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September 7, 2010
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Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the country and the need for qualified employees has encouraged thousands to embark on an education in the field.
With the need for a state-of-the-art educational environment in high demand, a new school in Cranston is poised to lead the charge in educating the medical industry’s future workforce. The Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston specializes in technical and non-technical fields of study with a focus on allied healthcare professions.
"We value small class sizes and that is a reason a lot of people choose our school," said Christine LaShure, an admissions representative at Sanford-Brown.
The campus, formerly Katharine Gibbs School, located next to Cranston police headquarters, is one of 30 affiliated Sanford-Brown schools across the country that specializes in medical training. The school is currently offering programs in: medical billing and coding, medical assistant, and pharmacy technician. The ultrasound program is slated to begin sometime next year.
"The Sanford Brown goal is to meet the needs of students and employers. Our educational philosophy is based on delivering a focused educational experience," said Sanford-Brown Cranston President Christina Gaza.
"It is an exciting day and I am glad to have Sanford-Brown in the City of Cranston," said Mayor Allan Fung. "You have a very fine reputation and we are glad you are here providing future opportunities for residents and students throughout the state in the upcoming fields of healthcare."
"Using old equipment is not a good environment to learn in," said LaShure.
Pharmacy students have a brand new intravenous fluid mixing station that pulls chemicals out of the air while they learn to process the different fluids. They have the same electrocardiography (EKG) machines that hospitals use and a replica blood drawing chair for practicing on.
"Our classrooms, labs, and equipment are industry current," said Gaza.
Sanford-Brown is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
There is no specific enrollment period; admissions operate on a rolling schedule. Each class lasts five weeks apiece so new students are encouraged to join at any time. The school offers three different class schedules to work around various students’ lives.
The morning classes, which run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., operate on the three-class format and allow students to finish any of the programs in nine months. The 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. schedule, and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. schedule, are both two classes at a time and take 12 to 13 months to finish, respectively.
LaShure said that Sanford-Brown does not go out to high schools to recruit, they work off of people that call and reach out to them.
"We value people in mid-career and don’t really focus on high school students," said LaShure.
"We hope you will be here for generations to come," said Fung.
Warwick Beacon article written by Colby Cremins
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