Augusta Technical College (ATC) a two-year college that prepares students from the Augusta area for their chosen career field. The school was founded as Augusta Area Vocational Technical School in 1961 and received its current name in 2000.
Programs offered include the Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Health Studies, Cardiovascular Technology, Fire Science Technology, Nursing (AND), Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Radiologic Care Technology, and Respiratory Care Technology.
In addition, diploma programs are available in Dental Assisting, Fire Science Technology, Medical Assisting, Paramedic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, and Surgical Technology.
The college also offers Technical Certificates of Credit in Basic Emergency Medical Technology, Fire Fighter I, Health Care Assistant, Intermediate Emergency Medical Technology, Medical Coding, Patient Care Assisting, Polysomnographic Technician, Web Site Fundamentals, and more.
Academic programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Admissions are non-competitive for most programs.. Those with a high school diploma or GED can apply for admission to all associate degree and allied health programs, as well as almost all technical certificates of credit and diploma programs.
Applicants should submit SAT, ACT, College Placement Exam, or ASSET results. Those with scores that do not meet minimum score requirements are required to take the COMPASS Test, which gauges a students reading, writing, and math skills. The COMPASS Test helps college officials determine the best course of study for the applicant.
Admissions are competitive for the Cardiovascular Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care Technology programs. Grades, placement test scores, essays, and interviews may be used to determine an applicant’s chances of admission.
International students, in addition to the standard admissions requirements, must demonstrate English proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Financial aid is available to students who need assistance paying for school. Generally, solid academic performance will increase a student’s chances of receiving aid—in fact, a student must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average to qualify for financial aid.
Many different scholarships are available to students. These include the Jack B. Patrick Scholarship, Lowe’s Educational Scholarship Program, Ray Powell Memorial Scholarship, Todd R. Cato Memorial Scholarship, Lichtenberg Scholarship, J.D. Smith Waynesboro Rotary Club Scholarship, Barbara Williams Dental Assisting Scholarship, and Regent Security Services Scholarship.
Federal Pell Grants are also available. To apply for federal student aid, applicants must begin by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which can be done online.
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The campus is located in Augusta, Georgia, the second largest city in the state. Local attractions include the Riverwalk Augusta along the Savannah River, Morris Museum of Art, and Augusta National Golf Club, site of The Masters.
Many professional organizations have a chapter on campus, including the American Association of Medical Assistants, American Medical Transcription Association, Association of Surgical Technologists, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Institute of Management Accountants, American Culinary Federation Junior Chefs Association, and a chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi.
Many students are past their mid-twenties and are coming back to school to gain more training in order to further their career.
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