Welcome from the Department Chair
Welcome to the Medical Assisting and Health Studies Department at SUNY Broome Community College.
My name is Erin O’Hara-Leslie, CMA (AAMA) MS Ed. and I serve as the Department Chairperson and as a faculty member. There are dedicated faculty members in the department who are credentialed in their profession and strive to provide a quality education to our students.
We are associated with many clinical affiliation sites ranging from physician offices of all sizes to a variety of healthcare clinics and offices. With our clinical partners we review, evaluate, and adapt the program to produce qualified and sought after graduates. Our goal as a department is to prepare students for their Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, provide the technical basis for employment, and to help ignite a passion to provide quality patient care by recognizing and respecting the role medical assistants play in healthcare. The Medical Assistant program was one of the original Health Science programs when SUNY Broome opened in 1948. Since that time, it has produced hundreds of graduates who have provided quality patient care to thousands of patients. The first Citadel (yearbook) was published in 1949, and says the first graduation was on September 23, 1949. There were 20 seniors and 26 freshman medical office students.
We also offer the Health Studies AAS or AS degree. The degrees are designed to be very customizable to allow students to select the courses that apply most directly to their individual health career paths. Both degrees will offer a variety of excellent opportunities, such as direct employment, transfer options to colleges or universities, or will allow students to work towards transferring into a competitive health science programs at SUNY Broome Community College. This degree also offers the ability to embed a certificate in the degree and offers a variety of specialty courses such as HST 104 Health for Haiti, HST 161 Women’s Health, HST 162 Community Health.