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College helps meet demand for medical personnel
The Hawaii Medical College credits its growth to one thing: the success of its students.
Part owner and President Ashton Cudjoe said 90 percent of the school’s medical assistants – who help manage the back end in doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals – are certified and ready to work upon graduation. This high success rate has attracted more students through word of mouth.
“More than 50 percent of our new enrollments are referrals — period,” Cudjoe said, noting the high level of job placements. “As students and graduates find success, they’re more apt to share that with folks.”
The college began in 2007 as the Hawaii Medical Institute when its owners pooled their resources to raise $100,000. It has gone from offering a certificate program to a degree program and is in the process of getting accredited.
It also is enjoying rapid growth. Revenue almost doubled between 2011 and 2013, from $2,049,862 to $4,026,469. Its 96.43 percent growth over those two years placed in No. 26 on PBN’s list of Hawaii’s fastest-growing companies, up from No. 40 the year before. It also increased its staff by 80 percent during that time frame, from 15 to 27 employees.
The college’s largest program trains medical assistants, who account for 225 of the school’s 351 students. A recent ruling by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services requires that, in order to receive payment, medical assistants document care for patients at clinics, doctor’s offices and hospitals.
The school also includes books and certification in most of its programs.
“As far as I’m aware, we’re the only school on this island that has integrated certification into the curriculum,” Cudjoe said. “Over 90 percent of our students sit and pass the certification as medical assistants.”
The college also has been steadily building its pharmacy technician program. Students learn to assist pharmacists in providing medications and health care products to patients in retail pharmacies, hospitals, home health care settings, and the mail order and pharmaceutical wholesalers industries. The entry of Walgreens into the Hawaii market and the long history of CVS in the Islands as Longs have created a higher demand for pharmacy workers.
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Matt Tuohy covers health care, nonprofits and the University of Hawaii for Pacific Business News.