments both on Livonia’s and Radcliff’s campuses go above and beyond what is required of them. With excellent staff and unique facilities, the school is only continuing to improve its high academic status.

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