New medical assistant program opens in Santa Maria


AT Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU), a higher education institution specializing in the health professions, hosted the first class of its Central Coast Physician Program this weekend.

The new facility in Santa Maria will include offices for the central coast community health centers that have helped develop the CCPA program.

Ninety students are chosen to enter the program which seeks to help medically underserved communities.

“Growing up like I did in an underserved community, I saw the effects of not having the confidence to work in the fields and not having access to health care very often, so I would like to be there. ‘one of the providers who now provide care to these people communities,’ said Alexandra Hernandez, student at AT University.

Students arrived Monday for orientation at the new 27,000 square foot facility, which includes a large learning room, clinical simulation rooms, a library, a student break room and workspaces for teachers and staff.

Students will spend a year at the Santa Maria facility before working with one of the 20 community health centers for their second year.

Areas of clinical practice experience include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, women’s health, surgery, and behavioral health.

To learn more about the ATSU program, visit this website.


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