Anthem College – Maryland Heights was founded in 1981 and is part of the Anthem Education group of colleges. This campus focuses mainly on healthcare coursework with a lot of hands on experience in school labs and in externships, which often lead to professional careers.
Students can enroll in one of the healthcare programs and earn a diploma or in some cases an Associate of Applied Science degree. The Dental Assistant program involves hands-on learning in dental health and day-to-day skills needed for working with dentists and patients. Students interested in the Massage Therapy program will learn various massage techniques in the clinical or sports therapy track. The Medical Assistant degree trains students to become medical assistants, medical secretaries, or lab technicians in a physician’s office, while those enrolled in the Medical Front Office and Billing program learn the skills needed to work the front office along with gaining knowledge about coding, insurance, and billing. The Patient Care Technician program teaches occupational therapy, radiology, and respiratory and geriatric skills in order to train students to care for patients. Those destined for the Pharmacy Technician track will have hands-on classes in pharmacology, chemotherapy, intravenous treatments and antibiotics. Students enter externships in pharmacies to round out their education. Finally, students in the Surgical Technologist program are trained to work in an operating room and learn to handle the pressures of the environment and the prepping and clean up post surgery and how to handle medical instruments.
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Students interested in any of the programs offered need to contact the school directly to learn about admissions. A representative will guide you through the process and help you determine the most successful course of study to get you started on a career path.
There are many revenues for financial aid offered at Anthem. All students interested in loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), list all schools past high school attended, and complete all other loan forms. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and they will guide you through the process.
Besides federal loans, students should consider applying for a Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Academic Competitiveness Grant, or the Work Study program to help offset the cost of tuition.
Several scholarships are also available:
- VA Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
- State Scholarships
- Joseph Nagengast Scholarship
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The Maryland Heights location of Anthem is a local commuter college, so students will typically live on their own nearby and commute since student housing is not available. However, students do have the option of taking some classes online to earn degrees in the healthcare field, which is convenient for those who may live further away. Students can also participate in career services, the externship placement program, tutoring if help is needed to pass a class, and fun activities sponsored by the campus to get to know each other outside of the classroom setting.
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This campus sponsors a Trauma Day each March where students participate in faux medical disasters in order to train their responses to real-life scenarios. Simulated deaths, criminal chasing, observing medical departments in violation, along with dealing with fall out from bombings, plane crashes, and even earthquakes are part of the training.
The programs offered are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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